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  1. I have a copy of Invasion Airfields Then and Now : unfortunately, a friend borrowed it, so I can't get it back until NZ relaxes the national lockdown to level-2.
  2. Another loading used was wing bombs plus a slipper tank: This photo of a 74 Sqn Spitfire XVIE shows good details of the wing racks; in fact, it's a good photo that, when blown up to full size, shows all sorts of clear details;
  3. I'm assuming that George Keefer was flying MV263 GCK by March '45, although, of course, being Wing Commander, his Spitfire isn't mentioned in the 41 Sqn Records of Events or Summary of Events ORBs.
  4. Doh! (facepalm here) You're right - I missed reading the 45 Gal LRT in the first columns of the LOADS CARRIED/LOADS EXPENDED...
  5. The following comes from a supplementary booklet, dated September 1944, that was issued with the Spitfire Mk IX Pilot's Notes AP. 1565J: this shows that Spitfire IXs (and presumably XIVs) that carried both fuselage and wing bombs, were fitted with bomb selector switches: Paragraphs 43 through 46 explain how the switch panel was used, noting that the pilot could select which bombs to drop, plus there was the option of dropping all three as a salvo. Those Spitfires that carried the fuselage bomb had the simpler bomb fusing/ master switch Paragraph 42 and as shown in the XIV/XIX Pilot's Notes:
  6. Really interesting info Luke, thanks for that. Also notable is that long range tanks aren't listed in any of the 'LOADS CARRIED/EXPENDED' columns...does this mean that they weren't used, or were they overlooked for some reason?
  7. A couple of interesting points: the ORB states that the new Spitfires allocated to 41 Sqn. after the Warmwell exercises were 'teardrop hood type'; the squadron arrived at the new base of Eindhoven on March 18. On March 19, 2 Spitfire XIVs escorted Air Chief Marshal Tedder, while others practiced using the gyro gunsight: On 20 March, 2 Spitfires of 41 Sqn escorted Marshal of the RAF Lord Trenchard to Volkel. Otherwise, 41 Sqn was engaged in fighter sweeps, armed reconnaissance or bomber escort missions for the rest of the month:
  8. From Montforton's Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI & XVI Engineered: the XIV's undercarriage geometry and size was essentially the same as that of the late-Merlin powered series, with the torque links, modified fairings Note that the leg fairings were bowed in cross-section, a feature that allowed the undercarriage legs to sit lower in the wheel wells: this allowed Supermarine to eliminate the blister that had been incorporated in the upper wing skinning over the wheel bays. As concrete landing strips and runways were introduced, Supermarine changed the geometry of the axles, thus reducing the toe-out of the axles, preventing the excessive tyre scrub exerted by the concrete: in turn, new blisters had to be added to the skinning above the wheel bays; NOTE that the modified axles and fairings were post-war features, as were the stronger, 3 spoke wheels. The This port wings of this preserved Spitfire Spitfire F. Mk. XIV shows what the upper wing of a Spitfire XIV would have looked like during WW2, with no extra bulges, blisters or reinforcing strakes above the wheelbay A Spitfire F. Mk. XIV of 41 Sqn, flown by Sqn Ldr Benham: note the beam approach aerial below the fuselage, a feature that was usually seen on 2 TAF Spitfire XIVs. Group Captain "Johnnie" Johnson's F.R Mk. XIV just shows the upper, inner wing. Another F.R. Mk. XIV of 451(RAAF) Sqn. post-war. More from Monforton: the 3 spoke wheel was introduced post-war.
  9. According to Thomas Hitchcock's The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 the identity of this sole remaining machine is possibly Ta 152H-0 W. Nr. 150010, CW+CJ, Yellow 4 of 11./JG 301 then Green 4 of Stab/JG 301: the problem is, no data plates have yet been found on the airframe to prove its identity.
  10. I have just received the book Invasion Airfields Then and Now. As noted in After the battle Books' website, this book provides details of the airfields built by the Allies in Normandy up until D-Day + 90; it also describes how they were constructed and the techniques used to maintain the airstrips, including the use of PSP mats and oil to keep the surfaces from breaking up or turning to dust. This book is well worth having for anyone who is interested in the Battles of Normandy.
  11. You are right, the caption is wrong: W.Nr. 420625, 3U+AP of 6./ZG 2 was armed with 6 x 20mm MG 151/20 (outlined in red) plus 3 x 13mm Mg 131 (outlined green). It was an Me 410 A-1/U4 that was converted to a B-1/U: 3U+AP was shot down and destroyed on 13 July 1944.
  12. 4,000 lb cookies bad for the teeth. 🍪
  13. If anything the permutations possible with 2 TAF Typhoons almost rivaled those of the Bf 109G-6: for the Normandy campaign and beyond they could be; Bubble canopy, 3 bladed prop and bomb racks Bubble canopy, 3 bladed prop and rocket rails Bubble canopy, Tempest tailplanes, 3 bladed prop, bombs or rockets Bubble canopy, Tempest tailplanes, 4 bladed prop, bombs or rockets Not yet mentioned are the filters that were needed on the carburettor air intake to counter the vicious Normandy or Clavados dust (two types, with the "cuckoo door Vokes variant predominating, although the thought of having hot dome deflectors blasting across airfields would be entertaining...): there was also a tropical filter (Mod 421) that would have been in use during Bodenplatte: Also of note is the asymmetric load-out of a 44 gallon droptank and rockets... So, added to the list are Typhoons with carburettor filters (BoN) and/or tropical filter (BoBP) The main advantages with the 4 bladed propeller were improved take-off distances, initial climb rates and acceleration: it doesn't look as though the top speed changed much.
  14. In fact, the 4 bladed prop and Tempest tailplanes were fitted to smooth out the high-frequency vibrations that had always plagued the Typhoon... https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/54254-typhoon/?do=findComment&comment=854685 It was more a fortunate coincidence that Typhoons toting 1,000 lb bombs could take full advantage of the improved performance conferred by the 4 bladed propeller and Tempest tailplane (Chris Thomas: Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45 page 18):
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