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  1. Excellent! Many thanks for doing the legwork. CT
  2. I was actually at Specsavers this morning, ordering some new glasses! Good spot Dave.l can't think why the codes should have been overpainted ... so maybe they were red. But why? Answers in large print please.
  3. Great find Gomtuu, very helpful indeed. I looked at all the Tempest photos (including the one just before the Spit Pilots Notes - captioned as a Spit 16) An there was no trace of codes either side of the roundels - where I would have expected to see some indication at least. So codes on the nose only - apparent from 'M' there is another, 'U', visible in the Tempest line-up. I have only ever found one report (from an immediate post war 'spotter) of a KZ code (JN764 KZ-R, widely reported in other reference books), so I am wondering how certain that code is. Th
  4. Aah. Good thought Graham. They could well be Typhoon style identity stripes which were carried by Tempests from entry into service through to 20 April 44 when they were ordered to be removed. It is unlikely they would have survived on any of the Tempests until February 1945 (the date of the 287 Sqn Tempest crash) which suggests to me that the photo has been misidentified and actually does depict JN759 which was 'Cat B' due battle damage on 10 May 44. The stripes should have been removed by then but ....? It was SA-R of 486 Sqn at the time and went to Odiham two days later, presumably for r
  5. Thanks for that info. Yes, I am afraid that 3 Sqn's ORB is awash with similar anomalies, which is one of the reasons I did not wish to attempt to list individual aircraft V1 scores. I have found that the accuracy of ORBs varies from unit to unit and period to period and 3 Sqn's is (engage polite mode) one of the most challenging to the researcher. One Typhoon in 1943 was recorded as lost in action on 3 separate dates. Thank you Gomtuu; that is very interesting indeed. I've been searching in vain, for a long time, for a photo of a 287 Sqn Tempest V. I'd be very grateful if you, or
  6. Yes, I can confirm it, I wrote it. I didn't make it up - the information came from a Form 1180 Accident card. After the accident on 23 June 44, JN769 was recategorised as Cat B (ie. repairable at a major repair facility) and allocated to Hawker for repair. It was ready for collection on 11 October 44 and was reported at 20 MU, Aston Down, two days later. By 6 December it was reported with 287 Sqn - a second-line unit with anti-aircraft co-operation duties at Gatwick. As it was a Series 1 Tempest V with no facilities for LRT, RP or bombs it was of no use to the 2nd TAF Tempest un
  7. JF-M was JN812, the 3 Sqn CO's aircraft - Sqn Ldr Alan Dredge; it was one of the first Mk V Series 2 aircraft and was used by the squadron from 4 June 44 to 1 October 44 (when it was shot down by flak with the loss of its pilot, Wt Off Reid, during the unit move up to its winter base, B.80 Volkel). I don't know how many V-1s it shot down but Dredge claimed 5, at least two in JN812. In theory you could trawl through 3 Sqn's ORB to see if other pilots made claims in it, but I'll leave that to you (from downloads from the National Archive at present). Incidentally, for 2 days or so,
  8. I wrote an article on this topic which was published in Model Aircraft Monthly, December 2006. There was only one true Typhoon night fighter, R7881. It got as far as trials with the Fighter Interception Unit in the last quarter of 1943 and even flew a small number of operational sorties over London; they were uneventful. When 486 Sqn equipped with Typhoons in late July/August 1942, it was intended that they would operate with Turbinlite Bostons and a handful of their Typhoons were painted accordingly, ie. with black undersides and red code letters. However trials revea
  9. RP fittings were incorporated on the Typhoon production line shortly after the introduction of the sliding hood ('bubble') and shortly before the introduction of the large tailplane and 4-blader. However there were a large number of earlier Typhoons which were modified with RP and new canopies in the spring of 1944. This means that you are restricted to Typhoons with serial numbers before MN307, but it will include modified Typhoons, mainly from the JP and JR serial ranges but also a smattering from the R, DN, EJ and EK serial ranges. CT
  10. Thanks Troy. The paintings are new to me; they look like Langley. Both the Typhoons shown have markings applied in service and therefore are probably there for mods and/or repairs. Will do a bit of digging and report back.
  11. The Typhoon in the photo is R8830 EL-U, on loan from 181 Sqn to A&AEE for low-level bombing trials, in March 1943. I suspect the cannon had been removed as they were on a separate charge to the airframe and the squadron needed to retain them as 20mm cannon were still in short supply.
  12. Hiya Steve. Better late than never ... Nice idea to line the radiator fairing. I presume the upper surface cam colours wrapped round onto the interior walls, as per the Typhoon, but I don't think I have a photo that shows it. Yes, 'EDM' would very probably have had a 'cuckoo filter' in the intake. I have photos of this aircraft about a year later and it had one then. This proves nothing of course! CT
  13. Excellent model. Do not worry about the wing roundels; when 2ndTAF added yellow (outer) and white (inner) rings to the wing roundels on all their aircraft in January 1945, some featured the original (large) wing roundels modified, others had the original wing roundels painted out and new roundels (the same size and style as the fuselage roundels) painted in their place. The Airfix designer had access to photos of ZH-Q RB478 which confirm that it had the smaller wing roundels.
  14. It is ... but enlarge the photo and look at the texture of the infill.
  15. No one has mentioned the 'Punjab' .... which looks to me like it had recently been chalked on, probably for the benefit of the photographer. Strictly non-regulation in terms of size and position and non-typical for the period. Which proves nothing of course.
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