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By Sheila Tough, on Monday, 5 November at 20:00

DG R was not one of the planes that went down in Singaling Khampti on 27 August 1944. The four planes were DG G, DG E, DG P and DG W. I can verify this information.

In SEAC Spitfire Mk.VIII »

By Tom Hyjt, on Friday, 2 November at 1:25

Nice job on your spitfire. I am trying to paint my model just like this. Can you tell me the exact paint you used and their identification numbers? Thank you. Tom

In "I am quite proud of my Spitfire, and fly it regularly" »

By Peter Hughes, on Friday, 26 October at 2:30

My Father was chief Signals Officer at Castle Bromwich Aerodrome; F\O Joe Hughes. He started the war as a A/C 2nd class Wireless OP. His postings were Oxford , Abingdon, Leghton Buzzard and several places I have no knowldge of. But I do know he was in control of 3 other airfields signals from CBAF. He finished his War service there, but before he left the Service I visited there at an open day and saw the first Whittle Jet plane, it was all white I remember; I was 10.

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By Ken Harrison, on Wednesday, 24 October at 4:34

I notice on some examples that there is an additional "blister" at the wing root, the port side being larger than the starboard side. It looks like this was added to allow something?(piping??) pass over the main spar. I've asked at various museums, but no-one seems to know why they are there. Can anyone offer an explanation? Thanks.

In Concise Guide To Spitfire Wing Types »

By Geoff constantine, on Tuesday, 16 October at 3:31

A very interesting site. All valid stuff. One detail though - the disastrous day for 141 was 19 July, not June. How do I know? My uncle was there. (P/O A.N.Constantine) Noel's logbook indicates that he had four flights that day, two of them operational patrols in Defiant L7011 with P/O Webber as his gunner. Alongside his logbook entries he wrote; MESSERSGMIDT TROUBLE!! (He must have been somewhat rattled to have spelt that so badly.) Lost; F/Lt Donald, P/O Hamilton, P/O Kemp, P/O Kidson, P/O Howley in flames P/O Farnes, P/O Gardener & gunners in channel F/Lt Louden burnt out, P/O Tamblyn, P/O Mcdougall badly shot up. Heartbreaking stuff. His letters home to Australia around that time refer to his resentment of the new faces in the mess - they represent the loss of old friends. Tough times. Noel stayed with 141, on Defiants, until the end of April 1941, then Havocs on night intruder work over France (23 Sqn). Much later boss of 273 Sqn (Ceylon), then CO 136 Sqn (India) (June '43 - Apr '44). 136 acquired Spitfires in October '43, initially Mk Vs then Mk VIII and became the highest scoring fighter unit in the Far East.

In Stories of the Battle of Britain 1940 - Death of the Defiant »

By clive wingent, on Monday, 8 October at 20:54

My father worked at crystal palace as a glass blower initially for Cinema Television , and Bairds making prototype cathode ray tubes ,valves and condensers. Then secret work for the government at the palace in connection with radar. Can anyone throw any more light on this work in particular at the Rotunda ( which survived the fire of 1936 )

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By Harry, on Saturday, 6 October at 21:53

The size of the circle does not change. It is the 20 degrees angle off circle. If a target crossed in front of you at 20 degrees angle to your nose you had to put it on the circle to allow for enough deflection. As the angle off decreased then you had to put the target proportionally closer to the central dot. There were posters issued showing silhouettes of enemy aircraft at different angles off for pilots to memorise and little workbooks with acetate gunsights so pilots could practice where to place an enemy on the sight.

In Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit »

By colin, on Wednesday, 26 September at 21:11

What a fantastic record of this moment in Birminghams history.

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By VG, on Friday, 21 September at 16:57

Looks to be a MK1 possibly of 54 Sdn which tested Rotol CS propellers during and leading up to the Dunkirk withdrawal.

In Stories of the Battle of Britain 1940 – Aces of Dunkirk »

By Nigel Perry, on Wednesday, 19 September at 18:16

Sigh For a Merlin by Alex Henshaw is about the test flying from Castle Bromwich.

In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »

By Clive Fisher, on Saturday, 25 August at 18:40

Hi Robin, Just noticed this post going back some time. My Dad, Ralph Fisher, was in 208 at this time also and I have several photos from 1947 through 1949 in Palestine/Egypt of Mk18 and earlier Spits and my Dad's diaries which are interesting. My Dad was killed in a flying accident in 1953 in a Meteor T7 at Manby, Lincolnshire. Anyway, if you would like, it would be interesting to compare notes etc. Best Wishes, Clive Fisher

In No. 208 Squadron's Spitfires Mk. XVIII »

By Roger Worsley, on Thursday, 23 August at 21:19

Many years ago, the mail order company Hannets had an after market kit for this mod in their catalogues and ads. I can't remember the scale, and I don't know if it's still available, but it might be worth doing an online search.

In Modification XXX - Beer-Carrying Spitfires »