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  1. The outline of the ship and the swastika would have been added after the Lutzow mission. The name "Wreck" may have preceded the mission or it may have been added just prior to the official photo as a bit of fun. Regardless, in 1/72 scale the nose art will be very, VERY small indeed.
  2. This photo shows some interesting details and appears to confirm L9939 as AW-W "Wreck". https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/uk/raf/beaufort/raf-crew-by-beaufort-aw-w-l9939-1941/ Details here about the loss of L9939 in October 1941, which repeats the above linked image and directly associates it with the Lutzow attack: http://aircrewremembered.com/turner-godfrey.html
  3. XIII Sqn painted their Tonka GR1a's in winter camo during a deployment to Norway in 1993. I have photos but, alas, they're not accessible right now. However, there's a side profile on this website which gives some indication of the scheme. There are some additional pics of the scheme on this Britmodeller thread:
  4. And the cows get bigger, right?
  5. I agree misidentification is most likely in this case. Given that G4Ms were active in the area from 1942 onwards, it would be odd for the author to misidentify such a well-known type. I wonder if the aircraft might have been a Ki-49?
  6. You're practically neighbours...er, sorry...neighbors. See? I'm bilingual.
  7. I think the difference between G11 and G12 is not specific to a fighter or bomber variant. It simply reflects that some Blenheims had a portion of the front glazing overpainted. Here's an example of a bomber Blenheim with nose glazing overpainted:
  8. Thanks for sharing that interesting image. Unfortunately, the quality is so bad that it's really hard to draw definite conclusions from it, except that it clearly has a large flash occupying the entirety of the fin, and that it's a 36 Sqn machine. It's even difficult to tell whether the underside of the upper wing is black or a light-toned shade. Certainly the wheel spats appear lighter than the metal parts of the fuselage but, again, it's not clear we can draw any really tangible conclusions from it. Perhaps we're seeing Light Earth/Light Green as per the shadow compensation s
  9. Definitely looks like black undersides. Spinner might be red with a dark blue stripe just forward of the prop blades.
  10. IIRC, GR-U of 92 Sqn appears in a couple of photos showing a vic of the Sqn's Spits at Paris. All the airframes appear to show the factory-delivered scheme with black/white wing undersides and aluminium beneath the cowling and rear fuselage. The individual airframe code letter was repeated on the underside of the cowling.
  11. mhaselden

    Saintly Fiat

    Is the cowling red or perhaps blue? The cowling seems to be tonally more similar to the blue of the roundel than the red (IMHO...which isn't worth much). The fuselage stripe just forward of the roundel appears to have a light-toned outline and I think I'm seeing the same think aft of the roundel but it's not as distinct. There appears to be some kind of emblem in a circle, of the same shade as the fuselage strip, immediately beneath the cockpit. The light-toned outline seems to stop at the aft edge of that circular badge.
  12. The odds are slim but the 31 Sqn Operations Record Book, might offer some options for the serial number. If you're really lucky, it may even mention the individual code letter. ORBs should be downloadable for free from the UK National Archives. I stress again that it's much more likely that the ORB won't have the details you seek...but what have you got to lose?
  13. 67 Sqn started operating Buffalos in March 1941. With 488 Sqn arriving in Singapore in November of that year, most of the airframes had been in constant use for 6+ months, mostly by pilots who had little/no experience operating modern fighters. Pre-hostilities propaganda photos of 243 Sqn Buffalos flying in formation show them in tight vics rather than the battle-pair or finger-four formations that started to emerge during the BoB. Very few of the Buffalo unit leaders had operational experience. The following summary is going from memory...but I think it's pretty accurate.
  14. Here's another grubby-looking Buffalo, this time from Burma but the operational environment wasn't massively dissimilar to what was seen in Malaya/Singapore:
  15. Alan, I think it's hard to be sure exactly what we're seeing in the photo. What you describe as worn/peeled paint looks, to me, like dirt/mud that's been blown back onto the lower fuselage. Few RAF airfields in the region had "all weather" surfaces and, given monsoon season that starts in late November/early December, it would not be surprising if aircraft became rather mud-spattered during operations.
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