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About AndyL

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  1. AndyL

    Defiant exhausts

    Going through my 141 Squadron material, here are three references to exhausts as noted in the log book of Squadron Leader Ted Wolfe DFC. 16.11.40. Defiant N1564. Trials of new fishtail exhaust. No glare at all and less noise. Very successful. 21.11.40. Defiant N1564. Further trials of 3 port fishtail exhaust. Excellent. 8.11.40. Defiant N1799. New night stub exhausts much too noisy.
  2. Great to see progress, and that you've started building. I'm following this with interest as I'm currently writing the history of the Defiant for Pen & Sword, and this Defiant was 141 Squadron's first Defiant fatal crash of the war. I've attached the casualty communication for this loss for reference. As to the crew, I drew a blank trying to find Wightmans family, but I have been given a couple of leads to the Keene family, now in Kent apparently. Keep up the good work, and keep us posted if you get to the crash site. https://www.flickr.com/photos/157796863@N06/shares/SLr4w8
  3. AndyL

    My first Bolton-Paul Defiant...

    No problem. I'm currently writing the history of the Defiant for Pen & Sword and have amassed quite a bit of material. There are apparently only ten Parasuits ( I know of six ) left worldwide as far as I know. One held by Hendon, one held by Irving Parachutes, at least two in private collections, and two held by the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge. I have several images of Defiants from 264 Squadron at readiness during the Battle of Britain and you can see the Parasuits draped over the tailplanes ready for their respective air gunners.
  4. AndyL

    My first Bolton-Paul Defiant...

    The GQ Parasuit aka Rhino suit had no Mae West fitted. It relied on pockets filled with Kapok for buoyancy, though it seems it really wasn't that good at staying afloat when immersed. The Parasuit seems to drop from common usage towards the end of 1940, with the air gunners wearing aircrew harnesses and carrying a clip on parachute in the turret itself.
  5. AndyL

    My first Bolton-Paul Defiant...

    The fairing was operated by compressed air - when the turret was turned, a set of cams opened/closed valves raising or lowering it. The air gunner could also operate the fairing manually, via a lever in the turret.
  6. Stephen Keene is buried at Grantsable, section 1, grave 11.
  7. The RAF casualty section has the loss attributed to 141 Squadron. The cause was a high speed stall on May 15th 1940 at 15.40 hours. Both burials took place on May 18th; David Wightman interred at Lockerbie ( his family lived at Ashgrove Terrace ), however Stephen Keene was not returned to his home town of Westcliffe on Sea and as mentioned was interred at Grangemouth.
  8. AndyL

    Airfix 1/48 Boulton Paul Defiant.

    The Defiant always had the capability of firing forward. However the air gunner had to lock the turret into the forward position, and set the master switch to ' pilot. The pilot could now fire the guns the same way as in the Hurricane and Spitfire, via the gun button on the spade grip. But the guns had to be elevated to a minimum of 22 degrees above the horizontal for the lowest .303's to clear the propeller arc. In August 1940, Boulton Paul and the Air Ministry began looking at fitting fixed armament in the wings for new build airframes but this was dropped three months later.
  9. AndyL

    Airfix 1/48 Boulton Paul Defiant.

    Always have time for a Defiant build. And that's a superb one. Lovely work indeed. BTW. It's 264 Squadron
  10. AndyL

    Rag-wing BoB Hurricane.

    L2012 of 605 Squadron was UP-V if you're interested.
  11. AndyL

    Boulton Paul Defiant

    I'm currently writing the history of the Defiant for Pen & Sword - I've got quite a bit on 264 and would like to have a chat about your uncle. If you're interested, drop me a message on here or email me at Defiant1940@virginmedia.com Cheers, Andy
  12. Boulton Paul were simply designing an aircraft to an Air Ministry specification for a turret armed bomber destroyer to be used by day and night. As to the builds, they're superb.
  13. When you read McKenzie's combat report, the engagement with Meyer along with Squadron Leader Hogan, and the deliberate ramming of the 109 are two different incidents. The ramming itself took place between 70 and 100 feet above the sea, and the 109 span in, and floated for a while. McKenzie was then attacked, and hit by other 109's heading back across the Channel. He had to perform evasive manoeuvres at around 30 feet off the sea to get away; but the Hurricane had been hit in the engine and cockpit, causing him to force land. The Luftwaffe lost eight Bf 109's that day - five crashing on land. The Bf109 of Ltn. Meyer claimed by Hogan and McKenzie as mentioned earlier; plus two more came down in the sea, those being one from 9/JG27 that is listed as ditched and the pilot rescued by Seenotdienst, and the Bf 109 of Uffz. Heinrich Bley from 4/LG2 who was taken PoW with slight injuries. For reference, Bley's Bf 109 was coded +A with WrNr, 5391. Regards Andy
  14. AndyL

    Crew for Airfix 1:48 BP Defiant?

    If you want some decent images of a Parasuit, message me your email address and I will send you a couple. Regards Andy