**** DONE: Curtiss P-40E-1 S/L Keith "Bluey" Truscott - Aircraft of the Aces GB.

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  1. ozhawk40

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    #1 ozhawk40, Aug 2, 2011
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    First name: Peter
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    Scale: 1:48
    Manufacturer: Hasegawa
    Model Type: Curtiss P-40E-1 41-36236 A29-142
    Details: 76 Squadron, Milne Bay, 1942
    Aircraft Assignment: S/L Keith "Bluey" Truscott
    Accessories: Quickboost exhaust, Eduard Etch and Masks, Ultracast seat. Eduard RAF type seat belts.
    Decals: Custom ​

    High on my 'to do' list has been the P-40 of S/L Keith "Bluey" Truscott. Bluey (nicknamed due to his red hair) was the Royal Australian Air Forces 6th highest scorer of WWII. 15 confirmed victories, 3 probables and 2 damaged was the official tally. He used a number of Kittyhawks during his time with 76 Squadon, but is mostly identified with A29-142 and coded 'ID". The aircraft was not bedecked with kill marks or flashy names, but will be an interesting subject none the less. Can't wait to make a start on this one.....

    Cheers

    Peter
     

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    Great. The next GB has just started. A nice choice Peter.
     
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    #3 ozhawk40, Aug 2, 2011
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    Thanks wojtek


    Truscott, Keith William (Bluey) (1916–1943)
    by Alan Stephens


    Keith William (Bluey) Truscott (1916-1943), Australian Rules footballer and air force officer, was born on 17 May 1916 at Prahran, Melbourne, second child of William Edward Truscott, wickerworker, and his wife Maude Mabel, née Powell, both Victorian born. Keith was educated at Melbourne High School, where he captained the first XI and the first XVIII, and proved a good scholar. He practised as a student-teacher at Spensley Street State School, Clifton Hill, in 1935-36 before working as a clerk with W. Angliss Co. Pty Ltd, at Footscray. A powerfully built man, 5 ft 9 ins (175 cm) tall and 12 st. 13 lb. (82 kg) in weight, he had auburn hair and dark grey eyes.

    From 1937 'Bluey' Truscott played for the Melbourne Football Club. A half-forward flanker in Melbourne's premiership team in 1939, he kicked two goals and was among the best players. His decision to enlist in the Royal Australian Air Force on 21 July 1940 attracted much publicity. Curiously, for someone of his mental and physical ability, he struggled with flying lessons; had he not been a prominent sportsman he would have been suspended from pilot training. Given extra time denied to others, he began to demonstrate the qualities of co-ordination, anticipation, judgement and determination which had made him a champion footballer. Yet he never fully came to terms with landing and persistently levelled out about 20 ft (6 m) too high. Granted leave by the air force in September 1940, he again played in Melbourne's winning grand-final side.

    In November that year Truscott reached Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme. He was commissioned in February 1941 and sent to England where he joined No.452 Squadron in May. Flying Spitfires, he took part in offensive patrols and escorted bombers. He was promoted acting flight lieutenant in September. Next month he won the Distinguished Flying Cross for destroying six enemy aircraft. In January 1942 he rose to acting squadron leader (substantive October) and became commanding officer of No.452. By March, when he was awarded a Bar to his D.F.C., he had shot down eleven German aircraft, probably destroyed another three, and damaged two. He was, by then, the best-known pilot in the R.A.A.F., with a reputation that rested as much on his appealing personality as it did on his considerable achievements. Such was his popularity in England that the Marquess of Donegall organized a public fund to which red-headed Britons paid £5000 to 'buy' Bluey his own Spitfire.

    Returning to Australia on leave in May 1942, Truscott turned out one last time for the Melbourne Football Club. He was unfit and out of touch, and struggled to keep up with the play, but he was given a hero's reception by thousands of supporters. Several days later he encountered his former teacher, Bill Woodfull, who asked him how he had enjoyed his return to football. 'Not for me. Too dangerous', Truscott answered.

    Truscott's talent for being in the thick of the action saw him posted to No.76 Squadron. Its members reached Papua in July 1942, only weeks before a Japanese force landed at Milne Bay. The Kittyhawk fighter-bombers of No.75 and No.76 squadrons played a decisive role in driving back the enemy: for the first time in World War II a Japanese land offensive was defeated. On 27 August, when No.76 Squadron's commanding officer was killed at a critical stage of the battle, Truscott took command. For several days, while the outcome hung in the balance, he led from the front as the Kittyhawk pilots strafed and bombed enemy land and sea forces, and repelled occasional air-attacks. Conditions were appalling, with near-constant rain, mist and low cloud, a perilously slippery airstrip, and often intense anti-aircraft fire. Truscott was mentioned in dispatches (1943).

    After the battle of Milne Bay, No.76 Squadron performed a relatively routine, sometimes tedious, garrison role in north-west Australia, though Truscott did manage to shoot down a Japanese bomber, increasing his tally to fourteen enemy aircraft destroyed, three probables and three damaged. On 28 March 1943, while carrying out mock attacks over Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, he misjudged his height, struck the water and was killed. He was buried with Anglican rites and full air force honours in Karrakatta cemetery, Perth. Alfred Cook's portrait of Truscott is held by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

    Select Bibliography
     J. Herington, Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943 (Canb, 1954)
     I. Southall, Bluey Truscott (Syd, 1958)
     D. Gillison, Royal Australian Air Force 1939-1942 (Canb, 1962)
     C. Shores and C. Williams, Aces High (Lond, 1994)
     A. Stephens, High Fliers (Canb, 1996)
     A. D. Garrison, Australian Fighter Aces 1914-1953 (Canb, 1999).

    Citation details
    Stephens, Alan, 'Truscott, Keith William (Bluey) (1916–1943)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Biography - Keith William (Bluey) Truscott - Australian Dictionary of Biography, accessed 30 July 2011.
    This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, (MUP), 2002
     

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    Looking forward to this fine subject Peter.
     
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    Nice choice and good background info Peter.
     
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    Nice choice.
     
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    Nice one Peter, good selection of extras and your keeping the Aussie flag flying.
     
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    #9 ozhawk40, Aug 3, 2011
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    Cheers Guys and thanks Vic, someone just has to! :D

    I've had a Milne Bay defender in my sig for quite some time, so seems appropriate.
     
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    Bluey, just had to be an Aussie!
    Ha, my brother in law lives in Footscray.....
     
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    Good one Peter. The "E"s my favorite model of P-40 and the one time I built one the kit was [email protected] so I'll be looking to see how the Hasegawa kit works out.
     
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    Awesome choice Pete! No doubt you'll do a great job on it :cool:
     
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    EXACTLY, I wouldn't have said it better !
     
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    Great choice Pete!!

    Good to see the Aussie Flag flying high!

    Will be flying it myself as soon as I get some stuff organised!
     
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    Thanks guys

    My first update.

    Pic 1
    All interior and gear bays sprayed with a dark green. This is not the final colour, but as a base for the interior green to follow.

    Pic 2
    Having done one of these before, I'm forearmed! The inserts in front of the exhaust are too thin if you put them in as is, they sit too low. To fix this I glued plastic strip to the back.

    Pic 3
    This is what they are like installed. I just sanded the plastic strip till I got the right depth. I'll still need to fill and sand the joins.

    Cheers

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    I love P-40s.
     
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