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  1. Larry, the first AMO to specify an interior colour was A35/54 (February 1954) which stated eau-de-nil for the interior of crash and domestic fire trucks only. No interior colour specified for other vehicles. In my experience, the interior was usually the same as the exterior base colour. Unless the exterior had been repainted, I guess.
  2. I really don't think its RAF Blue-Grey, I'm betting on Nobel's Dark Tarmac, No. 4. I'm wondering if the original colour negative was mishandled or something, and it's in the standard Khaki Green No.3, but that something has caused it to look like it has both brown and green paint.
  3. BOBC, Not sure if these are of any use to you. Photos now held by the RAF Museum.
  4. I doubt olive green was used. Certainly at the outbreak of war everything was still in blue-grey, but very quickly the road vehicles were repainted in drab colours. The first "universal" regulations (as in, they applied to all of the RAF rather than those issued by commands to just their units) weren't until August 1941, but the change over had started much earlier. As for ancillary items like bomb trolleys, one would assume that once their was no need to stock blue-grey for the vehicles, the trolleys would be painted using the same colours held for the tractors towing them. Initially that would be Khaki Green, No.3, or either of the colours used for the disruptive pattern on the vehicles - Tarmac Green, No.4 or Light Green, No.5. The RAF did eventually introduce Olive Drab in September 1944, but that was more a brown colour than a green colour, and nothing got repainted until it was necessary and bomb trolleys would have been down the list of priorities. Having said all that, I can't recall having seen any colour pictures of bomb trolleys in blue-grey, although it's not something I've particularly searched for.
  5. I was doing some work when i saw a picture that looked familiar, it was our old friend the Crossley Fire Tender. Turns out the photograph was taken by Robert Capa, and is dated June 1941, but there is another in the same sequence showing the crew covering a Blenheim in foam. The serial for the Blenheim appears to be Z7432, which belonged to 21 Squadron (as confirmed by the YH squadron codes) and was struck of charge on 15th July 1941. Capa in Color So I'm afraid the photograph is much later than you thought Larry.
  6. Rupert, I'm not sure you're reading the trace of the marking correctly. It should be the command letter (F for Fighter, B for Bomber etc.) followed by the number of the group. so F/11 would be 11 Group, Fighter Command. There are some exceptions where a different number is used if the unit does not belong to a group. The AMO you posted applies only to "home" units, those in Africa or the Middle/Far East would be covered by the regulations laid down by their respective command.
  7. They are the only people with a contract to support the BBMF, but there are a number of places domestically and globally who overhaul Merlin engines.
  8. Antipoys is a single word iirc, it's the trade name of the product by Siebe
  9. Four William McCracken’s (none of which were Sappers) were killed during WW1, one was Canadian one from Wallasey, and one from Birmingham. The last, for which CWGC has no family info given, died in 1915. https://www.cwgc.org/search-results?term=william+mccracken&name=william+mccracken&fullname=william+mccracken&tab=wardead&fq_warliteral=1 I haven't yet checked spelling variations There is a W McCracken who died 1917 whilst serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/240552/mccracken,-/ No family info however. Service records are available through findmypast.co.uk or by arranging to see them at The National Archives. I'll dig out my login details to see if I still have any credit left to check the record for you
  10. RAFMT

    T2 Hanger Floor Pit

    I don't recall the floor pits being standard on T2s when built, but it's been a while since I did my hangar research. If memory serves this document is mostly concerned with the structure, but its interesting nonetheless https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121019162516/http://www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/80BF05BD-926E-40D3-9BD4-750FBF9CF556/0/fs16.pdf EDIT: Looking at the photos again, those pits almost certainly look like later additions, and weren't put in when the floor was originally laid. So the location might help us here.
  11. Ditto, never come across any images or documents relating to crane equipped Land Rovers in the RAF.
  12. I've done some looking around, that photograph is of the Ju-88 after it went on display at Primrose Hill. It was usually commercial haulage firms used for that sort of job at that stage of the war.
  13. I agree with Ted, camouflaging civvy vehicles in the early years was quite common and both the British Industrial Design Group and the Ministry of Transport weighed in on the matter. One of the designs was to put a rural camouflage on one side of the vehicle and "urban" camo (brickwork design) on the other. Besides, the RAF initially used civilian haulage firms in helping the recovery of crashed aircraft. EDIT: This is 3Z+DK which crashed at Gatwick racecourse and later put on display at Primrose Hill
  14. As Ted said, coastal command 18 group, but nothing to definitively locate, or date it. I hate to disagree with Ted, but having seen a fair few photographs that have been recorded as being taken in the few years that follow the war where the vehicle in question still carries the blackout covers because it never went out on the open road and presumably nobody could be bothered to remove them. As Baz said, we've had photograph of the front of vehicles with STOP signs that could be used for any number of reasons, but no wartime images of follow me vehicles. It is likely that they could be used by the marshal, waiting on the taxiway to let the aircraft know when they can proceed onto the runway, or once they've landed so that they can be told which dispersal to go to.
  15. It took a while for them to be applied to vehicles that weren't likely to leave to the airfield however. Things like tractors and such, you see photographs well into the war showing tractors without bridge markings.
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