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March 2017: Gloster Javelin FAW.4, FAW.5 & FAW.6 – 38 photos

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Photo 01: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA632/A of No. 11 Sqn.

Photo 02: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA634 used by Gloster for trials and was never issued to any RAF units.

Photo 03: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA635/L of No. 3 Sqn.

Photo 04: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA638/J of No. 3 Sqn.

Photo 05: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA724/F of No. 11 Sqn.

Photo 06: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA728/J of No. 23 Sqn.

Photo 07: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA730/N of No. 72 Sqn.

Photo 08: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA731/M of No. 72 Sqn.

Photo 09: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA752/F of No. 72 Sqn.

Photo 10: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA754/D of No. 72 Sqn.

Photo 11: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA756/T of No. 41 Sqn.

Photo 12: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA758/S of No. 41 Sqn.

Photo 13: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA761/J of No. 41 Sqn.

Photo 14: Gloster Javelin FAW.4 XA767/K of No. 41 Sqn.

Photo 31: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA647/B of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 32: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA651/D of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 33: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA652/A of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 34: Another view of Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA652/A of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 35: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA652/T of the AWFCS.

Photo 36: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA654/J of No. 72 Sqn.

Photo 37: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA655/F of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 38: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA658 before its delivery to the RAF (no markings)

Photo 39: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA666/Z of No. 41 Sqn.

Photo 40: Derelick of Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XH690/A of No. 5 Sqn.

Photo 41: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA6693/T of No. 228 OCU.

Photo 42: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA694/R of No. 228 OCU.

Photo 43: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA699/F of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 44: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA702/V and XA691/E of No. 228 OCU.

Photo 45: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA703/Y of No. 41 Sqn.

Photo 46: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA704/J of No. 5 Sqn.

Photo 47: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA707/B of No. 5 Sqn.

Photo 48: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA713/W of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 49: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XA715/T of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 50: Gloster Javelin FAW.5 XH688/X of No. 151 Sqn.

Photo 71: Gloster Javelin FAW.6 XA815/E of No. 85 Sqn.

Photo 72: Gloster Javelin FAW.6 XA819/V of No. 29 Sqn.

Photo 73: Gloster Javelin FAW.6 XA824/H of No. 29 Sqn.

Photo 74: Gloster Javelin FAW.6 XH702/X of AFDS

February 2017: English Electric Lightning T.4 – 32 photos

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Lightning T.4 – 01: EE Lightning T.4 XL628, the first prototype of the T.4 version.

Lightning T.4 – 02: EE Lightning T.4 XL629, the second prototype of the T.4 version.

Lightning T.4 – 03: EE Lightning T.4 XM968/Q of No. 92 Squadron.

  Lightning T.4 – 04: EE Lightning T.4 XM969 of No. 226 OCU.

Lightning T.4 – 05: Another view of EE Lightning T.4 XM969 of No. 226 OCU.

  Lightning T.4 – 06: EE Lightning T.4 XM970 of No. 226 OCU with No. 65 Squadron markings.

 Lightning T.4 – 07: EE Lightning T.4 XM970 of No. 226 OCU with No. 145 Squadron markings.

Lightning T.4 – 08: EE Lightning T.4 XM970/G of Lightning Conversion Squadron (LCS) in 1962.

  Lightning T.4 – 09: EE Lightning T.4 XM971/K of Lightning Conversion Squadron (LCS) in 1962.

 Lightning T.4 – 10: EE Lightning T.4 XM971 of No. 226 OCU. This aircraft was lost in an accident on 2 January 1967.

Lightning T.4 – 11: Another view of EE Lightning T.4 XM971 of No. 226 OCU.

Lightning T.4 – 12: EE Lightning T.4 XM972/J of Lightning Conversion Squadron (LCS) in 1962.

Lightning T.4 – 13: EE Lightning T.4 XM972 of No. 226 OCU with No. 65 Squadron markings.

Lightning T.4 – 14: Another view of EE Lightning T.4 XM972 of No. 226 OCU with No. 65 Squadron markings.

Lightning T.4 – 15: EE Lightning T.4 XM973 of No. 226 OCU with No. 145 Squadron markings.

  Lightning T.4 – 16: EE Lightning T.4 XM974 of No. 226 OCU with No. 145 Squadron markings. It was lost in an accident on 14 December 1972 while serving with No. 226 OCU.

  Lightning T.4 – 17: EE Lightning T.4 XM974/T of No. 74 Squadron.

Lightning T.4 – 18: EE Lightning T.4 XM987 of No. 226 OCU with No. 145 Squadron markings.

 Lightning T.4 – 19: EE Lightning T.4 XM988 of No. 226 OCU with No. 145 Squadron markings. It was to be lost on 5 June 1973 in an accident while serving with No. 226 OCU.

  Lightning T.4 – 20: EE Lightning T.4 XM991/T of No. 92 Squadron.

 Lightning T.4 – 21: EE Lightning T.4 XM990 of No. 226 OCU in 1965 and was still serving this unit when it was lost in an accident on 19 September 1970.

 Lightning T.4 – 22: EE Lightning T.4 XM994 of No. 226 OCU with No. 145 Squadron markings.

Lightning T.4 – 23: EE Lightning T.4 XM995/T of No. 92 Squadron.

    Lightning T.4 – 24: Another view of EE Lightning T.4 XM995/T of No. 92 Squadron, with new camouflage scheme.

Lightning T.4 – 25: Another view of EE Lightning T.4 XM995/T of No. 92 Squadron, but a variant on the nose markings (see photo 23)

 Lightning T.4 – 26: EE Lightning T.4 XM996 of No. 226 OCU with No. 145 Squadron markings.

 Lightning T.4 – 27: EE Lightning T.4 XM996 of No. 226 OCU with No. 65 Squadron markings.

 Lightning T.4 – 28: EE Lightning T.4 XM996 of No. 226 OCU with the early markings.

 Lightning T.4 – 29: EE Lightning T.4 XM997 of No. 226 OCU with No. 145 Squadron markings. It was the last T.4 built.

Lightning T.4 – 30: EE Lightning T.4 XM889/X of No. 56 Squadron. Would later be converted to Lightning T.54 for Saudi Arabia in 1966.

Lightning T.4 – 31: EE Lightning T.4 XM992/Z of No. 111 Squadron would be also converted to T.54 for Saudi Arabia in 1966.

Lightning T.4 – 32: EE Lightning T.4 XM993 of the Lighthning Conversion Squadron (LCS) in 1962.

January 2017: Westland Wapiti (RAF & RCAF) – 36 photos

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Wapiti 01: Westland Wapiti I J9102 was used to test various engines during its career and was never issued to any operational unit.

Wapiti 02: Westland Wapiti II J9237 was initially sent to Canada for cold weather trials on loan to the RCAF for 60 months.

Wapiti 03: Westland Wapiti J9410 of No. 30 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti 04: Westland Wapiti J9410 (see also photo 03) of No. 30 Squadron taken on the ground this time.

Wapiti 05: Westland Wapitis of No. 28 Squadron in flights, with in the forefront J9481.

Wapiti 06: Westland Wapiti IIA J9506 of No. 28 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti 07: Westland Wapitis J9595, J9631 and J9634 of No. 55 Squadron flying in formation.

Wapiti 08: Westland Wapiti J9619 of No. 30 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti 09: Westland Wapiti J9630 of No. 84 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti 10: Westland Wapiti J9634 of No. 55 Squadron in flight.

 

Wapiti 11: Westland Wapiti J9719 of No. 60 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti 12: Westland Wapiti J9754 of No. 1 SFTS (India) being towed in 1940. This Wapiti is coded PT-F (the individual letter F is painted just behind the engine)

Wapiti 13: Westland Wapiti J9835 of No. 84 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti 14: Another shot of Westland Wapiti J9835 taken from another angle.

Wapiti 15: Westland Wapitis of No. 84 Squadron, J9844 being in the forefront.

Wapiti 16: Westland Wapiti J9857 of No. 601 Squadron.

Wapiti 17: Westland Wapiti K1125 of No. 55 Squadron in 1936. It was coded ‘B3’.

Wapiti 18: Westland Wapitis K1143, J9856 and J9617 of No. 601 Squadron flying in formation.

Wapiti 19: Westland Wapiti IIA K1148 of No. 601 Squadron in flight. It would be later sold to the RCAF as 508 in January 1936.

Wapiti 20: Westland Wapiti IIA K1261 of No. 1 SFTS (India) in 1939 in flight.

Wapiti 21: Westland Wapiti K1291 of No. 27 Squadron ready for take-off. This Wapiti survived until 28.05.42 when ran into soft ground while taxying and tipped up.

Wapiti 22: Westland Wapiti IIA K1300 of No. 27 Squadron warming up its engine before another routine flight.

Wapiti 23: Westland Wapiti IIA K1338 of No. 604 Squadron taken during a very low altitude flight.

Wapiti 24: Westland Wapiti IIA K1343 of No. 605 Squadron in flight. It crashed in forced landing on 11.11.34.

Wapiti 25: Westland Wapiti IIA K1348 of No. 605 Squadron banking to the right. This Wapiti was later converted to Wallace configuration as K3569.

Wapiti 26: Westland Wapiti IIA K1369 of No. 501 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti 27: Westland Wapiti IIA K1391 of No. 55 Squadron.

Wapiti 28: Westland Wapiti VI, a dual control trainer, K2241 of No. 604 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti 29: Westland Wapiti IIA K2289 of No. 27 Squadron in flight.

Wapiti (RCAF) 71: Westland Wapiti IIA 508 taken in flight. Delivered in March 1936 it was formely K1148 of the RAF. It was the first RCAF Wapiti taken on charge.

Wapiti (RCAF) 72: Side view of Westland Wapiti 508 on the ground.

Wapiti (RCAF) 73: Westland Wapiti IIA 513 (formely K1326). Delivered in March 1936, it ended its career as an instructional airframe at Trenton.

Wapiti (RCAF) 74: Three Westland Wapitis of the RCAF, with from left to right, 543 (ex-J9870), 510 (ex-K1318) and 542 (ex-J9869). They were used by No. 3 (B) Squadron, RCAF at that time.

Wapiti (RCAF) 75: Westland Wapiti 508 on skis seen after a minor accident.

Wapiti (RCAF) 76: Westland Wapiti 540 (ex-J9617) which ended its career as 513 (see photo 73).

Wapiti (RCAF) 77: Westland Wapiti 512 (ex-K1326) delivered in May 1937 served the RCAF until being struck off strenght in March 1941.

November 2016: Bristol Bulldog – 32 photos

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Photo 01: Bristol Bulldog J9568 of No. 3 Squadron.

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Photo 02: Bristol Bulldog J9574 of No. 3 Squadron.

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Photo 03: Bristol Bulldog K1678 of No. 23 Squadron.

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Photo 04: Bristol Bulldog K1080 was the second production aircraft of the second batch and was delivered in January 1930. It would serve with No. 17 Squadron.

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Photo 05: Another view of Bristol Bulldog K1080.

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Photo 06: Bristol Bulldog K1085 in flight.

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Photo 07: Another view of Bulldog K1085.

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Photo 08: Bristol Bulldogs of No. 17 Sqn with K1081 leading the section in the forefront. It was lost in an accident in May 1931.

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Photo 09: Bristol Bulldog K1088 with No. 17 Sqn markings.

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Photo 10: Bristol Bulldog K1638 of the Air Gunner School

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Photo 11: Bristol Bulldog K1641 of No. 54 Squadron.

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Photo 12: A section of three Bristol Bulldogs of No. 23 Squadron flying in formation with K1587, K1678 and K2151.

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Photo 13:  A trio of No. 41 Squadron Bulldogs in flight.

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Photo 14: A trio of No. 17 Squadron Bulldogs taking-off with K1671 in the forefront.

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Photo 15: Bristol Bulldog K2142 of No. 17 Squadron.

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Photo 16: Six No. 19 Squadron Bulldogs flying in formation.

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Photo 17: Bristol Bulldog K2159 of No. 19 Squadron.

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Photo 18: Another view of Bulldog K2159 while serving with No. 17 Squadron.

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Photo 19: Bristol Bulldog K2184 of No. 41 Squadron.

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Photo 20:  Bristol Bulldog K2203 of No. 54 Squadron.

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Photo 21: Bristol Bulldogs of No. 56 Squadron with K2206 and K2227 visible.

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Photo 22: Bristol Bulldog K2227 of No. 56 Squadron.

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Photo 23: Bristol Bulldog K2229 of No. 56 Squadron.

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Photo 24: Bristol Bulldog Trainer K3170, the first of its kind and will serve with the Central Flying School.

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Photo 25: Bristol Bulldog Trainer K3181 was initially issued to No. 19 Squadron in February 1933.

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Photo 26: Bristol Bulldog K2172 No. 3 Squadron.

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Photo 50: Finnish Bristol Bulldog BU-59, the first to have been delivered to the Finns on 20.12.34. It would be withdrawn from use in May 1944 with 774.5 hours to its airframe.

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Photo 51: Two Finnish Bulldogs during the Winter War.

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Photo 52: Bristol Bulldog BU-71 while serving as an advanced trainer at the LeSK. It was lost in an accident on 13.10.42.

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Photo 53: Bristol Bulldog BU-63 of T-LLv 35 in 1941-1942.

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Photo 54: Bristol Bulldog IIA BU-216 was one of the two Bulldogs given by Sweden to Finland during the Winter War in December 1939 and served as advanced trainer.

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Photo 55: Another view of BU-216

October 2016: Gloster Meteor NF.11, NF.12 & NF.13 – 26 photos

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Meteor NF.11 – 01: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD608 of No. 141 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 02: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD643 of No. 151 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 03: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD673 of No. 87 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 04: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD677 of No. 68 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 05: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD686 was used for various tests all its career long.

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Meteor NF.11 – 06: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD724 of No. 264 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 07: Gloster Meteor NF.11WD765 of the ETPS (Empire Test Flying School)

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Meteor NF.11 – 08: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD770 of No. 141 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 09: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD791 used as test bed at CFE. Note the nose.

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Meteor NF.11 – 10: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD794 of No. 96 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 11: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WM154.

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Meteor NF.11 – 12: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WM174 of No. 29 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 13: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WM176 of No. 29 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 14: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WM190 of No. 87 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 15: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WM223 of No. 151 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.11 – 16: Gloster Meteor NF.11 WM237 of No. 226 OCU.

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Meteor NF.11 – 17: Gloster Metero NF.11 WM245 of No. 151 Sqn

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Meteor NF.12 – 51: Gloster Meteor NF.12 WS597 of the CSE (Central Signals Establishment)

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Meteor NF.12 – 52: Gloster Meteor NF.12 WS607 NF.12 of No. 72 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.12 – 53: Three Meteor NF.12s of No. 25 Sqn taken while flying in close formation. The aircraft are WS622/R, WS694/Q and WS697/N.

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Meteor NF.12 – 54: Gloster Meteor NF.12 WS665 of No. 25 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.12 – 55: Four Meteor NF.12s of No. 25 Sqn taken while flying in close formation. The aircraft are WS680/T, WS622/R, WS694/Q and WS697/N.

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Meteor NF.12 – 56: Gloster Meteor NF.12 WS697 of No. 25 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.12 – 57: Gloster Meteor NF.12 WS593 of No. 85 Sqn passing along Meteor NF.14s

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Meteor NF.13 – 81: Gloster Meteor NF.13 WM321 of No. 219 Sqn.

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Meteor NF.13 – 82: Gloster Meteor NF.13 WM339  of No. 219 Sqn with the black/yellow stripes used during the Suez crisis.

September 2016: Vickers Victoria & Valentia – 21 photos

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Photo 30: Vickers Victoria Mk. III J7933 of No. 70 Sqn in 1929.

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Photo 50: Vickers Victoria Mk. V JR8230 of No. 216 Sqn.

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Photo 51: Vickers Victoria Mk. V K2343 of No. 216 Sqn.

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Photo 52: Vickers Victoria Mk. V of BT Flight India.

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Photo 53: Vickers Victoria Mk. V K1315 of No. 216 Sqn.

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Photo 54: Vickers Victoria K1310 of No. 70 Sqn.

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Photo 55: Vickers Victoria Mk. V J9764 of No. 70 sqn.

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Photo 60: Vickers Valentia K3168 of No. 70 Sqn.

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Photo 61: Vickers Valentia K3167 of No. 216 Sqn.

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Photo 62: Vickers Valentia K3165 of No. 70 Sqn.

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Photo 63: Vickers Valentia K3160 of No. 70 Sqn.

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Photo 64: Vickers Valentia  JR8232 of 31 Sqn in 1939.

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Photo 65: Vickers Valentia KR3163 of No. 216 Sqn.

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Photo 66: Vickers Valentia K3159 of No. 70 Sqn after it caught fire and destroyed in April 1936.

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Photo 67: Vickers Valentia K8849 seen after is accident of 19.12.40.

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Photo 68: Vickers Valentia K3612 of No. 216 Sqn.

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Photo 69: Vickers Valentia K2340 of the Bomber Transport Flight India taking off.

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Photo 70: Vickers Valentia K5605 of 216 Sqn.

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Photo 71: Vickers Valentia K4634 of 31 Sqn in India; This aircraft survived until June 1942.

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Photo 72: Vickers Valentia K4633 of No. 31 Sqn.

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Photo 73: Vickers Valentia K2798 of 216 Sqn after its accident in April 1940 at Heliopolis.

August 2016: Grumman FF – 43 photos

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This set can be associated to Allied Wings No. 6 – The Grumman FF in which many photos of this set have been published.

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Photo 01: Side view of the prototype XFF-1 BuNo 8878.

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Photo 02: Grumman XFF-1 seen at Anacostia (DC) for Navy trials during the winter of 1931 – 1932.

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Photo 03: View from behind of Grumman FF-1 BuNo 8878. The XFF-1 was modified as FF-1 during the summer 1932.

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Photo 04: Three-Quarter view of Grumman FF-1 BuNo 8878.

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Photo 05: Rear view of a Grumman FF-1.

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Photo 06: Grumman XFF-1 BuNo 8878 in front of the Grumman Corporation hangar.

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Photo 07: The prototype XFF-1 was later modified as a conventional fighter and became a standard FF-1 whereupon the X was dropped from the designation.

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Photo 08: Another view of Grumman FF-1 BuNo 8878 (see also photo 07 & 09)

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Photo 09:  After modifications the XFF-1 became the FF-1. It is seen here in flight and shows its landing gear in the extended position. At the beginning of the thirties the USN was looking for new equipment for its aircraft however, in the case of retractable landing gear, the USN was still reluctant to introduce it on its aircraft as it was unsure if it was strong enough to withstand landing on an aircraft carrier.

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Photo 10: The first Grumman  FF-1 to be assigned to the VF-5B was BuNo 9351, which is seen at the factory, with freshly painted codes 5-F-1 for the Squadron’s leader. But the cwoling has yet to be painted. (see also photo 25)

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Photo 11: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9362/5-F-12 of the VF-5B. As with #11 above it belongs to the fourth (Black) section.

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Photo 12: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9369 was stored at first before being issued to VF-5B, in January 1934, as replacement aircraft.

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Photo 13: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9356 seen here while serving with VF-5B in 1935.

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Photo 14: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9358 photographed after its first overhaul and now flying as 5-F-17.

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Photo 15: Grumman FF-1 5-F-17 parked with other aircraft at an unknown location.

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Photo 16: Grumman FF-1 5-F-13 with all the markings deleted on the fin. Remains only a single ‘F’ on the tail.

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Photo 17: The first three sections (Red, White and Blue) of VF-5B flying in close formation over the ocean. Although VF-5B was the only unit to be fully equipped with the FF-1 it must be said that VF-1B embarked on the USS Saratoga, received two FF-1s, BuNo 9366 for one day, and 9376 pending delivery of its SF-1 which arrived six weeks later.

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Photo 18: Three sections of the VF-5B flying in opne formation over the ocean.

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Photo 19: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9367 was one the 18 FF-1s assigned to VF-5B when the type was introduced into service. It was later converted to an FF-2.

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Photo 20:  Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9361/5-F-11 of the VF-5B is warming up for another training flight. As #11, the colour on the cowling is black

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Photo 21: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9468 in 1935. Number 18 was the last aircraft of a USN squadron. Note the large underwings roundels.

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Photo 22: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9358 warming up while serving with VF-5B. As aircraft #8, the upper part of the cowling should have been painted blue, but it is not the case here, and the cowling may be a new unpainted one.

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Photo 23: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9354 warming-up for another training flight. It was first coded 5-F-4, but this was changed to 5-F-9 after its overhaul in November 1934.

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Photo 24: Another view of Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9354/5-F-9. It would be converted to an FF-2 and was stricken in November 1938 with 1,138.5 hours to its airframe.

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Photo 25: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9351, the first FF-1 built, taken later wth the VF-5B. The name of the pilot is now written under the cokpit and the cowling has also received its full red paint (see photo 10).

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Photo 26: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9361 in August 1933. It was lost in an accident in February 1935.

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Photo 27: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9363 just before touching down the deck. It was a phase with which the pilots were not very comfortable as the FF-1 had a tendency to bounce on touch down.

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Photo 28: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9365 in flight. Converted as an FF-2 it would be wrecked in September 1938 while serving with NRAB Minneapolis.

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Photo 29: A section of Three Grumman FF-1s taken in formation from below.

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Photo 30: An unidentified FF-1 of VF-5B taken in flight.

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Photo 31: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 8878 seen at Anacostia.

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Photo 32: Another view of Grumman FF-1 BuNo 8878.

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Photo 33: Grumman FF-1 BuNo 9350, the first production aircraft was used at the Naval Aircraft Factory for two years.

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Photo 40: Grumman FF-2 BuNo 9356 taken at the factory after its recent conversion.

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Photo 41: At the end of its career, Grumman FF-2 BuNo 9371 served as liaison aircraft # 5 for NAS Norfolk, thence the inscription “NAS NORFOLK” painted on the fuselage. The aircraft was left in natural metal finish.

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Photo 42: Grumman FF BuNo 9362 after being converted to an FF-2. Note the rudder stripes of the reserve aircraft, but the FF-2s were rarely painted like this.

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Photo 43: After its conversion to Grumman FF-2, BuNo 9356 served at the NRAB Kansas City as #2. The tail and stabilisers are white.

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Photo 44: A Grumman FF-2 of an unidentified NRAB unit. Note the black “2” painted on the engine cowling.

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Photo 45: Leader of the third (Blue) section was flying this Grumman FF-2 BuNo 9364 with a blue cowling and fuselage band. The tail is believed to be red. Note the Reserve insignia which was painted under the gunner’s seat. The location of the insignia varied from one aircraft from to another.

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Photo 46: As with many other Grumman FF-1s, BuNo 9369 was converted to an FF-2 and served as such at NRAB Minneapolis. The Reserve insignia is now located just behind the cowling ring.

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Photo 47: Just after their conversion to FF-2, BuNos 9372 and 9376 were allocated to NRAB Minneapolis and were respectively the second and third taken on charge by this NRAB, the first being BuNo 9369. The section colours for reserve units were normally the same as fleet units. This seems to be the case here, and consequently BuNo 9376 should be #3 with its lower part of its cowling painted red.

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Photo 48: Grumman FF-2 BuNo 9364 during a public display in the thirties.

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Photo 49: Grumman FF-2 BuNo 9371 believed to have belonged to NRAB Glenview in 1937. There is no Reserve insignia painted on this aircraft.

July 2016: Gloster Meteor F.I & F.III – 26 photos

Each photograph is offered at a 300dpi res/13x8cm size making them available for a very good quality digital print.

This set can be associated to SQUADRONS! No. 15 -The Gloster Meteor F.I & F.III in which many photos of this set have been published.

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Photo Meteor 01: Gloster prototype DG202/G in July 1943 with W.2B/23 engines.

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Photo Meteor 02: Gloster prototype DG204/G, the third prototype with Metropolitan-Vickers F.2 engines.

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Photo Meteor 03: Gloster Meteor DG206/G Halford H.1 engines.

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Photo Meteor 04: Gloster Meteor DG204/G seen from another angle.

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Photo Meteor 11: Gloster Meteor F.I EE214/G while used as a test bed for ventral fuel tank.

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Photo Meteor 12: Gloster Meteor F.I EE212 taken in flight during a flight test.

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Photo Meteor 13: Gloster Meteor F.I EE227 fitted with Trent turbo-props. It first flown on 20.09.45.

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Photo Meteor 14: A Gloster Meteor F.I, of 616 Sqn, coming in to land at Manston, Kent during the summer 1944.

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Photo Meteor 15: A Gloster Meteor F.Is of 616 Sqn, based at Manston, Kent, in flight over the countryside between West Hougham and Dover, ever ready to intercept V-1s.

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Photo Meteor 16: Gloster Meteor F.I EE227/QY-Y seen at Manston in September 1944 at a time when the V-1 threat had reached its end.

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Photo Meteor 17: Meteor F.Is of 616 Sqn, with EE219/D in the foreground, lined-up at Manston in January 1945.

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Photo Meteor 31: A Gloster Meteor F.III, of the 616 Sqn detachment, takes off from B58/Melsbroek, Belgium, shortly after joining No. 84 Group of 2 TAF in the air defence role. In the foreground a mobile Chance light stands parked by the main runway and, as can be seen, the Meteors were painted white to aid in their identification.

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Photo Meteor 32: Ground crew pushing Meteor F.III EE239/YQ-Q. Now painted white, the only remaining markings are the national insignia and the letter ‘Q’ painted on the nose wheel door. This Meteor would also eventually become an instructional airframe.

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Photo Meteor 33: Gloster Meteor F.III EE239/Q having its cannon serviced.

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Photo Meteor 34: Ground crew refuelling Gloster Meteor F.III, EE236/YQ-H. It served as an instructional airframe from January 1945.

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Photo Meteor 35: Another scene of 616 Sqn’s Meteors in January 1945. These are Meteor F.Is and Welland-powered F.3s, with EE235/P (a F.III) and EE229/W (a F.I) just behind. A further F.III, EE234/YQ-O, can be identified facing the opposite direction to the other Meteors. Just behind YQ-W, and partially obscured, is EE239/Q which would later be painted white while stationed on the Continent.

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Photo Meteor 36: Gloster Meteor F.III EE278/YQ-G was also delivered in March 1945 and would serve with various squadrons – 263 (ex-616), 257, 222 and 1 – and ended as an advanced trainer at 206 AFS. Withdrawn from use in June 1953, it became an instructional airframe in December 1954.

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Photo Meteor 37: Gloster Meteor F.IIIs (EE354 XL-H nearest) of No. 1335 (Meteor) Conversion Unit taxi to dispersal after a demonstration flight for the Brazilian Air Minister and his party at Molesworth, Huntingdonshire. EE354 was issued to 1335 CU in July 1945.

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Photo Meteor 38: Gloster Meteor F.III  EE317 taken in flight wearing the codes of 1335 CU (XL-Y). It was issued directly from Glosters to the CU in June 1945 along with EE316 (XL-U) and EE318 (XL-Z).

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Photo Meteor 39:  A line-up of Gloster Meteor F.IIIs of 74 Sqn at Colerne in the summer of 1945. Meteor 4D-Z in the foreground is EE346 and was delivered to the squadron
in mid-July 1945.

 

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Photo Meteor 40: Gloster Meteor F.III EE341 of No. 74 Sqn in the summer 1945.

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Photo Meteor 41: When the war ended in September 1945, 124 Sqn was about to begin conversion to the Meteor F.3. Leading two other F.3s of the squadron, EE393/ON-J was taken on charge on 22 September.

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Photo Meteor 42: Gloster Meteor F. III EE426 of Sir D. Evill July 46.

Photo Meteor 43: Gloster Meteor F. 3 EE464 was issued to No. 124 Squadron in February 1946 and coded ON-F.

Photo Meteor 44: Gloster Meteor F.3 EE401 personal mount of Wing Commander M. Kellet WinCo Middle Wallop Wing in 1947. It was coded ‘MK’.

Photo Meteor 45: Gloster Meteor F.3 EE419 ‘MR-V’ of 245 Sqn in 1945.

June 2016: Boeing Fortress Mk. I – 35 photos

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Most of those images have been published in SQUADRONS! No. 4 – The Boeing Fortress Mk. I

pdf, Epub and Kindle versions are available in this site: 978-2918590-32-3

 

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Photo Fortress 01: Various photos of Boeing Fortress Mk. I taken in the US before delivery. Here ‘AM528’.

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Photo Fortress 02: see above, same aircraft.

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Photo Fortress 03: see above, same aircraft.

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Photo Fortress 04: see above, same aircraft.

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Photo Fortress 05: see above, same aircraft

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Photo Fortress 06: Boeing Fortress Mk. I ‘AM521’ seen at the US before delivery.

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Photo Fortress 07: Part of the Fortress fleet in natural metal but with the RAF markings painted on. The Boeing mechanics made a mistake in painting tye serials, the Fortresses having received the letters “AM” later corrected to “AN”.

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Photo Fortress 08: Boeing Fortress AN529 seen in UK after its long trip over the Atlantic.

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Photo Fortress 09: Side view of Boeing Fortress AN531 shortly after its arrival in the United Kingdom in April 1941. All the Fortresses made the flight in temporary American camouflage Olive Drab on the upper surfaces and Light Grey on the lower surfaces.

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Photo Fortress 10: Boeing Fortress AN528 seen in flight after having been re-painted.

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Photo Fortress 11: Boeing Fortress AN526 taken in flight shortly after receiving the new camouflage scheme. AN526 was also used by the Colerne Station Communication flight for five months after the disbandment of No. 90 Squadron in February 1942. It had become an instructional airframe by autumn 1942.

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Photo Fortress 12: Boeing Fortress AN531 was the only Fortress Mk.I to have served at the A&AEE, and was with this unit between 15 April 1941 and 26 August 1941. The A&AEE pilots are waiting to start the engines in preparation for another test flight. The Fortress was painted Dark Green/Dark Earth on the upper surfaces and Sky on the under surfaces. AN531 was one of the few, and possibly the only aircraft of its type to have received this camouflage scheme.

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Photo Fortress 13: Boeing Fortress AN530/WP-F in flight. This was captained by Wing Commander J.McDougall on the two Berlin raids in July 1941. The results of three months of bombing were unsatisfactory as almost half of the operational sorties had to be cancelled for one reason or another.

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Photo Fortress 14: Another view of the photo 13 above

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Photo Fortress 15: Even the first B-17 variants looked massively impressive. This Fortress is beginning to taxi out with a full bomb load and fuel tanks. From this angle no one would have imagined that the Fortress Mk.I would prove so vulnerable.

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Photo Fortress 16: With engines warmed up this Fortress Mk. I is ready to taxi out and line up on the runway for another high altitude operation against Berlin, the German capital. This photo was taken on 23 July 1941, as were many others, as it was the day the Prime Minister planned to make a speech in the House of Commons. Had the attack succeeded the raid would have been highly publicised and this would have required many good photographs.

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Photo Fortress 17: One Boeing Fortress taking-off for another mission over the Continental Europe.

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Photo Fortress 18: Boeing Fortress AN521/WP-K undergoing an engine change in June 1941. It was one of the first to be allocated to No.90 Squadron, which in all, used 19 of the 20 Fortress Mk.Is. Indeed AN524 was never issued, having suffered a flying accident during delivery.

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Photo Fortress 19: A No.90 Squadron’s crew arriving at their aircraft for another mission over Occupied Europe. At least one Bf109 could have been claimed as damaged off Norway, on 8 September, 1941, but the crew was lost before it could be reported.

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Photo Fortress 20: ‘Ready to go’. The crew is about to release the breaks and to taxi for a take-off.

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Photo Fortress 21: A crew coming up in his Fortress Mk. I.

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Photo Fortress 22: A crew posing for the photograph in front of Fortress AN529/WP-C.

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Photo Fortress 23: Two members of the crew of AN530/WP-F, at Polebrook. This aircraft, captained by Wing Commander McDougall, was being prepared for the attack on Berlin on 23 July 1941.

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Photo Fortress 24: RAF crewmen arriving at dispersal.

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Photo Fortress 25: Boeing Fortress AN521/WP-K parked on the grass at Polebrook airfield prior to being readied for another sortie.

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Photo Fortress 26: P.M. Winston Churchill looking at a Fortress heading towards its target over Continental Europe.

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Photo Fortress 27: The remains of Boeing Fortress AN528 after it burned on the ground on 3 July 1941.

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Photo Fortress 28:  Boeing Fortress AN531/WP-O seen on its arrival at Nutts Corner (Northern Ireland). No. 90 Squadron had now been disbanded and the aircraft began a new life with No. 220 Squadron, a Coastal Command unit.

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Photo Fortress 29: Only two Fortresses were equipped with racks for depth charges for anti-submarine patrols, AN537/NR-L was one of these. Note that the censor has retouched the photo to erase “NR” from No.220 Squadron’s code and aerials. AN537 is probably seen later on when it was performing trials with the CCDU.

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Photo Fortress 30: A nice shot of Boeing Fortress AN532/J in Egypt early in 1942. This Fortress was flown to India in July 1942 and transferred to the USAAF on 1 December of that year. It was then allocated the USAAF serial number 40-2079.

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Photo Fortress 31: Boeing Fortress AN529/C lying in the Libyan desert after it ran out of fuel.

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Photo Fortress 32: In February 1942, with the disbandment of No .90 Squadron, the detachment had to alter its squadron code from “WP” to “MB”. According to No.220 Squadron’s records, the official date seems to have taken place on 1 February. Consequently AN518 became MB-B.

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Photo Fortress 33: Four Fortresses were sent to the Middle East and were based at Shallufa in Egypt. However, as in Europe, the results were unsatisfactory.

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Photo Fortress 34: A close-up of the nose with its American 0.30-in light machine gun, totallly obsolete and inefficient.

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Photo Fortress 35: View of the waist gun position with its 0.50-in gun (left and below left). This heavy machine gun was new to the RAF which appreciated its hitting power.