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  1. SimonBrown

    SS THISTLEGORM - A "thank you"

    Over the past few years various members of HMVF have very kindly assisted Alex Mustard and myself in confirming the identity of the types of vehicles carried on the SS THISTLEGORM, a merchant vessel bombed at anchor in the Red Sea during October 1941. For this we are extremely grateful indeed as we are now able to state with some confidence what the ship was carrying at the time. A small team of us have been working on an iBook for the last 12 months or so, and the result is now published as a guide as to what can be seen, and where to see it: SS THISTLEGORM We are also grateful to Peter Gaine and Paul Burns for kindly supplying photographs of their Morris Commercial CS11/30 and Albion BY5 FBE respectively. The forum and its members are duly acknowledged for their assistance in the iBook.
  2. They missed at least one, although the practice of tying a mooring line to the barrel has resulted in the nylon rope sawing its way through and shortening the gun. I have dived four of the tanks and there are 3D scans of them here: Valentine Tanks Studland Bay
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    Bedford OYC Water Carrier - Preserved Example?

    Good question. A handwritten partial copy may have turned up but its not complete and has not been fully released for scrutiny by the chap who found it. In this case, it appears not unfortunately.
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    Bedford OYC Water Carrier - Preserved Example?

    Not yet, no. The mystery object has remained exactly that...and left alone they have gone and bred another one at the back of hold No 2.
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    Bedford OYC Water Carrier - Preserved Example?

    I have checked the Observers Fighting Vehicle Directory (what a gem!) and it says the 500 gallon variant appeared from 1943 onwards. The ship sank in 1941, thus could only have been loaded with 350 gallon tankers. So it will be a 350 gallon variant we seek - if one survives?
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    Bedford OYC Water Carrier - Preserved Example?

    Thanks all - much appreciated. The Bedford OYC on the Thistlegorm was originally thought to be a petrol tanker, but evidence has been uncovered that questions that view - hence the request to see if there are any preserved examples to compare. As much as I would love to restore something like a Bedford, I fear other projects will keep me away from the spanners for a few years. One project I can now reveal is a book all about the SS Thistlegorm and her cargo is being worked on by the team ready for publication very soon. This forum has been particularly generous assisting Alex Mustard and, to a lesser degree myself, on vehicle identification. For this we are really grateful and is duly acknowledged. Being an iBook it means we can include the 3D models of the cargo and vessel such as these: 3D Models of the wreck and cargo
  7. Does anyone know if a 1940's era Bedford OYC Water Carrier has survived and been preserved at all? Anyone know of a survivor or two?
  8. SimonBrown

    The Hunt for a C-130 Hercules

    Duplicate again...
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    The Hunt for a C-130 Hercules

    There are just over 48 hours to run on our Kickstarter project and with just over £200 to go I think we will hit the target. The project is not just about finding the crash site. We have more leads to follow up since the publicity and will be heading to places and speaking to folks we never dreamed of when this started. If you have already backed us, then please accept my thanks and get ready to be part of a journey towards the truth. If you want to back the project in any way then please use the link:
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    The Hunt for a C-130 Hercules

    Thanks for sharing that. Good to be reminded just what a great dive it was...mind you, I dived it in winter and it was -12 topside with a good 6" of snow on the banks. The lake had not frozen over but had to break ice to wade in. Getting out, my kit froze as stiff as a board in seconds. Character building stuff. Or mad. Whichever suits.
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    The Hunt for a C-130 Hercules

    Yes, dived a few aircraft wrecks: Goodwin Sands Dornier before it was raised - that was in very good condition. Pair of Heinkel HE-115 in Trondheim - scuttled so in reasonably good nick. Grumman Wildcat in Scapa Flow. It fell off a carrier and would have been in good condition if a trawl had not gone through the tail section - 3D model of Scapa Wildcat P47-D Republic Thunderbolt in Weymouth Bay. Crashed on the 7th May 1944 but the cause of its loss is unknown. Pilot bailed out so we think this one went in very hard. 3D model shows fishing gear snags too - Weymouth Bay P47-D. The engine remains have been reduced to just the ferrous parts - Pratt & Whitney R2800 radial engine. P51-D Mustang in Portland Harbour. Still researching and diving this one, but we know it went in at a speed in excess of 450kts and the recovery operation picked up tin foil. The best underwater aircraft I have ever photographed was a Junkers 52 in Narvik. That one had landed on the frozen lake in 1940 during the German invasion and before it could fly out the ice melted. It was sitting on the lake bed on its undercarriage. Fresh water had helped preservation no end - it looked brand new. So the common thread amongst all of these, and how much is left of them, is two fold: How did it crash? Controlled ditching like the Dornier increase chances of an intact find whereas a high speed crash is like going into a shredder. What's happened since? Fresh water preserves airframes much better, but trawling and fishing gear snags will do no end of harm. If the Hercules is in pieces then that alone may well tell us something about its demise. We can almost guarantee it will have been snagged by a trawl at some point which won't help matters...but only when we find it can we start to look for answers. One thing in our favour: The Herc is designed for carrying cargo and landing on poorly prepared strips. Its a tough old bird in its own right. It will be very interesting to see what remains of a C-130 after 50 years.
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    The Hunt for a C-130 Hercules

    Finger trouble - duplicate.
  13. SimonBrown

    The Hunt for a C-130 Hercules

    We are long way off the French coast and nowhere near their nuclear power station thankfully. The report of crashing near Alderney is not strictly accurate and a better description might be 'mid Channel'. Easy? No, otherwise it would have been done. We have spent 10 years on and off reducing the odds to a point they are very much in our favour.
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    The Hunt for a C-130 Hercules

    We are quietly confident he didn't end up in Hurd's Deep. But yes, a former dumping ground for all sorts of nasties.
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