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By Patrick Hurley, on Saturday, 15 July at 21:29

Essential reading on the subject of Polish pilots' contributions during the Battle of Britain is 'A Question of Honor' by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud. The role played by The Orchard Inn is well covered in chapter 10.

In Spitfire Memorial, Northolt »

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 John Hough, on Friday, 12 May at 13:48

What happened to the original Spitfire Memorial?

In Spitfire Memorial, Northolt »

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 »