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    Hi guys

    Following up my ongoing enquiry re the Maryland, what was so special/different about Maryland AR713 which was fitted with an Anson-type turret?

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    Brian

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    Hello Brian,

    Detail from "Profile 232"
    photo caption says- "The first RAF unit to operate Marylands was 431 Flight at Luqa, Malta. Here is one of the flights aircraft, beleived to be AH261, during its take-off run.
    Like several of the initial Marylands to be received, this one is equipped with an ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH MANUALLY OPERATED dorsal turret.
    So looks like the first ones may have been delivered without turrets and were fitted with what was available in the Middle East.
    431 Flight formed at Malta on September 19th 1940 with three ex French 167F's fresh from the UK and one Blackburn Skua. In January 1941 the flight became 69 Squadron with five Marylands.
    From AB's AA100-AZ999, 431 Flights Marylands I's were -
    AR705;707;710;711;712;713;719;722;724;725;726;727; 733;735;741.Skua - L2882, Nov/Dec 40, L2911 9/40-12/40.

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 16th November 2010 at 02:37.

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