Infomation wanted on 18 Sqn Boston III HK971

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  1. Sydhuey

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    G'day All,
    trying to find colours and markings for this Boston , it was flown by one of the guy's I work with's Uncle they crashed and crew all died while on a night shipping reccon/Interdiction sortie in Italy 02 Aug 1944, have writen to 18 Sqn association several times with no responce, we want to do an art profile of this aircraft and I will do a model of it , the pilots brother is still alive and was also an ex RAAF pilot in the Pacific (turns 90 at easter), HK 971 was a late delivery Boston III to the RAF taken on charge in Aug/Sep 43 taken from Russian allocated Bostons (HK serials were all this batch approx 60 a/c), I am asuming it would be in Dark Green and Dark Earth over Sky Grey , and pics of 18Sqn Boston IV's i've seen have had there code letter on the fin in Yellow, can't find any pics of 18 Sqn Boston III's several I have found marked as 18 Sqn turned out to be 107,88 and 24 SAAF , all help greatly appreciated Syd!
     
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    Boston III of the 18th Squadron February 1943-October 1944.

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    Thanks mate have seen that one but am after a picture to relate to the drawing, have seen a couple of Boston IV pictures I could referance to drawings but nothing on the Boston III's
     
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    I have gone through a few books about the Boston/Havoc and nothing was found, I'm afriad. It is possible there isn't any picture of the Squadron A-20 bombers taken.
     
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    Here you are a better profile I found in Squadron/Signal book about the bomber.


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    I am sure 18 sqn association would have some in there history books , photo's on there web site show large books with sqn history and pictures in them but they don't answer any contact e mails despite having a contact point on there web site and other people who have tried to contact the association about crashed 18 sqn a/c in italy also got no replies, but they are an operational sqn and are probably concentrating on ops in Afganistan and don't have the personel to look after the association web site anymore. I will keep looking. thanks
     
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    Not sure if this helps with the colours, but my dad served as a gunner on 18Sqn in Italy 1944/5. Here is a photo of him and another WOp/AG in Italy. I will need to speak to him to find out what Mark it is.
     

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    Good stuff, and it's a Boston IV.
     
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