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    Iceland Post WW2

    I have 31 "Box Brownie" b&w pics which I have scanned
    They were taken in Iceland post WW2 by a serving RAF person, now recently deceased
    I have been asked to help identify the aircraft (not TOO difficult) and also if any of the aircraft are rare or unusual
    I'll leave it up to you, people - I haven't even looked for the not so obvious serials !
    I'll try to post them 6 at a time, so be patient
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    Numbers 7 to 12
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    Numbers 13 to 18
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    Numbers 19 to 24
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    Numbers 25 to 30
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    ....and finally number 31....post 150 !

    I should add that the pictures were handed down to a friend of mine. He is quite happy for anyone to have copies for "personal use" but more than that please contact me

    I scanned them at 600 dpi, I don't think there is much more detail to be had

    Enjoy !
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    One of the more interesting posts on here for many a long day. Thanks for posting.

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    Interesting - the 4 engine flying boat (Coronado?) in the later shots has 4 bladed props in the inners but only 3 bladers on the outers. They seem to be similar diameters, so are the inner engines more powerful? Or failing that - what's the reason ?

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    I was fascinated by the B.17, Halifax & Warwick photo's...... & then you totally amazed me with those Coronado shots on & around the ramp.

    Superb stuff, thanks for sharing 'em.

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    Great photos.

    There is one record holding aircraft in there, LB-30A AL578 "Marco Polo" flew the first none stop flight from (if you go with the RAF Northolt history) Washington to London or the other way round according to Royal Insight. It took 19hr 46min.

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    I am sure there are a few 'type' specialists who will be tingling with delight at the sight of these splendid personal photos.

    Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Mark.

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    Sorry to add yet another 'great pictures' post but I really couldn't let this contribution go without comment.

    I particularly like the Warwick shots with the airborne lifeboat underslung.

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    Great pics,thanks
    To put a date on them the Fortress II & Warwick ASR 1 are both 251 Sqn. based at Reykjavik from April '45 to disbandment Oct.'45 & 251 only received Warwicks in Sep.'45
    The other Warwick coded 'RL' is 38 Sqn. based Italy/Malta around that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DH106
    Interesting - the 4 engine flying boat (Coronado?) in the later shots has 4 bladed props in the inners but only 3 bladers on the outers. They seem to be similar diameters, so are the inner engines more powerful? Or failing that - what's the reason ?
    Some info here

    http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question...s/q0039a.shtml

    Moggy
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    Glad you found my post elsewhere useful Moggy

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    Thanks people for the comments and info

    Any more ? ? ?

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    Thanks for posting these!

    The Lancaster is probably a Canadian Mk. X on it's way home.

    I've seen that paint loss around the nose on other late production Canadian Lancasters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macky42
    Glad you found my post elsewhere useful Moggy
    Invaluable as you see. But sorry for stealing your thunder here.

    Moggy
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    Nomad or PBY ????

    Nomad or PBY ????

    Look at the turret..with the start below it & the bomb aimer window size and shape.

    Is it just me ?



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    OE--

    Fantastic stuff, many thanx for putting these up for us to enjoy.

    Of all the singular stuff in here, maybe the thing that intrigues me the most is what appears to be a standard BCATP Canadian-built Tiger Moth. How, and why, would THAT have gone to Iceland??

    Halis...RAF Fort...Coronado...LB-30...geez, I would've got the shakes looking through a collection like that.

    Cheers

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    " I would've got the shakes looking through a collection like that."
    You think I didn't ! ! ! !
    Yes good to see a DH82C far from home, must have been transported there I think
    Do you notice the wing tanks on the Mosquitos ?
    What do you know about the "Nomad/PBY" comment above , cos it's new to me?

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    OK I've learnt something, not heard of the Nomad before
    Try this link http://www.warbirds.be/web/content.php?article.131

    ......but I still don't know if it is or not ?

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    Me neither...

    Me neither...

    That is why I asked some of the experts

    Could it have been one on a ferry flight to Russia ?

    Mind if I use you pic to ask somewhere else ?

    Tks, great pics

    edit...

    More there

    http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/englis...es/commandeur/

    Nose seems a bit different than your picture. Mind you it's not the same variant at all than the one in your picture.

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    I was so excited scrolling down, hoping to find a picture of the most beautiful airliner, a de Havilland DH 91 Albatross, at Reykjavik airport. They were used as a high speed couriers between UK and Iceland in the first years of the war.
    ...but, old eagle, thanks a lot for sharing the pictures.

    The T-6 Harvard 44-82028 was used as a shuttle between Keflavik and Reykjavik airports by the USAF brass in KEF. Registered in 1945 as TF-FSA to Iceland CAA. Exported to the US in 1953 and registerd as N66J.

    Hard to say which one of the Grumman Goose this is. A total of seven were registered soon after the war, and used on the domestic routes in Iceland into the sixties.

    TF-KAT, a Luscombe Silvaire 8A, was registered in May 1945, crashed in May 1947.

    Steve T wrote:
    "Of all the singular stuff in here, maybe the thing that intrigues me the most is what appears to be a standard BCATP Canadian-built Tiger Moth. How, and why, would THAT have gone to Iceland??"

    Steve, there were a total of seven DH-82C's imported to Iceland just after the war and used for flight instruction and private flying. The picture probably shows the last one remaining, TF-KBD, s/n 1407. One of the PT-24 batch, USAF 42-1068. In idle restoration, whatever that means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Lemieux
    Could it have been one on a ferry flight to Russia ?

    I always thought Alaska was the preferred route (at least for land planes).
    There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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    Bottom of page 6, amazing how many posts we have here !

    Just thought I'd bump it one more time before it dies

    Many thanks to all who have given info, it is much appreciated

    Thinking about the PBY/Nomad and the star on it's nose, as 1945 seems the date on this pics could it have been an ex Russian being returned - if indeed the markings are Russian

    DC

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    Hi All,

    The Warwicks in photos 22-24 are actually from 251 sqn coded AD and 279 Sqn coded RL. No 38 Sqn did not have Warwicks but used the code RL on its ASR Lancasters, which were mostly ex-279 Sqn machines. 279 Sqn operated Hudsons from 1941-44 then re-equipped with Warwicks, Sea Otters and Hurricanes. If you are interested you can get the full history in the book 'Dinghy Drop' due to be published by Pen & Sword in late 2006/early 2007. More details are available at www.rafhistorybooks.com

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    Visiting a very old thread but my father served in 251 Sqn in Iceland. He flew in the Flying Fortress doing met and S&R work. Also spent time in Hudsons and a few other types around the place.

    These photos don’t seem to be available here any more - is there any way of seeing them?

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