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By william croxon, on Saturday, 11 June at 9:55

I knew James "Jimmy" McAuliffe as a Child and this AirCraft may have been his as he told us his aircraft was FU symbol 2 but was forced to change it to a letter so he changed it to Z, his boat in his last years on the Murray river in South Australia (morgan) was called FU2,2. true story

In Servicing Spitfire Mk. V, No. 453 Squadron RAAF »

By Dave Key, on Tuesday, 7 June at 11:06

Rereading this thread, and thinking about Julie's question made me wonder. Several people have mentioned relatives who worked at Castle Bromwich but most appear to have been late in the war, i.e. 1941+ I was wondering if there is anyone, or anyone knows of anyone, who worked there when it was under the control of Nuffield between 1938 and 1940? Or anyone whose relatives did? If so, I'd be very interested in talking to them! Regards Dave Volunteer historian at Hursley Park (HQ to Supermarine Design and Production from late 1940 until 1958)

In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »

By Dave Key, on Tuesday, 7 June at 10:56

Hi Julie, There are many stories, and I have my own opinions, but you asked for books. My personal opinion is that there is, as I suspect you have found, surprisingly little written, and what is written has definitely had something of a gloss added over some of the less 'glorious' aspects of the Spitfire story ... but such is history. I too would like to see more of the detail, indeed I am working on it as I type, but more research is needed. So if you, or anyone else, can help... I too would be very interested to hear from them! Anyway, for me The most interesting, and easily obtainable, book is 'Spitfire: Portrait of a Legend' by Leo McKinstry who takes a close look at the failures of Castle Bromwich in the lead up to the Battle of Britain and suggests some reasons for them. If you want a sympathic, and different, assessment see if you can get hold of 'Never a dull moment at Supermarine, A personal history' by Denis Le P Webb who was a Supermariner through and through, and although not at Castle Bromwich his assessment is worth reading. Denis' book could have done with an extra prof read (I should talk!!) but it is, like the other books by Russell and Griff', the

In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »

By Stuart bean, on Thursday, 2 June at 15:04

Great article, thanks. I may be able to add to the info known about EP706. My Grandfather was RAF ground crew, and one of the aircraft they repaired was EP706. I have the records of the repairs made, after it was received by the MU on the 23/10/42. They were asked to investigate a possible strain to the wing attachments. After 7 pages of notes it ends with "Cowled up a/c sent to Kala 27/1/43.

In EP706, The Malta Defender »

By Wendy Barton (nee Watson), on Wednesday, 1 June at 18:48

During the 2nd world war, my father was sent to the south coast to help develop radar. At that time, he worked in the physics labs of Marlborough College. They were then moved to Malvern to continue their work, safely away from the coast. As he was away from home for a long time, tension built between my parents. My mother accused my father of having an affair which he always denied. I suspect he couldn't tell my mother the truth as he must have signed the official secrets act. His last name was Watson but I gather he was not related to Watson Watt. Nevertheless, I feel a great sense of pride.

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By Julie Marano, on Thursday, 19 May at 23:51

Hi, I have a customer who is looking for any books on the Castle Bromwich Aircraft factory. He specifically wanted to know why it took so long for the factory to start producing and there was mention above about some problems. Does anyone know of specifics or a book that can explain that? I would appreciate any help. Many thanks Julie Noosa Book Shop Australia

In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »

By Jonathan, on Thursday, 19 May at 12:22

Quite simple - See ‘Most Secret War’ – R V Jones (as per Ludlow) brilliant book, brilliant man, where have they gone when we (are going) to need them?

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By Spitfire 609, on Sunday, 8 May at 22:32

I am enormously interested in this. I design pictures of 609 Squadron Spitfires and Spitfires my grandfather flew in the Battle of Britain. Using the information found here I have been able to make my designs historically accurate. In addition to this I have used the information to discover 609 Squadron codes that were not known until now. I was able to This page has been enormously helpful to me and has broadened my knowledge of Spitfires. Thank you, cheers....

In Spitfire Masts and Aerials »

By Grant, on Friday, 6 May at 11:30

How can any new aircraft succeed in a battle if the Sqn leader thinks the aircraft a "death trap" ? 264 Sqn had already proven that assumption false. plus, trials between a defiant and Spitfire, flown by an experienced test pilot, had shown that the spitfire could not approach the defiant unseen and banking of defiant brought the turrets guns to bear on the spit every approach. i suspect the time it took to train 2 men to work as one, and a sqn to work as a team was the downfall of the defiant. They didn't have that time.

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

By Tony Harrison, on Sunday, 24 April at 17:14

Lions Club of Chichester are running a lottery to win a flight in the 2-seater operated by Boultbee Academy from Goodwood in West Sussex. The lottery is to raise funds for Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulance. Tickets cost £25 and only 250 tickets will be sold. Full details on our website.

In Flying With a Spitfire - "Can I arrange for a flight in this aircraft?" »

By Noel Davis, on Sunday, 24 April at 13:30

Hi Sally i happen to share a common ascendant with you,Frederick Fairweather,born 1826 i'm doing my family tree and stumbled on this site.I was so surprised when i read 'my father was Roy". i have grandfather who went to ww1 and survived,he had a son who had me.Similar , in a way ,to your story-neither of us would be hear if our father or grandfather had not survived.Do you know the site NAA(National Archives Australia)All Airforce personel records are there including Roys. Are you roys only daughter?

In Spitfire Pilot - Life Prematurely Ended »

By Barbara Emerson, on Sunday, 17 April at 4:49

Hi Joe, My father, Joe C. Hays was also an Aviation Radioman on the USS Nevada. His military records say that he was also stationed at Lee-On-Solent attached to the VCS-7 Squadron. I have several pictures of your father. Please get in touch with me. I would like to share these pictures with you. Looking forward to hearing from you. Barbara Hays Emerson

In Spitfires of the US Navy »