Aeroplane Monthly 1974-05
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Personal album
Douglas Dakota IV, KJ900, about to be returned to lease lend.
Hawker Tempest II, PR668, being run-up for flight. The fitter is climbing out of the cockpit, having started the engine by means of Coffman cartridge. The scruffy condition of the paintwork is due to the original grey and green camouflage showing through the silver dope where fitters have climbed about the aircraft. The photograph was taken from the cockpit of a Dakota, and another Mk IV can be seen in the background.
A French Red Cross Ju 52/3m refuelling at Chakeri on its regular shuttle between Paris and Saigon, then in French-lndo China.
Hawker Tempest II, PR814, with the code letters A-HN denoting an aircraft from 20 Squadron RAF. This and other Tempests was later handed over to the RIAF.
An atmosphere shot of an anonymous Hawker Tempest II being run-up.
Hawker Tempest II, PR668, being run-up for flight. The fitter is climbing out of the cockpit, having started the engine by means of Coffman cartridge. The scruffy condition of the paintwork is due to the original grey and green camouflage showing through the silver dope where fitters have climbed about the aircraft. The photograph was taken from the cockpit of a Dakota, and another Mk IV can be seen in the background.
Hawker Tempest II, PR842, after it had crashed while approaching Chakeri whilst being flown by an RIAF pilot.
Spitfire LF VIII, MD371, in company with many other Spitfires was flown into this MU and destroyed by the simple expedient of dropping concrete blocks on them with the aid of a crane.
Consolidated Liberator B.VI EW267, "Wandering Witch", was flown by 355 Squadron.
A corner of the Liberator graveyard at Chakeri showing at least 30 aircraft waiting to be scrapped. They are mainly from 99, 215, 355 and 356 Squadrons, SEAC.
Spitfire Mk XIV, NH927, in company with many other Spitfires was flown into this MU and destroyed by the simple expedient of dropping concrete blocks on them with the aid of a crane.
Avro York C.1, MW324, used for trooping.