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About Sydhuey

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    Aircraft Engineer (Helicopters) by trade. Interests ; Helicopters , Tanks ,Old Planes, Bulldozers and things that go Bang! Ex RAAF,worked on Iroquois, Black Hawk, Chinook , Caribou, C-130 and F-111 and Boston, Zero and Mustang warbirds.

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  1. July 1941 CC starter to convert from TLS to TSS, order issued for flying boats to change to EDSG/DSG over Sky , in Aug 41 the order went CC wide to all aircraft to be in the TSS scheme of EDSG/DSG over Sky or Black for land based attack and Light bombers, Patrol aircraft, Liberator, Whitley, Wellington to have white under sides and fuselage sides, Flying boats also converted to the white underside and fuselage sides. So for that time frame , the Hudson should have TSS upper scheme but depending if they were also doing a bit of land/night bombing either Black or day coastal ops Sky undersurface . There are a couple of nice colour photo's of a 48 Sqn Hudson V based at Wick in TSS/Sky scheme on the IWM site.
  2. Will see what I can find at home , at work at the moment and forgot my Boston portable hard drive, I have a couple but extremely rare, plenty of Boston III's up till D-day then almost nothing of Boston IV's till disbandment in Apr45. There are quite a lot of 342 which shared Vitry en Artois (B-50) with 88 as they had their own photographer.
  3. As Peter said , first 400 Beau's built were drum fed , the Mk VI was belt fed , just not sure of the serial split on the Ic's with drum to belt, RAAF Beau Ic's A19-1 to A19-72 in the T4920 to T5099 block, I have photo's with machines in Port Moresby with the cannons removed with the drums on the grnd next to them , just can't find the serial they changed at , the change happened in Sept 41 on production aircraft , so you need to know the serial batch production dates to work it out, the RAAF Ic's were all Fairey built.
  4. RAAF A-20A's, in May 1943 it was agreed between 5th AF HQ and RAAF HQ that with the losses and shortage of new aircraft that the 89th BS 3rd BG would hand over their A-20A's to 22 Sqn RAAF when the total number got below 15 aircraft in the Sqn, in Oct 43 89th BS had reached that level and with new A-20G's being available in the new year, 9 of the last 15 A-20A's were transferred to RAAF control, these were war weary aircraft having served with the 89th since the start of 1941 and brought out to the Pacific when the unit deployed in 1942, these aircraft had upward of 70 + missions each and were worn out. These aircraft were transferred to 15 ARD in Nov 43 for repair and modification and the first aircraft was not issued to 22 Sqn till early 1944, several were broken up for parts and some stored at 15ARD, only about 4-5 were operated by 22 Sqn for only a few months mainly in the training role to take the load off the operational DB-7B's and A-20C's. These aircraft were in the Std US Olive Drab over Neutral Grey in US service but it appears were repainted into the same scheme as the DB-7B's of Dark Green/Dark Earth over Sky (could be Sky , NG or Sky Blue), photo's exist of only 2 x A-20A's in RAAF service. While with 22 Sqn only 3 operational missions were ever flown with A-20A's, A28-34 and A28-35 , by Jun 44 all A-20A's were withdrawn from use , used as parts sources and converted to components in early 1945. The odd aircraft out was A28-39 this aircraft was transferred to 3AD and stripped to NMF, had all armour and armament removed and used as a test aircraft and test pilot and pilot training aircraft . it was struck off charge in 1945 and scrapped in 1948, the last Boston in RAAF service. A28-32, (US data 40-0085 "She's Right" with 89th BS) A28-33 , (US data 40-0143 "Cracker Jack" with 89th BS) A28-34, (US data 40-3160 "Hell's Fire/FIFI" with 89th BS) DU-B with 22 Sqn A28-35, (US data 40-0162 "Kentucky red/The Shadow" with 89th BS) A28-36, (US data 40-0077 "Baby Dumpling" with 89th BS) A28-37, (US data 40-0118 "Bloody Bucket" with 89th BS) A28-38, (US data 40-0139 "Maid in Japan" with 89th BS) A28-39, (US data 40-0144 "Salome" with 89th BS) A28-40 , (US data 40-3159) A28-34 DUB 22 Sqn 1944, note DG/DE scheme , std RAAF 36" 5/3 roundels in all 6 positions, 24" Sqn codes and serials in white, fin flash , note upper panel on nose is still the Perspex access panel , also 2 angled panels in lower nose remain Perspex, also ADF fitted. How she looked with 89th BS early 1943 A28-39, stripped to NMF and with post June 44 markings , 48" 5/2 roundels , fin flash and serial in black, note most of nose converted back to Perspex panels. Amberley 1945 used as a test and chase aircraft for new Mustangs, being in NMF and with all armament and armour removed was a very fast aircraft. being scrapped 1948. With 89th BS early 1943
  5. Ok give me a day or two as I do my annual work out how to add bloody photo's ! this is the only site I will post photo's from an external site if I can't add them from my computer I usually don't bother. bear with me , I have about 12 to post. OK how to delete doubles ?
  6. As a follow up to the A-20G's and Beaufighters in RAAF service I did , here is the A-20C's. By the end of Sept 1943 22 Sqn was in dire straits, they were down to about 6 operational DB-7B's and despite several more in Australia trying to be brought up to operational std the Sqn was almost non operational , in early Sept 43 steps were already in motion to get 22 Sqn more A-20 Boston's , 9 x A-20C's left over from the P-70 conversion program were made available and began arriving at 3AD Amberley from mid Sept to late Oct 43, these were quickly reconverted back to the Bomber/Strafer role and had long range tanks , bomb racks and ADF fitted, these aircraft were unique in that they had an armament of 5 x .50's fitted to the nose , unlike the DB-7B's and A-20A's which had their .50's clusted in a group of 4 firing thru what had been the bomb aimers panel , the A-20C's had 3 x .50's mounted across the nose above the bomb aimers glass panel, they also had the cheek .30's replaced with a .50 and the blister with the second .30 removed giving them 5 x .50's in the nose, also with the bomb aimers glass being retained a strike camera was mounted in the nose to record strafing attacks, these aircraft were turned around as fast as possible by 3AD Amberley and only had their US markings and serials crudely painted over and RAAF markings and serials applied, many publications in the past have stated these aircraft were painted all over Foliage Green, probably because they look very dark in B&W photo's , but as was pointed out to me by Peter Malone, the paint was too rough to be a new coat of Foliage Green and the aircraft were needed desperately by 22 Sqn, records show these aircraft were at 3AD for only 2-3 weeks each before dispatch to 22 Sqn only enough time to fit them out , and get them serviceable , not time for a repaint. A28-23 to A28-30 (23 DU-O, 24 DU-P, 25 DU-N, 26 DU-Q?, 27 DU-R?, 28 DU-U, 29 DU-V? and 30 DU-W) were all delivered to 22 Sqn thru Oct 43 in std US Olive Drab over Neutral Grey, RAAF markings were std 36" 5/3 ratio roundels in all 6 positions with the RAAF roundels covering the centre of the US stars and bars - (to give positions on wings and fuselage) Std RAAF fin flash and Mid Grey serials under the tail. these aircraft were the first to have ADF fitted to them with 22 Sqn as the role of 22 Sqn as the A-20C's was coming on strength was long range airfield suppression missions and barge strikes on New Britain from Goodenough Island in preparation for the landings on Cape Gloucester . The A-20C was faster and had longer range than the DB-7B's and took the majority of the missions thru late 43 into the first half of 1944 . There are two variations to the Std OD/NG scheme worn by the A-20C's at 22 Sqn and that was A28-25 DU-N which was badly damaged in a bombing mission in early Nov 43 when a bomb prematurely exploded under the aircraft doing serious shrapnel damage to the aircraft , it was returned to 26 MRU who rebuild it over 6 weeks and also repainted it in the same scheme as the DB-7B's Dark Green/Dark Earth over Sky (lower surface could have been Neutral Grey, Sky Blue or Sky no-one knows), she then returned to service with 22 and served till scrapped in early 45, The other oddity was A28-31, this A-20 never served with 22 Sqn but was retained at 3AD Amberley as a test and training aircraft, this A-20 was the only Boston in RAAF service to actually be painted in the correct attack aircraft scheme of all over Foliage Green, she also had the later 32" 5/2 ration roundels , fin flash and grey serials, it was also the only A-20 in RAAF service to be fitted with tropical intake filters and despite having the 5 x .50 nose fit of the other A-20C's retained a full glass nose, she was scrapped in Tocumwall at 7 CRD in mid 1945. DU-O, DU-U and DU-W Sqn codes were not used on the later A-20G's as these A-20C's were still in use with the A-20G's. 3 x nose .50's on unidentified A-20C Loading nose guns , note strike camera behind bomb aimers glass unidentified A-20C, note upper single .50 , DB-7B's and A-20A's ran twin .30/.303 A-20C undergoing maintenance, nose and cheek .50's and strike camera visible, this is the same aircraft in the top photo with the nose guns , but I have not been able to identify it. Either A28-23 DU-O or A28-24 DU-P, unable to confirm which, note how far the .50's stick out of cheek position compared to .30/.303, and how rough the paint is, lines on all the panel joint lines is staining/fading from tape to seal joints during sea voyage from US, also note outline of removed cheek blister. A28-28 DU-U, note how rough the overpaint of the US markings are , also this was the only A-20C with an ADF loop not a faired ADF like all the others. A28-30 DU-W A28-31, note nice even all over Foliage Green Scheme, later style markings and tropical intakes and glass nose, photo 3AD late 1944 and at Tocumwall in 1945 awaiting scrapping.
  7. The above photo is of A28-60 DU-P Hilda Shane in early Aug 44 just after the unit converted to new G model A-20's, when the nose art was just added just before operations recommenced. Taken at Noemfoor Island as 22 Sqn were operating brand new unmarked A-20G's beside the 417th BG with their A-20G's with much nose art on them, The ground crew painted nose art on the CO's aircraft hoping he would like it, then paint other aircraft in the Sqn, unfortunately the CO Sqn Ldr Colin Woodman was a stickler for rules and forbade artwork on any aircraft. However he relented on the work on his aircraft and allowed it to stay, called Hilda Shane after his wife and son. The upper photo of Hilda Shane with bomb log would have been taken in Late Sep 44, Hilda Shane was badly damaged on her 19th mission on 04 Oct 44 a strike on Ambon and did not fly again till late Nov 44 was written off in a Japanese night bombing attack on Morotai on 22/23 Nov 44, she had completed 21 missions, all bar 2 were flown by Sqn Ldr Woodman. there is another photo on ADF serials of Hilda Shane with Sqn Ldr Woodman in the cockpit just after the nose art was applied , he doesn't look impressed.
  8. The Mitchells that had waist and tail gun position fitted did not run the belly turret, it stopped being fitted around -20 -25, and the RAF was about the only operator who kept it , almost all US units with B-25C/D quickly removed it.
  9. The B-25 H/J came with offset waist guns and twin gun tail turret position from the factory so they are out of the conversation. The waist gun positions (opposite each other) and single gun tail position on B-25D were fitted new at the Kansas plant before overseas shipment from the B-25D-20/25 (called the D2) onward, kits were also sent to the Pacific and many earlier aircraft had them fitted at maintenance units in the Pacific , Early B-25G's didn't have them initially but later dash numbers also had waste and tail positions fitted from new (Waist and Tail positions helped with C of G with the Cannon armed version). When the waist and tail kits were fitted the belly turret was removed. The above pic of the RAF B-25D is unique, as the RAF only used the B-25 as a medium level bomber, all the strafing guns were removed (1 or 2 fixed .50 in nose and side gun packs- 6 x .50 MG's and ammo about 1000Ib removed from aircraft) and most of the time the tail position was unmanned, stories by gunners at the B-25 Sqn's hated the tail position so left it unmanned and 2 x gunners served the waist guns instead of one, one gunner credited his refusal to man the tail position saved his life as his aircraft took an AA hit to the tail turret while he was on a waist gun.
  10. In my 88 Sqn operations sheets it talks about the first Boston IV to the Sqn BZ412 ,"RH-M finally had its full Mk XIV bomb sight fitted and was tested by the CO WC Maher and flew the first Mk IV mission on the 12 Jun 44 with excellent results". 88 Sqn only had 2 x Boston IV's till the end of Jun 44 BZ412 RH-M and BZ449 RH-P, more started coming thru Jul and Aug 44 but never fully replaced all Boston IIIA's up till 88 Sqn disbanded in Apr 45, 88 was a large Sqn with approx. 20 Boston's on strength at the end they were still operating 4-6 Boston IIIA's. US A-20J used the Norden.
  11. Yep one of the photo's I put on ADF serials face book page.
  12. As Giorgio N said pre Jan 45 "B" type , Jan 45 Onward "C" type, going by known dated photo's of 3 Sqn Mustang III and IV's this is a pretty accurate time line and 112 operated with 3 Sqn in the same wing.
  13. Just got the book and while not bad expected better, I have a few Airframe and Miniatures books and a couple of Airframe Albums and while generally very good found more errors than I expected in this book, first thing that jumped out at me was the narrative for the cover artwork, RAAF Spitfire Vc over Darwin , unfortunately the text said the action took place over Shoal Bay NSW, not Shoal Bay Darwin NT, Shoal Bay is Newcastle NSW 4000km away , the Information and Schemes/marking for RAAF Spitfires was average to say the least, and tech data on Mk VIII's was wrong as noted above, if you want good info on Australian Spitfires get the books by Peter Malone on Aussie Spitfires by Eduard. Good book but too many mistakes in it in this day and age with access to information, for this to be a "Bible" needed to really have the information spot on , particularly on the Spitfire of all aircraft.
  14. If you want to do a Boston III/IIIA, A-20C, P-70 I'd go with a version of the Revell kit , nice enough model externally with little internal detail , but quite adequate for most collections and a straight fwd model.
  15. The Revell A-20C/P-70 kits are an old kit , the Revell A-20J/Boston IV is the MPM kit, in my collection the Old Revell, High Planes, Frog , Airfix and Matchbox kits will never be build, to old , Rare , inaccurate, or to much work (High Planes), I only use all the MPM versions now, DB-7B Boston III, A-20C/Boston IIIA, A-20B, A-20G and A-20J/Boston IV, they have assy problems but far superior to the others.
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