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  1. Nice work, Here's your a/c at the 3:43 mark- with fin flash. cheers,Rob https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C189060
  2. Of interest I hope. Enlarge the 2nd photo in this article- 2 Kittyhawks seen from a Hudson-and note that the lighter and darker colours are in the opposite locations cf NZ3060(visible on nose and tail). Very hard to be sure but I think lower cowling demarcation is wavy. Dark spinners. Cheers,Rob https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2020/08/31/cactus-air-forces-forgotten-spine-royal-new-zealand-air-force-guadalcanal/ PS-and another reversed scheme- the a/c on the right, from https://rnzaf.proboards.com/thread/17599/rnzaf-40-pile?page=3
  3. Russ, I wrote to the Air Force Museum of NZ in 2009 about the camouflage on these P-40K aircraft. The discussion ,along with notes of a Mr Robert Montgomery in Appendix 3 of Classic Warbirds number 6 by Ventura Publications, concluded that the a/c were repainted in NZ prior to departure to the islands with a blue-grey and green upper scheme. The darker colour in the photo would correspond to the green. The wavy lower demarcation is noticeable. The RNZAF had applied these colours to Hudsons and then other a/c. Other photos of these a/c http://rnzaf.hobbyvista.com/p40_1.html colours on an a/c beiing restored in NZ http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/picture.php?/Kittyhawk_NZ3024/category/nz-kittyhawk and it appears the discussion has come up here a couple of years ago regards,Robert
  4. 85 Sqn ORB for June 1940 lists 'N2879' as it does in July as mentioned, but August's records list 'P2879'.
  5. The a/c is listed throughout the month as N2879. A number of possible explanations I guess Peter. cheers https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8436515
  6. I'm not sure if this adds any information, but 85 Sqn ORB for July 1940 lists B flight aircraft by serial no. and A flight by fuselage code letter. The only B flight a/c serial numbers ending in 9 I could see listed up to and around 10th July were N2879 and P3409. To my eyes '879' at the end of the serial appears possible. A flight had an H and a K but no N listed , so I presume B flight had an N as seems to be the likely code letter by the discussion so far. regards, Robert
  7. Thank you Geoffrey and Chris-lots of good photos. This link may have been posted before, but some film including RAAF torpedo armed Beauforts (Mk Vl I believe) in New Guinea at Milne Bay... https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03628
  8. Thanks Geoffrey and Graham, Here is a line up of Beauforts. A9-203, the second in line, is a Mk Vlll so some of this version were in fact fitted with the 'under chin' gun mount. http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/picture.php?/Beaufort_Line_up_including_A9_203_Photo_via_Barry_Goodall/category/beaufort Here is A9-203 showing the dorsal turret . https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Beaufort/Bristol-Beaufort/pages/Bristol-Beaufort-RAAF-A9-203-landing-Australia-01.html
  9. Page 81 of Geoffrey Pentland's RAAF Camouflage and Markings 1939-45 Vol 1 includes a photo of a RAAF Beaufort over the ocean with a large ship in the background (? Aquitania). I am not able to post the picture here, but it also features on the cover of this book. https://regimental-books.com.au/product/raaf-no_-6-otu-base-torpedo-unit-and-beaufort-torpedo-operations/ The serial is difficult to read, but I think is A9-238. No fuselage code letter is visible. What prompted my post is that the aircraft appears to be fitted with a Bristol Mk V dorsal turret as expected for a Mk Vlll which I take it to be by the serial, but also carried the 'under chin' gun. I do not recall seeing this combination on any other Beauforts. I note but have not read all the many words of the 2021 postings about Beaufort turrets so apologise if this has been covered before. Any confirmation regarding the serial and if a fuselage code letter was carried would be good. Thanks for any replies. regards, Robert
  10. thanks Mark, the photo not showing any 'teeth' was one of the prompts for my question. I note the shape of the demarcation line of the upper and lower colours on the nose and wonder if this may be due to a repaint post repairs.It could be anything, but there may be a hint of an eye still visible. Nice work your finished model. I expect this film is known to you, but may be of interest to others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7RUpsJyuok regards, Robert
  11. Thanks Steve, I thought that may be the case after a bit of searching. regards, Robert
  12. Are there photos of AN413 showing a 'shark mouth' (along with a single 'K' and 'Nan'and the kangaroo markings)? The photo in the 112 Squadron photos link ,cited by '112 Squadron' in their post ,captioned as being of AN413 doesn't. http://raf-112-squadron.org/raf_112_squadron_photos_1941.html Robert
  13. Hi Claudio, I hadn't seen Flavio's post regarding the Fulmars-have found it now dated Nov 20th. He refers to an operational record book entry of Oct 1940 of the Repair and Maintenance Branch. I wonder which unit number that was , and where that unit was based? I take it I could check the UK National Archives online for the ORB. I'm also happy with Peter's info suggesting that Sky was the 'creamy blue green' base colour on hurricanes leading edges (those without the apparent sheen). Robert
  14. edit- first line should read ...'in Jan 1941..'
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