See post 19. "Pilots and Flight Engineer notes for Lancasters MkI, III and X. Air Publication 2062 A, C and F. Pages 51 and 52. item #42, "Watch Holder." upper left on the Panel."The fact remains though that the Lanc has a clip on the upper left of the main panel. The cockpit guide says it is for the "Pilot's stopwatch".
Very interesting! I stand corrected! I apologize for my intransigence however I needed more than arm waving. Where is that display? I'd be interested In the serial number from whence it came.Here's a shot of the stopwatch in its rubber holder mounted to the panel.You can see the arrangement in the panel shot. Just above the beam approach gauge.
|Photo taken at the Elsham Wolds Association Memorial Room in the Anglian Water plant on heritage open day 2010. The memorial room was set up as a tribute to the airmen who lost their lives while flying from Elsham in World War II. It contains RAF items including uniforms, medals and many other wartime artefacts. www.rafelshamwolds.com/ The four big red buttons on the panel(lower right) are feathering switches.|
I fail to see the reasoning of this. When a plane goes down, you lose a lot more than a clock. What's so special about a clock?.... .because if you think about it as the collector said, a plane goes up, on one flight and the aircraft crashes or is shot down end of clock, therefore the RAF issued a watch to the pilot and navigator and it stands a better chance of being put to use again.
more money, precision clocks are expensive if pilot survives the clock will and besides that a wristwatch is a lot lighter
Thanks for the reply, a Smiths time of trip clock, with a precision movement made by Jaeger Le Coulter cost a lot more that a wristwatch does, again keep it simple, the pilot parachutes out, end of plane and clock, the wristwatch is saved for another day.I fail to see the reasoning of this. When a plane goes down, you lose a lot more than a clock. What's so special about a clock?
If memory serves, that's like the watch dad had. I thought it had a black face, but perhaps I'm wrong. I have no idea where the watch is now.The RAF purchased pilots watches from 1940 onward, and engraved its own part number 6B/159 at this time. Open ended leather straps were also fitted prior to issue. Photos are an early example of the Longines watches issued to, predominantly, Navigators due to their superior quality and accuracy, but no doubt on occasions to Pilots as well. Of particular importance are the originally engraved markings on the case back, A.M. (Air Ministry) 6B/159 (RAF stores Reference) 9845/42 (date).. how long were the German pilots watch straps ? . last photo a navy man with a nice watch with a bonklip metal strap. found on the www.
Gumbyk: What's the story of your Tiger Schmitt avatar? My father's favourite aircraft.Wearing a flight suit, gloves and a leather jacket makes accessing a wristwatch near impossible. It takes your other hand to move the heavy leather out of the way, which means you are hands off the controls.