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    Default Cold War Spy Spitfires, Hong Kong

    Some time prior to 2002 one F/L Powles apparently published an article, "Spy Spitfires" about recce flights out of Hong Kong, circa 1949-1951. Can anyone direct me to the magazine which carried this account ?

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    Hugh,

    You will find the information you require on this web site:

    https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/...-1951----1953/

    High Drama - Flt Lt E. C. Powles AFC (Retd) - Aeroplane Monthly - August 1993 - Vol.21, No.8, Issue No.244, pp.27-30.

    Spy Spitfires over China - Part One. Flt Lt Edward Powles - Aeroplane, November 1998, Vol.26, No.11, Issue No.307, pp.18-23.

    Spy Spitfires over China - Part Two. Flt Lt Edward Powles - Aeroplane, December 1998, Vol.26, No.12, Issue No.308, pp.26-31 (contains Commendation for Powle's AFC).

    Col.
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    Absolutely marvelous - especially the magazine references:

    Aeroplane Monthly, August 1993, "High drama" by E.C. Powles

    Aeroplane Monthly, November 1998, "Spy Spitfires over China" by E.C. Powles

    Aeroplane Monthly, December 1998, "Spy Spitfires over China" by E.C. Powles

    Thanks for the lead !

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    Hugh,

    I have the 'Spy Spitfires over China - Part Two. Flt Lt Edward Powles - Aeroplane, December 1998, Vol.26, No.12, Issue No.308, pp.26-31' article, just found it, give me a day or so and I'll get it scanned up for you. I saved all sorts of old interesting articles years ago and this was one of them. Unfortunately, not part 1. Is that ok for you ?
    Andrew

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    Hello Hugh

    I can provide a scan of the November 1998 issue of Aeroplane. I bought my first copy of aeroplane in September 1993, when I was an exchanged student in U.K. ! I'm a subscriber since the end of my exchange. Too bad for the August 1993 issue, but I'm sure another forumite will be able to help.

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    Although none of the articles is available online I'm sure one of them would have referred to Powles' extraordinary sortie on 5 February 1952. Following a met climb in PS852 to over 51000 ft (indicated), the Spitfire became uncontrollable during the descent and lost 48000 ft altitude in less than a minute. It was later calculated the PS852 had reached Mach 0.96 before Powles regained control.

    Powles' description of that sortie can be read at http://www.aussiemossie.asn.au/bulle...ulletin-34.pdf , page 5 et seq.

    This doesn't specifically refer to the mach 0.96, but I've seen this in a separate article (unfortunately I cannot recall the reference) but the claim is included in his bio at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Powles .

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    Further to my #6 this incident was discussed at length on this forum in 2010 at http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-incident-1952

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    hello

    scans of Aeroplane November and December 1998 issues on their way to Hugh and JohnE, via wetransfer.

    Joss

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    Sounds like you will have a surplus of the articles you were looking for. Anyway, here are the six pages of the part two article that I scanned up for you.

    https://flic.kr/p/2nz2sop

    https://flic.kr/p/2nyTPmp

    https://flic.kr/p/2nyTPf7

    https://flic.kr/p/2nz1mHT

    https://flic.kr/p/2nz2s1q

    https://flic.kr/p/2nyZ3md
    Andrew

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    “Weather Reconnaissance” was the perfect title for a Unit engaged in clandestine operations. If found “in the wrong place” they could always claim they had had a “navigational error” – been done before, and since!!
    HTH
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