Aeroplane Monthly - September 2013

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Nach Koln! The story of an air bomber
Sean Feast recently inherited the diary of his great uncle, Peter Noble. He was an air bomber with 550 and 150 Sqns and killed in December 1944. In it he makes mention of one of his bombing photographs appearing in The Aeroplane in December 1944, and the author subsequently tracked down the issue and the picture. His story highlights the role of a typical air bomber operating in a Main Force squadron at this point of the Second World War

Museum Spotlight – Training Days
This edition looks at some of the variety of training types preserved around England, described by Gary R. Brown

The Rochester Renaissance
The Medway Aircraft Preservation Society has built up an unrivalled reputation in the preservation world over the past three decades and, as Tony Harmsworth reports, is now looking to an exciting future in the reinvigorated ambiance at Kent’s friendliest airport

The War Plans of BOAC
It is not widely known that BOAC had detailed contingency plans in place when western Europe erupted in early 1940, in the process cutting off civil air services between Britain and its Empire. Copies of the Imperial Airways and BOAC War Books survive in the archives of the Civil Aviation Historical Society in Australia. Phil Vabre looks at what these plans involved

Hurricane commemorates the RAF’s support of the “Forgotten Army”
Squadron Leader Clive Rowley MBE, RAF (Ret’d), is a former Officer Commanding the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and now the Flight’s historian. He was responsible for the research into the new colour scheme for Hurricane PZ865 and here he tells the fascinating story behind it

Mosquito and Lancaster formation picture

Wing Commander B. Ankers DSO, DCM
Norman Franks describes how, following the Armistice, luck just ran out for another experienced and decorated British airman

A Really Super T-6
Frank B. Mormillo reports on John Shell’s highly modified North American AT-6 Texan, which at first glance looks more like a Second World War fighter than an advanced trainer

Duxford’s dogs
To announce the new Animals in War event at IWM Duxford, we present a selection of photographs of pilots with their dog mascots at the famous RAF station during the Second World War

Memphis Belle 70 years on
To mark the 70th anniversary of the famous B-17F Memphis Belle becoming the first US bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe, returning to the USA and then going on a War Bond tour of 32 cities, we present a pictorial tribute

All the latest preservation news, compiled by Tony Harmsworth

Register Review
Mike Hooks presents our column on registration news

Aircrew – Space Shuttle Pilot
James Kightly describes the pilot’s role of a spacecraft which only became an “aircraft” for the very last phase of its flight, where it was effectively the world’s heaviest, most expensive “glider”. Illustration by Ian Bott

From the Aeroplane Archives
The last Hurricane built, PZ865, rolled off the production line at the end of July 1941. To mark the occasion, in the August 18, 1944 issue of The Aeroplane there was a report highlighting the type’s impressive career

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The Great Escape competition
Your chance to win one of five 50th anniversary Blu-ray editions of The Great Escape

Competition winners, Air Test and Aeronautical Amusement cartoon


Event listings for July 2012


Royal Air Force fighter pilot Flt Lt Antony Parkinson MBE, now the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Operations Officer, talks about his flying career

Your questions asked, and answered, with Mike Hooks


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