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To continue in the glory of these captured moments in history.
I forgot to mention that my Grandfather who is looking at the camera in the photo named, “Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory. Pattern shop at Block “B” is called Lesley Skidmore.
If anyone has any further stories or even knew my grandfather I would love to get in touch. I recently found out he was freinds with Alex Henshaw (chief test pilot) which was quite to my surprise. Anyone looking into a greater understanding of Castle Bromwhich I can recomend reading "Sigh for a merlin" by Alex Henshaw.
Neither are longer with us so any more information would be incredable to share both with myself & others who are awakening to realise that 'the few' were supported by many. They too now are few and hold a deminishing insight into the sacrifice given for us all today.
My grandfather once told me that the war was the best time of his life.
Looking through these pictures its hard to miss the scale and common goal all pushed for within these factory walls.. It must have been one hell of an atmosphere.
Richard Scott Cartwright.
In 48-48-7558047668_f8a6d56af5_k »
Antoni is perfectly correct; the parallel extension between the wing's leading edge and the tapered barrel cover denotes "C" armament.
In No. 111 Squadron in Sicily »
Summer 1943 is too early for an 'E' Wing.
Hi, Spitfire BR344 was flown by my grandfather, Pilot sergeant Frank Stanley Howard of 601 Squadron. As it states above, he crash landed on 17th May after being badly shot up, just 8 days after this photo was taken and sadly died of his injuries on the 20th May. if anybody has any further information, I would be very pleased to receive it.
In Operation Bowery »
From JG27 if Im not mistaken
In Hurricane vs. Messerschmitt »
Sorry, that is md
In Removing the Merlin Engine »
Maybe the ME on the fuselage would help, if it could be tracked down to the 1943, era! Dad was with 302, during the same year
My late father -in-law would have been delighted to have seen this Spitfire, as he was with 103 MU at Aboukir and was one of the crew who spent many hours polishing cylinder heads on the modified engines to get the maximum power to enable the pilot to get at the high flying Junkers!
In Aboukir's High-Altitude Spitfire »
My mother and father-in-law, Iris (nee Symes) and Walter Edmonds both worked at the Spitfire Factory, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, during the early forties. This is where they met each other. Iris worked on Wings, Walter was the Section Supervisor. They were married in 1943, Walter was called up and joined the Army, he went into REME as an Engineer, he served in France and Germany and was one of the many Soldiers sent onto the beaches of Normandy.
In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »
A bit late to the party but the Griffon was to be of the same kind as the Merlin but by then the US was supplying water materials to Britain without quibbles. A partnership in engineering caused Rolls Roys to rethink the direction of rotation.
It is surprising that nobody thought to analyse what contra-rotating engines might accomplish in twin engined aircraft. The torque on the Spitfire was horrible, apparently, once Griffons became standard issue.
For the life of me I can't understand what the UK government was doing using Spitfires so late in the war. From the start they were unfit for service having neither sufficient fuel capacity except for home defence nor suitable armament. Once they had large calibre guns, their problem as a gun platform really became absurd.
The worst thing about both Hurricanes and Spitfires were that they were firepits. Pilot cookers.
In The Development of Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine »
Fascinating article, thank you. I found this after reading the section on the Defiant in William Green's "Famous Fighters of the Second World War", in which is mentioned the 18th July debacle (p,227). Of interest is that Green states that the squadron claimed 4 Bf-109s shot down in the encounter, which if true evens the score somewhat.
In Stories of the Battle of Britain 1940 - Death of the Defiant »
This to correct my error, his aircraft was named Danny Kay, the pilot was Johnny Plagis, a Rhodesian of Greek descent/heritage.
In 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.IXc »
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