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  1. Hi, I just came across your original question and was thinking along the same lines, except that I theorised you might have had a spare 'H' on a decal sheet. I'm wondering whether this might have been the photo you saw. It's quite a well known image and I certainly remember having a book that included it. I've a feeling it was "Hurricane at War" and a quick check shows that was published in 1974.
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    Halifax bomb loadout.

    I recently downloaded the 77 Sqn ORB and I can confirm that it specifies the bomb load for every aircraft participating in the Peenemunde raid: Aircraft A, D, G, H, K, L, Q, R, Y, Z, M, N: 1 x 2000 lb HC inst, 1 x 1000 lb HC inst, 6 x 500 lb HC inst. Aircraft B: 1 x 2000 lb HC, 1 x 1000 lb HC, 6 x 500 lb GP. Aircraft J: 1 x 2000 lb inst fusing, 1 x 1000 lb inst fusing, 6 x 500 lb inst fusing. Aircraft T: 1 x 2000 lb HE, 1 x 1000 lb HC, 6 x 500 lb GP. Aircraft V: 1 x 2000 lb HC, 1 x 1000 lb GP, 5 x 500 lb GP. Aircraft C, O, P, U, X: 50 x 30 lb ord incends, 720 x 4 lb ord incends. Ten aircraft also carried "Nickels", which if I recall correctly were propaganda leaflets, "all dropped in the target area". The ORB gives the serial number for each of these aircraft: you'll need to check that the one you decide to model was a B II Series 1 (Special) as some are likely to be have been Series 1a or possibly B Vs.
  3. I recall an article in Model Aircraft Monthly stating that a return exits showing JG 301 had a couple of Ta 152Cs "ready for action" at the start of May 1945, though there was no further information on any operational sorties that they might have flown.
  4. W4140 was lost by 156 Sqn, part of the Pathfinder Force (PFF), on 27 April 1943. In his postwar despatch on war operations, Arthur Harris says that the first PFF H2S operation took place on 30/31 January when just two flights' worth of aircraft had been fitted with it, and that it wasn't fitted to "all the heavy aircraft of the PFF" until the end of September. He adds that "the average number of H2S-equipped aircraft despatched per raid during the first two or three months of its operational career was about 14", which suggests that any given PFF aircraft is more likely not to have had it during that period. You could try the 156 Sqn Record of Events and Summary of Events for April, available as downloads from the National Archives, in case they might throw any light on it. When I was looking in the Archives while researching a 77 Sqn air gunner recently, I also came across a combat report that he'd filed and which mentioned that his aircraft was fitted with Monica.
  5. I know this is a long shot but does anyone know the date at which the modification (Mod 814) to install the enlarged tail fin was embodied on Merlin-engined Halifaxes at RAF Elvington? I’ld like to model a particular 77 Sqn aircraft at the date of its loss on 21/22 January 1944. It’s LW233, a B.II Srs 1a from the final batch of Merlin-engined Halifaxes built by English Electric. It was completed after 25 August 1943 and I know from the 77 Sqn ORB that it arrived on the squadron between 7 and 15 September. While I don’t have a photo, there are two in-service shots of LW235 in “From Hull, Hell and Halifax” taken before its loss on 20 October, which give a clear picture of the configuration in which LW233 must also have been completed. Though these are very late production aircraft, I was surprised to see that LW235 still had the original, triangular fins, as I‘ld have expected a Halifax produced at this late date to have been built with the larger ones. The question is, were they retrofitted to LW233 by late January 1944? From Ken Merrick’s Halifax book, this would have been done by a travelling working party from 13 MU which modified “225 Mk II and Mk V Halifaxes in the remarkably short period of three and a half months” but he doesn’t say when the programme started. He continues “Within the next two months they modified a further 277 and in March 1944 moved to St Davids where they modified a further 60 Halifaxes for Coastal Command”. So, reckoning back from that date, it sounds as if the programme of work in Bomber Command must have started in Sep/Oct 1943 and run on till Feb/Mar 1944. I think I have most of the published Halifax references with the exception of the Halifax File but not surprisingly none of them throw any light on this. I had hoped that the 77 Sqn ORB or Summary of Events might have recorded the Squadron’s aircraft having the mod carried out (very little operational flying took place in December and January, so there would certainly have been an opportunity) but no, nor do the 13 MU records seem to be available online. There were some 17 Halifax squadrons in Bomber Command at the end of 1943. 77 Sqn, at any rate, had at least 25 aircraft on strength so the front line force could have been around 425. The majority of these would have required modification, given that Halifaxes were still coming off the production line with the smaller fin as late as the end of August, so going by Merrick’s figures thee would still have been a significant number of unmodified aircraft in front line squadrons as of late Jan 44. The reason for my interest in this particular aircraft is that a gentleman named Donald Tittley gave a talk to my junior school class nearly 50 years ago in which he told us, among other things, that he’d flown with Bomber Command and had been a POW. It occurred to me a couple of months ago that I might be able to find out a bit more online and I was more successful than I’d hoped for as I came across this account. The ORB revealed that Z Zebra was LW233, which was initially flown by another crew before F/O Garlette’s inherited it. As well as the Magdeburg raid on which it was shot down, they also flew operations in it against Berlin and Frankfurt.
  6. Regarding your second question, provision for the refuelling probe to be fitted was introduced with the F.1A which entered service in 1961.
  7. Nice photo, I've not seen it before. This wasn't uncommon on DH6s, as every port and starboard mainplane was manufactured so that it could be fitted as either an upper or lower wing. As the type was an elementary trainer, Airco may have reasoned that there was a higher than average chance of damaged wings needing to be replaced and making them interchangeable was consistent with the utilitarian approach they took to designing the "chummy hearse". The DH6 may be the only aeroplane in history to have had its wing aerofoil modified by simply sawing the leading edge off.
  8. Thanks, that would be great. I'll drop you a pm.
  9. Thanks, it's a pleasure: it gives me something to do and keeps me out from under my wife's feet! I grew up near South Shields, though on the other side of the river. As a young aviation enthusiast back in the 1970s, there were no WW2 airfield sites close to where we lived but there had been two (minor) WW1 aerodromes within a couple of miles of our house. I was frustrated by the almost complete absence of published information about them. Even when we started getting regional airfield histories, they focused on WW2 and many earlier sites were barely mentioned. Since then, thanks largely to organisations like C&C and Air Britain, there's a lot more out there though it's generally in specialised publications. Luckily I also progressed to having more disposable income than I had as a schoolboy and I've accumulated quite a few of them along the way, so I'm only too happy to share information with fellow enthusiasts.
  10. I can't claim any expertise on the Fokker D.VII but Melvyn is surely right, somebody has had a very good look at the rear spar of the top wing and the single large patch towards the leading edge may be evidence of the front spar being checked as well. Is it just me or is the right tyre flat? The RAF roundels on the wing and the fuselage may been painted on by two separate people: the proportions of the rings are different. The wing roundels are correct, the one on the fuselage is more akin to the non-standard ones applied during the war to Nieuport aircraft serving with the RFC and RNAS: the same proportions as the French air service roundel but with the colours reversed. Clearly the fuselage isn't PC10 but my understanding is that the RAF didn't applying a silver finish to aircraft until 1923. Going by the Windsock Fokker D.VII Anthology 1, the louvres on the cowling are consistent with the final Fokker-built version.
  11. Cross and Cockade published a gazetteer of WW1 flying sites over multiple issues of their journal. The entry for South Shields is: Seaplane station (with sub station at Tees Bay/Seaton Carew II), Repair Depot and Acceptance Depot (sub station to Brough) RNAS/RAF April 1916 - 1919. Relinquishment confirmed 11 March 1920. Five Type F seaplane sheds, 200 x 100 feet. Units: War Flight RNAS/RAF from April 916 - 1918 (disbanded). The C&C gazetteer doesn't say so but from an entry in Sturtivant and Page's Air Britain book "Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units 1911 -1919" it appears that in 1918 the War Flight first became 452 Flight RAF and subsequently came under the wing of 252 Squadron, which flew DH6s and Kangaroos on anti-submarine patrols from aerodromes such as Tynemouth and Seaton Carew. Seaplane Depot RNAS/RAF from 1916 to 22 April 1918: redesignated 18 Group Repair Depot and Store Base, which was disbanded in 1919. 2 (Northern) MAD sub-station from 22 April 1918. Formed under Brough for erection of Felixstowe F3s. 18 Group Workshops 1918 - 1919 Storage Section (1919) The RNAS operated a Kite Balloon Base (for 2 balloons) named 'Tyne', 1917 - 1918, and it seems probable that it was attached to this seaplane station. From the Air Britain book, the depot erected Short 184s, e.g. N1131, N1134 and N1137 which were delivered from Frederick Sage in Peterborough during 1917. Some operated with the War Flight (as distinct from just passing through the depot prior to being issued to another flying station or scrapped), e.g. N1268: South Shields 14 June 1917, force landed 4 miles east of Seaham and sank 29 December (2 crew taken off by P62). The Sopwith Baby was another type handled and again some may have operated with the War Flight: N1104 was delivered to South Shields by 1 June 1917 and isn't reported as going anywhere else before being wrecked on 10 September. N1101 lasted a couple of weeks before being totalled in a landing accident, while N1105 appears to have been wrecked while touching down on arrival. I used to be a member of the Arbeia Society. In one issue of their magazine, someone recounted how as a boy during WW1 he would hang out with the Tyne river pilots up on the Lawe while they awaited incoming ships. He described watching a seaplane taxi out, rev up for takeoff, bounce impotently out across the waves while failing to get airborne and finally capsize into the North Sea. As a boat set off to retrieve the pilot and the wreckage, there were a few sardonic comments from the old sailors but nobody turned a hair. It was quite a frequent spectacle, apparently.
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    Well done Hannants

    Another vote for Hannants' staff, they've just turned round my order in double quick time.
  13. There are some photos of Meteor F8s at Church Fenton here, with a lot of other interesting stuff.
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    What is it?

    It's a Firefly A.S.7.
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    Scale issues

    If those are Gewehr 98 rifles they're 48.6" long, so Kanonier Sugden there is about 5 feet tall: no wonder that tunic hangs down to his knees. Some of Tamiya's early (1970s) 1/35 scale soldiers might have used him as a model.
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