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#11 Armand

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 12:55 PM

I'm going ask on TOCH.


TOCH?

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 07:52 PM

TOCH?

 

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 08:13 PM

12 o'clock high!
I did try to decipher it as an abbreviation, but would never have ended there ;-)

Edited by Armand, 19 October 2016 - 10:11 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 08:54 PM

Before RT posts - Decipher ;)
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:10 PM

Before RT posts - Decipher ;)

TNX! I've allowed Myself to edit, including 'abbreviation' ;-)

Something just falls too easy when writing :-(

Edited by Armand, 19 October 2016 - 10:13 PM.


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Posted 20 October 2016 - 12:19 PM

Do you mean Acklington?

Grandad must have been with 72 Squadron, as he was at Drem in 1939. He was a driver, and had memories of being the chap who lit the goose-neck flares when it was foggy. At some point he was transferred to the Middle East, so I don't know if he would have been in the UK in 1941

 

Yes Ricky but is not my spelling.

 

There is some debate whether is Biggin Hill or Acklington.



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Posted 24 October 2016 - 07:43 PM

New developments... I decided to take a look at the back of the picture!

 

As you can see from the attached scan, there is a stuck on piece of paper, dated 24.9.41, with a bit of newspaper-style blurb on. There are also a couple of date stamps on the back of the photo itself (25 SEP 1941) and two (rather faint) stamps showing that the photo is certified by, and copyright of, 'Central Press Photos Ltd' 

 

So now we have a definite date for the picture - can we narrow down where 72 Sqn were on that date?

 

Also, in my mind this rather contradicts the claim that the photo was illicitly taken by a fitter...

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 10:30 PM

According to this, the squadron was at Biggin Hill:  http://www.historyof...AF/72_wwII.html


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 09:32 PM

The recent activity on the model topic reminded me that I made a model for my Grandad based on this picture

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 03:58 PM

Re above regarding Acklington,do you mean RAF Acklington in Northumberland, in the UK.I believe Acklington was A fighter station as to a training squadron as previously thought,I'm not to sure as to whether it Had Hurricanes or Spitfire based here to counter the threat from Denmark with air raids against the North East Coast and targets located on the Tyne, and the Port of Blyth.Acklington now is HMP Acklington ,built on the former airfield.
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