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  • Flat 12x2
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Sep 2003
    • 506

    Lancaster R5868 "S-Sugar" completed her 100th mission 75 years ago today

    Mark Allen posted over on WiX, lots of photos throughout her history, went on to complete 137 missions and now at Hendon
    http://www.warbirdinformationexchang...9314707cab0677

    Anybody care to tell me the differences about the props, pointed ones in the pic, but later with the rounded ones, as at Hendon now?

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    Wide open & turning left
  • One of the Few
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    • Jul 2011
    • 268

    #2
    She is also displayed now with a larger, bulbous bomb aimers perspex nose instead of the original short perspex. The paddle blades helped increase performance if i remember correctly. I don`t know when they were fitted, possibly when she was restored post war perhaps?.

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    • trumper
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2003
      • 6652

      #3
      I wonder how many of those young men survived the war

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      • Old Towzer
        Rank 3 Registered User
        • Jun 2018
        • 44

        #4
        Brave men, each and every one of them. We really do owe them all so very much.
        Thank you gentlemen.
        Old Towzer.

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        • PeterVerney
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • May 2009
          • 1012

          #5
          Hear hear the above.
          Man is not lost. Only temporarily uncertain of his position.

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          • Rat Acc
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Aug 2013
            • 76

            #6
            Has anyone told the RAF Museum?
            Looks like they've forgotten
            Can't see anything on their website homepage ​​​​​

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            • Denis
              The past is preferable!
              • Mar 2004
              • 1502

              #7
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              S-Sugar being refueled prior to its 100th
              Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
              http://hamg.co.uk

              Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
              http://www.wartime-airfields.com

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              • Flat 12x2
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Sep 2003
                • 506

                #8
                Originally posted by One of the Few View Post
                The paddle blades helped increase performance if i remember correctly. I don`t know when they were fitted, possibly when she was restored post war perhaps?.
                One of the photos over on WiX dated May '45 shows her with the paddle blade props.
                Wide open & turning left

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                • WebPilot
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 1898

                  #9
                  The '100 up' photos in May 1944 show the needle props still in place, and 1945 shots show the paddle blades so presumably the swap was done during the major rebuild of the aircraft between August and November 1944. The RAFM history notes that four new Merlin 22 engines were fitted at this time along with the H2S blister..
                  Last edited by WebPilot; 13th May 2019, 13:19.

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                  • posart
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                    • Feb 2007
                    • 113

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                    Quite an extensive rebuild it was too! Note the nose section, extreme left of the picture.

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                    • Ant.H
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 3038

                      #11
                      To add to the discussion about markings and config. over the course of her career, I stumbled over the following clip on the IWM archive site a few weeks ago. From 09.17 onward, '868 is shown in good detail. She has all the later features others have mentioned (big nose bowl, H2S blister), but what surprised me were the spinners. Red tips?? Judge for yourself.

                      ( Note: the clip opens with some air-air footage of 617sqn, including Mustang lead ship, interesting in itself).

                      https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/2017
                      "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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