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  1. Greetings. Hope someone can tell me what the actual intended use of a Royal Enfield Flying Flea motorcycle (WD/RE) would be in a combat zone. In this regard does anyone know of an account describing their actual use? It probably seems obvious. But consider: there are pictures of them being loaded into gliders, but not many photos (if any) of them in use after landing, except in what appear to be posed photos at practice or publicity events. It is often said that they were delivered (mostly by glider rather than parachute, apparently) with the British airborne. One view seems to be that there were to be used by, essentially, a commando-style force. I'd visualize this as soldiers, hurriedly mounted on these motorcycles, rushing to an objective such as a bridge, tossing the motorcycles into a hedge and taking up positions. (For instance, there was an attempt, at Arnhem, to use glider-delivered Jeeps armed with machine guns to reach the bridge, but they were ambushed en route). But when I look at the Flying Flea I see a motorcycle with full fenders, sprung seat, toolkit, tire pump, headlight with black-out hood, tail lamp and -- for gosh sakes -- a bulb horn! It does not appear to be a use-once, throw-away conveyance. So I always conceived the notion that they were for use carrying dispatches among the airborne. But, if so, why so few, if any photos of this? An explanation I have heard is that the special sealed carburetor filter, meant to prevent spills while in the air, was not understood by troops who would start the motorcycles, run them briefly until the petrol in the carburetor was used up, and then, when they stopped, dump them, considering them non-functional. Thank you all. David in Fort Lauderdale
  2. Hi all It says Pete on my discharge papers so I stuck with that. Ex RN & SAMA82 of HMS Antrim, mistakenly (for a matelot) have found myself living near Sandhurst, UK. I work in TV news, OB engineer/cameraman. I found that destroyers and frigates can be a lot of hassle to keep and refurb' so last year I became the owner of a Royal Enfield 350sv WD C. Bit of a short/long story... I've been going to Arromanches since 1984 when I helped refurbish an infantry landing craft for the museum there when I was serving in the RN. Made many good friends there including the mayor's daughter. I have also helped cover the various anniversaries in Normandy for a couple of TV channels. Last year I took one of my sons over at his request (most impressed by that) on the back of my motorbike and we had a great mini trip including copious beers with my old friends there who suggested I get over for the 75th anniversary and stay with them. A couple of weeks later that annoying little light bulb went flash in my tiny brain and saw me purchase the Royal Enfield 1944 motorcycle. So this year instead of working over there, I made sure well in advance I had booked leave and some of you may come across me probably broken down in the lovely hedgrows or.. more likely... having bierres in Arromanches. As I took part in the landings in San Carlos in 1982 I'm possibly going to lay a wreath in recognition of these young guys who did so much 38 years before me. The bike is in running order but as all of you will know..... the spanners/wrenches are at play! Just a little reminder of what a lovely place Arromanches is, a simple phone video I did of the flypast 6th June 2014
  3. can anyone tell me what the tyre pressures should be on my wdco? I cant find it in the manual or operators book. Chris
  4. Hi all, I have just aquired a 1942 WDCO and would like to pick peoples brains regarding the history of the machine. It is registered and i also have certs from the Vintage motorcycle club regarding the year, but I am more intereted in the military history. Frame No 12828H Stamped on front tube ( although one of the certs i have used the No 3817 which is on the web between the front tube and top tube ) Engine 12828H also C/1386 and a Mil arrow with an M below and 244 below that Gearbox HHJ with 735 below any info would be most appreciated Chris
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