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[CENTER]Got dragged there by Herself the other day, and planned to sulk the entire time, then I found this...

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I'm excellent at both them there disciplines. There was another monument thingy to the Air Sea Rescue Service, I took a couple of piccys, if they're relevant to this 'ere Forum?

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It's very sobering to look at the casualties on that monument. 120 aircraft failed to return, 241 aircrew dead, twp man crews, no survivors.You went down in the North Sea and there was virtually no chance.

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It's very sobering to look at the casualties on that monument. 120 aircraft failed to return, 241 aircrew dead, twp man crews, no survivors.You went down in the North Sea and there was virtually no chance.

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Apparently the Beaufighter was a difficult aircraft to ditch and get out of

In case one can't read the photo

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When a Beau goes in,
Into the drink,
It makes you think,
Because, you see, they always sink
But nobody says poor ladĒ
Or goes about looking sad
Because, you see, itís war,
Itís the unalterable law.

Although itís perfectly certain
The pilots gone for a Burton
And the observer too
Itís nothing to do with you
And if they both should go
To a land where falls no rain nor hail
Nor driven snow-
Here, there or anywhere,
Do you suppose they care?

You should cry
Or say a prayer or sigh.
In the cold sea in the dark
It isnít a lark
But isnít original sin-
Itís just a Beau going in.

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On that trip back, the navigator I had in the Beaufighter, Ė there are two people in the Beaufighter, the pilot and the navigator Ė we got about 20 minutes across the Channel when the navigator said, ďIím sorry, Skipper, we must have been hit by flak over Le Havre and we are going to have to ditch in the English Channel.Ē That was very exciting in itself because I had never ditched before. So we went for a few more minutes then we decided there was no getting around it, we would have to ditch. We ditched and the Beaufighter had a salt water release so that the minute you hit the water, out pops your dinghy. And we pulled over and swam to the dinghy and the Beaufighter, which was a very heavy aircraft, just sank like a stone into the Channel. One good thing about it, I thought, well, nobody is going to blame us because they will never find any proof that we were over to Le Havre because everything will be at the bottom of the English Channel, which we got a silent joke out of it. Now, my other two buddies, we all had agreed that if anything happened to one of them, the other two would fly up north so that whatever we said happened, they would back it up. As a result, we were lucky that the wind was blowing north to England, so after a few minutes we decided to try and row ourselves back with the little paddle that comes in the dinghy. And we got, oh, I guess about half way across and we were all very wet and excited. I have thought afterwards, since being home after all these years, they should have a rope tied to the Beaufighter with your dinghy because, really, when the Beaufighter landed in the water and the dinghy came out, you had to swim like mad to get to the damn dinghy! So we decided thatís what we would make a point of.
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The wording on that monument looks a bit run down, I've just dropped 4 e-mails to 4 councillors up there to ask which party is responsible for the upkeep, and will post here if they reply.

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The wording on that monument looks a bit run down, I've just dropped 4 e-mails to 4 councillors up there to ask which party is responsible for the upkeep, and will post here if they reply.

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Well, I read about 'em, look at those damned photo's and think, 'Rather my job than theirs'!! lcm1.
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Gleaned an Hobby Master 1/72 diecast 'Torbeau' of 236 Squadron based at RAF North Cotes, nice chunky piece of diecast, one of HM's better efforts in my 'umble opinion. Has a bimble round wot's left of the old airfield the other day, and found more surviving than I thought. There's an old prop on show that somebody has found whether it's from a Beau I could not tell. Went down Torbeau Road to the Station's old firing butts, it's now a private gun range that also does clay pigeon shooting, so I'll be dusting off one of the popguns for our next visitation.



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Gleaned an Hobby Master 1/72 diecast 'Torbeau' of 236 Squadron based at RAF North Cotes, nice chunky piece of diecast, one of HM's better efforts in my 'umble opinion. Has a bimble round wot's left of the old airfield the other day, and found more surviving than I thought. There's an old prop on show that somebody has found whether it's from a Beau I could not tell. Went down Torbeau Road to the Station's old firing butts, it's now a private gun range that also does clay pigeon shooting, so I'll be dusting off one of the popguns for our next visitation.



Someone got me a diecast of an LCM1 and my God it was Rough, No, I did not say that plain enough, IT WAS ROUGH!!! I mean you expect to have to do some trimming with diecast but they went a step further with that one!!! lcm1
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This one's OK we've got a couple of them in the wargames room...



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Gleaned an Hobby Master 1/72 diecast 'Torbeau' of 236 Squadron based at RAF North Cotes, nice chunky piece of diecast, one of HM's better efforts in my 'umble opinion. Has a bimble round wot's left of the old airfield the other day, and found more surviving than I thought. There's an old prop on show that somebody has found whether it's from a Beau I could not tell. Went down Torbeau Road to the Station's old firing butts, it's now a private gun range that also does clay pigeon shooting, so I'll be dusting off one of the popguns for our next visitation.



I've always wondered just how effective the dorsal gun was. It obviously had a very limited traverse. Was it more of a morale booster?
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Mark, if you can get your hands on this book it's a good 'un. The author was a gunner on Blenheims... they learned really sharpish how much use their popguns were. I think the back seat wallah on Beaufighters spent more time navigating than he did shooting. At the moment I'm trying to get the back story to '120 aircraft failed to return, 241 aircrew dead, two man crews'. One bloke too many methinks... fire eater made to fly a desk wanting one last hurrah, groundrew bloke who talked his Skipper into taking him along? Fascinating stuff for Sherlock Von Richter to investigate!

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I'm glad they went with the short nosed version during that last restoration. Good to see more early war stuff represented. Significant too as it was the first used to bomb Germany iirc.

The other reason is aesthetics. Just like that glider-like glass-bird-cagey look of the first version. The long-nose Blenheim/Bolingbroke always gives me the appearance that they stuck a Jim Durante big snozz fake nose on it.

I'm not up on my Blenheim factoids but I would guess the long nose was more aerodynamic vs blunt face of short-nose. Could be wrong but I would think short-nose would give better overall view though for the flight-engineer/observer/whoever.
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I think that those were the Blenheim IF - the night fighter version with a four gun under fuselage gun pack. 2 squadrons attacked the Borkum Sea plane base in November 1939 and a week or so later carried out the first night intruder attacks over the German mainland. 107 and 110 squadrons that took part in the earlier Wilhelmshaven raids had already exchanged their short nose Mk Is for long nose Bleheim IVs. Technically speaking since the Wilhelmshaven attacks were made on ships this was not the first raid on Germany - the government having put an embargo on dropping bombs on German soil at this early stage.
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