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Old 7th Jun 2020, 15:29
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Do any of The Great Locked Down Special Measures Brigade have any memories of, or indeed know how this Halifax (WFU November 1949) ended up at Newcastle ?










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Old 7th Jun 2020, 15:38
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Looks superb, although I can't help with your question.

As an aside. It has often struck me that 'small boys' in the 1950s and 1960s all seem to have been made and dressed to some sort of Ministry Standard!
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In those times are parents did not have much money, not much choice at the shops we had every days clothes and Sunday best. Most of are clothes were produced in the UK, Chinese production and Primark were year’s away. They were expensive but M&S had signs up saying “99% of our products are made in the UK” and were good quality and well made.

Clothes could also been still been on ration. Make do and mend many clothes were hand me downs.

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Interesting one. Originally registered to BOAC, G-AHYH was transferred to Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 29/9,48 and did 313 sorties on the Berlin Airlift. It was permanently WFU on 1/11/49 which is presumably when it ended up at Newcastle.
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Given that it has a pannier does that not make it a Halton?
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Well it was registered as a Halifax 8 even when BOAC were operating it as a Halton.
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Originally Posted by Buster11 View Post
Given that it has a pannier does that not make it a Halton?
Round windows = Halifax (see above photos)

Rectangular windows = Halton:


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More interesting, what happened to it after its sojourn at Woolsington?
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Originally Posted by fauteuil volant View Post
More interesting, what happened to it after its sojourn at Woolsington?
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Handley Page HP70 Halifax C.Mk.8: - G-AHYH - (1334) PP261, registered 24.09.1946 to BOAC to RAF 10.47 as PP261 rest. 9.48 to Lancashire Aircraft Corporation Ltd. Bovingdon as 'Air Merchant II' C. of A. 29.10.1948; scrapped at Woolsington 28.10.1949.
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A brief sojourn, seemingly, before the scrappie set to work.
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What do you mean 'before the scrappie set to work'. Those are the scrappies at work - have you ever seen a gang of kids allowed free range to play on an aircraft; it probably wouldn't have lasted more than a couple of days (although kids those days could more likely to have got it airborne in the same time scale).
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Clothes could also been still been on ration
They were at the time in Oz. Mum purchased the material and sewed the identical "uniform" as shown in the photos. Our multi engine time as lads was gained in a scrap yard Anson, much bombing practise had loading the wing root bomb bays with scrap.
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Originally Posted by Shackman View Post
What do you mean 'before the scrappie set to work'. Those are the scrappies at work - have you ever seen a gang of kids allowed free range to play on an aircraft; it probably wouldn't have lasted more than a couple of days (although kids those days could more likely to have got it airborne in the same time scale).
..... and today those kids would have all the parts removed on e-bay before the day is out - listed as being genuine relics from Douglas Bader's D-Day Lancaster!
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Credit to Air North....Aircraft overran the runway on departure.Stopped with wing over road and became a bit of a tourist attraction as was there for some days until removed.
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How interesting - good detective work - thank you.
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Originally Posted by highwideandugly View Post
Credit to Air North....Aircraft overran the runway on departure.Stopped with wing over road and became a bit of a tourist attraction as was there for some days until removed.
Air North : The North-East Branch of Air Britain (Historians) , from their April 2002 magazine ;
G-AHYH/PP261 infamous Handley Page Halifax arrived Newcastle 28/10/1949 and was noted parked outside the Aero Club the following day as the C of A had just expired. All parts were 'over time’ and the wing spar was cracked.

By 05/11/1949 it was parked by Ponteland Road (the eastern boundary of the airfield/airport, roughly at a point where the new (2002) cargo road now joins Ponteland Road.

Eventually the aircraft was scrapped at Newcastle and left by road.


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