Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 3, 2011 1:18:20 GMT 12
The other night while looking at that photo of Waipapakauri in Brendon Deere's book I noted the two photos above it on the same page of P-40E's at Ohakea appeared to have names too. So Brendon has very kindly scanned them for us too. Sure enough, jackpot.
The aircraft in the foreground is none other than out old mate Umslopogaas. So it's likely these are all No. 14 Squadron aircraft, or maybe this is them after the squadron left for the Pacific in P-40K's.
And Umslopogaas also makes an appearance in the other shot as the second aircraft too, but the closest aircraft has an all new name that I have never seen or heard of before.
Closer look, it appears to be IVAN ELLENIVANITICH, or something like that.
I skewed it around a bit with Photoshop for maybe a better look at the letters.
I wondered if there was also something on the lower cowel initially but it looks just like some missing paint. Perhaps the cowl had an accident when not of the aircraft. Or maybe a different name has been removed. Anyway, IVAN is a new one on me.
I wonder if the 'bar' on '9' is even a bar, maybe it's a repair patch?
My theory of smoke/scorching may not hold water when you look at the vertical bands on '9' as they are much whiter and you'd think the one beside the roundel would be grey too if there was smoke damage.
Re; No 9. The aircraft in the photo was flown back from the Canal by Colin Palmer of 19 Sqd. During a DVD interveiw i recorded with him before he died he reveiled his theory about the loss of the 2 fighters & their pilots.
I also have a copy of his private memoirs which he mentions one of his aircraft was hit by ground fire setting fire to his radio though without having going through his memoirs i can't tell if it was this aircraft or another.
Notice in one of those photos in the aircam book of a vic formation of N models aircraft "F" has the fuselage roundel with only has the forward bar. Could it be that the light blue bar was a quickly applied "correction" to a similar marked aircraft with the only paint to hand at the time, i.e underside blue? Just a thought
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 4, 2011 17:36:42 GMT 12
I also wondered about that possibility Shorty. It seems a bit odd that the workshops would not have any white paint, or they couldn't borrow some from the Americans though. Especially that late in the war when supplies were much better to the groundstaff.
RAK Oakington August 1943 with their new Stirling EF465 MG-D.
L to R 1. Ron Grabtree (B/A) 2 Scittie Fergusson (F/E) 3 Harry Goddard (RG) 4 Don Lamb (Nav) 5 Ben Dallenger (Pilot) 6 Bill Anderson (W/OP) 7 ? Gunner (M/UG)
All but the Flight Engineer and M/UG were Kiwis. The large tiki has a motto which is indistinct. Note the 1940's style photo shop. The Bulldog mascot of 7 Squadron was famous for petrol tin bunting.
Skipper Ben Dallenger with the Tiki Stirling. All the crew were killed on the night of 17/9/42 on a raid to Essen, part of 17 New Zealanders killed that night on a large scale raid which drew on Wellingtons from Operational Training Units. This crew was on its 5th Operation together.
Graham Burgess was the original skipper of this crew but had been hospitalised with pluresey and eventually was shipped home to recover.
Gosh there's some great stuff here and the sadness of being reminded that lots of very good people died.
My contribution is Bryan Young's Spitfire Vb JL188, PS-L of 81 Squadron "Miss New Zealand". She also has another name, anyone? An interesting aircraft in other ways as she appears to have the camouflage netting look to the undersurfaces or at least the undercowl.
Thanks Kerry, interesting that it was Colin who ferried that aircraft. Do you happen to know the serial number of '9' please?
Copied from Colin's log book; April 24 P-40 3209 Guadalcanal - Espirita De Santo 4.00 (hrs) April 26 P-40 3209 Santos - Tontouta 2.40 April 27 P-40 3209 Tontouta - Norfolk 2.45 April 28 P-40 3209 Norfolk - Waipapakauri 2.45 April 28 P-40 3209 Waipapakauri - Whenuapai 1.00 April 28 P-40 3209 Whenuapai - Ardmore .15 (hrs)
He has noted alongside "Very bad storm encountered lost Keith Armstrong And Harry Veint. Death presumed no trace"
On this trip he flew as Blue Four, A Flight, 19 Sqd.
From his private memoirs Colin recalled he loaded the space behind his seat with a huge bunch of bananas bought while he was in Norfolk, he also bought back an American M1 carbine bought from a Yank soldier for $20.00.