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The caption says it was in 1942 but doesn't say what type of aircraft:

 

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Jari

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Li.2?  That's a very wide centre-section and a very shallow bomb bay.  Also, look at the shadow and nose of the aircraft behind.

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It almost looks like an Anson - low stature, small bomb bays and what looks like the undercarriage over on the left.  The informal dress of the guy wiggling at the (practice?) bombs suggests a civilian armourer on a BCATP station?

 

Is there any indication where this is, or whose air force?

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British bombs. Probably   Fairey battle wing cells, bomb doors removed due to the small bombs as the weight of the bomb usually opened them due to spring pressure small bombs couldn't do it.  The U/C bars behind may also be a givaway. I Suspect taken in Canada due to the date of the picture.

 

Selwyn

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1 minute ago, Selwyn said:

he U/C bars behind may also be a givaway.

Missed that clue initially but I think you're right. Good spot.

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On second thought it might well be an Oxford.  The bomb bays seem not to match the Anson's but they do seem to match the Oxford's, both in shape and placement.  And the undercarriage bits are pointing the wrong way for a Battle.

 

I'm still thinking it was in Canada and the Oxford was used here (as were the Anson and Battle) for bombing training.

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Good eye, Selwyn- I think you nailed it! (You are the Baron of bombs!) :clap2:

Mike

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3 hours ago, RJP said:

On second thought it might well be an Oxford.  The bomb bays seem not to match the Anson's but they do seem to match the Oxford's, both in shape and placement.  And the undercarriage bits are pointing the wrong way for a Battle.

 

I'm still thinking it was in Canada and the Oxford was used here (as were the Anson and Battle) for bombing training.

Not sure that the oxford had any bomb bays?

 

Selwyn

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I simply did a Google search. The reverse of the original photo has 'Bomb up, Me, Oudtshoorn' written on it. So, South Africa.

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The Oxford did indeed have a bomb bay.  The old profile had a beautiful photo on the cover of an Oxford banking away from the camera giving us a clear view of the underside.

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Yes, a dozen small practice bombs between the spars in the centre section.  The bay projected from the undersurface a bit - I suppose that was the result of the Oxford having been derived  at least notionally from the Envoy.  The old Profile (JDR Rawlings) says the bombs were carried without the benefit of bomb doors, leaving me to wonder if the cover was removed before use.  Another mystery!

 

 

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spelling clean-up

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1 hour ago, Graham Boak said:

The Oxford did indeed have a bomb bay.  The old profile had a beautiful photo on the cover of an Oxford banking away from the camera giving us a clear view of the underside.

 

This:

 

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Chris

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1 hour ago, Graham Boak said:

Indeed.  Though for some reason memory had it going the other way...

 

Maybe this one from the middle of the book?

 

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Chris

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Plus some A. Granger artwork:

 

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Chris

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