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  1. ted angus

    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    That's the one I mention in my post 6 october. Ted.
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    by 060009102018 Z. TED
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    The Flight Safety poster from ebay is just a cheap copy someone is bashing out ! an original would normally have a AD No ( top right corner) and possibly a printers name and a date code in a bottom corner, I reckon post 45 but pre 1950 as the red lorry has an RAF 1234 type number plate. turning to the Defford shot , I saw it first on a local history site its 1949/50, the guys will be Ministry of Supply firemen, The Hillman van appears to have a very light roof which I expect is yellow; its possible aircraft from numerous other research stations and RAF Signal command would need guiding on arrival; I think follow me vehicles on RAF airfields were an exception rather than a rule- Lyneham had a red/white /RAF blue grey series 1 swb Landie. Ted
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    RAF vehicle camouflage

    Agree with Bryan its our "standard issue" Fordson 15 cwt Ted.
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    RAF vehicle camouflage

    Simon, the Fordson van were a "standard RAF type" its not requisitioned. that said AMOs state impressed vehicles were to be cam painted, re no need to repaint in new cam scheme; this was only applicable to changes in cam colour or pattern AMO aug 41 requires all vehicles other than certain grades of staff car to be cam painted. Ted
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    RAF vehicle camouflage

    My money is 1944 or early 45, the headlights still appear to have the blackout mod in place. regards Ted
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    RAF vehicle camouflage

    Now that is a mystery ?/ The only thing I can add is that it is not a D?F van- if it was it would be in the type range 1-999; type 1500 is a 15cwt van - no doubt the station van . No difficulty with the paint, give the gloss surface a good rub with a medium then finer sandpaper wash down then when nice and dry apply the matt coat- I nearly said wet & dry abrasive paper but not sure of its existence/use during WW2 . I have reread the AMOs no exceptions to vans for gloss paint. Bryan I was typing as your post arrived- I would add - at the beginning of war the RAF used a different method to achieve a"blackout" head light, the headlight was opened and the reflector painted black then a white card disc inserted behind the lense, the card had a 3/4 inch high slot cut into it. Often the offside light was disconnected. examples of this can be seen in the film about a balloon sqn deploying to the Firth of Forth. attached are a couple of stills , its much clearer on the film as some of it is filmed at dusk/dawn . Ted.
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    re the Morris- no external visible Mods. I am thinking the AEC TCHD were a glossy green- they predate our mattgreen era so maybe BS 241 - same as the ac colour; we was the glossy colour we used post BS 285 on GSE and some MT. there were other van tenders before we got 3 Bedford HCB tenders from the RN, then there was the Bedford HCB with crew safety cab thenVolvos
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Dave those journals provide lots of good info. The guy who wrote the article in Journal 35 has a similar article on a BARNHAM website, on the site he mentions the Scammells but I don't see mention in the Journal 35 article. The time line would be Hippo load carries, then Pantech trailers towed by Scammell Explorers and Hippos, then Hippos with the Pantech, then when WE177 came into being the AEC TCHD in 1968 pic taken from another journal. We had trailers of the same design as the Geilen Beast , they were lying derelict when I arrived at Bruggen in early 79 possibly the best equipped machine shops I have ever seen. plus there was a battery charging one dug into the woods which acted as our secondary charging facility- I don't recall if it was original or the lads had created it . As for MilMods too dear, wrong scale Mnn not for me I am afraid. Ted
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Firstly Thanks RadioMike for the list. Still don't know what to make of it unlessit was a Nuke transport proto ?? Dave, BW was Barry Wright; yes his research was pretty well spot one as he was in partnership with the late Mick Bell in much of his research and with Mick also producing an outstanding range of 1/76th drawings. You might know Dave that Mick was at one time an RAF Engineering officer. Sadly he was taken before his time to cancer. Sorry I digress. The 35 AL reg block area contains mostly ACB and subsequent tippers, I have the vast majority of BW's decal sets; 3 of the 4 AEC tippers 35 AL 56,7 & 9 are in one set- my guess somewhere in the gulf area or nuclear tests. However there is no 35 AL 55 in either his RAF set or his army sets that cover the militants. I will be bold here and say that MilMod have taken certain ex BW kits and stretched the various versions and accompanying decals into Fantasy land ! So I am very suspicious. I agree with your conclusion Dave other than I think the 4 tippers may well have been transferred to the RAF from the Army ? Turning to Nuke transport, I have seen several Barnham articles and mention of the Explorers but never saw one in such use; The Hippos on the other hand with their huge box like trailers were frequent visitors to Scampton as we were still the deterrent when I arrived there plus convoys often called into Scampton en route back to Faldingworth which was on our doorstep. The Hippos carried 2 rectangular 500 gal water tanks as ballast and as a supply for the Morris LD convoy tenders. That said I too hope someone comes up with photographs !! Ted
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Hi Mike, I don't know what to think; HD cargo was the named used to describe nuclear warhead/weapons transporters, the AEC models in service for many years were I think we have now established 6x4 Mammoth Majors. If there was a Militant then it may have been a prototype ?? I found on the net an FoI question re FV numbers HMG replythey do not have a list of FV numbers for vehicles only spare parts. I wonder if Bovingdon have a list- does anyone have contact there . regards Ted.
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Hi Richard there were at least 2 possibly 3 batches of the AEC/ Leyland HD Cargo, the attached is indeed AEC Mammoth major with just a small LBL badge, there was an 81AE** batch which appears in press reports but the up -armoured front end has obliterated the makers badge. Is it possible to get access to a correct FV numerical list ? Dave re Explorers- when I joined (1964) the RAF still had the responsibility for recovery of its vehicles, selected stations /units had an Explorer on call 24/7 to cover a predetermined area, I think requests were routed via the ops room at the big cop shop at Rudloe Manor. in addition 71 MU crash and smash had 06AH78. known units : Chivenor had 07 AH 49 which was painted yellow as it also had an airfield crash role, Stafford had 07 AH 39 operated by 2 MT, Coltishall had one in Holland RAF Eindoven had 08 AH 19, in Germany Laarbruch had one but no reg known but I have a pic. Finally re the Militant I wonder if the owner/ restorer is trying to play the part of the Matador used at Gielen'k by the MTSS LAD ? regards TED
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Hi Dave, Let's address the perpetual rumour- I saw 2 Mk 3 Militant Rcy in RAF service 71 AN 57 was with Deployment Flight ( harrier force) Gutesloh, the second one was with 431 MU to cover the clutch area. I saw both during the period Jan 79 to jan 82. There may have been more as they were replaced by Crusaders with EKA gear - there were 4 of these, one for definite with the Nuke convoy which I saw many times and def one at 431 MU the latter I saw on my later germany tour- I don't know who had the other 2. Turning to the AEC Militant-in Pat Ware's book covering FV vehicles , FV11*** covers Militants and Mandators, FV 11022 is I believe the AEC Mandator HD cargo 6x4 I think 6x6 is a mis- recording of info- lots of errors in the book HD cargo was the description used to describe the warhead transporters, . As regards the preserved Gut example I am scratching my head you say served from end WW2 that is far too early for a Militant regards Ted. p s picture courtesy the MT drivers site taken at Gut families day 1983 ish.
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    Searching IWM Photograghs online

    That's a blow I thought I had the one you were looking for ! Ted
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    Searching IWM Photograghs online

    Ok I got lucky found the cutting it was published in the feb 2005 edition of FLYPAST part of a story about an LAC in a sqn. The picture was credited to the Bruce Robertson Collection. Ted.
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