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By Dave Davies, on Tuesday, 5 April at 18:23

I am the proud owner of one of these Capstan lathes from the original machine shop at Castle Bromwich. It is a belt driven Herbert no. 2s and after its purchase from the Castle Bromwich factory it was used by a small Engineering Company in Perry Bar until I purchased it around 2003 as the company was closing due to the owners retirement. What a beautiful machine it is but I never did get to find out what components it turned out !

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By Vic Ludlow, on Wednesday, 23 March at 21:38

I'm surprised that there doesn't seem to have been any comment on this. The article covers the types of hf and vhf radios.

In Spitfire Masts and Aerials »

By John Engelsted, on Wednesday, 16 March at 9:59

Hi Chris. I am very interested i knowing more about your father. Could you please contact me at John Engelsted Denmark

In Spitfire Pilot - Life Prematurely Ended »

By John Engelsted, on Wednesday, 16 March at 9:57

Hi Derek. I am very interested i knowing more about your brother. Could you please contact me at John Engelsted Denmark

In Spitfire Pilot - Life Prematurely Ended »

By Johan V, on Sunday, 13 March at 9:39

Hi Tom, Thanks for your extensive reply and now fully agree with you. Saw some photo's of early IXs in my reference books, also with this small blister. Later IXs did do away with this blister.

In No. 111 Squadron in Sicily »

By Alan, on Sunday, 13 March at 8:18

Sorry Tom,see above for correct email address.

In Building an Accurate Spitfire Mk. XIVc in 1/48 Scale »

By daniel, on Thursday, 10 March at 14:40

hi i live in france near alencon i have been metal detecting and have found a plane crash site in a forrest. but i can not find anything on the internet about it. This is some of the stuff i have found 10+ live 20mm with the high explosive heads. 20+ exploded part of a machine gun with a bullet still in the chamber. lots of melted alloy. parts of radios bits of engine. and catches you see the crash spot in the trees

In Circus 168 - In Memory of Sergeant William J. Smith »

By Graham Lewis, on Saturday, 5 March at 10:23

May be of interest to some. My late father was an ATA pilot and flew many different types and marks of WWII aircraft. He did tell me about one day having to fly a new mark of spitfire he had never come across before. The information ATA pilots were given was minimal at the best of times. Just enough to deliver it from A to B. This particular one was unusual in that the cockpit canopy did not slide over the pilot but was placed over the pilot and screwed down from the outside by a couple of groundcrew. There was no way a pilot could bail out as he was "screwed-in". In fact, when he arrived at his destination, he had to gesticulate to the receiving groundcrew that he could not slide back the canopy and hop out and that they had to find a screwdriver to to take off the canopy to release him. Some of these new aircraft straight from the factory did not always fly as they should, so the option to bail-out was essential. But not in this one. He didn't see the like of it again.

In Guided Tour of the Spitfire PR Mk XIX - The Lobelle Canopy »

By charles cameron carruthers, on Friday, 4 March at 10:57

Brilliant illustrations of 74 Sqn lightnings as I remember them from RAF Leuchars and RAF Tengah .I was stationed at both in the Commcen but was piper to 74 for various engagements as I played with Seletar Pipes and Drums before they were disbanded in 1968. I am an associate member of the 74 Sqn association, long may it continue !!!!. Tiger Tiger burning bright... I FEAR NO MAN but I fear the wife!!!

In Camouflage and Markings of No. 74 Squadron RAF »

By Chris, on Thursday, 3 March at 1:22

I just happened to run across a short mention of this in the paper listed above and decided I'd look up more information - thanks for posting this!

In Jungle Survivor - A Spitfire Pilot's Escape from Japanese-Occupied Borneo »

By Richmond, on Monday, 29 February at 20:44

Those yellow stripes were a form of identification for RAF aircraft to prevent friendly fire.

In Johnnie Johnson's Spitfire Revisited »

By Wayne R Chester, on Wednesday, 24 February at 21:58

Do you mean hue as in shade of colour? It was primed a shade of blue grey over putty filled aluminium panels. The particular shade of which has been been in debate for many years.

In K5054 Spitfire Prototype »