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    Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the BoB. Watch this space...

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    Yes, let's see some good pics from Duxford?
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    They just had some thing on the Battle of Britian on the military channel here in the US and they show how the Spirefire had a lot to do with it.And how RJ Mithell designed it and it was sad that he never got to see what it could do since he was dying of cancer.He did design one great fighter.

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    Enjoy Duxford! Sorry I can't be there. I'll be at the Hiroshima Peace Park, commemorating a slightly different kind of event.

    If anyone is on Twitter, the RAF Museum is tweeting quite a bit. Look out for #BoB70 (Battle of Britain 70) as a hashtag.

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    There is a BoB exhibition in Hanger 4 at Duxford which is well worth a look. Mind you, most historians reckon that if fighting the BoB had been left to Leigh-Mallory and Douglas Bader's Big Wing tactics, we would have lost and then just think where we would be now? Probably all driving German, or God forbid, Japanese cars!



    In all seriousness though, here are some photos in a tribute to the gallant Few...



    Captured trophy?



    The French fought bravely with these Moraines before inevitable surrender...



    Bristol Blenheims were the mainstay of the RAF in the early years of the war. A long-term restoration project at Duxford is this Mk1...



    Interesting diorama of shot down Me 109 with period photo of the actual aircraft below...





    A successful sortie?



    Lastly, this B-Uhr watch was in one of the display cases - note the strap which is unlike the others I have seen but appears original...



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    Nice shots Jon'. Hope you had a good day.

    The B-Uhr strap is interesting - and very unusual.

    BoB 'blog here, by the way - http://battleofbritainblog.com/

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    Great shots Jon... really have got to go there next year.....
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    Love the shots, thanks for posting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StampeSV4 View Post
    Captured trophy?

    Excellent photos Jon! I really hope i could be there myself...

    I cannot help noticing though, that this Me-109 is most probably one of the 25(?) G-2 airframes that Spain received after the war. These are known as the HA-1109 and were equipped with the Hispano Suiza HS 12Z engine.You can check the significantly different nose and air intake compared to a DB 605 powered Me-109 G-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StampeSV4 View Post
    Interesting diorama of shot down Me 109 with period photo of the actual aircraft below...

    And regarding this unbelievable diorama all i can say is that the Me-109 E-3 depicted was an aircraft from JagdGeschwandergruppe 26 'Schlageter' (check the 'S' under the canopy), which was a famous fighter unit commanded during the Battle of Britain by none other than Adolf Galland...

    Note the extra armoured glass plate in front of the pilot which was a popular frontline modification (and does not appear in the period photo).

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