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#11 Heräkulman Ruhtinas

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:28 PM

Am I remembering correctly that some western allied aircraft flew anti-submarine patrols from Russia to cover the convoys? Or was that in a fiction book...

 

I recall the same, and there was a RAF detachment in Murmansk at some point.

 

Which comes to the original point:

 

Bristol Blenheim, Bristol Beaufort and Bristol Beaufighter were in all three I presume.


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:42 PM

PTO maybe not.
Eastern Front maybe not - except the Blenheim which was used by the Fins

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:53 PM

Because of the world-strategic situation with the exception of the Do 24 you only mention Allied aircraft. It is not easy to find Axis types which would also match. I remember the following:

 

The Japanese imported some Fiat BR 20 and employed them in China. If this type also fought in Russia, I don't know. Ask Wikipedia if you please.

 

What also fought in the Far East was the Heinkel He 111, but in early versions and on the Chinese side.

 

What I don't know is if both Axis-BoB-bombers were still in use in the CTO by 1942. Another case for Wikipedia.

 

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 08:36 PM

PTO maybe not.
Eastern Front maybe not - except the Blenheim which was used by the Fins

 

RAAF used Beauforts and Beaufighters in PTO. RAF used Blenheims in CBI, not sure about PTO. 

 

Blenheim was bit funny, it was actually built in UK and in Finland, even after UK declared war on Finland. BTW AFAIK Finns promptly paid license fees for it. 


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:17 AM

Supermarine Westland Walrus/Seagull V

- based in UK (ETO), and MTO for Air-Sea rescue

- operated over the Atlantic

- operated off RN cruisers on Russian convoys and in Murmansk

- operated off RN warships and land bases in India and Ceylon (CBI)

- operated off RN/RAN/RNZN warships in Pacific (PTO)

 

edit: oops...wrong sort of Walrus!


Edited by bearoutwest, 25 January 2017 - 08:41 AM.


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:20 AM

PTO maybe not.
Eastern Front maybe not - except the Blenheim which was used by the Fins

 

Blenheims used by RAF in Java 1942 - so yes, PTO

In post-1945 period a surviving Blenheim IV was re-engined with Japanese Sakae(?) engines and operated for a short while with the new Indonesian Air Force



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 01:11 AM

Don't forget the Spitfire, it served in Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic (Sea Fire), the CBI, the pacific, and the Eastern Front with Russia, the Hurricane also served in all of these except the Pacific.

 

Where did the Spitfire serve in the Pacific? I know about the Spitfires in Darwin, but that is not technically the Pacific, although it may have been classified as being part of that theatre.



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 03:23 AM

How about the Liberator.

Apparently used (in what way?) by the Soviets in small numbers if the following is to be believed

http://lend-lease.ai..._deliveries.htm

 

"In addition to the mutually planned and agreed lend-lease deliveries a number of additional aircraft of various types were also handed over to Soviet authorities for various reasons (e.g. Hampden torpedo-bombers and PR Spitfires in the Murmansk region, two Liberators stranded in Siberia etc.). A considerable number of American B-17 and B-24 bombers and P-38 and P-51 fighters force-landed in Eastern Europe were also repaired and taken into use by the Soviets (in parti­cular in connection with shuttle-bombing Operation Frantic). In this context it should be mentioned that regardless of repeated requests, the Americans refused to deliver four-engine heavy bombers (B-17, B-24, B-29), four-engine transports (C-54) and night-fighters."



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 03:25 AM

Where did the Spitfire serve in the Pacific? I know about the Spitfires in Darwin, but that is not technically the Pacific, although it may have been classified as being part of that theatre.

 

The Spitfire served in the Pacific as the Sea Fire, so technically it wasn't the Spitfire but they are so similar to each other I thought I would include that.


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 06:32 AM

Ok, I'd forgotten about the Seafires they got to the Pacific near the end. Thanks for that. 


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