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  1. See for the discussion about RAF 263 Sqn (HE-K), which Nils participated in. Nils, you said "This photo has by many been used as a "proof" of Sky Grey undersides with a high demarcation line on 263 Sqn. Gladiators in Norway. The photo, which has been printed in several magazines and books is however based on a poor copy. My friend has the original negative for this photo, and a copy based on the negative clearly shows the standard four upperside colours "shadow shading" scheme. My friend is planning a book on RAF operations in Norway in 1940, where the ptoto eventually will be published". Was the book published?
  2. How about JZ654 See https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1228480/
  3. Does anyone know if any AH9 OR AH9As ever appeared with 'ROYAL MARINES' titles whilst being used by 847 NAS. I think I've seen an AH9 with 'RM' titles, which is obviously a touched up 'ARMY' title but that's all. I'm thinking not as I believe they tended to take over the helicopters from the previous Army unit who left them behind in theater. Cheers Simon
  4. Normally I would take a look before deciding to buy, but alas, with the lock down, I currently don't have that luxury. Could anyone tell me what Sea Gladiator coverage there is in the two part 'Aircraft in Profile' feature in April and May's editions. Any new profiles being offered that haven't been see before or are different interpretations of previously published ones? Do the plans cover both interim and production arrester hook arrangements? That sort of thing. Cheers Simon
  5. Emails received with thanks. Learning new things every day!
  6. When you say PM me, do you mean via here?


    I've sent you a mail, in case that is what you meant.






    (Sorry if this isn't what you meant)

  7. I was in the FAA Museum at Yeovilton, the other day and I was looking at a little watercolour sketch by S/Lt (A) Val Bennett R.N.V.R. who served with 1770 NAS. He wasn't an official war artist, but he recorded his surroundings as he travelled in service. So a unique (often colour) record. This sketch was a view of a couple of Grumman Goose and several Supermarine Walrus, parked up on hard standing in what seems a busy squadron scene. I assume it is 749 NAS as this seems to be where the FAA Geese ended up. I can't find a copy of this sketch on the internet, but for those who want to have a look, (if I remember correctly) it is in Hall 2 in the war in the pacific exhibition to the left of the hall. What drew my attention was the bright yellow markings carried by the Geese on their otherwise TSS upper surfaces. The fuselage spine is panted yellow with a chevron running from the centre front of the fuselage backwards so making an arrow shape. two more parallel strips are either side, spaced equally along the span of each wing so the pattern looks like / / /\ \ \. l Questions that come to mind are; Why were they applied? i.e. were they to help calibration, orientation or visability Were these markings standard throughout the squadron? i.e. there is a well known photo of FP503 code W2W (see Air Britain - FAA Aircraft 1939-45), It doesn't clearly show the upper surface and I wonder if it would have had said markings. When were they introduced? the sketched Geese appear to show type C.1 national markings, whilst FP503 has the earlier type A.1 markings, so the markings might not have yet been applied when the photo was taken. Discuss....
  8. The following might be useful for other Marks of Harvard
  9. I tried ordering this from Amazon, but the order was at first delayed then cancelled. I see it advertised by various book sellers but not on MMP Books. Was the book ever published or has its publication been delayed or even cancelled? Don't want to waste my time ordering a book which isn't going to be published. Regards Simon
  10. Note that page 6 has a sequence of photos showing H land and page 7 of the photos show the source photos for those shown in post 18. They show a lot more detail, but do not provide any more clarification as to code presentation or serial number
  11. With regard to Merlin vs Chinnok, there is an interesting article at https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/osprey-vs-chinook-cost-vs-capabilities/. Whilst primarily looking at the troop transport role, it does also consider the carrier borne mid-air refuelling, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Airborne Early Warning roles. It concludes that where 24 V-22 Ospreys could be bought the UK could buy 48 Merlin HM.2s and 35 Lynx Wildcat helicopters which not only fulfil the same capabilities (except mid-air refuelling) but give a greater fleet size which in turn gives much more force flexibility. I also understand the CHF Merlin HC4s are going to play a role on the carriers, carrying out CSAR and utility roles, freeing up the HM2s for their intended Anti-Submarine Warfare and Airborne Early Warning roles.
  12. The clue was in the title! - clearly not good at searching for topics
  13. The subject of clear vision hoods on FAA Hellcats has been mentioned before (though I can't find the post in question. Luckily I record these things so they are not lost. The following are not my words but those who discussed the matter. NF.II Malcolm blown hoods The Malcolm blown hood appears to have been fitted to one or two Royal Navy Hellcat NF.II`s operating as night fighters with 892 NAS towards the end of WW2 and maybe on into 1946. As Blackburns were the allocated "sister" design company for Grumman in the UK, I would suggest they were the only source for modifications of this type to Grumman a/c. Specific FAA mods were done by the Blackburn team in the US, but as this is a British mod I would think it likely to have its genesis at Sherbourne in Elmet. Just a thought, but could it be that the blown hood was a straight replacement fit from UK sources for FAA a/c with damaged hoods so they were not necessarily fitted by serial block. Information, which came from an ex-employee of Malcolm, was that they were made by a team of six literally pulling the heated material over a mold, hence the fairly even bulging, since it had to be pulled off the mold (difficult with any undercut) when cool. Supermarine and Westland (at least) had their own canopy-making system, which involved air being blown in, from underneath, making complex bulges less difficult. I`ve seen a photo of a bubble canopied Hellcat before and I`ve also seen some others, one depicts a Hellcat NF.II fitted with the same canopy and a pair of 20mm cannons, coded `S' while it was hanging over the side of a carrier,...most likely HMS Ocean as the squadron which took the NF.II`s to sea was 892 NAS on this ship. It has zero length rocket rails, and 20mm cannon with a blown hood. Likely to be KD110, as according to Sturtivant this aircraft 'went over starboard side onto walkway' on 27.11.45. No other 892 squadron Hellcat accident description fits what can be seen in the photo. Could be coded 5-S or O5S, but it doesn`t appear to have the full 05+ codes yet and may not even have the earlier prefix `5' either, which made me think that this was during the work up period before embarking when only the single code letter `S' would be worn on the fuselage?. There also appears to be something which may be artwork,......looks like two figures which could be a man and a woman with a dress on and it is certainly in the right place as other Hellcat NF.II`s also carried artwork in this position. See the following post for a model of the aircraft in question
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