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  1. Nothing to do with the colour scheme, for some inexplicable reason, when the team was originally formed in 1968 they were briefly known as the 'Red Rissoles'!
  2. There are over fifty contact prints in the collection depicting Spitfires, Harvards and squadron personnel, which were taken by a professional photographer in 1947/1948. I can't quite recall the original reason why I have them at the moment, but the photographer's son passed them to me some time ago on the strict understanding that they were not to be shared. I think that it was because he did not want the collection 'trivialized' or, as in case of some of the others he took, to be 'lifted' - as in Post 4 - by someone who considers it to be acceptable to profit from the work from others?
  3. If I was a betting man I would say that the codes were Sky RAB-P wears wartime roundels
  4. TE456:RAB-J did indeed serve with 501 Squadron between 30 June 1946 and 6 May 1949. Photographs also exist of this machine as I have set of six b/w contact prints of it at Filton in 1948. I don't have permission to post these prints but it does have clipped wings, a 'light' coloured fuselage roundel ring and squadron codes, but no circle around the wing roundels. Further prints depict the rest of squadron in a similar scheme except for TE474: RAB-P, the CO's aircraft, Sqn Ldr Tom James, and TE403: RAB-G, which were both silver overall with black code letters,
  5. Vampire T Mk.11, XK624, may have been on the CFS strength between January 1967 and December 1971 but the 'Vintage Pair' was formed in February 1972 and the original team Vampire was XH304.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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'.
  9. 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
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    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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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?)
  15. 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
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