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    Default Whitley - Airborne Carrier - need help!

    Hello

    My name is Kornel. I am a modeller writting from Poland.

    I am writing to you for help in preparing another model project. I would like to build a Whitley Mk.V model from the Airfix 1/72 kit. The problem is that I do not want it to be a bomber, but a version used for carrying paratroopers. Sadly, there is little information. I need info of what I would have to modify in the bomber version:


    1. Was the bomb chamber completely removed?
    2. Was the hull smooth underneath?
    3. Where was the manhole dock installed?
    4. What units participated in training paratroopers from English and Polish units? I only reached information and single pictures of English paratroopers in front of the 295th Airborne Division (GoPX code letters)
    5. Do you have any photos, color boards, or code letters and Whitley numbers that would help me to paint and decode my model?
    6. Did the paratroopers carrying Whitleys have machine gun turrets ?


    I will be very grateful for all your help.


    Regards
    Kornel

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    Mk IIs in PTS, only individual code letters.
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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    Could you tell something more?

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    PTS Ringway was responsible for parachute training and they operated total of six Whitley IIs, I believe, until introduction of Dakotas. I do not have exact information on modifications, I guess that bomb bay was just locked shut. After it there was a jump hole. At least one aircraft was converted to jumps from the tail, but this was abandoned in favour of fuselage hole. Undercarriage may have been locked as well, jumps were made with u/c down to reduce speed. I do have some photos, serials & codes, but not at hand and not sure when I shall be able to locate them.
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    Thank you very much Franek. Every info is valuable. If you had some time to look for these materials, I would be really grateful.

    Generally I am thinking about building Whitley Mk.V from Ringway.

    I posted the same thread on another forum, where I was informed that in a later period Whitleys had a photographer seat in the place of the jumping platform. I am just wondering if this place was really left totally open or had the rear turret glass dome on it.

    http://www.warbirdinformationexchang...07a5038c071aa0

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    Kornel

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    I thought I was clear, there were no Whitley Vs at Ringway.
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