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  1. 8 (Coastal) OTU moved from Fraserburgh to Dyce on 8 Feb 1943. By March 1944 its establishment is noted as including 6+2 Mosquito T.III, amongst many other marks, which grew to 10 by Jan 1945. It then moved to Haverfordwest. No serials though.
  2. Some interesting documents from the period can be found in this publication. The Minutes of the 4 Jan meeting are dated 19 Jan. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1911423886/?coliid=I1CO4BDKASO0PJ&colid=I38YUH7DZNUG&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Parts of it it can be found on Google Books. The first part of ADM 1/10752 is viewable using the Safari browser here. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qlNeHN7SMDsC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false I’ve found other browsers may give access to more or less of
  3. ISTR reading somewhere, sometime, back long ago that depth charges were used over land for their blast properties. Usually in the Pacific/CBI to clear vegetation from around a target, as well as shock the occupants of bunkers. Don’t recall reading of its use in NWE or the Med though.
  4. Background info is on ADF serials with individual aircraft histories and some photos http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a28.htm
  5. It was the 3 singles on the port side of the island that were removed in the 1954/55 refit. Here is a photo of her starboard side in June 1956 when she visited Beirut. The 3 singles are still in place albeit under white covers. https://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/attachments/1/7/6/1/43998.attach There is a photo around of a crashed Wyvern dated to 17 May 1955 that clearly shows the port side of the island with the 3 single bofors missing. You will also see in the above photo that she retained all 4 starboard side sextuple bofors in the positions you noted. The o
  6. Perhaps the reason that the bomb doors don’t appear to be bulged in that photo is that the first raid on the Tirpitz was the first time 9 squadron had been tasked with carrying Tallboys. The first Tallboys arrived at Bardney on 31st August. So their aircraft would need retrofitted with bulged bomb bays if they didn’t already have them. Stephen Flower’s book “A Hell of a Bomb” also lists it as a Tallboy carrier on the Tirpitz raid. 9 sqn dispatched 12 Tallboy and 6 Johnnie Walker aircraft to the USSR. 1 aircraft, EE136/R, had its Tallboy slip in the bomb bay and returned
  7. From one of the Hyperscale forums:- More info on "The Creep", from Northrop's Night Hunter: P-61 Black Widow: c/n 782 (ie: 81st P-61/YP-61/XP-61, 65th production P-61A) P-61A-5-NO 42-5550 Available 3/17/44. Accepted 3/15/44. To Sacramento Air depot 3/20/44. To Newark, NJ for deployment 4/25/44. The aircraft left the U.S 6/1/44 for England. To the 422nd NFS 6/14/44. To the 425th NFS 8/20/44 Aircrew included; Lt. Richard R. Gray and R/O Lt. Jack W. Robinson. The Crew Chief was Sgt. C.J. Seale. The aircraft was credited with two kills - a Ju 188 by Lt. Gray and Lt. Robinson
  8. In Jan 1945 CVG-85 only had 2 F6F-5P as part of VF-85. In early April 1945, while the air group was ashore in Hawaii, 6 F6F-5N were added to the VF-85 aircraft complement at the expense of some F4U-1C (the cannon armed variant). Information extracted from the USN reports. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/naval-aviation-history/involvement-by-conflict/world-war-ii/location-of-us-naval-aircraft-world-war-ii/1945.html The same F6F complement was still aboard in Aug 1945. The geometric patterns (G markings) used by the CV and CVL Air Groups were replaced
  9. I think you will have problems finding photos of aircraft in the configuration you seek. That is because it does not reflect practice. By the 1950s naval aircraft all had powered folding wings which made spreading and folding wings much easier to perform as they moved to / from their parking spaces. Powered folding only began to appear during WW2. In the hangar aircraft will have their wings folded unless maintenance required them to be unfolded. The wings needed to be folded on the lifts to make them fit. On arriving on the flight deck they would remain folded while pa
  10. I’m not clear what you are driving at here. Firstly aircraft types. Eagle completed a short docking / refit period at the beginning of April 1956, and embarked her air group in mid April She returned to Britain after Op Musketeer at Suez in Jan 1957. Between those two dates she operated the following squadrons and aircraft types, leaving the U.K. in April with the following. 897 & 899 with Sea Hawk 830 with Westland Wyvern S4 812 with Gannet AS1 849 A flight with Skyraider AEW1. With the looming Suez crisis 812 disembarked to Malta on 3 Au
  11. More like 1960s tech. First flew 1965. The first ones arrived in the RAF in 1971.
  12. National Museum of Flight East Fortune reopens Monday 26th April https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight/
  13. That was the headline grabber. But are we in a positio to in reality. There are a lot of problems in actually delivering that increase. Note the 6th para in this article. https://rusi.org/commentary/going-ballistic-uk-proposed-nuclear-build
  14. Not sure “impressed” is necessarily the case. When faced with serviceability issues on the E-3, I’m sure every commander would rather have a nice new aircraft that could be relied on. Hence the liking for the E-7 is my understanding.
  15. And everyone who is keeping them has a looming problem with these aircraft, age. USA - first delivery 1976, operational 1977. there are 31 still in service with an average age of 42. NATO - first delivery Jan 1982 14 in service Saudi Arabia - first delivery 1983 5 in service UK - first delivery 1990 France - first delivery 1991 The British and French aircraft were the last off the line. So everyone else has aircraft that are between 31 and 44 years of age. The US has been scrapping some to harvest out of production components and keep the others goin
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