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  1. Thank you very much. Lots of information in those records. The hardcover publication was horrendously expensive, maybe I might give a thought to the paperback one.
  2. Daer all, in a book I'm reading I came across a reference to ADM 1/10752, "Fleet Air Arm fighter aircraft: future policy, staff requirements, duties, etc" The title suggests it might be a source worth reading, but I have no idea of its actual contents. Anybody here on BM knows something more about it? Thank you Claudio
  3. '7T' '7B' @Tail-Dragon skill is beyond me, his result is outstanding.
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    Blackburn Skua

    A couple of days before Ark Royal had lost a few Skuas, that had been forced to ditch through lack of fuel. This may explain some reshuffling. Lt. Lucy's section always appears to have been referred to as Blue Section, although pre-war practice suggests it should have been Red Section. 803 Sqn. sections were usually reported as Green, Blue, Yellow, Red in that order. L2896 took part in the disastrous Trondheim raid and was fished out of a Norwegian fjord years ago. This was the aircraft of 803 Sqn CO (Lts. Casson/Fanshawe taken POW) and colour photos taken on its recovery show
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    Blackburn Skua

    This is a summary of what I was able to gather from infromation pieced together from many sources, including the first edition of FAA Aircraft 1939-1945. All errors are my own. 1. Initial Skua carrier trials aboard HMS Courageous carried out with: K5179, L2869, L2870, in Autumn 1938. 803 Squadron reformed out of 'B' Flight of No. 800 Squadron on 21 November 1938, while 800 Squadron re-equipped with 9 Osprey Mk. IVs. This unit embarked in the new carrier 'Ark Royal' for her shake-down cruise, returning in March 1939. Meanwhile, between December 1938 and February 1939 initi
  6. I do take the pre-camouflage Skua and Roc finish as aluminium paint. Cerrux grey was the protective finish for metal parts on Swordfish and, I believe, Shark and Osprey IV (that is, in mid-to-late '30s). Like the Skua, the Walrus seems to have been similarly finished in Aluminium. As recalled in a previous post, anodisation was only experimented with. My understanding is that eventually Cerrux grey was adopted instead. I do not think there was ever an anodised Skua serving with a FAA squadron. My two pence. Claudio
  7. Thank you for this very interesting note from 804 Sqn. diary. As I understand it, the description agrees with Fighter Command marking instructions for the 1940-41 winter. Out of curiosity, "The Fleet Air Arm in camera 1912-1996" has a nice picture of Martlet 'S7B' nosed over in mud on 17 November. Is there any connection with the damaged Martlet ferried to Hatston (from Skeabrae?) on 8 December?
  8. One of the pictures you are after might be the one at the bottom of this webpage http://113squadron.com/id97.htm You probably need a better reproduction, however.
  9. Many years ago there was a web page entitled "The Story of Nicki told by one of her pilots", or something like this. Here's what I saved from that page: According to Lt.Commander Allen Burgham: “NF 700 was the aircraft whose back I broke by hitting the rundown with the tail wheel on March 2, 1944. NF672 is called “Nicki”. My records indicate that 7N was the identifier of NF691. NF672 was labeled 7K and was the aircraft I was flying when I shot down a Junkers 290 in March of 1944.” This confirms some of the serials given by KRK4m above: NF672 7K
  10. Ian, very good points, although we might also consider the possibility that the fin of P3992 is blue, which has been discussed previously here on BM. Just to play with the idea, is the shade of grey on the fin closer to the yellow carrier band on the fuselage or to the blue background of the squadron badge on the fin? The yellow band on the fuselage is on a curved surface where the amount of light/shade continuously varies. The squadron badge is on the same surface as the rest of the fin... even so, I can think of no definite answer (admittedly, a personal preference for blue)
  11. Thank you for the very interesting overview, Ian. The actual correspondence between "call-sign flight colour" and "painted flight colour" may be hard to check (for instance, later in the war there have been "pink flight" or "brown flight" occasionally). In this case my doubt is only about the colour of the code letter: would it be white on a yellow fin? Possible but slightly unlikely, IMHO, more so if 'L' and 'M' had black codes on plain aluminium fins. Best regards Claudio
  12. Slightly off-topic from the OP's request, pictures in "FAA Camouflage and markings" confirm that 800 Sqn. Skuas were camouflaged by the time of the Norwegian campaign. Both 800 and 803 Sqn. retained individual aircraft letters in their original position on the fins, even after these were painted red-white-blue from May 1940. Positions are seemingly typical for each squadron: 800 Sqn. placed letters mid-height on the fin; on 803 Sqn.'s machines they were closer to the fin base (as though at some time they had been part of a vertically arranged full letter-number-letter code, but this my own sp
  13. I seem to recall that the colour sequence was: first flight (A, B, C) white/black, second flight (F, G, H) red, third flight (K, L, M) blue. If this is right, L2933:K would be third flight leader and finn in full colour could be blue, but it is really hard to tell from a black and white picture, particularly in "that" photo of L2933. I'm with you about the underside finish.
  14. My favourite subject would be L2877:C, of which a photograph is shown in "Fleet Air Arm ai War", an old volume by Ray Sturtivant in the Ian Allan "at War" series. The exact date is not reported, but personnel on deck wearing shorts and topees would be compatible with South Atlantic summer in late 1939. This aircraft was finished in aluminium, with the single letter 'C' on the fin. Whereas undersides are not visible and the black port wing cannot be confirmed for L2877 (though likely), an interesting detail is that the upturned part of the wingtips is painted half white (inner), half black
  15. I believe 'K' in that case was Z4373: http://images.britishpathe.com/?id=60382&num=126&size=still and Graham had suggested it might come from 94 Sqn. RAF. In another photo, 'K' of 803 Squadron is shown to have been V7816 at some time. A few photos of 803 Sqn. Hurricanes suggest that aircraft letters could have been in various colours, hence 'Q' "might" be blue. However, I doubt the serial number and 'Royal Navy' legend could be other than black.
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