'Bluey's' Spitfire an original in every way Gang gang has been deluged with phone calls and oakley m frame emails from readers keen to point out that the ''Bluey'' Truscott Spitfire we reported upon in last Monday's edition now holds pride of place in the World War II gallery at the Australian War Memorial.
Aviation aficionados will recall that Gang gang had stumbled across an article on page one of the January 7, 1944, Army News, stating that Truscott's Spitfire, believed to mens oakley frames have been paid for by donations from red headed Britons, had been obtained as a museum piece for Australia. It had been upgraded to Mk V specification, which increased power from 1175 horsepower (881kw) to 1440 horsepower (1080kw) and top speed from 355mph (568km/h) to 369mph (590.4km/h). At the time of the gift the plane was in service with the Central Gunnery School and had flown 24 operations in its training role. P7973 still bears the RH designation of the school and is one of the very few Spitfires still in their original WWII livery. Truscott had flown it on ''Circus 68'', the bomber escort mission over France in August 1941 in which Douglas Bader was shot down and captured. It was also one of the planes in which he shot down 16 enemy aircraft while stationed in Europe. The plane was stored at RAAF Fairbairn after the war and went on display at the oakley minute 2.
0 AWM in 1950. Truscott, as we reported last Tuesday, died in a training accident in oakley fuel cell March 1943 after returning to Australia to fight the Japanese. Canberra cadet twins to hit the big time In other news of matters military, Canberra's Fiona McCready is as pleased as punch that her twin sons, Joe and Alex, have been selected as part of the Australian contingent that will be helping New Zealand celebrate the 150th anniversary of its cadets later this month.
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