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About Sydhuey

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  1. RAAF B-25's were in a similar scheme, but don't use the paint scheme on the Airfix B-25 for the RAAF version its wrong , too much Black.
  2. From what I have found , 84 to 108 " seem to be the range with 102 - 108 being the most common reference.
  3. There is also a website "Caribbean aircrew in the RAF during WW2", lots of info there. If you want a really interesting subject , Britain's first Black pilot , Robbie Clarke of Jamaica , flew RE8's with 4 Sqn over France .
  4. Two books have a lot of info, "The Motherland Calls" and "Caribbean Volunteers at War" have a lot of detail, one Jamaican who should be more famous than he is is Arthur Wint, from Jamaica, flew Spitfires over Germany late 44 /45, became a Doctor after the war and won Gold in the 400 m at the 48 and 52 Olympics and silver in 800 at 48 and 52, the original Usain Bolt,went on to be the Jamaican High commissioner to the UK and ambassador to Sweden and Denmark, also became a renown surgeon. Another Jamaican Vincent Bunting flew Spitfires with Sailor Malon.
  5. There are a couple of books on Blacks in the RAF and there is a Trinidadian pilot who scores victories flying Mustang III's , will see what i can find.
  6. ADF blister and long tropical filter intakes are the main things.
  7. There seems to be a few P-40 models with wrong info/scheme's/dates /locations, this one with date and location, GA-Jinx a long tail K has been portrayed as a short tail with fillet in decals, artwork and a model, Kitty IV's FX740 and FX-760 GA-? as a reversed Desert scheme , RAF museum , models both plastic and diecst ,and decal sheets. Just reinforces the action of research the model don't believe the box art/instructions.
  8. Oct 43 , just after the invasion ,112 Sqn arrived in Italy mid Sept , a short tail "K" I'd say still in Desert Scheme, look at the video on youtube of 239 wing in Italy that is at Cutella (Jan to May 44) , that has short tail K's in Desert and TLS, long tail K's in both , L's in TLS , M's in TLS and N's in TLS (OD/DE), there is a short tail K with 112 getting refueled in the video still in Desert scheme. 112 still had short tail K's on strength up till April 44 , they had started to get M's in TLS about about Jul 43 the N's arrived in March 44 and they converted to Mustang III's in Jun 44. Though when you look up the history of FR295 GA-G it was shot down over North Africa in Mar 43 ??? "(FR295,GAG) 42-45885 to RAF as Kittyhawk III FR295 Jul 1942. Missing Mar 10, 1943, presumably shot down by Bf 109s NW of Foum Tatouine" I can not find the Sqn code GA-G being used again by 112 after this aircraft was lost.
  9. Peter I think you meant Dark Earth and Dark Green for the original colour of A19-27 not Dark Brown. I didn't realise this was a 5 OTU machine before 30 Sqn so getting repaired in Australia may well have Australian colours applied, I don't believe the Australian colours Foliage Green, Earth Brown or Sky Blue were used on machines in NG (Beaufighters and Boston's) except for small patches/repairs and they stuck with Dark Green, Dark Earth and Sky with the MU in Port Moresby, you get oddities like 27 and 87 which may have been to AD's (in Australia) for 240 hrly's and repaints but I think they generally stayed in the basic TSS and TLS schemes. The DB-7B Boston's stayed in the DG/DE scheme till mid 44 when those left went to the allover Foliage Green scheme . But as we know the Beaufighters are a mixing pot of colours . The pics of "H" on 30 Sqn site are probably a mix of 8 and 27, something I hadn't picked up before
  10. I think it is just in the std TLS scheme and just had a repaint and the painter did a wavy line like on the Bostons , though anything is possible with Beaufighters, but as Beaufighters and Boston's were maintained by the same MU in Port Moresby , I believe they just stayed in the std Dark Green/Dark Earth over Sky , I always though DK (Franta) was wrong with the TSS schemes below A19-54, he corrected that on his latter sheets, New Guinea aircraft were usually in the DG/DE colour scheme, it was 31 Sqn in Dwn with the strange maritime schemes, the 30 Sqn machine with the strange scheme is A19-87 "R" , this one was delivered in TSS scheme and got repainted , I think the Slate Grey (which fades very fast in the tropics) was overpainted with Dark Green with the original Extra Dark Sea Grey, which would have faded hence the high contrast colour.
  11. Magpie 22 (Peter M) is the man to talk to about that.
  12. 112 Sqn , I believe a P-40K long tail Kittyhawk III I can't make out the aux intake grill fwd of the exhaust which would make it an "M" so a late "K" model with US 500Ib bomb, using the std pattern as a reference the shading over the nose thru the eye is darker and the demarcation line just under the teeth goes from a lighter shade to a darker shade, this would indicate a TLS scheme with the darker shade most likely being Dark Green and the lighter shaded colour being Dark Earth, if it was in desert scheme the shading would have been reversed. lower colour Sky Grey. If you want to watch a good 239 wing Kittyhawk clip watch, "RAF No 239 Wing Kittyhawk Cutella Italy DAF", 450 Sqn (OK) Kitty IV's on OD/DE over NG, 112 Sqn (GA) Kitty III (long tail K) in desert scheme, and TLS, 260 Sqn (HS)Kitty III (Short tail K) in desert scheme and long tails in TLS , 112 Sqn Kitty III (M) in TLS and 3 Sqn (CV) Kitty III (M) in TLS
  13. Wow thanks Buz those pics are pretty definitive, Dark Earth over the original OD with Medium Green scollops.
  14. No there is only a single pattern , there is the occasional oddball but as a rule a single pattern , the fixation with Desert schemes on Kittyhawks causes photo's to be misinterpreted in favour of the Desert Scheme, Dark Earth is in the same place for both Desert and TLS, in B&W photo's the Dark Earth is the dark colour and Middle Stone the light colour on Desert schemes and on TLS schemes the Dark Green/Olive Drab is the Dark Colour and Dark Earth the light colour. The ultimate misinterpretation and mistake on an aircraft is the Kittyhawk IV at the RAF museum , it is in the wrong scheme and reversed, it should be in a TLS scheme, Olive Drab where the Dark Earth is and Dark Earth where the Middle Stone is, fixation with Desert scheme caused photo's of this aircraft to be misinterpreted and the wrong reversed scheme was applied.
  15. UH-1J is the upgraded version of the UH-1H , with nose, tail boom , tail rotor and main rotor blades from the 212 (UH-1N). Graft the nose from a UH-1N onto a UH-1H fuselage , and fit MR Blades from the UH-1N , and whole tail boom and T/R from the UH-1N and you will have a UH-1J , also called the Huey II or Huey + under skin differences are the T-53-17 (From AH-1S)replacing the -13 engine , Glass cockpit and other small things.
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