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    Default Where did they paint a bumblebee on a RAF plane

    I have reason to believe that this picture was taken in 1939 or in the first half of 1940. Can anyone provide information about bumblebee's painted on a plane. I think an OTU would be most likely.

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    Reg,

    I think that the insect is a Hornet, not a bee! Could help in identifying the squadron.

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    I suspect this is an individual marking rather than a unit one, and if the date is right a nose-turretted Wellington is perhaps more likely to be in a front-line unit. Generally I don't think many aircraft were personalised in OTUs, because of the lack of direct attachment between particular crews and aircraft.

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    I have been looking at the small window at the front before the bumblebee/hornet/wasp. Does this small windows indicate a Mk IA or a 1C???

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    Is it just me that can't see the picture that I'm assuming should be accompanying this thread?

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    Greg, Must be, i can see it alright, and our broadband is still delivered via stagecoach...... :-)

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    Nope, don't think Greg's losing it this time. I can't access the picture either, although it was there the other day.

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    I can still see it. As to it being Mk.Ia or Ic; I think the fairing behind the nose turret appears to be the more cutaway shape appropriate to the Mk.Ic, or at least most of them, but I presume this could have been retrofitted to the Mk.Ia.

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    Right click on the blue link in post #1. That should allow you to open the photo.

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    I definitely can't see it!! The English must be stealing our Broadband at the border again ;-) To be fair I only wanted to see it out of curiosity, but it is slightly annoying...
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
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