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Old 17th May 2013, 22:33
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Just another jocky wrote

At 22:00 in the programme from last night, one of the Spits has a tail wheel, the other doesn't appear to. Is it retractable or......well, what? Anyone know?
Going by the footage it would have been Spitfire PR Mk XIX, serial PS915, that had the tail leg down. The other Spitfire PR Mk XIX would have been PM631.

RAF BBMF - Spitfire PS915 (Mk PRXIX)

RAF BBMF - Spitfire PM631 (Mk PRXIX)

Possibly PS915 had the tail leg locked down due to on-going maintenance? See following reason for locked tail leg on PM631 during 2008.

BBMF Spitfire XIX

BBMF Spitfire XIX
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Old 18th May 2013, 15:09
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"The" film on Channel 5 at present
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Old 18th May 2013, 15:15
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Good picture of the Derwent flypast, from yesterday's Daily Mail:


How the Dambusters saw it: Lancaster's on-board camera captures aerial gunner's view of Derwent Valley flypast to mark 70th anniversary of daring raid | Mail Online
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Old 18th May 2013, 15:46
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617: Any Training Losses?

I'm watching the filum as I type. Were there any losses during training?

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Old 18th May 2013, 19:12
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Anyone know when 633 Sqn have the 70th anniversary of their raid on Norway?
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Old 18th May 2013, 19:23
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Half way through "The film", the Vulcan turned up and performed over Scampton. Nice to see it again and as impressive as ever.

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Old 19th May 2013, 23:18
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Dam Busters

Did anyone see the programme on the re-attempt to make a bouncing bomb dropped by a Douglas DC4 in Canada, a good show I thought.
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Old 20th May 2013, 00:52
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I watch the sunset ceremony and though it was very nice.. My only gripe was it seemed that a squardons standard was paraded by nobody from the squadron it belonged to! I can only hope the Standard bearer was from 617, because everyone else certainly wasn't!

In my humble opinion.
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Old 20th May 2013, 03:05
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A friend of mine was certainly in the right place at the right time and caught this on her phone:



Then someone else was near the Cathedral:



Must be something in my eye...........
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Old 20th May 2013, 06:47
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Caught up with my weekend Sky Plus now ... Glad to have seen C5 screened the proper version of the film ... Correct dogs name and code word
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Old 20th May 2013, 08:33
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I see that he only got one of the skittles on the top of the tower.
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Old 20th May 2013, 09:13
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My only gripe was it seemed that a squardons standard was paraded by nobody from the squadron it belonged to!
I can confirm that the Standard Bearer, and Standard Party, are all currently serving on 617 Sqn.
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Old 20th May 2013, 09:21
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Thanks 30mRad for clarifying that.
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Old 20th May 2013, 10:16
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The standard party at Woodhall Spa yesterday. Smart but, for some reason, unarmed. In my Sqn Standard Party days that never happened - anyone know the reason?

I don't think the two gentlemen in the foreground minded too much though. Well done to all concerned, especially the immaculate flypast timings at the start and end of the minute's silence.



And here's the new 617 memorial:

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Old 26th May 2013, 15:37
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Correct dogs name and code word
Unlike the RAFs very own website which has gone for the PC, ignore history, option ....

Clicky here (scroll down to the bottom of the page, under the codeword DINGHY).
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Old 26th May 2013, 21:48
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Not a single nibble Wensley. See you on the 6th?
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Old 26th May 2013, 22:12
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Question re the 617 Squadron memorial.

Why does it use 1945 as the date ?

As in "they gave their lives since 1945"

Thanks in advance.
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Old 27th May 2013, 02:14
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How odd, 500N. Given that 617 formed on 21 March 1943, why exclude those that died before 1945, including their "Finest Hour", Op Chastise?

I'm sure that the 617 WW2 vets present at the ceremony must have wondered at this!

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Old 27th May 2013, 02:17
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Good, I'm glad I'm not the only one who wondered.

And yes, like you, I was thinking of the 1943 date
and Chastise.

Hopefully someone else will come along and provide
an explanation.
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Old 27th May 2013, 03:30
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To commemorate the post-WW II servicemen, 617 Squadron Aircrew Association erected a second memorial on a site adjacent to their wartime memorial. The memorial takes the form of a 3 metre high black granite pyramid, and a projecting triangular pediment carries the Squadron badge and the inscription: “In Memory of all members of No. 617 Sqn RAF who gave their lives since 1945 in the service of their country. We will remember them”

I think that is what is in the pictures above..

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