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Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Cruiser Marseillaise, The Gulf of Danzig, Monday, 31 January 1949 After several days of constant drilling Capitaine D'Estienne d'Orves could at last give grudging approval to the ship-handling skills of the crews of Zerstörerdivision 312. Once inured to the current techniques of antisubmarine and surface warfare the crews had shown themselves adept and surprisingly adaptable. This, he realised, was a very good thing. Admiral Glaser had advised him that soon another batch of refitted destroyers w...

Thursday, February 21st 2019, 12:42am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" It was very unlikely that the Irish government would have turned Stoben over to the British without any sort of official statement on the subject, such as extradition. Might the British have mounted some sort of ‘snatch and grab’ operation without knowledge of the Garda? Not impossible, but risky. Correct. While Eire's still part of the Commonwealth and on excel... er, satisfactory political terms with Great Britain, the Garda wouldn't extradit...

Wednesday, February 20th 2019, 8:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

London, The German Embassy, Sunday, 30 January 1949 The British press was whipping up anti-German feelings in the midst of the trial of Erich Stoben. “The man was reported safe in Dublin? Why did he return to Britain straight into the clutches of the security services?” To Schellenburg is was a legitimate question – why. Stoben was no fool. “Could the Irish Garda have had a hand in it?” It was very unlikely that the Irish government would have turned Stoben over to the British without any sort o...

Wednesday, February 20th 2019, 6:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Focke Wulf Fw189 Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft

Technical Description Low-wing cantilever monoplane. Rectangular centre-section between tail booms and supporting the crew nacelle on the centre-line. Tapering outer wings outside tail booms. All-metal structure with stressed-skin covering. Centre section has three spares, the main and rear spars passing through the nacelle which is rigidly attached to the centre-section. The undersurface between the main and rear auxiliary spare has detachable inspection panels. Outer sections also have three ...

Wednesday, February 20th 2019, 6:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Junkers Ju88A Medium Bomber Aircraft

Technical Description Low-wing cantilever monoplane. Wings have constant taper in thickness but in plan form the portion of the wing between the fuselage and the engine nacelles is of almost constant chord whereas portions outboard have a double taper. All-metal two spar structure with flush riveted stressed skin covering. Entire trailing edge is hinged, the outer portions acting as ailerons and the inner sections as landing flaps. Slatted diving brakes hinged beneath front spar and outboard of...

Wednesday, February 20th 2019, 6:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Bayerische Flugzeugwerke Bf108 “Taifun” Liaison and Training Aircraft

Service History The Bf108 “Taifun” (Typhoon) four-seat sport aircraft appeared in 1934 as an entrant in the fourth Challenge de Tourisme Internationale. It was the first aircraft of its size to utilise all metal stressed-skin construction, and its wing featured a patented single-spar design, trailing-edge slots and automatic leading-edge slots that opened on approaching the stall. The aircraft proved most pleasant to fly, was fast, safe and had excellent low-speed qualities. During the latter p...

Wednesday, February 20th 2019, 6:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Arado Ar96B Training Aircraft

Technical Description (Interim) Enclosed cabin for student pilot and instructor in tandem. Can be fitted with one 7.92mm MG17 with 220 rounds for weapons training. Argus As410 twelve-cylinder inverted Vee air-cooled engine rated at 465 hp. Length: 9.1 metres; Wingspan 11 metres; Height 2.6 metres. Wing area 17.1 square metres; Empty weight 1,285 kg, maximum take-off weight 1,700 kg. Maximum speed 330 kph; cruising speed 295 kph. Service ceiling 7,100 metres. Range 990 kilometres.

Wednesday, February 20th 2019, 6:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Henschel Hs129B Close Support Aircraft

Technical Description Low wing cantilever monoplane; centre-section carrying the two engine nacelles is built integrally with the fuselage. Two tapering outer sections; straight leading edge and swept forward trailing edge from roots to tip. Two spar all-metal construction with stressed-skin covering. Entire trailing edge hinged, the outer sections acting as slotted ailerons and the inner section as slotted flaps. Fuselage is a triangular cross-section structure with the wing centre-section bui...

Wednesday, February 20th 2019, 6:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Henschel Hs126B Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft

Technical Description High wing braced monoplane. Wings are carried above the fuselage by a steel cabane and braced to the fuselage by Vee struts. Two spar metal structure. Built up of girder spars, pressed metal ribs in three portions riveted to the spars and duralumin sheet covering except for a strip of fabric on the underside of the wing. Detachable sheet metal panel on the underside of the wing behind the front spar for internal inspection. Metal framed ailerons with fabric covering. Ailer...

Wednesday, February 20th 2019, 4:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Extended Order of Battle of the German Luftwaffe, December 1948

Luftvertidigungskommando Ostpreussen (Air Defence Command East Prussia) – Königsberg Zerstörergeschwader 76 (Fw190F) 2nd Antiaircraft Brigade (11th Antiaircraft Regiment, 71st Light Antiaircraft Detachment) Luftvertidigungskommando III (3rd Air Defence Command) – Berlin Jagdgeschwader 25 (Bf329) Jagdgeschwader 27 (Fw190D) Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 (He219) 1st Antiaircraft Division (12th, 22nd and 32nd Antiaircraft Regiments) 2nd Antiaircraft Brigade (39th and 42nd Antiaircraft Regiments) 16th Antia...

Monday, February 18th 2019, 7:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Zagreb, Tuesday, 25 January 1949 “The Sword of Honour”, the latest release in “The Swordsman” series starring Karlo Bulić made its premiere last evening with simultaneous showings in Zagreb and in Belgrade, both before sold-out crowds. Featuring Bulić again stars in the role of Maćevolac, “The Swordsman”, the dashing freedom fighter who fights against oppression and injustice for those under the heel of the Italian boot. In the latest film our intrepid hero is betrayed into...

Sunday, February 17th 2019, 6:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1949

Ah yes... Belcher - I missed the name on first reading. Schellenburg will be at once satisfied and disappointed. :D

Saturday, February 16th 2019, 7:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1949

Three deaths, one suicide, and two resignations? Inopportune time to be a Labour MP what? ;( Can't wait to read the storylines behind these events. :D

Saturday, February 16th 2019, 12:41am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Jugoslovenska Vojnik, Monday, 24 January 1949 No.91 (Fighter Interceptor) Squadron at Zagreb and No. 92 (Fighter Interceptor) Squadron at Nova Pazova have completed their conversion to the Dassault Ouragan II, and No.54 (Fighter Interceptor) Squadron at Lezha has begun converting to the type. Conversion of additional squadrons are pending delivery of the second batch of Ouragans from France. Nos. 62 and 63 (Fighter Bomber) Squadrons at Pristina have taken on charge a sufficient number of Soko Or...

Friday, February 15th 2019, 12:41am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Naval Air Service, Order of Battle, December 1948

Philippine Naval Air Service, Order of Battle, December 1948 Carrier Air Group One (embarked on CV Sibuyan) Fighting Squadron Six – Grumman F8F (18) Fighting Squadron Seven – Grumman F8F (18) Fighter-Bomber Squadron Ten – Grumman F6F (12) Carrier Air Group Two (land-based, at Cavite) Fighting Squadron Four – Grumman F8F (18) Fighting Squadron Five – Grumman F8F (18) Fighter-Bomber Squadron Four – Grumman F6F (12) Naval Composite Air Group Four (land-based, at Basco) Fighting Squadron Eleven – Na...

Friday, February 15th 2019, 12:34am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Nichols Field, Manila, Saturday, 29 January 1949 The KNILM airliner made its final approach turn and straightened up on the runway preparatory to landing. Buckled into his seat Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee Phillip Buis had a decent, if restricted, view of Manila, which stretched out along the shore of its namesake bay. He put down the pocket guidebook he had been reading and watched the ground slowly rise beneath the aircraft’s wing. With a thump they were on the ground and as the pilot applied th...

Thursday, February 14th 2019, 10:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

French News, 1948

Interesting... the Comte de Rochefort has a plan... very interesting.

Thursday, February 14th 2019, 3:18am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Air Force, Order of Battle, December 1948

Philippine Air Force, Order of Battle, December 1948 First Fighter Wing – HQ Villamor Air Force Base, near Manila, Luzon 11th Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) 21st Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) 31st Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) Second Fighter Wing – HQ Del Carmen Air Force Base, near Pampanga, Luzon 12th Fighter Squadron – North American P-51D (18) 22nd Fighter Squadron – North American P-51D (18) 32nd Fighter Squadron – North American...

Tuesday, February 12th 2019, 4:02pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Sächsische Zeitung, Friday, 28 January 1949 The Ministry of Defence has announced its decision to procure a service test quantity of the Junkers Ju322 long-range bomber. The first of the twenty aircraft on order is expected to be rolled out in May of this year. Meanwhile, the existing prototypes are being put through an accelerated programme to test equipment expected to be used on the production aircraft. The Inspection Ship Roter Löwe, off the coast of Vinland, Saturday, 29 January 1949 Fregat...

Monday, February 11th 2019, 4:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Cruiser Marseillaise, The Gulf of Danzig, Thursday, 27 January 1949 The cold winter wind buffeted his ship, and Capitaine D'Estienne d'Orves was thankful for an enclosed bridge. The Marseillaise and the Suffren were again training up a new group of German destroyers – the four recently arrived ships of Zerstörerdivision 312. Reactivated and crewed by a mix of reservists and recruits he had found little to complain about in their ship handling. Today would test their skills in screening the cruis...