detail is everything Posted September 15, 2022 Share Posted September 15, 2022 1 hour ago, MDriskill said: I can't add much to the discussion on camo! Thanks for that additional link. I definitely agree with "Theory 2" to explain the cowl, i.e. simply replacing the "dash 90" engine - I had the same thought that Martlet II spares are the simplest explanation. The 2-stage intercooled "dash 86" would surely have been a much more complex job to install, not sure how available it would have been at the time (first Martlet to have it was the Mk V), or what advantage it would have given for low-level convoy protection, etc. Also, those late F4F-3's cowls with the "dash 86" and hidden carb intake had 4 pairs of cooling gills. Yes, the more I think about it the more unlikely "Theory 1" is and likely "Theory 2" is. I assume most Martlet IIs going to the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal in 1942 for Operation Ironclad and back again for Operation Torch would have required some stores provision in Egypt and these would have been utilised by the resident Martlet IIIs to keep them going in North Africa and the subsequent move to East Africa. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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