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9th Sep 2019, 20:15
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I am sure this is what I saw, so thanks for...

I am sure this is what I saw, so thanks for solving a query that has been at the back of my mind for some time
8th Sep 2019, 22:16
Replies: 12
Views: 4,971
Posted By bspatz

Back in the early 60s as a schoolboy I went into...

Back in the early 60s as a schoolboy I went into the ASF hangar at Laarbruch, with my father who was OCASF, and saw a Canberra with the canopy painted white on top. This was presumably to reduce...
22nd Jul 2019, 19:07
Replies: 58
Views: 12,447
Posted By bspatz

How about families quarters owned and managed by...

How about families quarters owned and managed by the services rather than some self serving profiteering organisation?
12th Jun 2019, 18:46
Replies: 61
Views: 20,576
Posted By bspatz

AA62 the JATE ULLA drop looks to me more like...

AA62 the JATE ULLA drop looks to me more like Hullavington than Abingdon?
30th May 2019, 20:07
Replies: 61
Views: 20,576
Posted By bspatz

Guy Martin D Day Landing

I see that Guy Martin has made a programme about D Day to be shown next Sunday which includes some flying with 47 Sqn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u8vs8imNwo
25th Sep 2018, 22:12
Replies: 39
Views: 21,234
Posted By bspatz

Beagle you are entirely correct regarding the...

Beagle you are entirely correct regarding the miscounted engines by the BA bean counters, I was the single POC for the initial operation using BA crews and this story was related to me by a number of...
10th Jul 2018, 22:13
Replies: 17
Views: 4,852
Posted By bspatz

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.gmforum.com-vbull...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.gmforum.com-vbulletin/2000x1379/_mg_8746_fad33b58e114d5ead594d60d3606ccb84d75fd66.jpg

Here is the formation earlier in the day passing Melksham
2nd Jul 2018, 18:08
Replies: 64
Views: 8,645
Posted By bspatz

My birth certificate was issued by HQ 205 group...

My birth certificate was issued by HQ 205 group MEAF showing my birth at the RAF Hospital married families wing Abyad and signed by a squadron leader with the informant given as a Wing Commander from...
20th Apr 2018, 21:16
Replies: 71
Views: 17,574
Posted By bspatz

Of interest my wife's uncle has just written a...

Of interest my wife's uncle has just written a book about the early days of the jet age based on his experience as a BOAC comet flight engineer which will shortly be available; details are at...
11th Apr 2018, 20:06
Replies: 14
Views: 3,204
Posted By bspatz

Current reports indicate there are 257 fatalities...

Current reports indicate there are 257 fatalities which would suggest that it was 22 over the max POB.
7th Apr 2018, 15:23
Replies: 60
Views: 11,534
Posted By bspatz

The reviewing officer for our graduation at...

The reviewing officer for our graduation at Henlow was the Queen Mother and inevitably the latter part of the course was sacrificed to practise parades which we were endless. Unbeknown to us there...
18th Dec 2017, 20:22
Replies: 124
Views: 79,366
Posted By bspatz

I was sitting next to an Army captain in a Herc...

I was sitting next to an Army captain in a Herc as we crossed the French coast heading for Lyneham when the Nav announced over the intercom that our position was west of the Cherbourg Peninsular. ...
12th Nov 2017, 16:46
Replies: 399
Views: 136,584
Posted By bspatz

As OC Supply at Wildenrath I had a large...

As OC Supply at Wildenrath I had a large contingent of locally employed Germans working in the Barrack Stores. They were a bright, cheerful, hard working bunch and I can recall on one occasion when...
8th Nov 2017, 19:00
Replies: 399
Views: 136,584
Posted By bspatz

During the early 1970’s at RAF Laarbruch in...

During the early 1970’s at RAF Laarbruch in common with all the other RAFG bases, preparation for exercises particularly the dreaded Taceval were evident throughout the station at all times. One of...
9th Aug 2017, 19:27
Replies: 146
Views: 90,422
Posted By bspatz

Of interest I was on the same IOT as Fred Ayris...

Of interest I was on the same IOT as Fred Ayris in 1969 and there was also a second NCO pilot namely Leo Faulkner who was also commissioned. At the time the view was that the RAF was trying to...
15th Jul 2017, 09:52
Replies: 21
Views: 11,692
Posted By bspatz

I believe that the CO of 601 asked for the motto...

I believe that the CO of 601 asked for the motto to be "Plus Sescenti" which can be translated as 601 but literally means more or better than 600 which the Heralds thought would be demeaning to 600...
14th Jul 2017, 19:08
Replies: 21
Views: 11,692
Posted By bspatz

Interestingly 601 is one of the very few...

Interestingly 601 is one of the very few squadrons that does not have a motto although it is badged. I wonder if that will change when it is reformed.
27th Mar 2017, 18:15
Replies: 170
Views: 87,665
Posted By bspatz

140 WP I don't think that the gallery is that...

140 WP I don't think that the gallery is that misleading as there were some 15 hangars at Hullavington of which at least 8 were grass covered. Only two were outside the airfield boundary and it was...
1st Mar 2017, 22:42
Replies: 49
Views: 15,709
Posted By bspatz

Al R yes if the stub deck was not fitted it was...

Al R yes if the stub deck was not fitted it was normal to fit seats on the ramp to comply with the requirement for pax to sit behind freight. There were special 'cheese plate' adapters that were...
1st Mar 2017, 15:32
Replies: 49
Views: 15,709
Posted By bspatz

JW411 - was Hector the airframe that had the grey...

JW411 - was Hector the airframe that had the grey rexine communications system fitted?
22nd Feb 2017, 17:37
Replies: 5
Views: 2,723
Posted By bspatz

Inside Windsor Castle

Watched the TV programme Inside Windsor Castle last night on channel 5 which dealt with the relationship between Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend and had an actor playing the part all dressed up...
19th Jan 2017, 22:43
Replies: 63
Views: 20,187
Posted By bspatz

I recall an incident a Laarbruch in the early...

I recall an incident a Laarbruch in the early 70's when the captain of a Belfast returning a squadron from detachment asked for the load to be checked as he could not make his planned altitude on the...
20th Dec 2016, 20:43
Replies: 8
Views: 3,760
Posted By bspatz

Tea White Zero I think this comes back to the...

Tea White Zero I think this comes back to the point of my original question, if the roundels are removed from the 400 and C17 when they take on a TacAT role we will know what the logic is; otherwise...
18th Dec 2016, 18:07
Replies: 8
Views: 3,760
Posted By bspatz

Tea White Zero I think you will find that the...

Tea White Zero I think you will find that the underside of the wings on A400m and C17 are both higher than the Herc so presumably someone has a ladder that will reach! However given that it has been...
16th Dec 2016, 18:44
Replies: 8
Views: 3,760
Posted By bspatz

Aircraft Markings

A real anorak question for Xmas but one that has perplexed me for a while; can anyone explain why, unlike all the other RAF AT types, RAF Hercules do not have underwing markings(roundels)?
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