Spot the gaff.

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Spot the gaff.

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Is it me ? or can anyone else spot what is odd about this photo.
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Could a Stirling bomb bay accommodate a cookie? Wasn't it split into smaller sections?
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Being that airbases shared two squadrons, I'm thinking that it was being driven past a Stirling, to a Lancaster. ( or maybe the squadron was in the process of converting there aircraft. 218 Sqn flew both if I'm correct so I'm thinking that this photo was taken around August 1944, at Methwold. )
However, the photographer with little knowledge of anything RAF, insisted the driver of the cookie, stop to allow him to take a 'complete' photo for his newspaper.
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Or it could be a propaganda picture for release to the Press and general public: look at the big bombs we're dropping on the Gerries!
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Yes, I think you have it there, Max ................. I didn't consider that angle.
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AlanW wrote:Is it me ? or can anyone else spot what is odd about this photo.
Gents,

I do not think this is 4000lb "cookie" I think it is a light cased 2000lb blast bomb. It looks like the cameraman has used a bit of artistic licence to get the best possible angle to make the bomb even bigger than it actually was. He must have been lying on his back / stomach when he took it!

The Stirling is veteran N3725 HA-D D-Dog which crashed on return from Wilhelmshaven on September 15th 1942 after S/O engine failure. The skipper was F/O J Frankcombe RAAF , who had completed 9 operations as captain and 10 operations as second pilot before his death.

The photo below ( sorry about the quality) shows a example of the type used by No.218 at the time ( photo of a No.7 Squadron aircraft )

What do you think chaps !
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AlanW wrote:Is it me ? or can anyone else spot what is odd about this photo.
Now this image has me thinking .................
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Foonote - I have just seen Steve's post .............. we were on the same wave length.
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