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  1. Some RAF vehicles carry the arabic some don't. . The dual WD*** plus arabic appears in some pre war Palestine photos Ted.
  2. The pic was -I think -taken 1959-60 so would it still have been 1st Guards Armoured Brigade or would the name change to 1st Armoured Brigade have taken place. The picture I originally posted was just to clearly show the formation badge- the attached is the actual vehicle. Its an RE unit based in Hamelin part of the Amphib engineer regt. I have assumed the date because that is the timeline for 17 becoming the number for RE fld sqns in armoured Divs.
  3. Can anyone please tell me which formation the sign identifies- its very similar to the WW2 guards arm div- but its cold war BAOR thanks in anticipation TED
  4. 01 RN 89 passed through Withams a few years ago Ted.
  5. Apart from the sentry they all appear to be civvies in the picture. I am not totally convinced that the dark patches on the body side are camo- There are lots of pictures of civvy contractors removing wrecks- so my vote is civvy truck . TED
  6. Yes possibly mask not removed in a timely manner, but for me BOWSER1107's post on 28 oct is enough for me to be content that these were follow me vehicles to aid safe movement on the aerodrome, just as we did in the early 1950s. Ted
  7. Single masked headlight so def WW2 era, C/18 coastal command 18 group, yellow tops indicates aerodrome duties TED
  8. Yep looks yellow tops and its WW2 - see headlight mask. Stop follow me is a flying control (ATC ) task; road control could be a duty undertaken by a range of personnel, eg ground gunners, they were partly mobile, service police, special constab etc etc.
  9. Well I did say back in the day the 1086 was full of errors, regarding use of NATO NSN, I remember in the early 1970s in Cyprus I was working mainly on Section 4GA and other weapon handling Sections of the vocab , I think I am right in saying all demands for spares were still under RAF Sec Ref only. Ted
  10. Google searches show 5A 2334 to be the most common RAF version in WW2 thru to early 1950s, most pictures show the lense having a different number to the lamp I think this is because there were clear, red and green. Back in the day the AP 1086 was a night mare most volumes were at least 6 inches thick in loose leaf binders held together with screw fixing. Always riddled with mistakes and omissions. Most of us spanner wielding people would carry a little black book, gradually we would list all the common spares & pt numbers of the items we commonly used. If we found a solution to a bad entry we would leave a paper note in the relevant page before submitting an official suggestion for amendment. when the microfiche readers were introduced it all turned into a pot luck nightmare ! Amendments were so frequent in the 1086 I doubt anyone has an original copy plus all the hundreds of amendments. TED
  11. I hate to be a bubble buster, but this lamp has a NATO NSN therefore it is definitely post WW2 and I would say post 1956 which is when the first transition to NATO format stock numbers began. The RAF supply Section & Reference of this lamp is 5A 1991239. As marked on the lamp & case- In the RAF vocab 5A is ground lighting and misc equip. 6230 is the NATO Supply Classification ie the NATO equivalent of 5A - 62 is a group which relates to Light Fixtures And Lamps, 30 will be a more specific class within the group. 99 is the identifier for UK, 1991239 is the individual item reference number. So you need to be looking for 5A 1991239 in the RAF AP 1086; re the plug you posted I don't think that is original, as supplied the plug should be the same colour as the lamp and none of those numbers relate to RAF stores references. Regards TED
  12. Yes the AMO catching up with earlier instructions was something I used to tell those that believed the RAF was blue grey until mid 1941 ! Anyway here is a shot from St Mawgan which appears on the Control Tower website. Its dated 1946, the station was a Ferry Command unit throughout the war and into 1946 So reading an outline history, I would say a constant stream of aircraft arriving both from overseas and even more arriving for onward departure to overseas units. So lots of unfamiliar crews.. Would this Stop/follow me have been in service pre VE day I would say yes but maybe not in this colour scheme ?? Ted
  13. .Re-reading AMO A731 of 1940 the all over orange is covered in para 1 & para 2 works and contractors tractors and machinery. para 3 covers prime movers operating on the landing ground and these require the double disc. Attached are the earliest shots I have of the double disc, preceding the subject AMO by in the 56 sqn shot 15 months. regarding the yellow v orange conundrum; AMO A 897 of 1944 is about vehicle painting - para 12 draws attention to AMO A 486 0f 44 as amended by AMO A518 of 44 in that upper surfaces of certain vehicles is to be yellow- when in fact the actual AMOs state 33A 125 Orange ?? Ted ps I bet it was all written by Officers !!
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