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by paul61
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:16 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: Handley Page Halifax Collection
Replies: 72
Views: 23584

Re: Handley Page Halifax Collection

This is a great photo shoot of W7676. It was my late friend Reg Lane's a/c on 35 sqdn. Reg and crew did half of their 1st tour in this kite. They were on leave when it was hacked down with Sgt. John & crew on board. I believe this color photo shoot is the most published of any of the photos for Mk 2...
by paul61
Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Handley Page Halifax Collection
Replies: 72
Views: 23584

Re: Handley Page Halifax Collection

John, Great to see so many Halibag's from my father's sqdn, the "Snowy Owls" , thank you for posting them. I have just a few connections....... - "The RuhrHuhr" was a 433 sqdn kite belonging to "Pop" Howes and crew. I knew all of this crew. I had found a photo of this kite for them but, this is one ...
by paul61
Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: In Memoriam
Topic: S/L William "Jacko" Grierson DFC AFC
Replies: 2
Views: 556

S/L William "Jacko" Grierson DFC AFC

S/L William “Jacko” Grierson DFC AFC Yet again, I'm sad to report the loss of another 35 sqdn. friend, Bill Grierson-Jackson, "Jacko". Bill was a brilliant pioneer Pathfinder Navigator, he developed many of the navigation aids & technics used by main force from early 1942, til war's end. Bill's book...
by paul61
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Books and DVD's Section
Topic: One Who Almost Made it Back
Replies: 5
Views: 1765

Re: One Who Almost Made it Back

Steve, You're welcome. 35 & 405 sqdns were my specialties, as I had many friends there, such as Jim and Reg (both were also on 35). I will check to see if Reg's kite , on this op to Montzen, was a Mk 6 Lanc? He had flown the Mk 6 on the last of the Berlin raids, March 24/25/1944, as Master Bomber. C...
by paul61
Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Books and DVD's Section
Topic: One Who Almost Made it Back
Replies: 5
Views: 1765

Re: One Who Almost Made it Back

Steve, 2 of my friends, F/L Jim Scannell DFM DFC & W/C Reg Lane DSO DFC & Bar, witnessed Teddy's downing. Their 405 sqdn. kite (Master Bomber) is pictured above and behind Blenkinsop's, in the now famous painting. Jim Scannell ( R/G) witnessed the fighter attack and subsequent explosion. They knew i...
by paul61
Tue May 29, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Handley Page Halifax Collection
Replies: 72
Views: 23584

Re: Handley Page Halifax Collection

John , These are great photos of mostly Canadian kites, thank you for posting them! I have a connection with a few of these kites: 405 sqdn - "The Ruhr Valley Express" was W/C Bill Swetman's personal kite. I did a set of ops records for him in the 80's. 427 sqdn ZL-L "L for Lana" this kite's replace...
by paul61
Wed May 23, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Lancaster Mk II video.......in colour!
Replies: 1
Views: 385

Re: Lancaster Mk II video.......in colour!

Tom, Glad I could add to your post on the LAF ! Another tidbit re. Mk 2's in the RCAF: A former ops records customer of mine, Rog Coulombe (AKA "The Berlin Kid"), holds the BC record for the most tonnage dropped on the capital. Roger made the Berlin journey 12 or 13 times in his 32 op tour......all ...
by paul61
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Handley Page Halifax Collection
Replies: 72
Views: 23584

Re: Handley Page Halifax Collection

John, the photo of the bomb damaged Halifax appears to showa 4 gun mid upper. I cannot recall having seen one before. Does anybody know the amount of rounds carried & where they were stowed. :?: Dennis Dennis, The Type A- 4 gun Halifax mid upper had 1000 rounds per gun,( vs the rear turret @ 2500 r...
by paul61
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Research documentation
Topic: halifax friday the 13th ......
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: halifax friday the 13th ......

Hello John and thank you for the welcome, pleased to post my line shoot(s) here! ;0) My 35 sqdn friend , F/L Tom Lane DFC, did several ops to Milan and Turin in his trusty Mk.2 Halli. Tom told me that the trip over the Alps was worse than the target defenses..........sometimes! I had known that the ...
by paul61
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:40 am
Forum: General Section
Topic: Belly Defence
Replies: 17
Views: 2932

Re: Belly Defence

"Martin Middlebrooks book on the Nurenburg raid talks of the Canadian Group fitting ventral turrets, against bomber command wishes and suffering a much lower loss rate." Just how widespread was the practice of fitting single guns in the belly is hard to tell as they were unofficial modifications an...