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Two questions

Post by AlanW » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:12 pm

Can anyone help me with two questions on this photo.
1, The chap in the bowler hat, who is he ? i know i should know his name but it's gone from me.
2, What type of aircraft is that ?

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Re: Two questions

Post by MT606 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:38 pm

is the a/c a vickers valentia?

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Re: Two questions

Post by W4783 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:11 am

Looks like John Curtin :?:
Are you aware it is private property? Why you"ll be asking me to bomb Essen next.

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Sir Kingsley Wood
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Re: Two questions

Post by AlanW » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:43 am

Thanks for the answers. Vickers Valenia looks to be correct, same for John Curtin, but just wondering why an Aussie Prime Minister would have been visiting a W,Op/AG school early war years. The airmen 2nd from right is my interest, as his son has asked me to research his RAF service.
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Re: Two questions

Post by Theletterwriter » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:57 pm

The lad in the bowler looks like Herbert Morrison to me.

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Re: Two questions

Post by K4KittyCrew » Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:53 am

Alan, from Australian records ............ "More than half a century earlier, in May 1944 John Curtin visited RAAF bomber squadrons based at Lincolnshire in England and watched the aircraft roar down the runway bound for Europe. As the bombers neared the coast of France he sent then a signal: 'Good luck - Curtin'.2 "

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Re: Two questions

Post by AlanW » Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:52 am

Thanks John, that discounts it as being Curtin, as this photo was taken early 1940.
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Re: Two questions

Post by K4KittyCrew » Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:54 am

Alan, to me, the photo really does look like very early war period of say, around 1939 - 40.
I guess records may indicate the type aircraft used during that period to confirm it.
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Re: Two questions

Post by AlanW » Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:13 am

Solved.... it's Sir Kingsley Wood, Minister for Air, and also confirmed as Vickers Valentia.
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Re: Two questions

Post by K4KittyCrew » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:17 am

Well done, Alan.
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