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    • Mike

      PhotoBucket are no longer permitting 3rd party hosting   01/07/17

      As most of you are now painfully aware, Photobucket (PB) are stopping/have stopped allowing their members to link their accumulated years of photos into forums and the like, which they call 3rd party linking.  You can give them a non-refundable $399 a year to allow links, but I doubt that many will be rushing to take them up on that offer.  If you've previously paid them for the Pro account, it looks like you've got until your renewal to find another place to host your files, but you too will be subject to this ban unless you fork over a lot of cash.   PB seem to be making a concerted move to another type of customer, having been the butt of much displeasure over the years of a constantly worsening user interface, sloth and advertising pop-ups, with the result that they clearly don't give a hoot about the free members anymore.  If you don't have web space included in your internet package, you need to start looking for another photo host, but choose carefully, as some may follow suit and ditch their "free" members at some point.  The lesson there is keep local backups on your hard drive of everything you upload, so you can walk away if the same thing happens.   There's a thread on the subject here, so please use that to curse them, look for solutions or generall grouse about their mental capacity.   Not a nice situation for the forum users that hosted all their photos there, and there will now be a host of useless threads that relied heavily on photos from PB, but as there's not much we can do other than petition for a more equitable solution, I suggest we make the best of what we have and move on.  One thing is for certain.  It won't win them any friends, but they may not care at this point.    Mike.
Julien

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V

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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