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    Default Film "Paratrooper" aircraft oddities

    Hello,
    The Allan Ladd film "Paratrooper" has some nice shots of WW2 aircraft.
    However they puzzle me.
    Two(at least ) Wellington's Squadron codes "MH".
    Dakota aircraft,
    One -serial number - 43-16048 on tail, and HJ252 on fuselage side.
    Aircraft was not camouflaged and had star and bar with red center bar on fuselage and late red/white/blue RAF roundel on upper starboard wing. Aircraft in sqdn letter "E".
    Second Dakota Civil markings but RAF serial number TG602.
    On the same base (in the film) a natural metal Beaufighter with black and yellow underside.
    Any info known on the true details of these aircraft .
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    Hi Alex

    The Beaufighter would have been a Target Tug - the last Beau's in RAF service were the TT version (as seen in 'Ice Cold in Alex').
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    Default Re: Film "Paratrooper" aircraft oddities

    Here's the movie

    https://youtu.be/NNK_3B0Ngho
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Default Re: Film "Paratrooper" aircraft oddities

    Alex:

    Looks like the RAF serials were borrowed.

    Per Bruce Robertson:
    HJ252 was allocated to a Canadian-built Mosquito
    TG602 was a Hastings

    Per Joe Baugher:
    43-16048 was a USAAF C-47 that appears to have remained in Europe well beyond the film's 1953 release date, so that one's a possibility.

    I've not looked at the film.

    Robert

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    Hi Alex.
    Mark Ashley's "Flying Film Stars" says the Beaughfighter (a TT.10) was from No.5 CAACU, RAF Llanbedr. All their Beau's were SOC in 1959.
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    There were 3 Wellington T.10's from No.3 Overseas Ferry Unit, RAF Abingdon, and 3 from 1.ANS (Air Navigation School?), RAF Flying Training Command.
    All seven were SOC in 1953.

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    3 x RAF Transport Command Hastings C.1's. Including TG602.
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    And 8 assorted Dakotas and C-47's borrowed from l'Armee de l'Air, RCAF and USAF. One of the Dak's i/d n/k.

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    Default Re: Film "Paratrooper" aircraft oddities

    The mention of Dakota HJ252 had me really look it up - its an Indian Air Force Dakota.


    http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Da...ircraft/HJ-252


    https://youtu.be/NNK_3B0Ngho?t=3156 is where you see the tail number.

    https://youtu.be/NNK_3B0Ngho?t=3160 is where you catch a glimpse on the starboard wing roundel - which is clearly NOT a USAF roundel, but pretty darned likely to be the IAF Roundel. (Red/Orange on the Outside.. Green in the inside)

    I theorize that this aircraft was being prepped for delivery to the IAF and had a brief screen appearance in the film!



    Dakota HJ252 was in its previous life 43-15397 , C/N 19863 taken into IAF service around 1948. (But not confirmed)
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