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mikeC



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Pre-war aircraft photos Reply with quote

Here are a few photos from the family albums - I cannot offer much information, as I have never had any great knowledge of aircraft, and the family members who took the photos have died many years ago.

First of all a selection of photographs which I understand were taken at an airshow in Norwich, I think on Mousehold Heath, but possibly St Faiths, around 1936:















The next two show my grandmother's brother Reg Cremer, an ex RFC pilot, who was killed in a plane crash in North Africa in 1919 in one of these planes (I understood it was in a De Haviland DH4, but neither of these appear to be a DH4 Confused ):





Anyone knowledgeable enough to identify any of these planes?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a fabulous set of photos, thanks for posting them. I'll show dad this thread and see what he recognises (a couple look familiar to me, but without checking....! G-AACU is a DH Moth of some kind).

Interesting to see the old Belfast-truss type hangar in the background of the final photo. For a while I had the Dodge stored in a WW1-era hangar just like that.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sixth photo is of G-AALA, which is apparently an AVRO 620 / Cierva 19 Mk.II (info here: http://www.rotorspot.nl/g-1.htm)

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photo 1 and 5 DH60 Moth

G-AACU DH.60M Moth CN. 342 G-AACU AV995 de Havilland Aircraft Ltd (de Havilland School of Flying) >arshalls Automobile Engineers/Cambridge >
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14.11.28 1812 Impressed 9.6.40 Scrapped St.Athan 30.10.40
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4
could be a Klemm
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A family story about a Cierva Auto-Giro has been brought to mind.
The story, as far as I am concerned came to light from a discovered newspaper cutting which turned up after the cousin of my wife passed away.
He had an amazing war, A Chindit, being stranded in Burma by the Japs, he and others escaped by stowing away on a Jap supply train and then stealing a boat and sailing it to somewhere (forgotten where) which took days. Only he and another of the five in the boat survived.

The relative bit is that somewhere along the line he had learned to fly an Auto-Giro and his final effort in the war was flying a Ciervo into the jungle to rescue injured soldiers. The article said, as close as I can remember: "There was a stretcher strapped each side of the Cierva and the overloaded machine had to be literally thrown into the air for the return trip by men running at each side".
A Volunteer, no one, not even his close family, knew anything other than he visited several signing on places before he was not refused, because he had suffered rheumatic fever as a child.
His name was Tom Hatton.
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Roger-hatchy



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2+3
Gloster Gauntlet

Can't find K4093 but found a line up of Gloster Gauntlets with K 4090 and K4094 in a line up.

http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/gloster_gauntlet.php
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Roger-hatchy



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Large passenger plane looks like a Focker F-VII
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Roger-hatchy



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike
To save opening another thread would it be OK to post some more photos in here.
Pre war, about half a dozen of my Fathers from the 30's
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem, RH - be my guest
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry so slow
Thought I had them in my photobucket.

These are from my fathers photos, most have been lost to flood a few years ago.
He served with the RAOC in Africa and Egypt in the 1930's and early 1940's
The only photo among his collection that I have left states 1936, so I presume they are from around that time, anyway the DC2 first flew in 1934 so dates are close.


A KLM DC2 refueling, My Father is the gent second from left.





In contrast a Vickers Valentia





Saro London
Not too good a photo.

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