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Taylortony
04-03-2004, 09:22 AM
Ahh................ not my last, but "The Last" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

April the 1st 1954 was like any day in the hot humid conditions of Singapore, the sun beat down on the RAF Airfield of Seletar as Sqdn Leader Swaby Strapped himself into Spitfire XIX PS888 of 81 Squadron RAF for a photo reconnaissance mission over the Jungle forests of Johore. The purpose of which was to look for evidence of communist guerillas thought to be operating in the Area......... One thing marked this mission out from all the previous ones carried out by this old girl from a bygone era, on her cowls, hastily painted that morning by her dedicated ground crew she bore with pride the words "The Last". For this was no ordinary mission, this was to be the Last Operational Mission ever flown by A Spitfire of the RAF. The end of an era was coming to a close, an era spanning over a decade in which her and her sisters had contributed towards the building of A Legend, A Legend called "Spitfire".


As we have no Mk X1X Spitfire available for Forgotten Battles Aces Pack, I have painted the scheme on the Spitfire VB 1941.

Hope you Like http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
TonyT

http://www.il2skins.com/?action=display&skinid=10493

http://mysite.freeserve.com/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/The_Last_Spitfire.jpg

http://mysite.freeserve.com/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/The_Last_Spitfire_2.jpg

http://mysite.freeserve.com/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/The_Last_Spitfire_3.jpg

[This message was edited by Taylortony on Sun April 04 2004 at 12:51 PM.]

Taylortony
04-03-2004, 09:22 AM
Ahh................ not my last, but "The Last" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

April the 1st 1954 was like any day in the hot humid conditions of Singapore, the sun beat down on the RAF Airfield of Seletar as Sqdn Leader Swaby Strapped himself into Spitfire XIX PS888 of 81 Squadron RAF for a photo reconnaissance mission over the Jungle forests of Johore. The purpose of which was to look for evidence of communist guerillas thought to be operating in the Area......... One thing marked this mission out from all the previous ones carried out by this old girl from a bygone era, on her cowls, hastily painted that morning by her dedicated ground crew she bore with pride the words "The Last". For this was no ordinary mission, this was to be the Last Operational Mission ever flown by A Spitfire of the RAF. The end of an era was coming to a close, an era spanning over a decade in which her and her sisters had contributed towards the building of A Legend, A Legend called "Spitfire".


As we have no Mk X1X Spitfire available for Forgotten Battles Aces Pack, I have painted the scheme on the Spitfire VB 1941.

Hope you Like http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
TonyT

http://www.il2skins.com/?action=display&skinid=10493

http://mysite.freeserve.com/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/The_Last_Spitfire.jpg

http://mysite.freeserve.com/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/The_Last_Spitfire_2.jpg

http://mysite.freeserve.com/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/The_Last_Spitfire_3.jpg

[This message was edited by Taylortony on Sun April 04 2004 at 12:51 PM.]

Death105th
04-03-2004, 09:25 AM
good job by the way

blairgowrie
04-03-2004, 09:38 AM
In my next life, I think I will come back as a Spitfire. Nice work TT.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg

jensenpark
04-03-2004, 09:43 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
In my next life, I think I will come back as a Spitfire. Nice work TT.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

lol!

btw: who's the painting of in your sig?

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG

compass1
04-03-2004, 10:34 AM
If you go to the BBMF site you'll find they've painted their PRXIX Spit in these colours for this years season

tttiger
04-03-2004, 10:55 AM
An absolute beauty, TT.

Whatever its shortcomings (short range, small ammo load), the Spit is the prettiest plane ever built.

Thanks for the spectacular skin!

ttt

"I want the one that kills the best with the least amount of risk to me"

-- Chuck Yeager describing "The Best Airplane."

SECUDUS
04-03-2004, 10:58 AM
Taylortony...Splendid as always!

Do you think you could do us a favour and make a skin of K9834 (Mk.I Spitfire)which was modified and renumbered as N.17 for an attempt on the World's Speed Record in 1938. It had a flush-riveted skin and a superfine blue and gold high gloss finish. I'll post some images if your interested!

Sec.

http://mysite.freeserve.com/Endodontics/sigs/WhirlySig03.jpg?0.8016962940949658

Taylortony
04-03-2004, 11:07 AM
Please do post them and i will see what i can do

SECUDUS
04-03-2004, 11:47 AM
http://www.jaapteeuwen.com/ww2aircraft/html%20pages/SUPERMARINE%20HIGH-SPEED%20SPITFIRE.htm

http://www.madhouse.plus.com/uk/Spitfire%20K9834%20LSR.jpg

http://www.airwar.ru/image/i/xplane/sspit-i.jpg

http://www.nkrmodels.com.au/czm-124.jpg

http://users.pandora.be/Luchtoorlog_Warplanes/Images/spit_i/n17.jpg

I've got another two that I will need to scan and up-load...

http://mysite.freeserve.com/Endodontics/sigs/WhirlySig03.jpg?0.8016962940949658

WUAF_Badsight
04-03-2004, 12:55 PM
hey TonyT

put your AntiAliasing & AnistropicFiltering on MAX for your screen shots

just to do your skins justice for the advertisement shots dude http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

SECUDUS
04-03-2004, 01:33 PM
http://mysite.freeserve.com/Endodontics/Upload01/SpeedSpitfire.jpg?0.7013608595721497

Sec.

http://mysite.freeserve.com/Endodontics/sigs/WhirlySig03.jpg?0.8016962940949658

Insuber
04-03-2004, 03:56 PM
You can find many interesting films, including aerial dogfights and bombings, and documentaries about the Spitfire at

http://www.archivioluce.com/index.asp

For instance, the film "Attività dei bombardieri tedeschi sopra l?inghilterra - Luce 0138" shows a mission of He111 over Britain engaging and downing two Spitfires Mk VA:

http://ricerca.archivioluce.com/h3/h3.exe/a1/sC:!WINNT!TEMP!HwTemp!3seAAC9.tmp/fForm+Titoli?from.x=semp

Probably you will need to register (it's free), hope you will work it out ... it's in Italian only ...

Regards,
Insuber

blairgowrie
04-03-2004, 04:37 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jensenpark:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
In my next life, I think I will come back as a Spitfire. Nice work TT.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

lol!

btw: who's the painting of in your sig?

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for your interest jp.

It is a picture of a painting that I have of my brother Tony. He was killed in action in March 1942 age 21. I was 2 years old at the time.

At the risk of boring everyone, I have just obtained a copy of his service record from the RAF Records Department and am awaiting further information from the RAF Historical Branch. I had always assumed he flew Hurricanes but it looked as though he had converted to Spits just before his untimely death. Needless to say, I am very proud of him and I am honoured to display his image as my signature.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg

Luftkillier
04-03-2004, 04:40 PM
This is a great thread.

Taylortony
04-03-2004, 04:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jensenpark:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
In my next life, I think I will come back as a Spitfire. Nice work TT.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

lol!

btw: who's the painting of in your sig?

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for your interest jp.

It is a picture of a painting that I have of my brother Tony. He was killed in action in March 1942 age 21. I was 2 years old at the time.

At the risk of boring everyone, I have just obtained a copy of his service record from the RAF Records Department and am awaiting further information from the RAF Historical Branch. I had always assumed he flew Hurricanes but it looked as though he had converted to Spits just before his untimely death. Needless to say, I am very proud of him and I am honoured to display his image as my signature.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Far from being bored, I am humbled............ I often wondered who it was and now i know it increases my respect, both for him and yourself...

Freycinet
04-04-2004, 01:41 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:

Thanks for your interest jp.

It is a picture of a painting that I have of my brother Tony. He was killed in action in March 1942 age 21. I was 2 years old at the time.

At the risk of boring everyone, I have just obtained a copy of his service record from the RAF Records Department and am awaiting further information from the RAF Historical Branch. I had always assumed he flew Hurricanes but it looked as though he had converted to Spits just before his untimely death. Needless to say, I am very proud of him and I am honoured to display his image as my signature.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not bored at all, but rather very interested in hearing more.

GR142_Astro
04-04-2004, 02:35 AM
blairgowrie,

Even after many years, stories like yours are still sad. Sorry you had to grow up and carry on without your big brother M8.

Here's to living a life worthy of those who sacrificed theirs.

http://members.cox.net/kinetic/SigImages/LockheedLightningMed.jpg

____________________________

"If Adolf Hitler flew in today, they'd send a limosine anyway." ~TheClash~

Extreme_One
04-04-2004, 02:38 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Freycinet:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:

Thanks for your interest jp.

It is a picture of a painting that I have of my brother Tony. He was killed in action in March 1942 age 21. I was 2 years old at the time.

At the risk of boring everyone, I have just obtained a copy of his service record from the RAF Records Department and am awaiting further information from the RAF Historical Branch. I had always assumed he flew Hurricanes but it looked as though he had converted to Spits just before his untimely death. Needless to say, I am very proud of him and I am honoured to display his image as my signature.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not bored at all, but rather very interested in hearing more.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I 2nd that.

Beautiful Spitfires too Taylortony - but we expect no less from you now. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

S! Simon
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Download the USAAF & RAF campaign folders here (http://www.netwings.org/library/Forgotten_Battles/Missions/index-10.html).

Download "North and South" including the Japanese speech-pack here (http://www.netwings.org/library/Forgotten_Battles/Missions/index-12.html). *NEW*

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SeaFireLIV
04-04-2004, 05:50 AM
Very nice, TT.

I often assumed blairgowrie`s sig was just a picture picked at random, but now I appreciate it`s meaning. We are indebted to such people as your brother and I have much respect.

Sorry, too for your loss.

blairgowrie
04-04-2004, 10:02 AM
Thanks very much guys for your expressions of interest and sympathy. Very kind of you.

I have had FB since it first came out in March 2003 and picked it up in a store without knowing anything about it. I played off-line at first but switched to on-line play a few months ago and play with a regular group every Friday night. I found that the more I played the game, the greater the addiction and the more my interest grew in learning more about my brother. So I decided it was time to do some research. Other than his picture and a model of a metal Spitfire which he had given my father, I had very little information to go on.

I was the youngest of 7 children. My father and mother are both long deceased and my last surviving family member, my brother passed away 3 years ago. So I wrote letters to all the surviving spouses and children and asked them if they had any information or documents that might help me with my research.

Low and behold, one of my sister-in-law discovered four letters written by Tony in late 1941 and early 1942. Apart from providing a fascinating insight into his thoughts and daily issues he faced, he had quoted his service number and the numbers of 2 Operational Units he had been posted to. These were 59 O.T.U which flew Hurricanes and 61 O.T.U. which flew Spits out of Heston.

Next I went to the web and found that, as the surviving next of kin, I could get a copy of his service record if I could quote his service number. I wrote to the RAF and almost by return mail, a copy of his service record arrived. It didn't provide as much information as I hoped but here is the gist of it.

He joined as a volunteer reserve trainee pilot in December 1940 just a few months after war broke out. He was 19 years of age. His proficiency was rated as A out of ABC. At the time of death in March 1942 he had been flying for 1 year and 92 days. He had been at 61 O.T.U for 6 weeks (I have been reading Pierre Closterman's book, The Big Show and he says that a pilot spent 8 weeks at an O.T.U. before being assigned to an operational squadron.

My recollection from stuff my mother told me was that Tony had been flying in the am and reported a engine problem with his ac. When he flew later in the day, he apparently knew immediately that the problem was still evident. There was some kind of accident and he was very badly burned. My father and mother rushed to London and were with him when he died 4 days later.

Again as surviving next of kin, I should be able to get a copy of the accident report from the RAF Historical Branch. I have written them and hope to get a copy of any information they have very soon.

In closing, I would like to leave you with a few quotes from his 4 letters:

Nov 1941: "The day flying is coming along superbly. I am now throwing the Hurricanes about in the sky. The feeling of terrific speed has been forgotten and I usually have plenty of time to do all the vital actions like getting the wheels up & down. I don't care much for night flying. It's all a matter of flying by instruments. I wouldn't mind so much if I could see something when I get up from the flare path, I can't see a damned thing"

"The instructors here I am told are all great chaps except on chap called Brown who has a reputation of being an absolute terror. He only takes the best pilots and he gives them hell.It would be my luck to get him".

His next letter:
"We were allocated into squads this morning and I am terribly afraid that I have fallen foul of the one person I wanted to keep away from. The instructor with the bad record".

Same letter:
"The C.O. of our station is Sailor Malan. He has shot down the greatest number of enemy aircraft in this war. I think his total is over 35 machines. He is a stickler for disipline and punctuality and keeps us on our toes".

Again, many thanks for your kind comments. If I get any additional information from the RAF Historical Branch, I will be more than pleased to post it. In the meantime, my thanks to FB and the great people I have met on these Forums.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg

Taylortony
04-04-2004, 01:51 PM
Blairgowrie, if anyones post deserves reading it is yours, a heartfelt Bump

p1ngu666
04-04-2004, 02:00 PM
got a picture of the spitfire?
http://www.il2skins.com/?action=display&skinid=9495
need a lil more work to finish my schinder trophy spit and then ill be willing todo a skin for u, or even before.
insterstings stuff http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.pingu666.modded.me.uk/mysig3.jpg
&lt;123_GWood_JG123&gt; NO SPAM!

jensenpark
04-04-2004, 02:18 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jensenpark:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
In my next life, I think I will come back as a Spitfire. Nice work TT.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

lol!

btw: who's the painting of in your sig?

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for your interest jp.

It is a picture of a painting that I have of my brother Tony. He was killed in action in March 1942 age 21. I was 2 years old at the time.

At the risk of boring everyone, I have just obtained a copy of his service record from the RAF Records Department and am awaiting further information from the RAF Historical Branch. I had always assumed he flew Hurricanes but it looked as though he had converted to Spits just before his untimely death. Needless to say, I am very proud of him and I am honoured to display his image as my signature.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thank you so much for sharing. I've been meaning to ask for a while and am glad I finally did.
I hope you will share more info when it arrives. I think you will have a very receptive audience.

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG

blairgowrie
04-04-2004, 02:59 PM
Thanks again JP. I must admit there was a tear in my eye when I was typing the information. I will definitely update if I get any further news.

BTW, I forgot to mention that I grew up in Scotland and immigrated to Canada many moons ago. Adventure must be in the family blood, I guess. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg

p1ngu666
04-04-2004, 03:59 PM
i swear ppl ignore me 90% of the time :\

got a picture of the spitfire?
http://www.il2skins.com/?action=display&skinid=9495
need a lil more work to finish my schinder trophy spit and then ill be willing todo a skin for u, or even before.
insterstings stuff

hmpf.

http://www.pingu666.modded.me.uk/mysig3.jpg
&lt;123_GWood_JG123&gt; NO SPAM!

jensenpark
04-04-2004, 04:48 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
Thanks again JP. I must admit there was a tear in my eye when I was typing the information. I will definitely update if I get any further news.

BTW, I forgot to mention that I grew up in Scotland and immigrated to Canada many moons ago. Adventure must be in the family blood, I guess. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Scotland? Well we won't hold that against you http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
At least not much anyways... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG

heywooood
04-04-2004, 08:02 PM
Thank-you for posting those excerpts from your brothers life here.

Very much appreciated in this community I am sure.

Great thread guys.. I hope it stays right on top where it belongs.

chris455
04-04-2004, 10:01 PM
A fine man.
May he dwell in Valhalla.

Thank you for sharing this with us, Blairgowrie.

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T_O_A_D
04-04-2004, 10:55 PM
Very nice blairgowrie!
I often wondered about your sig aswell but never managed to ask. It's quite amazing the story behind it. My hats off to your brother and his m8's from long ago for their sacrifices for us all. S!

To think your only 2 years older than my Old man. Its amazes me even more how many of your generation play this sim.


Oh nice skins Taylortony!
Have you checked your Private Topics recently? (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=ugtpc&s=400102)
131st_Toad's Squad link (http://www.geocities.com/vfw_131st/)
My TrackIR fix, Read the whole thread (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=49310655&m=15310285&p=1)
2.11 drivers (http://home.mchsi.com/~131st-vfw/NaturalPoint_trackIR_2_11.exe)
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arcadeace
04-04-2004, 11:13 PM
Blairgowrie I do remember a while back in a post you mentioned it was a pic of your brother who served. I'd like to add you're a gentleman and humble example for many, myself included. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Udidtoo
04-05-2004, 12:44 AM
Blairgowrie, Thanks for shareing a small bit of Tony with the rest of us.

..............................
I always have just enough fuel to arrive at the scene of my crash.

lil_labbit
04-05-2004, 09:42 PM
I knew this would happen...
It's not on page 1 anymore so BUMP

Thank you for you sharing with us, where else but here would we hear a story like this...

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