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  • captainslow
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Oct 2007
    • 100

    #21
    Also a great article and photos in the report.
    Local to me so went and stood along the A225 to watch and take one or 2 discreet photos of the aircraft over the cross, what was particuarly welcome was that the Hurricane and one of the Spitfires made several passes when I only expected two at most.
    The R.A.F was glad to have the Spitfire, but HAD to have the Hurricane!

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    • Seafuryfan
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2000
      • 2487

      #22
      Wow....what an excellent, informative, and evocative photo essay. 'Well done' to all at BHHH and supporting participants for making this event possible. The Hurricane scheme is really excellent. Those oversize letters intruiged me as a youngster when building models. 'Funny they're so big', I used to think.

      Were instructions given, I wonder, to paint the markings with no regards for the size of aircraft on to which they were to be applied? The size looks large enough for a bomber.

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      • RAFRochford
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Feb 2006
        • 911

        #23
        Originally posted by Elliott Marsh View Post
        http://www.globalaviationresource.co...brance-sunday/

        A write-up and plenty of photos from the flypast in the article linked above, and an example image below. Smashing effort by all involved.

        Oh yes! That is lovely! And I've just twigged that it's Pete Brothers markings too! I've wanted to see a Hurricane painted up as a tribute to him for years! Shame he's no longer with us to see this rather gorgeous Hurricane!

        Now, can we persuade someone to paint a Mk I Spit in Al Deere's markings please?

        Regards;
        Steve
        Last edited by RAFRochford; 11th November 2014, 19:53.

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        • Seafuryfan
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2000
          • 2487

          #24
          Perhaps as a fitting accompaniment...

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          • The Bump
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Nov 2004
            • 821

            #25
            Did the original GZ-L have a DH or Rotol prop?

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            • Seafuryfan
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2000
              • 2487

              #26
              I was betting on the roundel police getting there first...I lost my bet! (tongue in cheek smiley)

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              • ErrolC
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Dec 2011
                • 761

                #27
                Originally posted by RAFRochford View Post
                Now, can we persuade someone to paint a Mk I Spit in Al Deere's markings please?
                Well if you offered to swap a Mk I for Brendon Deere's current one...
                SpitAL_3967 by errolgc, on Flickr

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                • otis
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Dec 2009
                  • 205

                  #28
                  Originally posted by mike currill View Post
                  The historians keep telling us that the Hurricane did more damage to the Luftwaffe during the BoB than all other causes combined. What they seldom mention (I've only seen it quoted once) is the kill to loss ratio by squadrons. Average figures are 5.5 for a Hurricane squadron and 7.5 for a Spitfire Squadron. On that basis it's a good thing we had more Hurricane squadrons than Spitfire ones.
                  Trying to figure this one out. Is that pilots lost per plane lost ?

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                  • Dan Hamblin
                    Delta Charlie Romeo Hotel
                    • Jun 2006
                    • 299

                    #29
                    Originally posted by RAFRochford View Post
                    Now, can we persuade someone to paint a Mk I Spit in Al Deere's markings please?
                    Isn't that Spitfire Mk I X4650, which led the flypast on Sunday? Marked up as 'KL-A'.

                    It was a lovely tribute to end the Remembrance Sunday silence and I think the four ship break to land was one of the best I've seen. A big thank you to the BHHH team and the other aircraft owners for coming together to do it.

                    Regards,

                    Dan

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                    • DazDaMan
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2003
                      • 18706

                      #30
                      KL-B is Deere's Spitfire.
                      Daren Cogdon

                      Spitfire fanatic

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                      • mike currill
                        Big pistons rule
                        • Jul 2003
                        • 8791

                        #31
                        Originally posted by otis View Post
                        Trying to figure this one out. Is that pilots lost per plane lost ?
                        Sorry, I should have been more specific. Those figures are aircraft not pilots.
                        The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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                        • Dan Hamblin
                          Delta Charlie Romeo Hotel
                          • Jun 2006
                          • 299

                          #32
                          Originally posted by DazDaMan View Post
                          KL-B is Deere's Spitfire.
                          Thanks Daren, my mistake.

                          Regards,

                          Dan

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                          • otis
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Dec 2009
                            • 205

                            #33
                            Originally posted by mike currill View Post
                            Sorry, I should have been more specific. Those figures are aircraft not pilots.
                            Hi.

                            Still confused then, sorry. Those ratios suggest the RAF downed the LW at a ratio of around 6 of theirs to one of ours ? These must be claims then, rather than confirmed kills ? Apologies if i am being slow on understanding.

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