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By Jim Ballantyne, on Thursday, 5 November at 1:12

Hi Nigel I had forgotten all about this page. I would gurss after this time you didn't find anything, but thanks for trying. best regards Jim Ballantyne

In No. 485 Squadron and Spitfire Mk. IX »

By Don, on Thursday, 27 August at 19:04

Most importantly, I should have added Arnold Wilkins in the penultimate paragraph above. So where I said "The post-war scientific “establishment” should probably have done more to gainsay W-W’s claim to be the father of radar, but Britain, having emerged from several years of war, was in no mood to acknowledge German achievements" I should have added " and Arnold Wilkins was too modest and, unlike W-W, too uninterested in self aggrandisement. So W-W got away with his ridiculous claims. Such a pity, because he was not unimportant in the history of radar."

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By John Engelsted, on Sunday, 16 August at 9:52

Hi Robert. I am very interested in the logbook. Could you please contact me? John Engelsted Spitfire researcher from Denamrk

In Respect Calls for Thoroughness - Digging Into the Story of Flt/Lt “Dick” Audet »

By reg, on Sunday, 9 August at 20:53

They missed out the compass,u/c controls and made the throttle unit too big.Also the rudder pedals are wrong, but right on the 1a kit.

In 1/48 Airfix Spitfire F. 22 »

By Reg, on Tuesday, 28 July at 9:18

Does anybody have any pictures of the cockpit of the M22, both port and starboard??

In Spitfire Mk. II Details »

By Don, on Monday, 20 July at 6:26

Just for clarification, the "programme" I referred to was "Castles in the Sky" on BBC in 2014 and out on DVD now. The critique above is based on my critique on Amazon.

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By Don, on Sunday, 19 July at 11:38

More magnetron details here:

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By paul, on Friday, 17 July at 5:35

very nice im making the 1/72 and needed ref material about the gold leaf painted on the inside of the rear part of the fixed section of the canopy. yours is the first ive found with it visible. the instruction sheet just says X12 inside with a line pointing to the canopy. its not very clear i nearly painted the whole of the inside frame but didn't due the trouble but it kept on bothering me. i havent found any mention of why can you shed any light on it?

In Tamiya Spitfire Mk. Vb »

By Robert Ireland, on Wednesday, 15 July at 19:38

Hello I read this article with great interest. My father F/Lt Irish (Elgin Gerald) Ireland led the squadron of 12 on this fateful second sortie of Dec. 29,1945. Dad seldom discussed his war time activities with us as children, despite our insistence. It was only towards the end of his life that he would share any stories with us. This was one story Dad did speak of in later years. I am curator of his RCAF files and archives, including log books and library. His aircraft with 411 squadron was, up to Dec. 27, DB-W. But on that date, he writes "old 'W" for Willie becomes 'K' - OC 'A' Flt." . On Dec. 29, he flew DB- D on the first sortie and DB-K for the next 2 sorties ( and through most of the rest of his second tour). Having mentioned his log books in your article, you probably have access to this info, but I thought I would pass it on nonetheless. Bravo on your research of this fascinating time in RCAF history. Thanks for the read Rob Ireland

In Respect Calls for Thoroughness - Digging Into the Story of Flt/Lt “Dick” Audet »

By Don, on Sunday, 12 July at 12:39

We did very well in the '30s and throughout the war, but we must not claim more than we justly deserve: other countries were also working on radar independently. Sir Robert Watson-Watt was not the inventor of radar, as is commonly believed. That was a myth that, according to "Leaps in the Dark: The forging of scientific reputations" by John Waller (available from Amazon), was put about by Watson-Watt himself. Sadly, he does not come out of this very well. In my view, the programme would have been better had it given equal (or greater) billing to the likes of Appleton, Taffy Bowen, Tizard and especially Arnold Wilkins. "It was Arnold Wilkins who suggested to his boss, Robert Watson Watt, that reflected radio waves might be used to detect aircraft, and his idea led to the initial steps in developing ground-to-air radar in the UK. Wilkins also provided all the theoretical calculations to back-up his idea of aircraft detection, and it was his lashed-up system that he used in the Daventry Experiment to demonstrate that his idea would work. With the Daventry experiment, Wilkins successfully detected an aircraf

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By Brad Main, on Thursday, 9 July at 15:49

Hi, I knew Art Sager during the Y2-K Spitfire Restoration Project, and used to take him up for the annual fund raising event in Comox. I also introduced him to the current 443 RCAF Helicopter Squadron gang, which he enjoyed very much. He was a fine man. I am familiar with his Mk XVIe aircraft pictured here, but was wondering about info regarding the other aircraft in the photo. Do we have any info as to the serial and codes? There also appears to be an inscription on the cowling, and idea what it might have been? I asked Art one day if he remembered the other aircraft flying with him that day, and he couldn't recall. Thanks Brad Main

In No. 443 Squadron RCAF in Belgium, 1945 »

By Jonathan Walker, on Saturday, 4 July at 9:42

And if that mission to the USA had not brought with it the proximity fuse for anti-aircraft shells?

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »