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  1. ClaudioN

    Marmaduke "Pat" Pattle's last Hurricane AS988 - The gen?

    Why Canadian? AFAIK, ASxxx is not in that range of serial numbers. Sorry, my comment just crossed Graham's reply.
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    Hurricane IIB Burma AP894 135 Sqn Jack Storey roundels?

    Just my two pence. To me, the fuselage roundel looks like a standard 'C1' type roundel (narrow yellow, blue, narrow white, red) that has had the red centre overpainted with white. I would assume the same happened for all roundels. I have only ever seen the photo of the starboard side view of AP894 (with that odd style, perfectly round 'C'). Since 'WK' squadron codes had been dropped by that time, I wouldn't rule out the possibility that the individual code was ahead of the roundel on both sides. That is, unless you positively have a photo of the opposite side or, possibly, a photo of another 135 Sqn. machine. Claudio
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    Canberra B.2 B.6 B(I)6

    BTW, is this a Mk.6 BS ? Claudio
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    DH 91 colors and markings

  5. The picture also shows a Mosquito and what appears to be a line-up of Spitfires. I'd think it may have been taken towards the end of 1945, when British units supported the return of Dutch troops to Java. The Mosuito might be a PR one with SEAC markings, Sea Otters possibly painted aluminium? Just my two pence. Claudio
  6. Discovered your build right now. Very nice job! I have one in the stash, which might eventually become a MLD Do. 24K. Much to learn from your work. Yellow under-wing tips are typical Eastern front markings, suggesting a Black Sea based unit. I made a brief Google search, finding that a Luftwaffe unit called III. Seenotgruppe did indeed exist and operated in the Black Sea. However, note the difference from the Italeri designation "Seenotgruppe 3". If I understand correctly, the Do 24 may have been on the strength of Seenotstaffel 8, under III. Seenotgruppe. HTH Claudio
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    RIAF Hurricane with elephant nose art - did it exist?

    Thank you J-W, however, I'm afraid that's an entirely different matter. AK-G is, reportedly, an Mk. IIc in mid-1942 and, if we are to believe the pattern shown in the Profile, mottles extended to the whole fuselage. Sorry I can't find the photo, but shade from an overhanging camouflage net is a very convincing explanation in this particular case. AFAIK, so-called "Italian style" mottles were only found on Mk. Is, no later than 1941. BTW, the term "Italian style" turns out to be slightly misleading for Mk. I mottling, at least with regards to colours used, see the post mentioned by Troy. Your final picture appears to be taken in Greece. Claudio
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    RIAF Hurricane with elephant nose art - did it exist?

    AK-G appears to be another mythical creature. I recall being attracted to the ESCI 72nd Hurricane decal sheet because of it (they did decals before making kits). Years later, I saw a picture of a Mk. IIc under camouflage netting, where the shades cast by the sun created a pattern that seemed exactly that of AK-G. Pity I can't find that photo now. Claudio
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    RIAF Hurricane with elephant nose art - did it exist?

    Squadron code for No.1 Sqn. RIAF was NB, so NB-A would be OK for the CO aircraft, but when did the change to single letter 'A' occur? And were squadron codes still carried in 1944? No. 1 Sqn. at Imphal Claudio
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    Colourised Seafire?

    You can find the black and white original on www.iwm.org.uk, search for reference number A 17996 in the picture collection. The nice thing is that colourising makes the winged trident emblem of No. 801 Sqn. better visible below the cockpit. Claudio
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    Hurricane MkIIC, HV299, 73 Squadron, Libya, October 1942

    I have very dim memories of flight colours mentioned, possibly in an old post here on BM. blue/yellow and black/red ? But when, where and for how long, if at all... Claudio
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    Barracuda II - Avenger - Martlet / Wildcat

    Photobucket strikes again... Anyway, from memory: the Swordfish had 4-inch 'ROYAL NAVY' titles and what appear to be 8-inch serials. I believe this must come from a late batch: I'd suggest NS1xx, which makes it a Mk. III. The unit might be No. 835 Squadron, whose equipment in 1945 was indeed Wildcat VI and Sowrdfish III. The unit disbanded at Hatston on March 31st, 1945. Possible serials could be NS185 or NS186, that appear to match the indistinct shape representing the serial on the picture. The Barracuda unit might be either No. 736 Squadron ('AC' unit code), that is, the School of Air Combat at St. Merryn, or No. 783 Squadron ('A0' unit code), the latter being an ASV radar training squadron based at Arbroath. I'd say the code appearance in the photo is compatible with the assumption of yellow codes. Claudio
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    Barracuda II - Avenger - Martlet / Wildcat

    I'd say the Martlet is indeed a Mk. VI (high tail). On the far left is, I think, the tail of a Swordfish. Like the Swordfish, the Avenger in the middle seems to be in the 'ASW' scheme, with white undersides and fuselege sides, and a large black 'anti-dazzle' fuselage area in front of the cockpit. The Barracuda rings some bell, but I don't get it (yet). Cheers Claudio
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    Fairey Battle kits

    Yes, it' s a trainer AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FAIREY BATTLE. © IWM (CH 2141) IWM Non Commercial License
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    Blackburn Shark 755 Sqn FAA 1939/40

    A few more bits, gleaned here and there... from F. K. Mason "The British Bomber since 1914": "By then, however (April 1937), it had become clear that recurring troubles with the inadequately developed Tiger engine would prevent the Shark from gaining the unqualified confidence of the Fleet Air Arm, particularly at sea. The expected significant increase in engine power had not yet materialised (...) (...) the Bristol Pegasus proved to be superior (as was suggested by flight trials of the pre-production Shark II, K4882) (...) (...) Pegasus engine was some 40 per cent cheaper than the troublesome Tiger, it was logical that the Shark should be taken out of service as soon as possible (...)" Another interesting piece of information is that "the majority of earlier versions" were "modified to the final production standard". Indeed, Sturtivant "FAA aircraft 1920-1939" has mention of many airframes passing through the makers at some time between late 1937 and early 1939. From 1938 work was carried out at the newly-opened Blackburn factory in Dumbarton, the first "rebuilt" Sharks undergoing test flights from nearby Abbotsinch in July ("Scottish Sharks", Flight magazine, July 14, 1938). What was involved in the modifications is not said, but seemingly this meant modification to Tiger-engined Mk. III configuration. Sturtivant book includes a photo of K5656/X3L of No. 755 Squadron, a Mk. II by serial, showing the enclosed canopy and three-bladed propeller. So far I failed to notice another obvious feature, namely that most, or possibly all Sharks in training units had their arrester hook removed. Claudio