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Re: Longcroft
« Reply #855 on: March 22, 2020, 06:43:53 AM »
Lovely picture, but why is the nose gunner holding a telegraph pole? :D
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Re: Longcroft
« Reply #856 on: March 22, 2020, 08:08:48 AM »
Looks like a modified B-17 to me.

Wasn’t aware the RAF ever operated B-17s, will go for a Google....

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Re: Longcroft
« Reply #857 on: March 22, 2020, 09:12:11 AM »
It does look very much like a B-17, I'm guessing that the telegraph poles are to imitate radio antenna  :hmmm:

The RAF did operate B-17C at the beginning of WWII simply because we didnt have any heavy bombers, only problem was they were utterly useless and were knocked on the head for bombing raids quite early into the war.

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Re: Longcroft
« Reply #858 on: March 22, 2020, 09:49:31 AM »
@exmouthcraig

You are spot on about the B-17Cs, according to Wiki, RAF operated 20 of them from 1940 and yep, bombing operations were stopped.

The one @Trainfish has appears to be a later Fortress E or F:

“From 1944 the Fortress IIs and IIIs were being used by the specialist electronic countermeasures squadrons of No. 100 Group RAF”

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Re: Longcroft
« Reply #859 on: March 22, 2020, 09:54:46 AM »
These were used by RAF Coastal Command for anti U-boat patrols.

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Re: Longcroft
« Reply #860 on: March 22, 2020, 10:01:41 AM »
These were used by RAF Coastal Command for anti U-boat patrols.

Mike

Apparently “very long range” anti U-Boat patrols.

Wonder how long they could have gone with a B-29?

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Re: Longcroft
« Reply #861 on: March 22, 2020, 12:40:33 PM »
No flies on you lot eh? (Only the marks where they've been). It is indeed a Boeing 299 Fortress IIA from the RAF Coastal Command. I know nothing about these things but without trying to sound too girly, I like the colour  :smackedface:



Lovely picture, but why is the nose gunner holding a telegraph pole? :D

I thought the same when I first saw it but found out later that the gunner is also a communications engineer at weekends  :thumbsup:
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