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A Coastal Command Liberator GR VI and my dad


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23 hours ago, tonyot said:

Very nice indeed and a great family back story,.... you must be very proud of him.

 

For info,.... EW310 and other GR.VI`s...... EV879, EV880, EV886, EV888, EV890, EV896, EV943, EV948, EV986/EV988, EV992, EV995, EV997, EV998, EW100, EW290, EW297, went on to be converted post war into C.VI`s by Lockheed at Speke,.... which usually meant stripping it out and fitting rudimentary seating, they usually retained whatever scheme they were already finished in, adding serials under the wings and a fairing over the nose and tail turret openings,.....also removing the mid upper too.

 

EW310 went to 86 Sqn but when taking off from Oakington bound for Lubeck on 20.12.45 it failed to take off and crashed.... flown by Wing Commander Fleetwood. 

 

Before joining 206 Sqn it had served as XB-R with 224 Sqn between 29.7.44- 29.12.44.  

Thank you - and thanks for all the background info. Great stuff.

 

And of course I have to ask: is that Wing Commander Fleetwood the same chap as the Sqn Leader J.J.K. Fleetwood who flew the first Liberator operational flight for 206 sqn and who was later father to Michael (that well known drummer with his own band) ?? 

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7 hours ago, IanC said:

 

I like the chap polishing the Leigh light - reminds me of the well-known official photo. 

Thanks. Yes - that photo gave me the idea. It's an official RAF phot from the IWM so I'm fairly sure it's ok to reproduce here:

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25 minutes ago, Mark Harmsworth said:

Thanks. Yes - that photo gave me the idea. It's an official RAF phot from the IWM so I'm fairly sure it's ok to reproduce here:

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Yes, that's the one. And it's fine to reproduce.

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That's a cracker, had to take a double take that first picture looks real.

 

Nice that you've not over weathered it and a fitting tribute.

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What a cracking model , I do like the addition of the Leigh light and the guy polishing the glass.  Also a great backround and personal connection.   A great tribute to the brave Airmen.

Great work 

Chris

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5 hours ago, Mark Harmsworth said:

It's an official RAF phot from the IWM so I'm fairly sure it's ok to reproduce here:

 

I sure hope so! I've probably posted a few hundred of their photos here over the last few years. I always make sure that the IWM logo is visible on the bottom right of each image.

 

 

 

Chris

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13 hours ago, dogsbody said:

 

I sure hope so! I've probably posted a few hundred of their photos here over the last few years. I always make sure that the IWM logo is visible on the bottom right of each image.

 

 

 

Chris

I got it from Wikipedia - maybe that's why there's no logo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leigh_Light

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3 hours ago, Mark Harmsworth said:

I got it from Wikipedia - maybe that's why there's no logo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leigh_Light

 

 

This one:

 

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Weird! I copied this from the IWM site, but it doesn't have the IWM logo on the bottom. I do know that the IWM have changed how you can copy their photos. I used to be able to click on the DOWNLOAD box and the photo would open on another page. I would then copy the image code from the bar above the image and post that in the reply box. The image would then appear. But it doesn't work that way now, dang it!

 

 

Chris

 

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She looks fantastic Mark, its a great story as well. and you're part in it resonates with me as I was never able to ask the questions in person either as my Grandfather died before I was born.

 

I'm eternally grateful for the help you and the other members gave me on my post as the resarch ive been able to do as a result has been increadable. I cant wait to get stuck into my kit now that its here and I only hope I can do it justice, seeing yours gives me something to aim for, if its half as good I'll be happy! (I'm definately doing a few more kits before then as practise 🤣)

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Your Liberator only compliments the even better story behind the subject.  :goodjob:

 

Mike

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7 hours ago, Ravnos said:

She looks fantastic Mark, its a great story as well. and you're part in it resonates with me as I was never able to ask the questions in person either as my Grandfather died before I was born.

 

I'm eternally grateful for the help you and the other members gave me on my post as the resarch ive been able to do as a result has been increadable. I cant wait to get stuck into my kit now that its here and I only hope I can do it justice, seeing yours gives me something to aim for, if its half as good I'll be happy! (I'm definately doing a few more kits before then as practise 🤣)

Thanks. Glad I could have helped. It's somehow comforting to know that your Grandfather and my Dad were at Leuchars at the same time. 

 

Mark

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