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Yesterday, 4:15pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

Operation Backgammon, Monday 9 January, RCAF CFB Goose Bay, 06:30 (local ), 10:00 Zulu Everyone had been preparing for days, every aircraft had been primed and every technical detail checked and double checked. The runway had been swept clear of snow. Little groups of airmen huddled by their aircraft, making their final checks. Finally Air Commodore Dameron checked his watch and gave the thumbs up in his thick padded gloves, the party of men shook hands and exchanged salutations and good luck me...

Yesterday, 3:42pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

This is the BBC Home Service… 1 January In an embarrassing situation for the New Year passengers aboard the RMS Queen Mary, the liner ran aground off Cherbourg today. It is hoped the liner will be floated off tomorrow on the next favourable tide. 4 January The RMS Caronia of the Cunard White Star Line departed Southampton for New York on her maiden voyage today. Caronia is a 34,183 gross register tons passenger ship built by John Brown and Company and launched on 30 October 1947. She has been de...

Yesterday, 3:14pm

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Noticias Argentinas 1949

Noticias Argentinas 4 January The eighth Mendoza Class destroyer, which had been completed as an anti-aircraft destroyer, has been reprieved from the scrap merchant and has been re-commissioned and assigned to Carrier Squadron at Bahia Blanca. She will serve alongside the former destroyer leader ARA Sarandi as a close escort and plane guard for the three aircraft carriers. In other naval news, the five Project 414 Class torpedo destroyers are receiving modest refits with German 55mm AA guns to i...

Thursday, January 17th 2019, 9:59am

Author: Hood

The RCN still exists

The envisioned SAM system at this moment is LOP/GAP leading to Seaslug. The Royal Navy is refitting the old County class cruiser HMS Suffolk as a trials ship, but she is focusing on guns, whereas PEI will be the missile trials ship. There may be a need for a Girdle Ness type conversion too, but probably not this sim year.

Monday, December 31st 2018, 4:16pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

29 December The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dirk Stikker, was at his desk. He had taken an opportunity to sneak into the office and catch up on some paperwork as he recovered from the Christmas celebrations. The Prime Minister had given him one task that required his attention, a formal reply to the German Foreign Ministry's note on the certification of products produced within the Dutch Empire. The note had caused some head shaking around the Hague and Land had been quite dismayed that Germany...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:45pm

Author: Hood

RAF Specifications 1949

The latest OOB info for the RAF, AAC and FFA can be found here: http://wesworld.jk-clan.de/index.php?pag…98442#post98442

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:32pm

Author: Hood

Fokker T.XM

Fokker T.XM This is the maritime patrol variant of the T.X bomber. Changes from the land-based bomber include wingtip tanks, a powerful searchlight in a pod under the port wing, removal of the ventral turret and the remote-control turret system, addition of side observation windows and Boulton Paul N nose turret designed for strafing as well as a larger galley and rest facilities. Torpedoes and depth-bombs can be carried under the wings. The prototype flew on 19 March 1945 and the type entered s...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:22pm

Author: Hood

Avions-Fairey Gyrodyne

Avions-Fairey Gyrodyne In 1948 the company began working on military versions of the Fairey FB-1 Gyrodyne designed by Dr J.A.J Bennett and first flown in Britain on 4 December 1947. The Gyrodyne features a three-bladed rotor and an anti-torque rotor on a starboard stub wing which provides added thrust, both powered by a single piston engine. The first Belgian-built prototype made its maiden flight on 18 November 1948 and was followed by two refined versions with Avia-Minerva engines in early 19...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:19pm

Author: Hood

Order of Battle Fuerza Aérea Argentina and Comando de Aviación Naval 1949

Order of Battle Fuerza Aérea Argentina 1949 Administrative Commands Commando de las Fuerzas Aereas Argentinas (Command of the Argentine Air Forces) Comando de Operaciones Aéreas (Air Operations Command) Comando de Institutos Aeronautica (Command of Air Training) Comando de Personal (Personnel Command) Comando de Material (Materiel Command) Cuartelmaestre General de Aeronautica (Department of Material, Works and Buildings) Instituto Aerotechico (Technical Research and Development) Direccion Gener...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:02pm

Author: Hood

Project 724 Capitan de Valles Class

Project 724 Capitan de Valles Class Date: 1949 Coastal Armament: - Guns: 1x 20mm M1941 - Torpedoes: 4x 21in torpedo tubes (all fore) - Mines: 8 (simming 4x reload torpedoes) Electric HP: 3,000hp Diesel HP: 1,500hp Crew: 45 Weight fuel & batts: 315 tons Light Displacement: 914 tons Loaded Displacement/Kerb Weight: 987 tons Full Displacement: 1,092 tons Reserve buoyancy: 10% Max Surf Speed: 13.0 knots Max Sub Speed: 15.8 knots Length: 65.0 m Beam: 6.0 m Draft: 5.6 m Crush depth: 225 m Tons Oil: 65...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:01pm

Author: Hood

Project 725 Tanker

Project 725, Argentina Tanker laid down 1949 Displacement: 1,985 t light; 2,070 t standard; 3,851 t normal; 5,276 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 319.30 ft / 311.68 ft x 47.57 ft x 15.49 ft (normal load) 97.32 m / 95.00 m x 14.50 m x 4.72 m Armament: 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1944 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mount on centreline aft 2 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns in single mounts, 0.24lbs / 0.11kg shells, 1941 Model Anti-aircraft ...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:00pm

Author: Hood

Project 723 Motor Torpedo Boat Tender

Project 723, Argentina MTB Tender laid down 1949 Displacement: 578 t light; 596 t standard; 681 t normal; 749 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 206.30 ft / 196.85 ft x 32.81 ft x 8.20 ft (normal load) 62.88 m / 60.00 m x 10.00 m x 2.50 m Armament: 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1944 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mount on centreline forward 2 - 0.51" / 13.0 mm guns in single mounts, 0.07lbs / 0.03kg shells, 1936 Model Machine guns in...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 2:56pm

Author: Hood

Argentina Report Q1/1949

Naval Biographies Almirante Bouchard; age 53, born 1896, younger brother to the war hero Vice Adm. of the same name, largely a desk bound officer for most of his career he only went to sea in the aftermath of the 1921 war and served aboard the cruiser fleet, in 1928 he rose to Captain de Navio and commanded the Almirante Brown in 1930. He has specialised in screening and reconnaissance operations and he largely masterminded the hunt for the pirate ship Intrepida. In late 1934 he was Almirante Be...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 2:51pm

Author: Hood

Argentina Report Q1/1949

Marina Armada de Republica Argentina Commander-in-Chief of the Navy: Almirante Bouchard Chief of Staff of the Navy: Almirante Murphy Director-General of Naval Aviation: Vice Almirante Sarimento Fleet Operations Command HQ Naval Base Bahia Blanca, C-in-C Almirante Moreno Bahia Blanca 1st Battle Squadron, Vice Almirante Burros: ARA Veinticinco de Mayo, Constelación, Patagonia, Pampas Carrier Squadron, Vice Almirante Torrez-Bucholz: ARA Independencia, Guardabosques, Avispón, Almirante Brown and des...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 2:19pm

Author: Hood

British Empire Report Q1/1949

Royal Navy First Sea Lord: Admiral of the Fleet Bruce Fraser Second Sea Lord: Admiral Sir William Jock Whitworth Third Sea Lord (Controller): Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay Fourth Sea Lord: Admiral James Fownes Somerville Fifth Sea Lord (Chief of Naval Air Service): Admiral Sir Denis William Boyd DNC: Admiral Ian. J. Jackson Vice Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Andrew Cunningham Assistant Chief Naval Staff: Admiral Sir Patrick Brind Commander in Chief Home Fleet: Admiral Edward Neville Syfret Commande...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 2:06pm

Author: Hood

British Empire Report Q1/1949

THE BRITISH EMPIRE: Q1/1949 REPORT A. Industrial Output 50 Factories: Fixed IP: 5 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 45 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations HMS Ernard Bay, Herne Bay, Hollesley Bay, Largo Bay commission with 6th Sloop Flotilla at Gibraltar on 24 February HMS Brunei River, Pandaruan River, Miri River, Rajang River commission and form 4th Seaward Defence Flotilla at Kundat, Sarawak on 27 March HMS Sandys commissions with 2nd Seaward Defence Flotilla at Bermuda on 28 Februar...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 2:05pm

Author: Hood

Kingdom of the Netherlands Report Q1/1949

Fleet Deployments Q1/1949 Admiraal of the Fleets (Acting): Admiraal Conrad Helfrich (The Crown is the official Admiraal of the Fleets) Home Fleet: Admiraal Pieter de Vries Admiraal of the Far East Fleet: Admiraal Maarten Winters Admiraal of the Indic Fleet: Vice-Admiral Jacob De Boer Admiraal of the Suriname and Kongo Fleets (Atlantic Fleet): Vice-Admiraal Lodewijk van Kinsbergen KLK Commander: Rear-Admiral J.B. de Meester Chief of Naval Staff: Vice-Admiraal J.W. Termytelen Vice Admiraal C.E.L. ...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 1:54pm

Author: Hood

Kingdom of the Netherlands Report Q1/1949

Kingdom of the Netherlands & Kingdom of the Kongo Q1/1949 Report A. Industrial Output 12 factories in the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2.5 factories in the provinces Malay Archipelago (aka Dutch East Indies) 1 factory in the Kingdom of the Kongo, funding provided to NL via UKN. 0 factories in the Province of Dutch Guiana and the Grand Duchy of Ubangi-Shari (CAR) 15.5 Factories: Fixed IP: 1 Flexible IP: 2 Ship Tonnage: 12.5 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations TS-1 Albatros and TS-2 Re...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 1:53pm

Author: Hood

Belgium Report Q1/1949

Belgian Order of Battle 1949 Antwerp 1st Cruiser Squadron: CA-1 King Albert, CL-1 Wandelaar, CL-4 Wielingen, CT-1 Queen Julianna 1st Destroyer Squadron: DD-1 Les Quatre Journées, DD-2 Van Haverbeke, DD-3 A.F. Dufour, DD-4 Breydel, DD-5 De Brouwer, DD-6 Georges Truffaut, DD-7 Francois Bovesse, DD-8 Prince Leopold, DD-9 Prince Charles 1st Mine Warfare Squadron: MW-1 – MW-6 1st Support Squadron: DT-1 Groenendael, T-1 Tresignes, TU-1 Wesp, RT-1 Ekster Cornelius, SU-1 Astrolabe Training Squadron: TS-...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 1:50pm

Author: Hood

Belgium Report Q1/1949

Kingdom of Belgium Q1/1949 Report A. Industrial Output 5.5 Factories: Fixed IP: 2 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 3.5 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations CT-1 Queen Julianna completes and commissions with 1st Cruiser Squadron at Antwerp on 31 March SU-1 Astrolabe completes and commissions with 1st Support Squadron at Antwerp on 15 March MT-7 and MT-8 complete and commission with 2nd Motor Torpedo Squadron at Zeebrugge on 14 November MTB-13 and MTB-14 decommissioned for disposal at Zee...