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  1. Glad to see this discussion continuing. To update my progress, I have published this story now in Diver Magazine UK (October 2014) and most recently in a Scandinavian scuba diving magazine. I plan to get it out in many more European scuba titles, when I have time. As the information in this thread really is something new to the Scuba Diving world and I think it is really important to get it out there - it greatly enhances people’s enjoyment of visiting the wreck. These are the opening spreads from the two magazines. HMVF is an integral part of my story as you can imagine - I’ve e
  2. Thank you again for all the replies. That has got pretty much everything sorted out. The next stage is two fold. First to make a list of things to check next time I am on the wreck. A clear one are the Norton bikes - to see if they all conform to the pre-war type. Certainly there seem to be many with the upwards swoop of the exhaust Are there any other things people would recommend I look for/photograph to help differentiate between vehicle specifications? And the second part is for me to see and photograph some of these vehicles for real. Please can you suggest some hi
  3. Here are some more detail images of the Albion refuelling trucks (AM463). Back of the cab where the hoses come up: I am not sure what these bits are for? Guessing part of the fuel mechanism: Note that in the background there seems to be another pillared trailer/vehicle. I've not got any more info or photos of that background - maybe Tony Edge has some more detail on that (hold 1, lower level). And on the subject of details. This is one of the Bedford OY lorries. This one seems to be fitted out for a specific purpose, does anyone know what these are for: And then fin
  4. I'd not considered that truck before, and it certainly seems to match many of the details and I don't see anything specifically ruling it out. The only comment I'd add on that ID is that the vehicles on the Thistlegorm don't seem that big, but that's maybe because so much has been ripped off them. :-( Thank you again. Alex
  5. Yes, they are soldierfish. Fish are my area of expertise! This species of soldierfish is found only in the Red Sea, it is known as the Red Sea soldierfish, blotch eye soldierfish or crimson soldierfish. They shelter in the holds during the day and come out to feed on plankton at night. Alex
  6. OK, and now the ones that Tony Edge posted about earlier - that I have really struggled with, every time I think I have an idea, there is always something on them that does not add up. Also I am not sure that they are all the same (because of my inexperience and also the vehicles are in varying states of completeness, or incompleteness), but my guess is that they are all the same. Distinctive features are tall radiator with cap on top. Front wheel arches attached to the bonnet. Spare wheel attached n the right hand side. Lights either side of radiator. Three spoke steering wheel - now a
  7. Fantastic diagnosis and information. Wow! Just to be sure, is this the handle that allowed you to make the positive ID? :shocked:
  8. Yes, I'll do those in my next post, Tony. They are one of the most prominent and common vehicles on the Thistlegorm, so I am sure there is correct ID out there somewhere! I don't have a clue what they are and indeed if they are all the same. They are all in vary states of vandalisation! So I have a range of images and each image helps build the picture of a complete vehicle. I discounted WOT-2 for them because the radiator filler cap is ontop of the radiator, whereas it is more set back on the WOTs. I'll post them later on today. Alex
  9. The next trucks are the Ford/Fordson WOTs. There are twelve in the lower level of hold 2, in two rows of three on each side. They all face towards the bow in a symmetrical layout. What is the difference in calling them Ford or Fordson? These are also probably the most photographed trucks on the wreck because they are in one of the spacious areas of the hold, so just about every visitor swims over these. The front row on each side has Norton 16H motorbikes loaded onto them. The second row are more buried by material, including rifle boxes, wellington boots etc. The diving magazines/b
  10. The next vehicle is the Morris CS 8 light truck, which I am pretty confident I have ID'ed correctly because of its distinctive shape, especially bonnet. There are on the upper deck of holds 1 and 2. I am not sure how many there are as I have never counted them - my guess would be 4-6. The distinctive shape of the bonnet is very characteristic. Plus separate wheel arches and different tyres to the other similar sized vehicles on the wreck. I think that is the starting handle at the bottom of the radiator. Here are a pair of Morris CS 8, nose to nose: This is the right hand
  11. Wow, lots of great progress. Thanks Ted. That is excellent information. Thanks for the input despite your computer problems at the moment, it is especially valuable as you've done this all before and have seen them underwater, rather than just in photos, plus back then, the vehicles were in better condition too. That Leyland Retreiver is a great one. My uneducated eyes hadn't even noticed it was different! Alex
  12. That picture looks very close to me. Has the spare wheel and wheel arches. :-)
  13. Here is an embedded photo of the large lorry that Tony linked above: Some references say that the largest vehicle on the wreck is a Tilling Stevens TS19? This is the largest vehicle, but I don't have an ID for it. Alex
  14. Hi Ted, I read your comments on this on this forum last year and searched high and low for your findings report. Searching "Thistlegorm and Crossley" brings up nothing on the Internet outside this site - and as far as I know - you and your son are the only ones to correctly ID Crossley Q (so it should be an ideal search tool for the article), which makes me think that your son's article was published in print and has not been put up on the internet. I also contacted my friend Paul Colley (mentioned above by Tony) - and he pulled RAF strings to try and find any thing there for me (as
  15. I think I'll stop my blitz of posts until later, so that there is time to comment on these latest conclusions. Here are some photos of these vehicles, which I didn't know what they were before. They have a very distinctive cab, with a flat room, split screen (into two) and two side windows. The large wheel on the side, i think is an attached spare, although can't be sure. This is a different vehicle of the same kind, which also has the wheel on the side, probably! I can find a photo of an Albion from the right side to see if there is a wheel attached. I presume that t
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