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tonywalton

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  1. Hi Just to throw a little aside into the mix. Great topic by the way , I love all the input. However just something that took my attention. On the photo of uf-a running up, between the spinner and the sword it looks to me to be a small S/Ldr pennant !!!!. Definitely not a gap or cooling slot. Such interesting aircraft in this squadron
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    HMS violet

    Hi Nigel, Yes they probably did know each other , I have heard that name mentioned before. When I was younger I heard lots of stories about those convoy escorts in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean , Cocos Islands and many of their ports of call. All very interesting. I don't recall many stories about minesweeping except a vague recollection that they did do some at Oran during the North African landings (Operation Torch). But she was definetly equipped for such with a big winch and paravanes down aft. Also a hedgehog thrower up forward. Being new at this I'm not sure how to attach info or photos, if I can find your email I might be able to attach some info if you haven't got much. Tony
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    HMS violet

    Hi Nigel, regarding the hull markings , you could use any suitable for aircraft , xtradecal (hannants) or fantasy printshop. You would have to measure the height required on the model but 1/72 scale would probably suffice. But remember there was one on the stern as well so you will need 3 of each. It carried white or black codes depending on the camoflarge scheme. Just one thing, you will need to buy the HMS Buttercup version to make HMS Violet as it had the minesweeping gear aft as well as higher depth charge rails and different stern plate which is all included in this particular kit My father served aboard her 1942-46 , and I built the 1/72 version for him. If you want any details I would be happy to assist. Tony
  4. Hi Just a bit of information requarding the first photo of a 501 sqn aircraft. Many moons ago I saw a video (shows how long ago it was) anyway I replayed it and it showed this particular aircraft taxing past the camera so I noted down the details. It had a mixture of markings. it has the L under the nose but the fuselarge codes read SD_A. The serial was definitely P2545 , it has a 35" fuselarge A1 , the SD code was 24"and square style and the A aft of the roundel was 30". the fin flash had 7" stripes. The rest of the details are as mentioned in the other comments. I hope this may be of interest
  5. How about the 17sqn retirement Typhoon that had interesting markings
  6. Hi 85sqn and Grey Beema, Well from my research I conclude that P2884 LE+V was the one with the Nelson signal. The photo with the flags matches a B camoflarge scheme with the even serial, this aircraft seems to be his regular a/c as he flew it more often than any other. I don't mind if you model it, but here is a bit more info - in the photo it had a rotol (blunt) spinner and no boot kicking Hitler motif on the nose (I remember reading many moons ago that this wasn't applied until September 1940) I have checked photos of other Gloster aircraft with serials close to this aircraft and it appears that they all have a 49" fuselarge roundel and a fin flash with the full forward fin red so I presume this one will also. I am not sure about the flags on the Starboard side but it makes a point of interest. Re S/Lt Blake sorry I don't have much info on him. Spitfire R6991 might be a problem I can't find an a/c letter But it may not have had one!!. It was delivered to 19 Sqn on 12/9/1940 and was damaged in combat with me109's on 15/9/1940 then shipped of to be repaired and didn't return to the Sqn. Spitfire 2a P7423 QV+Y seems to have been his a/c in October 1940. But I will keep looking in case I find something.
  7. Hi Grey Beema IN reply to your question re S/Lt Gardner's Hurricane. I have been trying to track this down for years. Last year I got over to London and went to the PRO to go through the 242 Sqn ORB. From the time he joined the Squadron in July he flew various aircraft but it seemed his regular mount which he flew numerous times was LE+V P2884 this corresponds with the camoflarge pattern in the photo as well. Although he did fly LE+ T on a couple of occasions. So my model is going to depict LE+V Hope this helps a bit
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