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Nobody downed V2 rockets. A small correction.
In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »
I have a large iron RAF water hopper which is being used as a planter.
My father-in-law acquired it when his company demolished a spitfire factory back in the 80s. He had a base made so the downpipe would slip over the stand and so be utilised as a planter. I am interested in selling this now but have no idea who to contact. Have you any suggestions please?
In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »
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 »
What a remarkable story. One could almost say "thrilling". There are so many people still infatuated by the Spitfire and others williong to buy those remaining for huge sums it is a wonder to me that Vickers does not start making a few of them again just for sale as a profit making venture. 200 or 300 would readily sell if I read the market correctly.
There are two flying Spitfires in Australia right now (2014) both owned by the same man who comes from a very wealthy family. When they appear at air shows many people come just to see the Spifire. When its done its stuff you see many people leave to go home. All they were interested in was the Spitty.
The ex WW2 planes cannot go on forever. The engines can be rejuvenated but the air frames I think have a terminal life but while they last they provide a thrill for me that I find difficult to describe. They always have and I am 80 this year.
In Stories of the Battle of Britain - A Hole in a Sleeve »
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.
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