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  1. 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.
  2. Antipoys is a single word iirc, it's the trade name of the product by Siebe
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Ditto, never come across any images or documents relating to crane equipped Land Rovers in the RAF.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The RAF circulated a letter, "Yellow Discs on Vehicles", which I have yet to see (I hope it's in TNA somewhere), but I have references to it. It was dated 3/9/1939.
  11. No Saracens yet, but I did find this interesting leaflet in the RAF Museum collection
  12. Also viewable here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205206014 Edit: another view here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205205998
  13. I've checked AP1086 up until 1971, there is no 5A/6230 that I can find - the highest number I've found for the 5A section is 5163 and that's as late as 1972. Are there any other identifying numbers on there?
  14. We also need to remember that the controller was supposed to have a vehicle to hand so that he could run around the airfield to examine the landing area, investigate things and generally make himself look more important to the poor erks busy working!
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