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    First of all hi all and thanks to those who keep this forum up and running.
    My question is a one of identification of an aircraft my grandfather is sitting in. I was always told he flew on Catalina and remember tales of Africa and Mauritius, but this doesnt appear to be a Catalina, so he may have just been getting a photo opportunity for himself. It is only a partial shot so this is why I am struggling to identify and require a bit of specialist knowledge. Any ideas or confirmations of the aircraft would be greatly appreciated.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/...T9XCWyczRzfdQU
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    Hello,
    Looks to me very like it could be the turret of an Avro Anson ? That would fit with his earlier(?) service with Coastal Command before perhaps going on to Catalina's.
    Alex

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    I agree with Alex Smart. It looks like the turret on an Avro Anson

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    Going forward, you need your grandfather's Record of Service. This is the key to open lots of doors about his air force service and assuming he was aircrew, you can explore the RAF Forms 540 and 541 for the units on which he served.

    That'll keep you out of the pub on the long winter nights ahead!

    Colin Cummings

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    Hello

    Just my two penn'orth, but it doesn't look like an Anson - more like an Oxford. The flat section at the rear of the turret cut-out matches the image of UB333 used in the header image on this page, and it also has the external frame behind the turret:

    http://www.baesystems.com/en/heritag...d-horsa-glider

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - dunno why the BAe page is called airspeed-horsa-glider...

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    I agree with Simon

    The top of the fuselage immediately to the rear of the turret appears to be cut squarely across on an Oxford, unlike on an Anson where the rear fuselage follows the circumference of the turret.

    And it's got the external frame to stop the gunner from shooting bits off his own a/c.

    Ian


    (ps My first guess was Anson too, until I saw Simon's post!)
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    Thanks all for your replies and advice so far. I am going to see if I can find out anymore info or photos for that matter,

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    Hello,
    Haveing now seen the picture of the Oxford I would agree with Simon and Ian.
    Alex

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