I want to build a Hellcat in Royal Navy colours, and also a Swordfish down the line. More than anything, I'd like to do one to depict aircraft flown by kiwi pilots. I have no idea where I might find info on the aircraft serials, fuselage codes, and anything unique about the paint schemes (google hasn't been much help at all) and I'm hoping someone here may have some information or a tip for where to look. R.A. Richardson's 1840sqn Hellcat from the Tirpitz raid is definitely one of interest.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 13, 2021 7:40:16 GMT 12
My late friend Nelson Tolerton was a Kiwi in the FAA, and he flew Hellcats in the Eastern Fleet, based in Ceylon but attacking targets in Burma as they acted as close support for the British 14th Army. I have a copy of his logbook and some photos if interested.
I have met a number of Kiwis who flew Swordfish. I could look out some interesting schemes if you'd like.
Great photos Dave! Thank you for taking the time to dig out and share those and the aircraft serials from his log. It doesn’t seem like there’s much consistency to the fuselage codes corresponding logically to the serials, but I do see that JX688 is B-8H and there’s a great side photo of that online. Looks like that’s the one I will do, and of course those faces on the rockets will be added.
I know very little about the Swordfish ops, although something out at sea seems more interesting than ground-based. Perhaps Ralph Cocklin?
The Hellcat in these photos(and in the next(one) seem to be a very light colour. I can see the canopy frame is painted a dark colour and it almost makes me think this Hellcat is in primer?? A quick Google of Hellcat FAA colour schemes just shows all the camouflage schemes the FAA Hellcats used. Unless it's the film stock of course although comparing the canopy frame to the fuselage it does seem a lot lighter.
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 15, 2021 14:11:07 GMT 12
I have wondered about it too, and wonder if it is white. These ones are at a Royal Navy base in South Africa, so perhaps they had some little known local colour schemes. As they seemed to convert to Hellcats there on a conversion training course maybe it was even yellow?