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Fortress I 90 Squadron

Fortress I 90 Squadron
Author: Steve Vincent (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:27:17 31 December 2006
Post:
My research into AN534 continues but here are questions relating to all 20 Fortress I's that served with 90 Squadron.

It would appear that the aircraft were delivered, painted in "day bomber" camouflage and were later given the "unique" deep azure blue undersides. My questions relating to this are

1) Would the repainting of the aircraft be recorded anywhere?

2) Were any aircraft carrying individual letter serials prior to the repaint?

I am also keen to track down a photograph of AN534, if anyone can help or even suggest a lead please contact me via the board or at srv123(AT)ntlworld.com

Kindest regards and Happy New Year


RE: Fortress I 90 Squadron
Author: Robert Stitt (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:40:30 31 December 2006
Post:
Steve:

According to what I have read, the aircraft were painted with washable USAAF Olive Drab and Grey in the US prior to delivery. They would then have been repainted at Burtonwood in the UK where they were prepared for service. They did not carry code letters prior to repainting. I have the movement cards for the Fortress Is if you are interested.

Regards and Happy New Year.

Robert


RE: Fortress I 90 Squadron
Author: Robert Stitt (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:56:54 31 December 2006
Post:
Steve:

You likely already know this but at the time of manufacture the Fortress Is were finished in natural metal with RAF markings and incorrect serials AM518-AM537. They were then repainted with the washable Olive drab and Grey for the delivery flights to the UK with the correct RAF serials.

Cheers:

Robert


RE: Fortress I 90 Squadron
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:05:38 31 December 2006
Post:
Hi Steve

I have a photo showing at least 10 of the 20 Fortress Mk. I's (ex-B-17C's) in bare metal. The aircraft were later flown to Wright Field, Ohio and painted in a camouflage scheme. From there they were flown to Dorval (Montreal), Quebec and subsequently ferried across the pond.

The first Fortress Mk. I, s/n AN521 (U.S.A.A.C s/n 40-2052) departed Gander, Newfoundland for the trip across the North Atlantic on the 14th of April 1941. Onboard was Major Walshe of the U.S.A.A.C. He was going to England to act as an advisor to the R.A.F. The Fortress flew a record-setting crossing in 8 hours and 26 minutes. The aircraft went to No. 37 Maintenance Unit Burtonwood, Lancashire.

Cheers...Chris



RE: Fortress I 90 Squadron
Author: Robert Stitt (Guest)
Time Stamp:
23:03:31 31 December 2006
Post:
Chris and Steve:

Turns out AN534 accompanied AN521 on its delivery flight to Prestwick. The movement card for AN534 refers to that for AN521 which has a dedicated page referencing the flight - it also notes the record time of 8 hours 26 minutes.

Regards:

Robert


RE: Fortress I 90 Squadron
Author: Steve Vincent (Guest)
Time Stamp:
12:16:10 01 January 2007
Post:
Thanks for the info' so far... Copies of anything you're willing to pass on will be gratefully received. srv123(AT)ntlworld.com

Regards Steve


RE: Fortress I 90 Squadron
Author: Robert Stitt (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:59:31 01 January 2007
Post:
Steve:

Will send copies of the movement cards when I can dig them out. My reference to 'USAAF Olive Drab and Grey' should have read USAAC (Air Corps). There was a detailed article on the Fortress Is by Roger Freeman in a FlyPast Special some time back. Will copy for you if you don't have it.

Regards:

Robert