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      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".
Julien

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V, with engine out at Duxford. Pics mine.

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Combat veteran, Spitfire Mk.Vb, (G-MKVB), BM597. One of 1000 aircraft built at Castle Bromwich. It was delivered to No.37 M.U. at Burtonwood on 26 February 1942, being assigned to 315 Sqn on 7 May 1942 and on to 317 Sqn on 5 September 1942, both at Woodvale. On 13 February 1943, it suffered Cat B damage and was removed for repair on 28 February. It was transferred to No. 33 M.U. on 9 June it was allocated to Vickers Armstrong for an undisclosed purpose. It returned to No.39 M.U. Colerne on 23 November before moving to No. 222 M.U.High Ercall (Packing Depot) on 4 January 1944 and then back to No. 39 M.U. on 14 April. It was stored there for almost a year until it was issued to No. 58 OTU, its last operational unit from which it was retired on 16 October 1945. It was then transferred to instructional airframe status at No. 4 S of TT, St Athan as 5713M. Info from Historic Aircraft Collection (http://www.historicaircraftcollection.ltd.uk/spitfire/) - Pics thanks to Mark Mills.

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Spit MkVb Supermarine LF Mk.Vb Spitfire EP120 (G-LFVB)

This is the most credited historic aircraft left anywhere in the world with an impressive SEVEN confirmed kills. EP120 was built at the Castle Bromwich factory, and taken on charge in May 1942 with 45 MU at Kinloss in Scotland. The assigned to 501 Sqn the following month where she scored six of her confirmed kills with Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Northcott. She returned to Castle Bromwich for repair following which she was allocated to 19 Sqn in Cornwall. In April 1944 she was taken on charge with 402 Sqn ‘City of Winnipeg’ RCAF, coded AE-A, which are the colours she wears today. In June 1944 EP120 went to 33 MU at Lyneham, before moving onto 53 OTU at Kirton in Lindsey as a ground instructional airframe. Then EP120 served as gate guard at a number of RAF stations until 1967 when she was used as a static aircraft in the ‘Battle of Britain’ movie. Following her first silver screen experience she was back guarding the gate, at RAF Wattisham this time until 1989 when she was transported to St. Athan along with all the rest of the gate guard Spitfires. EP120 remained in storage at St. Athan until she joined The Fighter Collection fleet in 1993.Following a full restoration, EP120 returned to the skies in September 1995. Info thanks to the Fighter Collection (http://fighter-collection.com/cft/spitfire-ep120/) - Pics thanks to Mark Mills.

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Spitfire Mk.Vb, (G-MKVB), BM597. Pictures thanks to Andy Mitchell.

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