Beaufort down...Sidi Barani

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  1. Jeff Hunt

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    Many many years ago when I was just a wee lad of 13 years of age I was walking home from school. It was garbage day in the neighbourhood and I just happened to look on top of a pile of trash sitting on the curb waiting to be picked up. A small envelope was on the top and I put the grab on it and inside found a small number of aircraft photos from WWII. This is the first of them. On the back of the photo all it says is

    Beaufort
    Sidi Barani

    I have looked and looked but can see no identifying marks on the aircraft nor are there any landmarks. The link below gives a brief overview of the battle of Sidi Barani, a small town in Egypt along the coast of the Mediterranean Ocean.


    Sidi Barrani (Battle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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    Cheers,

    Jeff
     
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    Nice find!
     
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    Who would throw that away, nice save!
     
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    Indeed, what a great find!
     
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    My dad used to run the municipal incinerator and occasionally find medals and other military items and it always made me wonder how much history was thrown away without anyone realizing it.

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    Any pics of the other 2 Squadrons? Appears this one has white/yellow cowlings.
     
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    Patrick Gibbs book "Torpedo leader" is a fantastic read for those interested.
     
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    I'm guessing its from 217 Sqdrn

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    Looks very close doesn't it Chris? Excellent save Jeff, and thank you very much for sharing and keeping it alive sir.:thumbright:
     
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    #12 nuuumannn, Jan 26, 2014
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    Don't be fooled by the white on the cowling lip; that's not a unit marking or anything like that. The cowling leading edge is formed by the exhaust collector ring, which is normally a stained natural metal.

    Although, you could be right, Chris, it is just as likely, or probably more so that its a 39 Sqn machine since that unit was based at Sidi Barani. Also, have you got more info to go with that image, Chris, like when, where etc?
     
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    Makes a person stop and wonder how many rare photos and/or documents have fallen by the wayside by natural disaster or disinterest through the years.

    Some of these photos document occasions that will, in time, fall from living memory and in some cases, quite possibly provide proof of an otherwise debatable incident.

    Awesome find and thanks for sharing it! :thumbleft:
     
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    #15 nuuumannn, Jan 26, 2014
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    That's true, Chris. You could be right. Beauforts in theatre wore two different camo schemes, Dark Green and Ocean Grey topsides and Azure Blue undersides or Desert Sand and Brown top sides.

    The following is a common, but interesting image of a 39 Sqn Beaufort II at Luqa.

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    I was gonna post that one when I found this one from 39 sqdrn. Same cowling colors but the darker camo. Who knows? :)

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    39 Squadron01.jpg
     
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    Nice find, Chris! Fantastic image. The colour pic was taken in 1943 and shows a Mark II powered by two Twin Wasps as opposed to the Taurus' in the Is.
     
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    Great work to all you guys!
     
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    Excellent detective work one and all. I am afraid however she shall remain a mystery girl.

    Cheers,

    Jeff
     
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    And another scan of the pic I found via the net...

    Beaufort 39 Sqdn.jpg
     
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