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1409 Met Flight Mosquito question

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HK’s 1/32 two-stage kit shows ML 897/D as a B. Mk IX. 

 

I was was thinking it was a PR variant. 

 

I’m also thinking of a 544 Squadron bird but can’t seem to find markings in 1/32. The conversion from a B to a PR looks pretty easy with what’s in the box. 

 

Cheers

Collin

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Given ML897's previous service with 109 and 105 Sqs before reaching 1409 Flt, I'd say the odds were on its being a B.IX.  The Air Britain serials book specifies the batch ML896-924 just as Mosquito IXs but none of them seems to have gone to any of the more obvious PR squadrons.

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Mossie.org shows ML897 as being a B.IX. I'm guessing that the Met aircraft didn't have a requirement for photographic kit. The conversion from PR.IX to B.IX mainly involves filling in camera windows.

 

http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH98 prodn list.txt

 

regards,

Jason

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I'm also not aware of any information pointing to ML897 as anything other than a B.IX. 

 

There is this story, which reads as if it has some evidence behind it, and includes a photo of ML897 looking very much like a B.IX. The saga appears to tell of a unit doing mixed bombing and photo recce duties out of Wyton, but it is confusing as it not explicit.

https://greenwritingroom.com/a-very-unlikely-hero/

 

It first talks about the subject, F.O. John Custance Baker, being at Oakington with 1409 Met Flight, and then "the Squadron" (un-numbered) moving to Wyton in Jan 1944. That might mean 1409 Met FLight which did move to Wyton in Jan  1944, confirmed by this: 

http://www.rafupwood.co.uk/1409metflight.htm 

The 1409 history page also confirms "Flying as single aircraft the missions were codenamed PAMPA (Photorecce And Meteorological Photography Aircraft)."

 

The Unlikely Hero piece talks about occasional bombing trips. I think it is likely that different airframes were used for the photo recce trips and the bombing trips, with both bomber and PR types assigned  to 1409. The 1409 history page does give an example of PR.XVI NS733 being used by 1409, and that was an aircraft flown by Baker.

 

And it is clear from this list that 1409 used many examples of the B.IX and B.XVI as well as a number of PR.XVI

http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH98 prodn list.txt

 

There is a longer version of the John Custance Baker history here which I don't have time to read in full now but basically provides his logbook entries and some other material

https://johncustancebaker.wordpress.com/

 

 

Edited by Work In Progress

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Well when I finally get around to building this bird "in-flight" (the only way to model the true beauty of the Mosquito)...it's going to be as a B. Mk.XI as called out in the instructions.  

 

Thanks for all your information folks.

 

Cheers

Collin

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Hi Collin,

Despite being painted as a PR aircraft, and being noted as a PR.IX in most photo captions, ML897/D was in fact as others have said above a B.IX.

I did quite a bit of searching into this aircraft when I started a 1:72 model of her a while back, you  might find some useful info on what I could determine about the radio and aerial fit in the build thread I started

Unfortunately I've not got back to finishing this model off, must get round to it soon..

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