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Author Topic: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.  (Read 47271 times)

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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #465 on: June 10, 2017, 10:34:24 am »
.. Here's a link with short details of four of the heroes from WWII who visited the base recently. They survived to remind us of the tremendous courage and sacrifice they and their kind took to preserve the way of life we enjoy today :

http://www.memorialflightclub.com/blog/bomber-command-veterans-visit-coningsby

Lest we forget.


I really enjoyed that link Daffy, thanks. I've had the honour of meeting Rusty Waughman on several occasions.
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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #466 on: June 10, 2017, 12:53:08 pm »
Al - your pics brought a lump to my throat. Super modelling, sir.

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« Reply #467 on: June 10, 2017, 01:24:32 pm »
I was fortunate to be working at Green Park while the Bomber Command Memorial was being built and for a while after it was opened. I had the pleasure of meeting a couple dozen ex-bomber crews, and many of them shared tales of their time back then.

I'd recommend visiting the memorial. It stands at the west end of Green Park, not far from the Wellington Arch. The bronze castings of the aircrew are superb. Some of the best I've seen.


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« Reply #468 on: June 11, 2017, 04:44:34 pm »
It's been a very productive morning. The lower tracks coming off the bridge have been relaid, with the exception of a RH curved point that I still need to buy and final alignment onto the end of the bridge.
I'm pretty happy with it. The four tracks allow me to hold rains on the public side of the board and add a bit of operational variety.
Next stage is to realign the east bound top track over the top and build a new bridge to carry it.


 

 



 


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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #469 on: June 11, 2017, 07:47:05 pm »
That looks like really good progress.  I do like the sloping cuttings.
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« Reply #470 on: June 11, 2017, 07:47:58 pm »
Fabulous stuff.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #471 on: June 11, 2017, 08:57:09 pm »
Re the crashed Lancaster, squadron code AJ is 617 squadron of dam busters fame.
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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #472 on: June 11, 2017, 09:08:06 pm »
Re the crashed Lancaster, squadron code AJ is 617 squadron of dam busters fame.

I feel a rivet count coming on.  :D

A downed Dambuster Lancaster would have been cannibalized for metal within weeks of a crash, so the time period is awry.  I don't know if 617 squadron was still arround and involved in the bombing of the Ruhr towards the end of the war.  The Germans hated crashed Wellingtons and Mosquito bombers as they were wood and had little to recover.

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« Reply #473 on: June 11, 2017, 10:34:38 pm »
AJ is indeed 617 squadron and is another cameo along with Lucy and Colonel  Ryan.

Although famous for the dam buster raid, 617 squadron flow 1600 sorties thought WW2, including missions to sink the Tripit, and others involving dropping Tall Boy and Grand Slam bombs.


When finished, the Scene will depict the Lancaster having crash landed a few hours earlier with the site being secured by soldiers from the bridge garrison.


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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #474 on: June 11, 2017, 11:59:45 pm »
The Wellington was constructed mainly of duralumin skeleton (Barnes Wallis's geodetic constuction) with wooden stringers then doped linen.

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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #475 on: June 12, 2017, 12:11:48 am »
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the fuselage was built up from a number of duralumin alloy channel-beams that were formed into a large framework. Wooden battens were screwed onto the metal, to which the doped linen skin of the aircraft was fixed.

The duralumin was only the frame, that held the substantial material which was wood, and it had no metal skin.  About one tail planes worth of metal for a Fock Wolf where as from a B17 you could make four full fighter aircraft.

There is a very good article on the web about the raw material economics of the second world war, that talks among other topics about war equipment salvage, which the Germans were very good at as metals in particular were very short.

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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #476 on: June 12, 2017, 12:25:07 am »



This shows how it goes together.

the entire point of Barnes Wallis's design was to use the least amount of metal for maximum strength.  Even so it was over engineered, and there were instances where 60% of the fuselage cross section was blown away and the tail stayed on.

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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #477 on: June 12, 2017, 01:14:35 am »
Very little wood was used , there were thin battens attached to the duralumin to fix then linen to. the main skin of the aircraft, like most pre war aircraft was doped linen ,the brown area round the cockpit is doped linen ,slightly wrinkled at the bottom right corner .The engine nacelles were metal covered as a fire safety measure and leading edges were mainly metal clad as well.If you add to this the engines and the main spar there must be more than enough metal to construct more than Focke Wulf  tailplane even if it was a FW200
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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #478 on: June 13, 2017, 08:45:55 am »
Who cares, it’s a brilliant layout and i love it. It’s one of my favourites, that could be a sticky thread “Favourite Layout” and the “Bridge at Remagen” would be the 1st on the thread.    :thumbsup:

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Re: The Bridge at Remagen
« Reply #479 on: June 17, 2017, 07:54:46 am »
Posted Today, 07:39
Just a quick update this morning.

A bit of work gone on some wagons. These will form part of the Operation Greif Train and will eventually have a collection of armour loaded onto them.

One of the two BR-44's, which are also being repainted, will probably end up at the head of the train.

For those not familiar with Operation Greif, it was the operation to infiltrate Allied lines and capture bridges over the Meuse River using during the opening stages of the Ardennes offensive. Some of you may know this from the scene in the Battle of the Bulge movie with German soldiers dressed in American uniforms.

https://en.m.wikiped...Operation_Greif



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