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    Default Bellows argentina presentation whirlwinds

    Hi All,
    The post on argentine airmen reminded me that I still have lose ends on a few presentation whirlwinds.

    263SQ mention :-

    P7057 as a 'bellows club buenos aires presentation aircraft '
    P7052 as a 'bellows club buenos aires presentation aircraft '

    As buenos aires is the capitol of argentina,
    They must be bellows argentina aircraft ?

    However does anyone know which number 'bellows argentina' they
    were ?

    I have serial / number ties for bellows argentina '1 to 7'.

    Cheers
    Jerry

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    Hi Jerry
    I don't know if your info came from Air Britain P-Serials or not but that book only has 7 Whirlwinds specifically as "Bellows Argentina". They do have P7094 simply as Bellows but no Country, and P7122 as "Bellows Uruguay". In addition they have P7102 labelled only as "Comrades in Arms". There is no attribution for the 2 Serials in your post.
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    Not a lot of help but 'Gifts of War' does not include the 2 serials you quote.
    It does however list that Bellows Argentina VII & VIII are unidentified.
    The two you mention are probabley these two.
    Regards
    Andy

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    Hi Again
    Picking up from Andy's post the full list in Air Britain P serials is
    P7055 Bellows Argentina I
    P7116 -,,- II
    P7117 -,,- III
    P7118 -,,- 4 (the change from Roman Numerals is as in the book)
    P7119 -,,- 5
    P7120 -,,- 6
    P7121 -,,- 7
    P7122 Bellows Uruguay
    P7094 Bellows
    P7102 Comrades in Arms, which could be from anywhere.
    Regards
    Dick

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    Jerry,

    'Presentation a/c of the Two World Wars' R Duval

    "The Fellowship of the Bellows in the Argentine prsented no less than eight Whirlwinds comprising 'Bellows Fellowship'; 'Bellows Argentine' (1 to 7) while the Fellowship in Uruguay gave 'Bellows Uruguay No 1'. Other a/c included 'Pride of Yeovil' and 'Comrades in Arms'.

    Whirwind P7102 'Comrades in Arms' was presented by Mr & Mrs Ellis of Fiji."

    There is a good photograph of 'Comrades in Arms' in 137S markings , SF-P' and another of 'Bellows Argentina No 7', P7121 'C' also of 137S.

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    DaveW
    Last edited by davew; 15th December 2007 at 10:58. Reason: Serial No added

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    Hi All,
    Thanks for the replies,and info, looks like I still need to do some more research.

    Whilst on the subject,
    Does anyone any details on the following aircraft

    'bellows brazil I, II & III '
    or 'O Banderante'

    Cheers
    Jerry

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    Jerry

    From Gifts of War


    Bellows Brazil No 1 Spitfire Vb BS545

    No info re II and III

    IV was Vc JL120

    V No info.

    VI Vc JL161

    O Bandeirante first applied to Vb BM634,later transferred to Vb EP166

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    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the info, very interesting,

    'O Bandeirante first applied to Vb BM634 later transferred to Vb EP166'

    The info I saw had listed an 'O Banderante' in 1941, with the aircraft name changing in July 42 to just ' bellows '.
    As BM634 was at 6MU 3-5-42, then issued to 111SQ 13-6-42. This then leaves the possibility it could have been used during 1941 / early 42 by another a/c.


    Bellows Brazil No 1 Spitfire Vb BS545 first issued to 122SQ 27-10-42, the others were named sometime in 1943.
    So similar possibility here also.

    Many thanks for the info, it has helped me greatly..

    pushing my luck maybe ?
    anyone have any info on the following six named aircraft :-

    Bellows Uruguay II
    Bellows Uruguay III
    Bellows Uruguay IV
    Fellowship of the Bellows Columbia
    Condor I ( Bolivia )
    Condor II ( Bolivia )


    cheers
    Jerry
    Last edited by brewerjerry; 15th December 2007 at 23:33. Reason: extra info

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