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#1 Gerhard

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 06:55 AM

Who can tell me what the 100 on the 2nd swastika means?

 

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:22 AM

You mean it wasn't flown by Erich Hartmann?


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:28 AM

LOL no, I was busy reading up on Hartmann when I remembered I still wanted to ask this question. Sorry, typo of note. 


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#4 Mark P

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:53 PM

On May 3, 1944, Kipp/Huletsky claimed four Fw 190's in Black Rufe. Those four victories saw 418 achieve their 100th victory, air and ground combined. Hence, the 100 applied to the nose art of this Mosquito.

 

HTH

 

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:05 PM

Super, thanks Mark



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:04 PM

Just to throw in that 418 Edmonton Squadron was the highest scoring squadron in the war both for air to air and air to ground kills.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:13 PM

I mention that only because an old friend and former boss that has long passed away was with the Squardon almost the entire war.  He was from Stettler Alberta and was a licensed aircraft mechanic. In 1938 he moved to England to work at Short assembling Sunderlands and Stirlings.  When war broke out he was conscripted into the army but when it was discovered he was a trained airframe mechanic he was transferred to 418 when they flew Bostons.  When they moved to Mossie's his plane was TH-F Pappy Yokum and if I recall correctly that airframe had the highest kill score in the squadron, he was immensely proud of that plane.

He was with the Squadron until the war ended where he and his war bride took the boat home and openned a hobby shop in Edmonton.   I worked at the hobby shop for years...


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 04:19 AM

I mention that only because an old friend and former boss that has long passed away was with the Squardon almost the entire war.  He was from Stettler Alberta and was a licensed aircraft mechanic. In 1938 he moved to England to work at Short assembling Sunderlands and Stirlings.  When war broke out he was conscripted into the army but when it was discovered he was a trained airframe mechanic he was transferred to 418 when they flew Bostons.  When they moved to Mossie's his plane was TH-F Pappy Yokum and if I recall correctly that airframe had the highest kill score in the squadron, he was immensely proud of that plane.
He was with the Squadron until the war ended where him and his war bride took the boat home and openned a hobby shop in Edmonton.   I worked at the hobby shop for years...


He was a great man.

I was fortunate to meet Russ Bannock when I was serving in 418. I met a lot of wartime members at the 418 reunion in 1984.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 05:12 AM

I think your the only other member here that knew him SD,  yes he was.....


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 05:30 AM

When you spend hours or even years with a person you slowly get the stories.  There were many,  unfortunately I've also forgotten most.  There are two that really sticks with me. 

 

Him being scared of heights but had to straddle props on a crane to mount them on Sunderlands, he brought that up all the time. 

 

and when he had to stand guard duty all night on a Mossie that crashed on take off, staring at a flying boot with a leg in it until morning. He didn't know the crew and I don't know what plane it was.  I'm not sure he told anyone else that story. 


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:51 PM

Actually, SD not the only one....

 

Northern Hobby on 118th Ave in Edmonton, Keith Wylie proprietor...

 

Lots of fond memories of that place. Small, yes, but lots of great stuff there. A "must see" whenever we were in the city.

 

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 06:43 PM

Actually, SD not the only one....
 
Northern Hobby on 118th Ave in Edmonton, Keith Wylie proprietor...
 
Lots of fond memories of that place. Small, yes, but lots of great stuff there. A "must see" whenever we were in the city.
 
Mark Proulx


Yup, a lot of us knew Keith well.

There hasn’t been a true hobby shop in Edmonton since. That shop had an aura around it. There was always an Airfix Mosquito boxing at the entrance.
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