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  1. Gun sight could have been a pilot' choice, but it was K-14 for Lanny all right. 'M' was basically a D-30 with C series engine. No changes in cockpit Oxygen installation. I've never met anybody questioning the light blue version of the insignia rims. Never met a hard proof for that either. Of course there are other 'Ms' of the 61 FS with insignia finished this way. NMF rims would have provide too much work even for 56th FG standards, but this is nothing more than my private supposition. The blue, plum etc version of 61 FS camouflage is a long story and connected with many aircraft. Staying away of this conflict I will only point out that Britrish Night fits all the sides and ideas and is not lacking some supportive evidence. There are other pics of Lanny's Bolt but concentrated on the the nose art area.
  2. This aircraft started her career in Peru. She was displayed there after years of service. Than she went through confirmed restorations, changing owners and the ways she was used. Had even a racing incident for a while. And in the end she is displayed in Dayton disguised as another aircraft of the different block of production. It is impossible to imagine she never went through cockpit restoration. It is unseen on displayed aircraft unless they were dug out of some swamp.
  3. Well, the 'Everything but British' idea would made me loose interest in the GB. I would rather let go the Polish story and watch Dutch, Nordic,Tchech or so contribution in the war effort. Still, Polish idea would provide more pleasure while watching .
  4. Urbanowicz was a PSP (PAF) officer and a diplomat representing Polish government in the USA. He flew in China only as a guest. Quite different story in Gładych's case in the late part of his service with 56th.. Urbanowicz probably had no personal mount, an no one really knows what the P-40s he flew looked like. There are s/n known all right, but no pictures of them so far.
  5. I wouldn't know about Zemke, but Gabreski always underlined his Polish origin. He was borm as Franciszek Gabryszewski too and changed his name after joining the training to make his life a bit easier. I would be careful with Polish Air Force definition too. The term is used specifically for the units organised alongside RAF in Great Britain during the IIww and only for them. This would exclude all east front planes and e.g. late Gładych's P-47 in 56th FG. On the other hand I am stepping here on the linguistic trouble ground placed between Polish and English language, not to mention only a few in Poland herself would be aware of the difference. Let's call it just a curiosity then.
  6. Oh, I wasn't even thinking about things like being dishonest. What's a point here at all? In the net group built? I meant the times and occasions when there were no such things as personal aircrafts. Situations when we know a guy or a girl flew this plane, but we have no way to find out if she was hers or his mount. Or anybody's mount at all, as a matter of fact. A group of interesting objects portraying special events might have been excluded. By the way, if the idea works, my advise is to hold GrzeM to his promise. Known as splendid modeller, would be a worthy source of information too, be sure of that.
  7. Well, good luck in proving 'personality' of the aircrafts. Could be mission impossible on many occasions. Just an observation from my side, as it was a post before. Good luck with the idea. I will be glad to see it running in any form.
  8. Make it anything with Polish crew in it, if I may suggest. There were quite a few planes flown by Polish pilots in different units, and situations. Sometimes very interesting pilots and situations. It would also include pilots like Anna Leska, Stefania Wojtulanis Karpieńska or Jadwiga Piłsudska, ladies famous for their outstanding work with ATA.
  9. ? http://www.thefreedictionary.com/propellor
  10. Well, I havn't joined the museum action, using local channels to save a penny instead. Still I feel obliged to add here the book is of top quality. A must have for every P-47 admirer, and we all schould be called one, to tell You all the truth . Well done Nige! Can't wait for next parts.
  11. But of course. I always thought only well of You.
  12. Nice to see Your face finally. Somehow You look just the way I expected.
  13. I have misunderstood the circumstances. I apologise.
  14. Just read his memoires and everything written about him I could lay my hands on. Also seen all (I really hope I am wrong here) available Big Hog pictures. Far from being certain.
  15. Disagreeing is easy. How could I agree with a guy who watches F1? Never seen a pic of Big Hog with fake gun port though. And somehow can't see Blackburn doing that. Hardly his style.
  16. More! At least until my own racing season starts .
  17. The fuel and fume problem is presented in the 'Birdcage' Dana's book. More information in the following one would be most welcomed. For the smearing idea I have a couple of questions: What fluid was that and how did it get there? Why exiting the fuselage structure there and not elsewhere? Why tape the seams behind the windscreen and these seams are pretty always taped, while these in front of the screen (and in front of the fuel tap as the matter of fact) are often left free? Why haven't we heard about same problems touching other aircraft with same engine and same construction (remember F6F had no top flaps at all, and P-47 had mechanical system of steering the flaps with one cylinder from the beginning)? I couldn't have find answers for these questions others then 'it doesn't suit me' but I am always ready to welcome one. On the other hand we have a word from established researcher supporting himself with archives closed to his predecessors and results of commission inquiry. I will follow guy like Dana, but as said I am open for other answer. In those subjects one sure thing is nothing is sure. Taping the gun ports was practised as the anti freezing solution, which was connected with jamming indeed. Other reasons followed. For example with early spitfire it was an information the guns are loaded and cocked. You wouldn't choose a short cut to the canteen in front of such a fighter on Your bicycle , especially seeing an erk around the cockpit area, wouldn't You? And they were not always some tape handy at a moment. Special patches and corks were produced, but not always available. On Corsairs it was practised to add fourth, fake patch, just for psychological effect I believe. I don't know was it the enemy who cared about it most, though .
  18. Pfff, who would have cared for Malaysia having Qatar going on!
  19. One of great findings of last Dana Bell's research. The fuel splashed around while the tank was filled penetrated the skin seams and accumulated in the fuel tank compartment. The fumes could reach as far as cockpit but the problem was essential. In May '43 three Corsairs burnt down after these fumes were ignited after the engine start. The tape was a remedy for that problem. Through years I have been wondering how the heck the oil and fluid, all systems placed in engine compartment, could pass the fire wall into the fuel tank compartment and only then get out being very careful not to penetrate the the skin before . And how these fluids dared the airflow and smeared the windscreen from the seams behind it? By the way, the wing tanks were treated the same way. Hard to find oil and windscreen there. The oil, fluid problem was generated by cowl flaps early system and childhood problems of early R-2800 and lack of experience in maintenance. Well, this is a little complicated story here. Still the cure was new mechanical system of operating the flaps an the blocking of three top flaps.
  20. Glad to hear that. Well, the fact is nobody would rise a hand, probably, if You asked for definitive proof the Big Hog's rims weren't red. It is just pretty less possible.
  21. It is not quite like that. These VF-17 high seated Corsairs were certainly build and delivered with red rims which were right scheme at the time. Yet in the Pacific Area all were allergic to red colour on Insignia. I don't want to go into details, it is a story of its own, but there was kind of rapid exchange of notes among Navy and Army HQs and US and it was officially stated there would be no place for red rims there. All existing red rims where over painted. How and with what paint is a field for wide interpretations. Another story of its own. Just as how far we can go with this 'all of the rims' statement. So far I have never seen a single pic or movie of the first line airplane of the theater with red rimmed star. And do not be misled by the wreck of Pillsburry's VF-17 Corsair. It is obvious her red rims are factory applied and the overpaint has faded through the years of disintegration in the jungle. Almost has, as patches of blue paint are still visible. There is a couple of pictures of VF-17 birds suggesting the red rim was kept on them. But I won't go farther then that, as there is no problem in explaining all the doubts in favour of the blue version. Anything left for the supporters of the red rimmed version would be believing in existence of exceptions, which considering the fact there were thousands of crafts there I personally find quite realistic. How to pin these exceptions is another story. And I wouldn't say Big Hog has a place among them. Nobody knows what colour were the patches covering bullet holes. It is common believe colours of the camouflage were used. Big Hog has many other individual details - painting and construction involved. And they depend on the moment in time as it usually is. I will spare You this though . Have fun.
  22. These came as a result of the famous Nov.11th 1943 mission. While on defence duty for TF 50.3 air- attacking Rabaul , operating from Bunker Hill deck, Blackburn got his fourth kill(Ki-61). During the battle he had to take his Big Hog into the cloud as he suffered from fogging of the windscreen. Just needed to wait for clear vision. Lt. Cmdr Roger Hedrick had been chasing enemy seeking cover in the very same cloud. He fired his guns spotting an aircraft jumping out of it. Unfortunately it happened to be Blackburn’s nr 1. The CO’s only comment on the situation was a short notice that his Corsair had been literally moved sideways with Hedricks’s burst. The spots are patches covering holes being a result of Hedricks bullets. The rim of the insignia was, almost for sure, in blue shade, not red, by the way.
  23. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p011.html
  24. Glad to hear that. I have heard rumours about some problems by the editor an became a little bit nervous.
  25. Being D-22 she was equipped with HS prop. It was possible for D-22 to carry CE prop of course, but it was quite unique and not the case here. http://www.vicflintham.co.uk/content/post-war-military-aircraft/ustypes/tbolt2.jpg
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