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18th Jan 2022, 22:01
Replies: 23
Views: 2,811
Posted By rolling20

He sounds like an interesting chap. Don't tell...

He sounds like an interesting chap.
Don't tell ORAC you thought that though, else you'll get the cut n paste treatment.
18th Jan 2022, 17:49
Replies: 23
Views: 2,811
Posted By rolling20

Indeed they were,as I said before.

Indeed they were,as I said before.
18th Jan 2022, 16:07
Replies: 23
Views: 2,811
Posted By rolling20

Indeed it was and not very effective at the start...

Indeed it was and not very effective at the start of the war.
I am merely assuming that has he had been at Shorts for some time, his attributes were better used where he was.
if he was at Shorts...
18th Jan 2022, 13:57
Replies: 23
Views: 2,811
Posted By rolling20

It would seem odd, that if he worked for an...

It would seem odd, that if he worked for an aircraft manufacturer for a number of years and was involved in the installation of radar in aircraft, that he would have joined the army?
One would have...
6th Dec 2021, 15:22
Replies: 10
Views: 1,984
Posted By rolling20

One of the things that wasn't well known was the...

One of the things that wasn't well known was the 3D imagery that was used to build a picture of Peenemunde.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13359064
As far as I have always understood it,...
28th Nov 2021, 16:18
Replies: 292
Views: 55,166
Posted By rolling20

The irony of it all is that Monty Python were...

The irony of it all is that Monty Python were correct all along. Because that's the way it's going.
'I suppose you'd rather be at the pictures, than marching up and down the square?'...
28th Nov 2021, 13:21
Replies: 292
Views: 55,166
Posted By rolling20

'Last night, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston...

'Last night, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said: 'With more than one in five of our recruits now women, the title 'airmen' does not reflect a modern, diverse Royal Air Force'
We live in a...
15th Nov 2021, 18:36
Replies: 2
Views: 800
Posted By rolling20

It was originally on in the summer I think. I...

It was originally on in the summer I think.
I recorded it and have watched it several times and always find it fascinating.
I wonder how many of those in the film were alive 10 years later?
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12th Oct 2021, 21:55
Replies: 37
Views: 13,133
Posted By rolling20

Apologies Beags, I didn't have it in that format...

Apologies Beags, I didn't have it in that format and can now see 'lowfield heath' was the poster.
12th Oct 2021, 18:58
Replies: 37
Views: 13,133
Posted By rolling20

You need BEagle. The thread was 'who remembers...

You need BEagle. The thread was 'who remembers Deci'. He posted on 29th Oct 2004: '....Engine failure on take off in the VC10 to return to Colt. 10 minutes of fuel dumping over Sardinia.'
If it...
8th Oct 2021, 23:02
Replies: 37
Views: 4,014
Posted By rolling20

IIRC, various theories were put to the test post...

IIRC, various theories were put to the test post war about the invasion.
I believe all came up with the same conclusion, it would not have succeeded.
2nd Oct 2021, 22:44
Replies: 19
Views: 4,624
Posted By rolling20

I only caught bits of it , but my imagination, or...

I only caught bits of it , but my imagination, or was it a different 'cut'? Some of the sequences didn't seem to fit right and I'm sure some dialogue was different!?
1st Oct 2021, 23:07
Replies: 37
Views: 4,014
Posted By rolling20

Dowding built the air defence system. Regardless...

Dowding built the air defence system. Regardless of the aircraft Dowding refused to send to France, Beaverbrook was pivotal in diverting resources to fighter production during the BoB.
Fighter...
18th Sep 2021, 22:30
Replies: 16
Views: 2,811
Posted By rolling20

I must be the unluckiest man alive. Flew into...

I must be the unluckiest man alive.
Flew into Binbrook in July 82, spent 4 hours on the tarmac and didn't see a single Lightning!
14th Sep 2021, 06:52
Replies: 18
Views: 4,205
Posted By rolling20

Certainly. It is mentioned in 'Before the Storm'...

Certainly. It is mentioned in 'Before the Storm' by Robert Jackson. 90 Squadron lost 2 Fortress Is 'through structural failure following loss of control during high altitude training flights. Both...
13th Sep 2021, 21:54
Replies: 18
Views: 4,205
Posted By rolling20

As a high altitude Bomber the Fortress I was a...

As a high altitude Bomber the Fortress I was a disappointment for RAF.
Several suffered structural failure, breaking up at altitude.
6th Aug 2021, 13:37
Replies: 46
Views: 11,451
Posted By rolling20

The Falklands War was 39 years ago. How old is...

The Falklands War was 39 years ago. How old is his colleague?
6th Aug 2021, 13:28
Replies: 15
Views: 4,500
Posted By rolling20

Mr Hanson features regularly on Bargain Hunt,...

Mr Hanson features regularly on Bargain Hunt, nice chap, full of enthusiasm.
2nd Aug 2021, 18:29
Replies: 33
Views: 12,337
Posted By rolling20

Slightly off thread, but when the RAF went on the...

Slightly off thread, but when the RAF went on the offensive over France in 42/43 they lost over 1800 aircraft and more pilots were killed than in the BoB IIRC.
Most of these losses were down to...
20th Jul 2021, 11:41
Replies: 3
Views: 1,480
Posted By rolling20

Poorly researched and worded article. He may...

Poorly researched and worded article.
He may have been the last wartime 617 pilot.
He was not a Dambuster or the last surviving Dambuster.
His exploits came later in the war.
RIP Sir.
13th Jul 2021, 14:27
Replies: 66
Views: 13,978
Posted By rolling20

I guess it is personal preference? I suppose I...

I guess it is personal preference?
I suppose I should have mentioned if it was good enough for Reid VC, then it was good enough for everyone else.
Only having a white flash on my shoulders and not...
13th Jul 2021, 09:45
Replies: 66
Views: 13,978
Posted By rolling20

'The plane that saved Britain'. I remember...

'The plane that saved Britain'.
I remember seeing the line of Bulldogs in the hangar @UWAS and asking the CO, 'which plane was his'.
I used the term plane as Flt Lt William Reid VC had used the...
23rd Jun 2021, 17:29
Replies: 623
Views: 121,775
Posted By rolling20

I went to school with a chap who also had a big...

I went to school with a chap who also had a big hooter. Around 1980 he became known as Nimrod!
23rd Jun 2021, 17:26
Replies: 623
Views: 121,775
Posted By rolling20

On my time on UWAS everyone was given a...

On my time on UWAS everyone was given a nickname,don't think many stuck though, apart from one person who is still known by it today.
I worked with a chap who had always done something better than...
19th Jun 2021, 11:56
Replies: 43
Views: 16,376
Posted By rolling20

Flying very low was dangerous for the pilot...

Flying very low was dangerous for the pilot apparently.
No mention of the back seater, presumably he was of no consequence.
22nd May 2021, 14:38
Replies: 0
Views: 1,011
Posted By rolling20

Look at Life- The Black Arrows

Apologies if mentioned before.
'Look at Life' airs on Talking Pictures TV, but more accessible on YouTube. Made between 59/69, in delicious colour.
Plenty of military stuff, Black Arrows and East...
27th Apr 2021, 15:24
Replies: 15
Views: 1,907
Posted By rolling20

A few years ago, whilst accepting a flight...

A few years ago, whilst accepting a flight information service in an airfield zone, heading roughly 180, I had an aircraft approaching approximately the same height and reciprocal heading.
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10th Mar 2021, 16:15
Replies: 26
Views: 7,899
Posted By rolling20

Please, no remake. In today's woke PC climate,...

Please, no remake.
In today's woke PC climate, I would be very concerned about casting.
20th Feb 2021, 08:44
Replies: 530
Views: 161,442
Posted By rolling20

Early 80s, bored with car to car transfers along...

Early 80s, bored with car to car transfers along the main runway, 8 UAS students strike out for the big city.
One shoves his naked back side out of the packed estate car window to a women filling...
17th Feb 2021, 15:04
Replies: 44
Views: 6,642
Posted By rolling20

I think they still do? Jack Currie ,again, when...

I think they still do?
Jack Currie ,again, when newly commissioned: ' ...bought the cap, tunic, trousers and greatcoat from Burton's for 25; raincoat cost 3 at Burberry's; and Horne's provided the...
16th Feb 2021, 13:53
Replies: 44
Views: 6,642
Posted By rolling20

I remember reading that Jack Currie ,when...

I remember reading that Jack Currie ,when commissioned as a P/O ,earnt just over 20 a month.
So that would have been slightly less than the 1938 rates if he was correct.
15th Feb 2021, 22:48
Replies: 44
Views: 6,642
Posted By rolling20

In the Halifax nose was the bomb aimer as well....

In the Halifax nose was the bomb aimer as well. He would have been tasked with firing any guns. During night ops I doubt they were fired, but daylight raids may have seen their use.

On pay, I...
15th Feb 2021, 19:33
Replies: 44
Views: 6,642
Posted By rolling20

Pleasure. Of course every crew member had a job...

Pleasure. Of course every crew member had a job to do and they were all a team relying on each other. If one man made an error, they all potentially suffered.
The Nav of course was a skilled job and...
15th Feb 2021, 17:30
Replies: 44
Views: 6,642
Posted By rolling20

On the Halifax, the navigator was in the nose...

On the Halifax, the navigator was in the nose below the pilot. I assume he was to the rear of the pilot on the Dakota.
The navigator role changed throughout the war with the advent of radio...
15th Feb 2021, 15:39
Replies: 44
Views: 6,642
Posted By rolling20

I have just found 12/13th June 44. 408 lost 3...

I have just found 12/13th June 44.
408 lost 3 crews on Cambrai.
Two were composed of 8 members, with each mid under gunner mentioned.
The other had 7 members, so I am guessing no mid under carried.
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