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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slfLBVUEQNw&feature=youtu.be

A useful film if you ever need to assemble your P47 Thunderbolt in the field.


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Clever buggers those IKEA guys eh?

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There must have been a school one had to attend and an exam to pass before you could become a narrator for these training and documentary films of that era. One British guy (for British Pathe News), and one American ... the American had to have that hurried, authoritative, nasally Yankee/Midwest voice before anyone would believe any of it, I suppose.

There was a lot of work back at the factory crating that thing up, too ... Love to watch those guys cranking that inertial starter to fire off that huge radial engine! One thing about the military; if a job like uncrating a wing needed 50 guys, all you had to do was whistle them up ... !

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I liked the part where the wing attachment bolts are properly tensioned
With a two-finger pull on an 8 inch wrench .

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Using the shipping crates to build an assembly platform is a nice touch as well.

That reminds me of Henry Ford specifying the dimensions of the engine shipping crates for the Model T so that they could be used as the floor.

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I guess, to a generation of kids who built airplane models of balsa wood and tissue paper, this was a bit easier?


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MZ factory even produced a film to show you how to strip and rebuild their motors. I actually have a hot plate to do this job, just like the one in the video.



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Originally Posted by Dibnah


It was a typical yank thing, a bloody great airframe with a huge gas guzzling motor.
It had to carry more fuel than a destroyer to get to France and back. Massive turning circle.
But it was good in a dive and could absorb huge punishment, being that big and clumsy
it had to.

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"It was a typical yank thing, a bloody great airframe with a huge gas guzzling motor"
Compared with a Spit it was a bit like a Harley vs a Triumph eh, Nick?

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With all the finesse of a ton of bricks.

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Originally Posted by Tridentman
"It was a typical yank thing, a bloody great airframe with a huge gas guzzling motor"
Compared with a Spit it was a bit like a Harley vs a Triumph eh, Nick?
But we had the resources to pull it off. American, high-octane petrol made the Spit an even better aircraft. And the Merlin engine made the P-51 a very capable escort aircraft.
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Originally Posted by DavidP
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American, high-octane petrol made the Spit an even better aircraft.

The Battle of Britain effort was greatly helped by American petrol and American propellers.


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Also got a lot of help from some Polish pilots.

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Originally Posted by Cyborg
Also got a lot of help from some Polish pilots.


Polish, French, Irish, Czech, Canadian, American, etc.

They even say there was a German pilot in the RAF.

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Originally Posted by triton thrasher
They even say there was a German pilot in the RAF.
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he only landed in britain once


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One was credited in the end titles of the big 1960s film “The Battle of Britain.”

I’m not saying that’s any reliable source, but it’s food for thought.

Edit- I just found the end credits on YouTube and I must have dreamt the bit about the German! https://youtu.be/KLDZkypBHnw

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Originally Posted by triton thrasher
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Also got a lot of help from some Polish pilots.


Polish, French, Irish, Czech, Canadian, American, etc.

They even say there was a German pilot in the RAF.

I singled out the Polish pilots because they got screwed at the end of the war. A few of them came here. One in particular had some interesting stories. Didn’t mention any war stories that I recall, but talked about being a test pilot for the Avro Arrow. In an interview after some prompting by his grandson (IIRC) he admitted that he didn’t actually have a pilots license. He had flunked the section on morse code of all things. He ended up being pressed into service anyway because of the shortage. After the war, given his record, nobody ever thought to ask to see his license.

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there were at least 3 "friendly aliens" of german/ Jewish heritage
that were RAF pilots

one was
lieutenant ken Adam ( born Klaus Adam , german of Jewish heritage)
Piloted Hawker typhoons as long rqnge bomber support and from D-day , as frontline infantry support
... there were somewhere in the range of 8 to 10,000 other
german/jews the fought in UK uniforms .

Ken Adam , later in life become Sir Ken Adam , recognized by the queen
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Movies like dr. Strangelove and most of the bond movies .

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In Europe we have visited both British and American War Grve Cemetaries.
Scattered among the Christian headstones are to be seen those with the Star of David, many more than most folks would thing.
Although I mention British & American I have come across other nations.
During a road trip in the south of Italy we visited arrived at the town of Cassino and followed the winding road up Monte Cassino to the Abbey

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and along the way we found this Polish Cemetary

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A little more information here -
https://liberationroute.com/italy/spots/p/polish-military-cemetery-at-monte-cassino

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Originally Posted by quinten
there were at least 3 "friendly aliens" of german/ Jewish heritage
that were RAF pilots

one was
lieutenant ken Adam ( born Klaus Adam , german of Jewish heritage)
Piloted Hawker typhoons as long rqnge bomber support and from D-day , as frontline infantry support
... there were somewhere in the range of 8 to 10,000 other
german/jews the fought in UK uniforms .

Ken Adam , later in life become Sir Ken Adam , recognized by the queen
for his movie production set designs in
Movies like dr. Strangelove and most of the bond movies .

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Changing that incredibly complex lump in a Typhoon

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How anyone thought a 24 cylinder liquid cooled engine was a great idea......almost as good as a 4 row air cooled radial....l


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