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33k in the air
- Jan 31, 2021
Hey 33K in the air and Geoffrey Sinclair,
This is what I have in my notes re T2545 and W5352. If my notes are correct they were not the same airframe.
T2545 built as IC, pulled from Mk IC order before delivery and converted to/delivered as Mk II to fill special order(?). The airframe was intended for use as Type 430 with Merlin XX engines (modifications were begun but not fully carried out). Subsequently modified and used for flight testing of Merlin 60 engines.
W5352 built as Mk II, but converted to Mk IC before delivery to backfill the Mk IC order that originally included T2545.
Geoffrey Sinclair is the better source, since he has access to more of the relevant data, but looking at the Form 78 Aircraft Movement Cards, it does seem like these were two different airframes which swapped serial numbers.
The T2545 card has that number crossed off and W5352 written above, Wellington Ic crossed off and II written above, and the contract number 38600/39 crossed off and 71441/40 written above. There is a note written in the top left stating, "This aircraft became W5352 Mark II".
The W5352 card has that number crossed off and T2545 written above. Wellington Ic is the type and is unchanged, and the contract number 71441/40 crossed off and 38600/39 written above.