Swordfish Mk.II 816 Squadron Questions

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    Gentlemen,

    Am building the Tamiya Swordfish Mk.II and am contemplating using the kit decals. The a/c i want to build is HS 158, Black B <some would say Red B :)> as she was flying off of HMS Tracker in 1943.

    Would this particular a/c still be with the squadron when it was seconded to Coastal Command in mid-1944? You guys know where i'm headed with this, i guess. My real motive is to check if i can apply invasion stripes to this particular a/c. i'd get Xtradecal 48039 with the markings for NF243 BUT the i've got a month to finish the model for a show and i don't live in Europe.

    Also, if there are any kind souls out there with knowledge of what a 816 Swordfish would be loaded with during that time of the squadron's service. I only assume that 816 SQN took part in the anti-submarine screens on the flanks of the invasion armada. i could and probably am wrong on this one.

    Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated. i'll post pictures when she's done.
     
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    more research has shown that 816 SQN did participate in Operation Cork. These were the anti-submarine patrols of Coastal Command in support of Overlord. So i figure a load-out of rockets, smoke and flares.

    still no leads on invasion stripes though for HS 158.
     
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    Thanks for researching as well. Looks like I will have to go with the Red S profile like everyone else :). there's some red tactical codes in my stash as well as appropriate serial letters and numbers that'll do the trick.

    Here's to a quick build I hope!
     
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    This might help a bit. A pic of 3 of the Squadron's aircraft, from "Britain's Fleet Air Arm in WW2", by Ron Mackay, Schiffer Military History.
     

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    Good one Terry!
     
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    Thanks! Excellent reference photo.

    That's why i love this forum!
     
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