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By Kevin, on Friday, 22 May at 17:30

The above picture is of Pilot Officer S.A.Smith.

In Operation Bowery »

By Kevin, on Monday, 4 May at 12:21

Dumb Liar.

In Operation Bowery »

By Andy Fletcher, on Saturday, 15 February at 14:48

Hi George, What was your father's name and what dates was he with 681 Sqn. Best Regards Andy Fletcher

In PR Spitfires in Bengal »

By julian foynes, on Sunday, 26 January at 15:51

I should add that part of the Bawdsey team--i.e Bowen's--had already successfully rested airborne (fighter) radar by 1939, and once this was linked up with the 360-degree rotating Ground Control Interception VHF stations early in 1941 British night air defence took its decisive leap forward. I would also agree with Mr Brewer's comment. Mr Clark is making the mistake that Britain and Germany were the 2 participants in a "race" towards modern radar in the 30s and early 40s and that Germany was winning (till 1941?). As Watson Watt said "Better a second class system today than first class tomorrow". Still, at least Mr Clark isn't the author of the American website which says that "the US Navy's magnetron radar was later copied by other navies such as the British"! But he might reflect that the Allies' 1941-45 magnetron grew out of British research which was underway in 1939.

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By julian foynes, on Sunday, 26 January at 15:41

This article is not entirely balanced or accurate. Though Chain Home HF was the only British radar in operation in September 1939, others, with higher frequencies and rotatable aerials, were already being assembled and were under test. By the time of the Battle of Britain in 1940 Chain Home Low (with relatively small aerials working split-beam) was in operation, and working in conjunction with CH), and the Army & Royal Navy also had their VHF sets, with the 600 Mc/s UHF naval gunnery sets under test and soon to be installed. The 10-cm magnetron had also been conceived--if not yet installed. Also 1939 CH did not find direction by "triangulation"--though that was done at the central Filter Room for the sake of accuracy--the goniometer varied the gain of the 2 elements in receiver array. It is true that the Freya was a more flexible, accurate and more intelligence-secure radar than CH, and so in almost all senses more advanced--and akin to modern radar. But the British were already breaking through into such new radar in 1939 and did not have to copy it from the Germans, whose system they did not discover until 1941.

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By Sheila Tough, on Monday, 5 November at 20:00

DG R was not one of the planes that went down in Singaling Khampti on 27 August 1944. The four planes were DG G, DG E, DG P and DG W. I can verify this information.

In SEAC Spitfire Mk.VIII »

By Tom Hyjt, on Friday, 2 November at 1:25

Nice job on your spitfire. I am trying to paint my model just like this. Can you tell me the exact paint you used and their identification numbers? Thank you. Tom

In "I am quite proud of my Spitfire, and fly it regularly" »

By Peter Hughes, on Friday, 26 October at 2:30

My Father was chief Signals Officer at Castle Bromwich Aerodrome; F\O Joe Hughes. He started the war as a A/C 2nd class Wireless OP. His postings were Oxford , Abingdon, Leghton Buzzard and several places I have no knowldge of. But I do know he was in control of 3 other airfields signals from CBAF. He finished his War service there, but before he left the Service I visited there at an open day and saw the first Whittle Jet plane, it was all white I remember; I was 10.

In 03-03-7557849782_d7e4a26827_k »

By Ken Harrison, on Wednesday, 24 October at 4:34

I notice on some examples that there is an additional "blister" at the wing root, the port side being larger than the starboard side. It looks like this was added to allow something?(piping??) pass over the main spar. I've asked at various museums, but no-one seems to know why they are there. Can anyone offer an explanation? Thanks.

In Concise Guide To Spitfire Wing Types »

By Geoff constantine, on Tuesday, 16 October at 3:31

A very interesting site. All valid stuff. One detail though - the disastrous day for 141 was 19 July, not June. How do I know? My uncle was there. (P/O A.N.Constantine) Noel's logbook indicates that he had four flights that day, two of them operational patrols in Defiant L7011 with P/O Webber as his gunner. Alongside his logbook entries he wrote; MESSERSGMIDT TROUBLE!! (He must have been somewhat rattled to have spelt that so badly.) Lost; F/Lt Donald, P/O Hamilton, P/O Kemp, P/O Kidson, P/O Howley in flames P/O Farnes, P/O Gardener & gunners in channel F/Lt Louden burnt out, P/O Tamblyn, P/O Mcdougall badly shot up. Heartbreaking stuff. His letters home to Australia around that time refer to his resentment of the new faces in the mess - they represent the loss of old friends. Tough times. Noel stayed with 141, on Defiants, until the end of April 1941, then Havocs on night intruder work over France (23 Sqn). Much later boss of 273 Sqn (Ceylon), then CO 136 Sqn (India) (June '43 - Apr '44). 136 acquired Spitfires in October '43, initially Mk Vs then Mk VIII and became the highest scoring fighter unit in the Far East.

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

By clive wingent, on Monday, 8 October at 20:54

My father worked at crystal palace as a glass blower initially for Cinema Television , and Bairds making prototype cathode ray tubes ,valves and condensers. Then secret work for the government at the palace in connection with radar. Can anyone throw any more light on this work in particular at the Rotunda ( which survived the fire of 1936 )

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By Harry, on Saturday, 6 October at 21:53

The size of the circle does not change. It is the 20 degrees angle off circle. If a target crossed in front of you at 20 degrees angle to your nose you had to put it on the circle to allow for enough deflection. As the angle off decreased then you had to put the target proportionally closer to the central dot. There were posters issued showing silhouettes of enemy aircraft at different angles off for pilots to memorise and little workbooks with acetate gunsights so pilots could practice where to place an enemy on the sight.

In Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit »