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    Hawker Typhoon 181 Squadron.Flt Lt Roy Crane

    I'm trying to find out which markings Flt Lt Roy Crane's personal Hawker Typhoon would have worn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Septic View Post
    I'm trying to find out which markings Flt Lt Roy Crane's personal Hawker Typhoon would have worn.

    EL-

    Many thanks

    Sepic
    After flying Typhoons for 6 months with 182 Sqn, Roy Crane transferred to 181 Sqn in February 1944 and joined A Flight. He flew a variety of Typhoons (including EL-B JR297, more than most). On 16 May 44 he carried out an air test on his new aircraft, EL-E MN639. This was a brand new, bubble-canopied, 4-bladed Typhoon with the large (Tempest) tailplane. Although now based at Hurn, the squadron began operating from bases in France on a daily basis and EL-E appears in the background of IWM photo CL182 which features a Spit on B.2 Bazenville. The Typhoon has full invasion stripes and the photo has spawned a number of 'profile' drawings in various publications.

    MN639 suffered a sleeve valve problem on 17 June after which it seems Roy only flew it once more (on the 20th). It was force-landed on a partially completed US strip (A.5) by another pilot on 30 June, declared Cat B and returned to the UK for repair. After that Roy flew a variety of aircraft but several of his last trips (before he was shot down in it on 2 August 44, becoming PoW) were in EL-E JP430. This was an older Typhoon that had been modified with a bubble canopy and RP and would have had a 3-blader, small tailplane and D-Day stripes on undersides only.
    Cranswick

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    That's brilliant Cranswick, I work with Roy's
    Nephew and he is keen to find out more about his uncle. Like many other veterans Roy never really talked about his exploits.

    Many thanks again.

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