Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft in Profile by Claes Sundin & Christer Bergström

By Claes Sundin & Christer Bergström

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Note the vertical angle of the main landing gear when the aircraft is on the ground. 40 Chapter Three: The Lengthening Odds -1939-1940 Another Roc is photographed after camoufiage has been applied. The aircraft's serial number has either been over-sprayed or not yet applied. Forces invaded Denmark and Norway. In the House of Commons, the Prime Minister was quoted as saying that 'Hitler has missed the Bus' in respect of his latest military venture. This somewhat clumsy and pedestrian observation was to be savagely thrown back in the face of Chamberlain and his Cabinet as the Wehrmacht swept onwards and consolidated its positions particularly within southern orway.

826 Sqdn. qased at Ford on the south coast of England had been re-equipped with the new Fairey Albacore during March, and was fully operational when the German Campaign opened across the Channel. During May, its crews carried out the interdiction of road and rail communications as well as striking at German shipping. A switch during June to Bircham ewton a Coastal Command 50 Chapter Three: The Lengthening Odds - 1939-1940 airfield in East Anglia, saw the Sqdn. placed under the Command's direction up to November.

A second safety measure was introduced by surrounding the tanks with seawater. The parallel question of safe ordnance stowage was addressed by placing the magazines as far away as possible from the open area of the hangar. This measure was as good a safeguard against hits from bombs or torpedoes as could be achieved. However, in the event of a direct bomb strike or strikes onto or into the carrier's interior, there was little or nothing that could prevent either a critical or fatal degree of destruction should bombs and/or ammunition be set off when present either in the hangar or up on the flight deck necessity for some form of viable arresting apparatus with which to bring machines to a safe and intact halt only fully emerged as the 1930s were entered.

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