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By Chris Carter, on Saturday, 9 August at 8:50

Hello, Paul, thanks for your e-mail. Apologies for such a slow reply, but I had stopped looking at 234 Sqn stuff and have been searching for more on 549 Sqn. I have copies, from the public domain, of photos taken at Darwin. Specifically, the Squadron photo with Eric Bocock front and centre. I also have photos of my father, a pilot called Wally Gadsden, and other squadron aircrew. Unfortunately, none of the photos, apart from the first above, show Eric Bocock. I would be glad to have copies of any pictures you have, whether they show my father or not. If you are interested I might be able to help identify some of the people in the photos. Regards, Chris Carter PS. Resulting from my research, I was saddened to discover that, having survived the war, Eric Was killed in a flying accident in 1946.

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By Peter van Kaathoven, on Wednesday, 30 July at 19:44

Hello Kevin Do you mean that you have a high resolution photograph as publisched on top of this item? Because off mine research I am very interrested in a digitail copy of this picture? I know also the factory name off the Crane and where it whas taken ("loaned") thru te Germas. Greetings Peter

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By Owain Williams, on Tuesday, 22 July at 16:53

Hi I live in the Cynon Valley, South Wales and found out that we had bought 2 spitfires during the war W3434 Aberdare & Mountain Ash and W3457 Cynon Valley. I know that W3434 didn't have a very long service life as it was shot down over France in 1941, but I know W3457 had a very interesting and varied service life. I am trying to make sense of one thing to do with this aircraft, which is why is it in some photos of the starboard side show it named Cynon Valley, but on the port side its named Badger Bus Co. Still Running. Is it just they paid half each on this airframe or is it a bit more sinister?????

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By WIlliam, on Tuesday, 22 July at 2:36

what color of Sky did u use? from what brand name?

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By glen d miles, on Sunday, 20 July at 10:57

Ps I have read that some builders are concerned about the spinner colour on PM 660. Although my photo is black/white the spinner looks black.

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By glen d miles, on Sunday, 20 July at 10:43

Ref. spitfire PM 660. I was a leading aircraftsman and served on the Berlin airlift until it ceased operating in1949. I was then transfered to RAF Wunsdorf and serviced the spitfires based there . I have a photo, black/white, of Spitfire PM 660 that I serviced (amongst many others). I would see the aircraft out (explosive start up!) and check all ok upon return. Very Busy! Regards Glen

In Spitfire PR Mk. XIX - Cold War Warrior »

By ANTONIO BARRO, on Friday, 18 July at 16:46

I would like to contact Mr. Horst Jeckel of Germany, in order to ask him permission to publish the third photo in an article I'm writting about WWII in a magazine. Could you please send me his e-mail address; I'll be grateful.

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By Jim Ballantyne, on Thursday, 17 July at 1:17

hi i found this site just by putting 485 sqn in a search engine. \my interest in 485 stems from my father who served in it a Biggin Hill. he was ground crew. im not sure how long he was with 485,but I don't recall him mentioning any other sqn. one of the things he told me about, which I later read about in a book by a free French pilot was one clash when 485 had been equipped with a new mk of spitefire that was powered by a giffern engine and armed wiith cannons and 303 brownings, on a sweep over freanch fw 190 tired to bounce them, but were seen and to the germans surprise they were meedt with a claiming counter attack lossimg 9 of their number. I think he the said churchcill sst a telegram saying 9 for 0 good score. I would be intrested if anyone remember him as we lolst dad to the big C in 1997. he was a leading aircafts man his full name james Charles Ballantyne he was a sparks before the war started. if anyone oes remember him it would be nice to maybe fill in some blanks. thank you.

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By Tony Mitchell, on Saturday, 5 July at 13:15

Hi Lyn, I've just come across your link and I would be happy to discuss sponsorship if the offer is still open in exchange for a Spitfire ride. As you can see from my name I share the same surname as the planes designer, R J Mitchell, and I am still working to find out what the family connection must be. Ever since growing up in the 50's/60's this would be a boyhood dream come true if it could happen! Hope to hear back from you.

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

By Bram, on Friday, 4 July at 14:59

A C-wing (or Universal wing) doesn't have an ammunition drum. The "drum" in the picture is the feed unit feeding a belt of 20mm cannon rounds into the cannon from the (closed) ammunition bay on the left. The capacity of the latter was 120 rounds. The explanation above describes the "B-wing" set-up (60-round ammuntiondrum) used on the Spitfire Mk. Ib and Vb.

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By Derek Greenhalgh, on Wednesday, 18 June at 20:27

I am the brother of F/Lt Dennis 'Charlie' Greenhalgh, 234 Squdn. killed in action May 10/11th 1944 in the Pas de CalIais area of France. I have photographs of him with 'Dumbo' Dave Glaser's dog, and of Glaser sitting astride a cannon of a Spitfire Vb, and pulling on the cannon cover!! The GCB mentioned is almost certainly Squdn. Ldr. G.C.Banning-Lover who died within the last few years. I have the announcement of his death printed in the Daily Telegraph. I also have all my brother's log books . In addition, I have a letter from P.L.Arnott written to my parents when my brother was posted 'Missing' Squdn. Ldr. Arnott also sent Dave Fergusson to see my parents and explain the circumstances. I remember his visit well. I was 18 at the time and had already been accepted for aircrew training. Y

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By Joe Laub, on Wednesday, 11 June at 22:56

Hello, My Father ...John Laub was an aviation radioman/gunner(ARM 1st class) aboard the USS Nevada flying in os2u Kingfishers. He was assigned to VCS7 at Lee-On -Solent in May of 1944.I'm trying to figure out where he was exactly on D day? My Farher passed away in 1991 but I remember him telling me he worked on the radios in Spitfires while his pilots got to fly them. However, I also remember him telling me that he was aboard the USS Nevada on June 6th and watched as his ships guns pounded the French coast. His service records indicate that he was stationed at Lee-on-Solent until June 28th. But in his aviator/crewman flight log,it states that he flew in OS2U-3 on June 15th and 22nd.Would it be possible that some of the radio men went aboard ship during the invasion while some stayed at the base at Lee-on-Solent? Please help solve the mystery. I would appreciate it very much! Thanks!

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