OPERATION STARKEY

fubar57

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There's a discussion going on here about this operation which I had never heard of before...Operation Starkey & Typhoon markings While the topic is Typhoons I'm more interested in the other aircraft that took part: Spitfires, Whirlwinds etc. I haven't found any good photos yet of the markings but I found this diagram here...OPERACE STARKEY, BRITSKÝ FAKE….

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There is a photo of a Spitfire Mk.V but I am more interested in the Mk. IX, if there was one as I have only seen this mentioned on a decal sheet. Anyone seen photos of the Mk.IX and Whirlwind in full markings?
 

fubar57

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Nice shot of the Whirlwind, I may have to get one now. I've seen that Mk.V. These are the decals I was referring to...

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...the upper left markings are supposedly for Spitfire Mk.IXc, FN-S/MA225, 331 Squadron, RAF North Weald, 1943. The aircraft also is supposedly carrying red, white and blue cannon fairings. The black-and-white stripes on the upper and lower outboard sections of each wing nearly cover the RAF roundels.
 

fubar57

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There is another set of drawings in that second link I posted showing the markings for twin engine aircraft, the stripes being 24" as opposed to 18" for single engine.
 

fubar57

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I wonder if the 64 Squadron Mk.V actually had the black markings out to the wing tips as per the "Most Secret" drawing. I certainly looks like it in your photo
 

brewerjerry

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It is very likely. IMHO if the two black stripes were applied why the third at the wing tips wouldn't. The Whirlwind had them painted black rather.

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the pic source; Whirlwind Fighter Project

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the pic source: Operation Starkey | Whirlwind Fighter Project

Hi
of interest in the link to the other page

the first photo shows the personnel with a GP 500lb bomb

i think the usual whirlwind bomb load was 2 x 250lb bombs

so maybe the starkey load was 2 x 500lb bombs

cheers
jerry
 

Fozman

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I wonder if the 64 Squadron Mk.V actually had the black markings out to the wing tips as per the "Most Secret" drawing. I certainly looks like it in your photo
An old post, but I've only just come across it...
I've just looked at the scan that I have of the original photograph (as provided by the pilot's family) & zooming it as large as I can, it certainly looks as through teh black markings go to the wingtip. The photograph is marked up as "Invasion Markings" in John Harder's photo album compiled post war
 

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