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By tangles, on Sunday, 4 June at 7:52

Alex Henshaw chief Test Pilot for Supermarine thought the MKVIIIwas the Best Mark he tested

In Uncle Sam's Spitfires »

By martin hone, on Monday, 8 May at 23:54

I have never thought that the Merlin at idle was all that impressive. At full noise, in the air, now that is something else.

In The Sound of a Merlin »

By Dave Key, on Thursday, 4 May at 14:30

Hi Pat, My apologies for the delay in responding. Somehow i missed your reply. If you are still prepared to chat about your father's time as a tool setter I'd love to hear from you! Unfortunately I couldn't see where to find an email to contact you directly so I have included a link to the website I am experimenting with to record some of these stories. It's really only a skeleton at the moment but it should allow us to email each other. (assuming I've done it right!) Regards Dave

In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »

By Tony Williams, on Wednesday, 26 April at 14:03

Gloster Gladiator....

In Cannon or Machine Gun? - The Second World War Aircraft Gun Controversy »

By Roberto Tamagnini, on Tuesday, 25 April at 16:01

Dear Sirs , many years go I built a little Spitfire (Airfix, scale 1-72) but I lost all the documentation - when I wrote on Google " JE J spitfire " your site showed up and now I can put a little card with its history near to it - thankyou ! Roberto , Roma , 25 Aprile 2017

In Johnnie Johnson's Spitfire Revisited »

By John Cursley, on Tuesday, 11 April at 6:10

The person sitting in the front row, and 1st on the left in the photo titled "a flat piece of ground" is Flight Sargeant William Ellison Cursley (Senior Technical HCO). Regards John Cursley

In "On a flat piece of ground..." »

By malcolm dickson, on Friday, 7 April at 18:06

Ian Maclennon is featured on the "Air Aces" episode about fellow Malta pilot, and Canadian, George Beurling.

In 1942: Defence of Malta »

By Charles W Marshall, on Friday, 31 March at 10:54

Can you please advise the engine maintenance philosophy. eg. Number of hours flown prior to a major service and/or engine change ?

In The Development of Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine »

By Graeme, on Monday, 27 March at 12:22

I too came here after reading the reference to hydromatic airscrews in Geoffrey Wellum's excellent book "First Light". However unless Geoffrey got it wrong the hydromatic airscrews he is referring to can't be connected with constant speed propeller developments described above. The hydromatic airscrews he describes were a new development in 1942 whereas the deployment of constant speed propellers was complete by August 1940. The hydromatic airscrews were needed to increase the revs to fly Spitfires off the too short deck of the carrier HMS Furious. These Spitfires were reinforcements for Malta. This was in August 1942.

In Stories of the Battle of Britain 1940 – Constant-Speed Propellers »

By Don McNaughton, on Tuesday, 21 March at 4:09

I have dug a little deeper into this now and the reason the Trimble crew were at Castle Bromwich was to pick up HK535 after repair. The Trimble crew were shot up over Frankfurt in HK535 on the night of 14/15 Jan 1944 and returned with 3 engines and an injured RG. One Oleo leg collapsed on landing at a US base (which they used because they had lost so much fuel) so they badly damaged the plane but all walked away. The MUG was credited with shooting down a FW190 that night. I now have the original photograph of the crew under the Spitfire and it is signed on the back by the managing directer VA Ltd - J.V. Morton as presented to the gunner who 1st to shoot down a fighter from a Castle Bromwich Lancaster. Unfortunately it is not dated but must be some time after 15 Jan 44.

In Collecting a Lancaster »

By W. BRUCE CLARK, on Wednesday, 15 March at 15:58

Joop, Great article and i appreciate your attention to detail concerning this special air battle from a Canadian perspective. I had the fortune to get to know one of Dick Audet's closest boyhood friends through the West Ottawa Rotary Club. Bill Coombs grew up in Southern Alberta and fondly remembered meeting "Dickie" through Boy Scouts in Lethbridge. Though Audet was a year younger, apparently they became fast friends and spent many hours riding together and exploring the South Alberta plains. Bill joined the Army in 1943, serving with 5th Canadian Division Signals in Sicily, Italy and finally Holland. They kept in touch while in service and Bill remembered hearing of "Dickies" great dogfight on the wireless. When i heard these stories I gave Bill my copy of "Spitfire: The Canadians" which has a great account of the dogfight and a colour plate dedicated to Dick Audet. When I queried Bill whether he had any personal photos or letters still he replied that he and his wife lost all their personal belongings in a fire in Ottawa in the 1980's. Bill passed away in Ottawa in 2010. Bruce

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

By lynn bewick, on Friday, 10 March at 15:13

my grandad worked at the castle Bromwich Spitfire company between 1940s his name was George Parker he was a draftsman there and worked on designing the spit fire hope i get any replies and photo many thanx xx

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