Posted by Peter Smith Thu, May 17, 2018 18:14:18
B-17 Memphis Belle is officially back on display at the USAF museum, Dayton, Ohio, marked by a short ceremony coinciding with the 75th anniversary of her 25th mission. Be nice to see her at some point although I'm not sure on this up in the air lark. Better than strung from the ceiling but aircraft without engines running look better on their wheels, IMHO. Still, looks a grand restoration.
Posted by Peter Smith Wed, May 16, 2018 19:30:14
Today is the 75th anniversary of Operation Chastise, known to most people as The Dambuster's raid. It was the night of 16/17 May 1943 that 19 Lancasters took off for a daring low level mission over Germany that resulted in the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams although, sadly, it cost the lives of 53 RAF aircrew. We remember their bravery.
I've followed their footsteps to a degree over the years from staying in the former officer's mess at Pettwood some 20 years ago to going up in a Lanc, visiting the training area at Derwent, visiting the dams and paying respects to the fallen at their graves in Germany. What ever your views on the benefits of the mission you have to admire the aircrews involved.
Posted by Peter Smith Tue, May 15, 2018 23:51:36
Limited chance of catching one of these in real life, although there are three or four survivors, so here's my latest effort for the model shelf.
Posted by Peter Smith Sat, May 12, 2018 19:10:34
The memorial to this brave pilot is in a pub car park in Uckfield which was a useful excuse to pop in for a pint and a bite to eat
Posted by Marcus Fri, May 11, 2018 16:52:08
Spotted this on B-17 Desert Rat's FB page - thought it was worthy of sharing. No mention on a release date.
Posted by Peter Smith Thu, May 10, 2018 22:43:16
... it's time to start this years airline collection
Posted by Peter Smith Thu, May 10, 2018 19:27:05
Good to hear that this Corsair F4U-5N flew again in France at La Ferte Alais yesterday following a 10 year restoration. Wonder if it might cross the channel in July.
Posted by Peter Smith Tue, May 08, 2018 19:08:25
The BBMF event list is now online here
. Looks like FL gets the Lanc on Sunday only, but the full flight is scheduled for Cosford so I'll catch them there instead.
Posted by Peter Smith Sun, May 06, 2018 23:20:55
Whilst on a mission to Pas De Calais in February 1944 this B-24 suffered flak damage to both starboard engines. Whilst trying to reach the ELG at Friston it struck a hill top in poor weather not far from Beachy Head sadly with the loss of all 10 crew. A memorial has been erected at the crash site.
Posted by Gary Sun, May 06, 2018 16:24:47
Posted by Peter Smith Sat, May 05, 2018 23:44:23
A little along the coast from Beachy Head is RAF Friston. There is really nothing there now to indicate that this used to be an airfield but if you stop on the A295 there are a couple of footpaths that will take you through fields to a memorial stone on the end of one of the grass runways, of which there were two. Although aircraft were based at Friston from time to time its main purpose was as an emergency landing ground. It saw little action after D-Day and closed in 1946 although it was briefly revived in 1988 as it was the setting for the TV series Piece of Cake.
Posted by Gary Sat, May 05, 2018 21:46:39
Posted by Gary Sat, May 05, 2018 21:34:02
Posted by Peter Smith Sat, May 05, 2018 19:32:14
I was on the Sussex coast today and went along to Beachy Head. Rather than throw myself off I had a look at the Bomber Command Memorial that was erected back in 2012. It's a nice tribute but, strangely, there do not seem to be any signs to it other than the faded wooden affair at the car park.
Posted by Peter Smith Fri, May 04, 2018 00:15:44
Good to see that a P-47D, recently retuned to the UK and based at Sywell, will be at Flying Legends this year. Previously dressed as No Guts No Glory she now looks like this. Very smart too.