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DaveWilko

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  1. DaveWilko

    Fairey Seafox (es)

    Would that be Mrs Impecunious of Mars by chance?
  2. Don't give him too many drinkiepoo's,one suspects that the dear Mrs Procopius will be watching the internet like a hawk to see if there are any pictures of her galavanting husband in a highly parlous state of sobriety caused by an over libation by his British chums................................
  3. Further to isaneng's post above,here's a few more pictures of the F/E's "dicky seat"(some with him ensconsed on his "throne" too). Do bear in mind though,the F/E spent 90% of his time standing up and looking outside the aircraft,so the seat was usually folded up and out of the way rather than unfolded and hinged into position. Oh and a very happy birthday too young man. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=avro+lancaster+flight+engineer's+seat&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=pYXSFTi47gCgKM%3A%2C01kmzPgbCpUGGM%2C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kScYyD26KnDVCptHlxlWtfcZn52ow&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiomLzy2vfgAhUFJ1AKHYctByUQ9QEwDHoECAIQBg#imgrc=pYXSFTi47gCgKM:
  4. These are delightful. Although never in the Air Cadets oneself,I remember seeing these flying on summer Sunday afternoons when out around the then RAF Ternhill in the 60's/70's when on a "Sunday afternoon" drive with one's parents. One's father would park up on the lane that borders the airfield and we'd watch the gliders.
  5. I posted this to Steve via PM,but he has asked one to put it up into the main thread,so here goes. The Time Team dig for Paul Klipsch's Spitfire:
  6. My word!!! Do you chaps have to have qualifications in Origami to achieve that? One would imagine that dragging it out again must be equally "exciting",what happens if you have to do it in a hurry? One bets there's far more "guiders and watchers"than do-er's for that maneuver.
  7. One would imagine that if our William lived in Devizes he'd find it far easier for him to access the real thing and then sally forth with his measuring equipment and deal these irksome dimensions a ferverish blow.
  8. Especially as IIRC,the fellow was held at bay by another crew member's(obviously not the gentleman in the "driver's seat")revolver shoved exactly where we may not wish to speculate upon.........
  9. Quite true Steve,he did indeed meet up again with Roger,John Gillies,and Norman "Green to Black"(I can't remember his surname offhand,possibly Ryder?) though he states that the old Roger was long gone and a much colder steely eyed very different character now occupied the man he once knew. As you say,those are the four pilots mentioned as shot down that day in the ORB.it is just possible that I may be confusing the combat with another around the same time in which Wooder was lost(I'm sure the name is Wooder,I'll have to dig Bob's book out). Certainly,Learmond's aircraft exploded and the ball of flame kept position in the formation for few seconds before falling away "Like a wilted fiery rag"(to quote the book) after the Messerschmitt formation's initial firing pass before 92 broke and engaged them in combat.
  10. IIRC,Paul Klipch's Spitfire was excavated by the "Time Team" some years ago. Pat Learmond's Spitfire exploded in flames as the formation was bounced by the Messerschmitts(Bob Tuck got the leader). By a strange coincidence,when Peter Cazenove was shot down(P9374 24th May 1940)and had belly landed on the Calais beach, whilst walking along the beach, he happened upon the wreckage of Learmond's aircraft,no trace of the pilot was found only a badly burnt and melted parachute harness buckle......... Another name that surfaced in Bob Tuck's book(Fly for your life)as shot down on 23rd of May is "Flight Sergeant Wooder" also seen to be going down in flames. However,in 92's operations book for that day,there is no mention of a Flight Sergeant Wooder,only the names you mention above. A fine job Sir on the aircraft of a true hero.
  11. You're most welcome Crisp(if I may call one that,I assume your surname isn't "Walkers"too). That really is a very impressive bit of casting,I gather from the tone of these other members of the "audience" that you will do a fine job of bringing it to life. Excellent job of explaining about the aerodynamics of these machines,obviously from one's knowledge and forum "handle", one once flew them for a living in the Fleet Air Arm,more power to one's elbow I say Sir.
  12. I believe the F/E held him at gunpoint to keep him away from the radio(it is many years since I read the book,but I think that's the gist of it.) The Ju 88 is at Cosford: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/collections/junkers-ju88r-1/ And just to whet one's whistle so to speak : https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/
  13. Indeed it does and yes,it is at RAF Cosford. You'll enjoy the book young sir,a good read. IIRC,two of the aircraft's three crew were in on the defection(Pilot and F.E)but not the W/op.
  14. I think there could be a lot of money to be made by the manufacturers of quality model filler there........... I also think that the CO2 trolley was pretty optimistic. Quite so,those of us that are old enough to remember know full well what it is that LOTUS really stands for My Father had a 1971 Triumph 2000(and a 1975 2500 PI,but that's another tale)that he decided need a de-coke. Similar problems to yours with that Dollymint's head were encountered. IIRC,much "PlusGas",blow lamp fuel and midnight oil were expended before the head relinquished it's grip on those head studs. As a lover(in those days)of RWD Escorts and RS2000's in particular(My Dad deemed them way too fast when he borrowed my own RS2000) and therefore not liking the fabled(by some)Triumph Dolomite Sprint(Dollymint Stripe we called the horrid things)because they were a bit quicker than our RS2000's but also far more fragile than the good old Ford Pinto 2ltr in the engine stakes. We"Ford men" reckoned the best way to strip one of their temperamental beastly Triumph engines was to poke a stick of dynamite into a suitable place(possibly between the exhaust or inlet manifold),"light the blue touchpaper",scurry off a safe distance and await a satisfying bang............. One less of the damned things to harrass our "superior"Escorts
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