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  1. vampiredave

    608 North Riding Squadron Meteor T7

    I would have thought that Roger Lindsay's book, Cold War Shield, Vol.2, pages 318 and 330, would have been a better option? The latter page has one of the Meteors in colour!
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    Obscure Vampire question

    I had forgotten that between October 1952 and November 1958, No.2 CAACU operated ten Mosquito TT 35s: TA633/E, TA647/J, TA699, TA703/F, RV367/J, TH981, TH997, TK605/E, TK606/C, and TK607. These aircraft would have carried out the target-towing duties, leaving the Vampires for the high-speed target tracking role, etc, for the army anti-aircraft gunners. The unit was also unique at one stage in having the only female Mosquito pilot -Veronika Volkersz. I used to have a photograph of the unit's Vampires many, many years ago, which if memory serves me (?) depicted the Vampires in a overall silver finish. At the end of the line-up however there was a camouflaged example. This may (?) have been one of the unit's Vampire FB.9s, which were being delivered from the factory in the day fighter scheme? Unlike the Mosquito aircraft, I can't recall seeing any code letters on the Vampires.
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    Obscure Vampire question

    No.2 CAACU was operated by Marshall Flying Services and, for a relatively obscure, second-line unit, operated quite a few Vampires: Vampire FB.5 (April - December 1954) VV463, VV482, VV550, VV687, VV688, VX983, VZ125, VZ268, VZ345, VZ812, VZ816, WA117, WA124, WA235, WA252, WA282, WA286, WA357, WA377, WA391, WA399, WA414, WA415 and WA427. Vampire FB.9 (April - November 1958) WL560, WL573, WP994, WP995, WR133, WR232 and WR237. Vampire T Mk.11 (April - December 1958) WZ464, WZ476, WZ584, WZ588, XD375 and XE869. The aircraft were uncoded but I am curious as to why there is a gap between December 1954 and April 1958? See next post for possible explanation. Vampire T Mk.11, WZ450: flown by No.202 AFS from October 1952 to May 1953 - no code letters traced, which is surprising as the unit was using 'N', 'O' and 'P' prefixes during this period; No.233 OCU May 1953 to February 1955 - the unit's Vampire trainers did not carry code letters; RAF College, Cranwell January to October 1956 - allocated fleet numbers '44'.
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    Original Airfix jet provost T3

    The first batch of pre-production Jet Provost T Mk.3s, ie, those fitted with wing fillets, were jointly issued to No.2 FTS at Syerston and CFS at Little Rissington in June / July 1959. I can't confirm if those delivered to No.2 FTS were issued with code letters immediately but the six acquired by the CFS were XM355: R-A, XM356:R-B, XM357:R-C, XM359: R-D, XM360:R-E and XM361:R-F
  5. vampiredave

    Meteor F.8

    "Looks like a typo Dave" Sorry, 'Frozen finger syndrome'. The original post has been amended
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    Meteor F.8

    501 Squadron had two Meteor F Mk.8s. The first, WF689:A, was operated by the squadron from September 1955 to May 1956. It was replaced by VZ494:A (which is the subject of the Xtrakit model) which was used from July 1956 until February 1957. I can't speak about the paint scheme and markings of the first squadron Meteor 8 but I have a photograph of the latter at the squadron's disbandment parade and Xtrakit appear to have based the scheme on this particular aircraft? Btw: it had a clear view canopy and the Meteor T Mk.7 (VZ639:C) on parade next to it is silver with 'T' bands.
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    Britmodeller running slow?

    Hi- THIS IS CATHASATAIL HERE (Sam) I too have logged in to someone else for no apparent reason! It's happening to me too! This is bizarre! O_O ,Sam
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    Beaufighter identity help - solved

    Fg Off E V Chandler's accident was in T5141:H when he suffered an engine failure and crashed into the sea, 1.5 m north of Boscastle. The Police War Diary states that the accident was on 8 Oct 1942 and the bodies of the two crew members were brought ashore at Sennen, five hours after the accident. If EL338 skidded off the runway and ended up in a hedge then the image couldn't be EL338? Actually I think that I have seen that particular image and it is of T5252:C, flown by Fg Off PC Shaefer. The undercarriage collapsed on take-off on 26 December 1942 and the starboard engine caught fire.
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    Beaufighter identity help - solved

    I can't guarantee the accuracy of this as I made these particular hand-written notes on No.235 Squadron Beaufighters many years ago, but I have just found this: EL338 taken on unit strength, No.235 Squadron 4 Sept 1942; FA Cat B 22 Sept 1942; removed from unit strength 12 Oct 1942 (No.236 Squadron?)
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    Beaufighter identity help - solved

    Instead of one book and the internet to provide the answers, other sources including 'The Perfect Aerodrome: A history of RAF Chivenor, 1932 - 1995', the Cornwall Police War Diary, 1939 - 1945 and RAF Chivenor's ORB state: 22 September 1942: Beaufighter VIc EL338:A No.235 Squadron (Sgt Payne) skidded into hedge on landing at Roborough (Cat.B) 8 October 1942: Beaufighter VIc X8086:J No.235 Squadron (Pt Off ED Neal DFC) Dived into ground & burnt out while searching for T5141 at 16.45hrs nr Trythall (sic) School, New Mill, Madron, Cornwall. killing two crew members. I used to have a photograph of EL338 but will never find it! ...because that was the original entry in the diary
  11. vampiredave

    Beaufighter identity help - solved

    Instead of one book and the internet to provide the answers, other sources including 'The Perfect Aerodrome: A history of RAF Chivenor, 1932 - 1995', the Cornwall Police War Diary, 1939 - 1945 and RAF Chivenor's ORB state: 22 September 1942: Beaufighter VIc EL338:A No.235 Squadron (Sgt Payne) skidded into hedge on landing at Roborough (Cat.B) 8 October 1942: Beaufighter VIc X8086:J No.235 Squadron (Pt Off ED Neal DFC) Dived into ground & burnt out while searching for T5141 at 16.45hrs nr Trythall (sic) School, New Mill, Madron, Cornwall. killing two crew members. I used to have a photograph of EL338 but will never find it!
  12. vampiredave

    LOoking for Brigand Losses in OP Firedog

    Several years ago I corresponded with a former CO of No.45 Squadron and he provided me with a list of "Self-Destructive Brigands" during 'Firedog' 1950 - 1952. He became confused at one point but this is what he sent me: 6 July 1950 RH850 No.,45 Sqn Keletan Hit trees during RP attack FO N Harben/Nav3 Smith/ SG3 Lloyd 11 Jan 1951 VS838 No.45 Sqn Cameroon Highlands Caught fire following explosion during RP attack Sgt Hayler/ Sgt Robinson/ Sgt Hall This is where he became vague - 16 or 18 Jan 1951 VS869? No.45 Sqn or 84 Sqn Negri Sembilan or Tengah During RP attack or asymmetric flying Sgts Kent & Ellis or FO Fuller, FS Gregory, FS Sharkey Sorry about that - don't shoot the messenger? 15 Jun 1951 VS857 No.84 Sqn lost prop on t/o; cr Kranji Creek Sgt Bowen 19 Jun 1951 RH811 No.84 Sqn Tengah Officers Mess Stb engine broke away FO Matthews Aircraft were then grounded and new propellers fitted 3 May 1952 RH755 No.84 Sqn Kuala Lumpur Wing detached during RP attack; rolled & dived into ground FO 'Cockrane'/ Sgt Armstrong/ JT Cox 20 Dec 1952 RH823 No.84 Sqn nr Kota Tinggi Stb wing broke away FLt Massey/ FS Powell/ LAC Kay I am sorry that it is not definitive but may provide a start?
  13. vampiredave

    DH Hornet F1 PX252 - do any photos exist? RESOLVED

    You may probably be aware that the late David Howley's colour plate drawing depicting this aircraft is included in Warpaint Series No.19: de Havilland Hornet ? DW
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    RAF Javelin vs Indonesian Hercules, 1964

    Spotted on one the military forums; the poster was thought to be Javelin aircrew? As has been said several times before, by some of us who were there,this never happened; for what it's worth as I remember the RoE during "Confrontation" we didn't need MoD approval to engage any Indonesian aircraft we might encounter within the Malaysian ADIZ, if it was "committing a hostile act" we had authorisation to shoot it down. Sadly, on the only occasion their C130s were known to have dropped paratroops (at Labis) our alert Javelins weren't scrambled.
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    DH Venom?

    The book, The Cold War Years:Flight Testing at Boscombe Down 1945-1975, has an image of WL857 on page 70 and 132. While on page 131 a brief coverage of the aircraft's trials states:Extensive instrumentation for high level instrument calibration of new aircraft was fitted to WL857 as datum; after two years of installation, fitting a Ghost 103, and calibration of equipment using five methods, the bright yellow aircraft was fully ready in 1955 only to be replaced by a Javelin in 1958. IHTH DW
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