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  1. Hi A history for 312 Sqn by Tomas Polak published by Phil Listemann gives AA970/J, AB939/I and BL512/N. Steve
  2. Hi all In the original IWM photo the last aircraft towards the top on the right is a RAF Mustang III with BAF identity bands that would suggest a date June 1944 or later. Steve
  3. Hi My knowledge of the variations in designation of the early Tomahawks is not impressive but, as far as I can see from the Air Britain lists, 26Sqn had just three IIAs AH887, AH893 and AH903. There is a bit of information around that indicates during 1941 and 1942 aircraft 'A' was usually flown by F/Lt E F P 'Sam' Wheller. In the 26 Sqn ORB there are no records of operations in 1942 so no records of serials but at the end of 1941 Wheller is recorded flying AH893. Steve
  4. Hi I would say that the instructions for the leading edge strip were issued for specific types...Spitfire "half way along from the wing tip"... Hurricane "to the landing light" as far as I know there are no specific instructions for the Mustang. As somebody frequently says on here "never trust a profile" and as far as I know there is no photo of AG470/RUM. There are a number of photos of Mustangs that show the strip carried through to the wing root however available photos of 414Sqn aircraft from summer 1942 seem to show the strip is applied from wing tip to gun ports. The instructions f
  5. Sorry to be late. Like most of these things it is very hard to be certain about anything! The key modifications that are externally visible are: Change pilot harness to Sutton ‘Q’ type Tropicalise the air induction system - visible by the louvres on the carb air intake but this mod also included a great deal of internal work sealing trunking and joints etc. In the photos above KM219 is photo’d after re-assembly but before modification so no louvres; note the ferry pack installation behind the pilot armour. Introduce exhaust glare shield (usually removed as soo
  6. Thanks Bob I have been lurking for a few years.. just a bit shy I guess... I agree that the Lightweight programme ran in parallel with the P-51B/Merlin programme and did not intend to create that confusion. NAA Engineering Department Report (NA-5567) “Weight comparison between the Spitfire IX and the P-51B” was dated 23 November 1942. Thanks 303sqn for the link to the article on the XP-51F the grey hair saps my memory.
  7. Hi I have a friend in Canada who has spent many hours of his life trying to track down a photo of KN987. As far as I can tell the work on the lightweight Mustangs that lead to the P-51H began in 1942 around the same time as the work in America and Britain to put a Merlin engine in the P-51 airframe. Once that initiative began it was quickly apparent that the Merlin Mustang would weigh 1500lbs more than the equivalent Spitfire. NAA, apparently through Ed Schmued, embarked on a detailed comparative analysis of all the main components of both aircraft and in January 1943 N
  8. As has been said the captions in the Ducimus C&M book are not exactly clear. MMP published a book on the TseTse Mosquito by AlexCrawford https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mosquito-TSE-Alex-Crawford/dp/8389450453 In his book Crawford lists all the Mosquito airframes that were equipped with the Molins gun. His list of TseTse Moisquitos does not include either HR138 or LR347. Steve
  9. Mark I've got the Air Britain book and as far as I can tell the entry for F37/34 is not a verbatim copy of the Air Ministry document it is more a description of how the spec came to be written/issued...it seems essentially it was written by Supermarine. There is a copy of the spec in "Spitfire the history" by Morgan and Shacklady if you pm me an email address I'll send you a photograph.
  10. I am not a modeller but I am interested The problem with the sit of the Eduard P-51 might be partly to do with the tailwheel but the main problem is to do with the length of the main undercarriage legs. The design of the main undercarriage leg is based on a lightly loaded aircraft. If measurements were taken from museum exhibits then the aircraft studied would not have had any fuel on board and most likely no guns or ammunition. If you look at photos of fully loaded war time P-51s then the bottom edge of the undercarriage cover is usually to be seen level with the centre of the whe
  11. If you send me an email address I'll send you a scan...sorry to say I can't work out how to upload here. I would say that in relation to the proportions of the roundel the Kitsworld artwork is more accurate on height and position. The strokes of the letters are probably slightly thicker and the 'D' is too wide/square the corners top and bottom right should be a bit more curved. Steve
  12. Mike Donnet wrote a short autobiography "Flight to Freedom". In that there is a poor quality photo of KM121 taken after the aircraft crashed on 23 April 1945 the photo shows the starboard side. The prop is ripped off but the spinner does look to be a dark colour. There is no rank pennant visible but that area of the fuselage is obscured with oil. His personal code seems to be in characters smaller than Gaetano's artwork to me. Steve
  13. Making a rare post!! FB290 did not have the fuselage tank. I thought I had several books containing this image but now I can find only one. At one time the image was on the "Jeff Ethell WW2 Colour" site which is now defunct and, from what I can see, you need to take care connecting to the old address. The book I have is "P-51 Mustang" by Jeff Ethell published by Arms and Armour Press. The photo of GAB in there does not have these light coloured patches between the G and the A and that was in 1990 which I guess was before people were photoshopping images for publication.
  14. Steve The NAA factory drawing shows the "NO STEP" marking on port wing only. However there are one or two examples of RAF Mustang III with the "NO STEP" marking on starboard wing as well. Steve
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