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Planes Kept In Air Due To (The Mechanics Ability To) Scrapping Of Damaged Planes.


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#1 Armand

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 10:09 PM

As I have an idea of scrapping was widely used by aircraft mechanics through BoB as well as any other
airbattle theaters. This have to be a natural act due to need when spares was used/not re-suplied, and I wonder If someone have noticed description of the gain of the aircraft-mechanics effort and ability to achieve spares by scrapping from damaged aircrafts?
I can imagine that several pilots have been kept in the air due to this non-schooled ability among the mechanics and wonder if there ever have been put numbers on this achievement!?

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 06:47 AM

As far as i know, cannibalizing damaged aircraft for spare parts was fairly common, especially in more remote theatres like north Africa or pacific islands

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:20 PM

There was at least one complete P-39 built by mechanics from scavenged parts in Pacific, it was correctly called "Spare Parts", I tried to find a reference but I could only find a drawing, I have seen photo of in book "P-39 in action" by Squadron/Signal, I have the book but do not know where...

 

As per keeping planes in air, Finnish mechanics were masters of making the impossible, but normally in Finland the more damaged airframes were sent to state aircraft factory to be repaired - they were not scrapped or used as parts during wartime, we needed the planes.


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Posted 26 June 2016 - 04:23 PM

Came past this picture today.
Caption says: "A crashed RCAF Spitfire being dismembered for parts, Tunisia, 1943."

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BTW: What detail shows this belongs to RCAF?

Edited by Armand, 26 June 2016 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted 27 June 2016 - 08:03 AM

Came past this picture today.
Caption says: "A crashed RCAF Spitfire being dismembered for parts, Tunisia, 1943."

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BTW: What detail shows this belongs to RCAF?

AN 417 (RCAF)

 

 

AN squadron code, RAF 417 Sqn (RCAF), knock yourself off: http://p.v.free.fr/l...e/raf_codes.htm


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Posted 27 June 2016 - 01:27 PM

BTW: What detail shows this belongs to RCAF?


If you look really closely you can see a hockey puck and a small bottle of maple syrup in the cockpit...
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Posted 27 June 2016 - 07:33 PM

AN squadron code, RAF 417 Sqn (RCAF), knock yourself off: http://p.v.free.fr/l...e/raf_codes.htm


TNX!
As I'm unfamiliar with the construction, can someone please enlighten Me of it just is a principial Canadian inclusion?
Since sq code: GX is mentioned with "canadian", what are the difference of this to the AN sq of RCAF??

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 08:53 PM

TNX!
As I'm unfamiliar with the construction, can someone please enlighten Me of it just is a principial Canadian inclusion?
Since sq code: GX is mentioned with "canadian", what are the difference of this to the AN sq of RCAF??

 

As far as I know, these two-letter codes were just assigned for the squadron by the RAF command in no particular order in WW2 (some now have F for fighter and so on) and the third letter was the ID of the particular aircraft.


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Posted 27 June 2016 - 09:31 PM

As far as I know, these two-letter codes were just assigned for the squadron by the RAF command in no particular order in WW2 (some now have F for fighter and so on) and the third letter was the ID of the particular aircraft.

It was morely the "RCAF" vs. "Canadian"!?
Was the 417Sqn actual a RCAF formation deployed to England? And how differs the GX Sqn??

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 10:00 PM

It was morely the "RCAF" vs. "Canadian"!?
Was the 417Sqn actual a RCAF formation deployed to England? And how differs the GX Sqn??

 

Too lazy to write all, but they were "Article XV" squadrons, which were from commonwealth and under RAF operational command. They had numbers in "400" range.

 

https://www.wikiwand...le_XV_squadrons


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