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  1. Mark I production order, 200 RAF, then 50+50 RAAF then 50 RAF. Plus 1 extra for the RAF. RAF Hudson I, original version, Wright Cyclone R-1820 G 102A engines, 2 position propellers Hudson II, constant speed propellers Hudson III, Wright Cyclone R-1820 G 205A engines. (aircraft 152 onwards, RAF serial V9066 onwards, had greater fuel capacity) Hudson IIIA, (USAAF A-29, lend lease) Hudson IV (or IVA) Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp R-1830 S3CG, RAAF order taken over in the second half of 1940. (RAAF mark I or II) Hudson V Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp S3C4G, non lend lease orde
  2. Hurricane first flight 6 November 1935 Henley first flight 10 March 1937 (reported by Mason to have had fabric wings and always meant to be built at Gloster), production from October 1938 to April 1940 plus the final 2 in September. Hotspur first flight 14 June 1938. Hurricane biography, AVIA 46/114, extracts from the draft histories, First Draft: The stressed skin all metal wing (File No. 522507/36), the prototype had fabric wings, but it had always been hoped that production aircraft would have the new stressed skin wings. In these wings the metal covering was ma
  3. What further information are you after? 11 Group Pool formed 14 January 1939 at Andover, Apparently moved to St Athan, became 6 OTU on 6 March 1940 at Sutton Bridge 12 Group Pool formed 15 September 1939 at Aston Down, still there when it became 5 OTU on 6 March 1940. Quickly looking through the early Hurricanes, so some may have been missed, L1870 11 Group Pool St Athan L1895 - 1899 to A T Pool Andover, the first 3 then to 11 Group Pool, no dates, (Taken on charge dates 22 March 1939.) L2006 - 2011 to 11 Group Pool, no dates, (Taken on Charge dates 16
  4. Australian Archives series MP287/1 control 219 PART 2, Tiger Moth Airframes - Contract for supply of by De Havilland Aircraft, download the PDF or read online a page at a time. Pages 122 and 123 are a list of subcontractors, Pages 165 onward talk about the plywood leading edges, including that the final 2 of the 1939 order plus some spare wings from that order had the modification (page 196), marking discussed pages 185 and 190. Although more Gipsy Major engines were promised, only the 80 recorded as being shipped actually arrived, not sure how many sets of materials arrived.
  5. Australian Archives Series A705 control 9/52/102 DTS [Directorate Technical Services] - Mosquito aircraft - De Havilland representatives reports Read online a page at a time or download the PDF. Mostly De Havilland Field Service Engineer's reports. 618 squadron is listed as having 24 mark IV, 9 mark VI and 2 PRU Mosquitoes as of late September or early October 1945, all supposedly in storage. pages 105, 6 Canadian Mosquito list on pages 66 and 67 (with comment) Lots of details so lots of relevant or irrelevant pages depending on what you are after.
  6. According to the RAF census as of end June 1944, 18 mark I in the Mediterranean and another 8 had been lost overseas, some mark I shipped to equip training units, whether they had Vokes filters is unknown, the Middle East preferred the Aboukir filter. 1 Mark II had been shipped to a Dominion Air Force (Canada), otherwise the version stayed in Britain, none listed as overseas or lost overseas. 1 PR.III had been shipped to a Dominion Air Force (Unknown), otherwise the version stayed in Britain, none listed as overseas or lost overseas. PR.IV, 43 in service overseas, after 61 overseas
  7. 452 Squadron deployment 9 March 1944 depart Strauss, arrive Wyndham, meant to fly to Derby. 10 March To Derby then Port Hedland 11 March to Carnarvon then Guildford. 24 March depart Guildford 25 March arrive Strauss 27 March (last of) ground crew depart Guildford 28 March (last of) ground crew arrive Strauss
  8. There were two batches of B-17F/Fortress II, the first was 19 given RAF serials FA695 to FA713, for Coastal Command. The aircraft were taken on strength November 1942 to February 1943. The second was a theatre transfer of 14 from 8th Air Force in Britain for Bomber Command radio counter measures, 223 squadron. The aircraft were taken on strength January to March 1944, using the RAF aircraft census. The first batch were 6 B-17F-27-BO, 6 B-17F-30-BO and 7 B-17F-40-BO. The RAF B-17F-27 were amongst the last to still have 0.30 calibre guns factory fitted, the -30 eliminated side wi
  9. The details. Avro built, 620 Lancasters between ED303 to EE202, initially mark I, then a mixture of I and III, then III. ED362 first mark III in batch, ED782 last mark I in batch. EE176 delivered 8 June 1943, Taken on Charge 11 June 1943. ED303 to ED334, ED347 to ED396, ED408 to ED453, ED467 to ED504, ED520 to ED569, ED583 to ED631, ED645 to ED668, ED688 to EDED737, ED749 to ED786, ED799 to ED842, ED856 to ED888, ED904 to ED953, ED967 to ED999, EE105 to EE150, EE166 to EE202. Avro, Order B69274/40 requisition LA 1/E1/41 for 588 mark I (L, R, W and ED serials) and 4
  10. When it comes to the Canadian built Hurricane mark II they all came with B wings, 11 were lost at sea en route to Britain, 681 arrived, 2 of which were scrapped before delivery to the RAF. The aircraft were incomplete airframes, missing various items like flight instruments. So final assembly was done in Britain, not reassembly. When it comes to which of them ended up with B or C wings the various lists have their disagreements. I do not know if the 11 lost at sea are considered delivered in the following numbers but the 2 scrapped ones obviously are taken into account. IIB pro
  11. Since I had the data while looking elsewhere. KD839/Bureau Number 76417 was accepted on 28 November 1944, delivered on 2 December.
  12. First I have been informed there were 0, instead of 300, F4U-4C with 20mm cannon replacing the 0.5 inch machine guns of the F4U-4, as a follow up for the 200 F4U-1C. The 4C was planned but became the 4B which began production in 1946. There are no USN aircraft cards marked F4U-4C. Royal Navy Corsair IV production. The original order was for 857, serials KD161 to KD999 and KE100 to KE117 but the 5 serials KD260 to KD264 were reallocated to be XF2G-1 prototypes, leaving 852. FG-1D Bureau Number 92195 became Corsair IV KE117 the last Corsair delivered to the RN, The ne
  13. Given your address is this the US or UK national archives? In both cases things like the daily and even weekly strength report files are rarely digitised, they are rather specialist and tend to be large, someone needs to pay for the copy. The US archives have significantly less indexing than the UK ones. The US policy is to take the incoming material and put it into boxes, very often with minimal indexing of the individual documents. The UK archives files AIR 22/324, 325 and 326 are weekly USAAF strength reports from August 1942 to June 1946. They list each unit, loc
  14. US Archives Record Group 18, Entry 7, Box 5673, 355th Fighter Group, year of 1944, aircraft strength as of, 1 March, P-47 63 out of 103 P-47 on station fully operational, considered a P-47 group. 2 March, P-47 62 out of 66, P-51 0 out of 47. 3 March, P-47 57 out of 66, P-51 12 out of 57, considered a P-51 group, the official criteria for the change is "after receiving the 36th P-51 aircraft" also all aircraft shown in groups converting to P-51 are presently used on operations. 4 March, P-47 40 out of 66, P-51 49 out of 78 5 March, P-47 35 out of 66, P-51 23 out of 68
  15. 354th FG (P-51, 353, 355, 356 sqn), 9th AF, arrived in Europe with P-51, Pioneer Mustang, switched to P-47 22 November 1944 until 15 February 1945, then back to P-51, there was a P-51 shortage for a time. 355th FG (P-47, 354, 357, 358 sqn), 8th AF, arrived in Europe with P-47, switched to P-51 February/March 1944, WR being the code letters for the 354th sqn. The P-47D-25 with cut down rear fuselage probably came into production in April 1944
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