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13th Oct 2020, 01:36
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Posted By Archimedes

In fairness, there was - in press reports....

In fairness, there was - in press reports. Schwlem(e) was used in error for the Ennepe; Bill Townsend may - although he and his navigator refuted this until their dying days - have struck the Bever...
12th Sep 2020, 18:46
Replies: 25
Views: 4,786
Posted By Archimedes

I could have phrased that as 'just to answer your...

I could have phrased that as 'just to answer your question...', couldn't I? Sorry, looks like I was attempting to correct you when that wasn't the cunning plan behind the post...



Although...
12th Sep 2020, 10:47
Replies: 25
Views: 4,786
Posted By Archimedes

Just as an observation, Eden won a snap election...

Just as an observation, Eden won a snap election in 1955. He wanted to avoid any claims that he'd got to power simply by being the obvious successor to Churchill, and thus didn't have a real mandate...
1st Sep 2020, 11:10
Replies: 19
Views: 3,340
Posted By Archimedes

Contract was signed under his predecessor...

Contract was signed under his predecessor (General Jackson) in 2005, although ISTR that there were several mutterings during Lord Ds tenure to the effect that he really ought to start thinking about...
23rd Aug 2020, 18:50
Replies: 20
Views: 7,450
Posted By Archimedes

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1200x821/1200px_walther_p38_1943_whermacht_e9afd9ce710f9b17ed3cd06205625e702c554536.jpg
Think this is the P38 meant (replacement for the Luger P08)?
21st Aug 2020, 12:31
Replies: 124
Views: 24,349
Posted By Archimedes

You're quite right, of course, Mog. The...

You're quite right, of course, Mog.

The reason I respond to this is not, as might be thought, because of a desire to unthinkingly defend the light blue but because the last time this...
20th Aug 2020, 23:46
Replies: 124
Views: 24,349
Posted By Archimedes

The allegedly doctored photograph appears in the...

The allegedly doctored photograph appears in the 101 Squadron F540/F541 for the period Apr-Aug 1982. The file was assembled by the AHB in late 1982, with the photograph forming part of the annexes....
19th Aug 2020, 19:07
Replies: 124
Views: 24,349
Posted By Archimedes

Not amongst any who've read the articles - with...

Not amongst any who've read the articles - with photos - which appear in various editions of the RE Journals from 1983 and 1984...

Certain former members of the naval service need to perhaps...
16th Aug 2020, 14:01
Replies: 46
Views: 4,877
Posted By Archimedes

Tongue in cheek question - are there any...

Tongue in cheek question - are there any photographs of Seafires landing on which dont show them turning themselves into a large jigsaw puzzle?

The Seafire pilots seem to have accepted the...
15th Aug 2020, 09:48
Replies: 458
Views: 155,315
Posted By Archimedes

Hes effectively just resubmitted the last...

Hes effectively just resubmitted the last submission he made, which was a resubmission of....

Hell be submitting the same thing to the 2030 Defence Review, explaining how hopeless the Tornado is...
13th Aug 2020, 14:36
Replies: 124
Views: 24,349
Posted By Archimedes

This is an extract from some of Sharkey's...

This is an extract from some of Sharkey's contribution to the Select Committee Report on the Integrated Review:


Although the GR1/4 has been deployed in small numbers for combat operations over...
10th Aug 2020, 21:40
Replies: 16
Views: 3,845
Posted By Archimedes

The story of Juliane Koepcke also features...

The story of Juliane Koepcke also features maggots - she was the sole survivor of a crash of LANSA 508 in the early 1970s. She sustained a couple of gashes in her leg and arms, and the maggots took...
9th Aug 2020, 12:20
Replies: 124
Views: 24,349
Posted By Archimedes

Indeed - I should perhaps not that I was simply...

Indeed - I should perhaps not that I was simply attempting to observing that Julian Thompson's comparison wasn't necessarily as glowing as he might have thought - but didn't make the point clear.
8th Aug 2020, 12:24
Replies: 124
Views: 24,349
Posted By Archimedes

You mean compared with men who've been described...

You mean compared with men who've been described (respectively) on Pprune over the years as a brave but remarkably arrogant and deeply unpleasant man, a rather nasty piece of work and a bit of an...
7th Aug 2020, 13:34
Replies: 99
Views: 15,594
Posted By Archimedes

Aviator means someone who flies, as a pilot. It's...

Aviator means someone who flies, as a pilot. It's been the dictionary for longer than the RAF has existed. 'Specialist' doesn't work as the collective noun as it isn't exclusive to the air force, or...
27th Jul 2020, 16:16
Replies: 20
Views: 5,420
Posted By Archimedes

For entertainment value, perhaps the USN should...

For entertainment value, perhaps the USN should sink it with a couple of AGM-158s before the Iranians have their SINKEX...
21st Jul 2020, 01:34
Replies: 52
Views: 4,737
Posted By Archimedes

They did have them on other types - the Hurricane...

They did have them on other types - the Hurricane had 44 gallon drop tanks, the Spitfire had several types of tank it could carry, and drop tanks were available for use on the P-47 by the summer of...
9th Jul 2020, 22:08
Replies: 466
Views: 184,734
Posted By Archimedes

It might also reference interwar activity with...

It might also reference interwar activity with the 'gifts' being bombs as well as cargo.

216 was formally designated as a bomber transport squadron in the early 1930s, but the aircraft it flew...
27th Jun 2020, 16:29
Replies: 63
Views: 28,567
Posted By Archimedes

'If true' is the key bit there. The problem is...

'If true' is the key bit there. The problem is that much of what he says is demonstrably not true (unless you want to get into some wild conspiracy theory that the RAF went around carefully rewriting...
26th Jun 2020, 11:27
Replies: 466
Views: 184,734
Posted By Archimedes

Also a character in at least one of Haydn's...

Also a character in at least one of Haydn's operas (Mr Wragg, our music teacher, would be proud of my remembering this 35 years later...)
25th Jun 2020, 18:42
Replies: 466
Views: 184,734
Posted By Archimedes

Forgive me, but that's simply hyperbole. Although...

Forgive me, but that's simply hyperbole. Although these things aren't exact and to perhaps to some extent gimmicky, the UK is 14th on the 2019 Democracy Index (higher than France, the US, Austria,...
23rd Jun 2020, 17:32
Replies: 63
Views: 28,567
Posted By Archimedes

Oh dear. Well, we need to bear in mind that...

Oh dear.

Well, we need to bear in mind that 21 of the 63 bombs delivered against Stanley weren’t aimed at the runway - they were meant to be airburst, but the old adage that the 90 way selector...
22nd Jun 2020, 15:11
Replies: 223
Views: 45,561
Posted By Archimedes

Churchill (as Air Minister, and then Sec of State...

Churchill (as Air Minister, and then Sec of State for the Colonies) wanted the RAF to use gas, but RAF opinion was rather less keen. The files - from memory in the AIR 9 category at Kew - suggest...
22nd Jun 2020, 13:05
Replies: 223
Views: 45,561
Posted By Archimedes

Trenchard wasn't influenced by Douhet. Slessor (I...

Trenchard wasn't influenced by Douhet. Slessor (I think it was) recounted how a junior officer once approached 'Boom' and asked him what he thought about Douhet. Trenchard fixed the young man with a...
20th Jun 2020, 16:18
Replies: 223
Views: 45,561
Posted By Archimedes

You might consider using more words, since your...

You might consider using more words, since your points as they stand seem to suggest that you aren't aware of the whole moral equivalence debate, particularly that prompted by Jrg Frederich.

You...
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