Obviously Elementary

It was obvious in the first place. Sergeant Moncur wasn’t wearing a Free French pilot uniform on these 75 year-old photos.

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But this didn’t become obvious until I had read the debriefing report. 

Top secret debriefing report

William Kerr Moncur’s uniform isn’t a Free French pilot’s uniform. Just look it up on Google.

The Internet is a great way to start searching for information or for great bargains. 

The proof of the pudding is here…

All you get for $84 + shipping is a 1/48 refueller. 

For $32 + $15 shipping fee I got this!

With a bonus Hawker Hurricane Mk.I. No wonder I had ordered a second one kit last month. 

Did I say bargain?

 

Preserving the Past- About Unverified Sources…

Maybe I jumped to conclusions a little too fast.

William K. Moncur was not a Free French pilot. The information I had taken from the Internet proved false.

This is the proof right here on a top secret document about the debriefing of Flight Lieutenant Moncur who was shot down 19 September 1944 and who managed to escape.

This is what got me thinking about William K. Moncur after reading the report.

Length of service: 5 1/2 years (September 1944 minus 5 1/2 years = March 1939

His private address: 53 Spottinswoode Street, Edinburgh

To the question, Do you speak French? He answered “Fair French”.


In 1955, William K. Moncur got a Queen’s commendation as part of RAuxAF.

From Wikipedia…

By March 1939, 21 flying squadrons had been formed, the 20 surviving units being ’embodied’ (included) with the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of war. Notably, all enlisted men continued to serve under their auxiliary conditions of service until they expired when they were required to transfer to the RAFVR. The squadrons were equipped with a variety of operational aircraft which included Hurricanes and Spitfires. The squadrons scored a number of notable successes before and during the Second World War: the first flight over Mount Everest, undertaken by auxiliary pilots from 602 Squadron, the first German aircraft destroyed over British territorial waters – and over the mainland, the first U-boat to be destroyed with the aid of airborne radar, the first kill of a V-1 flying bomb; the first to be equipped with jet-powered aircraft, and the highest score of any British night fighter squadron. In the Battle of Britain, the AAF provided 14 of the 62 Squadrons in RAF Fighter Command‘s Order of Battle and accounted for approximately 30% of the accredited enemy kills. Indeed, in 11 Group Fighter Command, that saw the heaviest fighting over South East England in 1940, of the 15 top scoring squadrons, eight were auxiliary. The losses sustained during the Battle of Britain, as with all other squadrons, were replaced by drafting in regular and RAFVR pilots.

The Tactical Air Force squadrons were chosen to carry out several successful ultra low-level raids on key ‘pin-point’ targets in occupied Europe. The Balloon Squadrons also played their part, downing and deterring many hostile aircraft and were accredited with the destruction of 279 V1 flying bombs.

The Auxiliary Air Force was also responsible for the anti-aircraft balloon defences of the UK. At the outbreak of war in 1939 there were about 42 Squadrons operating barrage balloons, with the number of squadrons peaking at about 102 in 1944.


This page that I was relying on as a proof was also incorrect.

Preserving the past isn’t always easy especially for an amateur historian.

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Will there be a My Forgotten Hobby II?

Looks like it doesn’t it?

This is what’s in the box.

I was a bit afraid to open it yesterday…LMF?

Lack of moral fiber?

Edward Rowland “Ted” Thorn and air gunner Fred Barker (source Internet)

 

I did not know what LMF was when I was a 10 year-old back in 1958 looking at model airplanes in the window display of a men’s store. 

50 years later I know how these brave men must have felt aboard a Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I. I know also that the Mk.II had some little problems to be ironed out. I read it in the Operations Record Book of RAF 264 Squadron.

I learn a lot reading those. Like what these unsung heroes did, seen here in Gerard Pelletier’s album.

 


The Boys at “264” Dispersal

Sergeant Fred Barker DFM and Bar

Bill Moncur and Johnnie Horan

Flight Sergeant Pelletier and Bill Moncur

Chandler, Rose, and Johnson

Mike and Tony Stuart

John Trigg

Edward Rowland “Ted” Thorn

Fred Pelham

Dan Corser and Ginger Lauder


You will understand why I won’t be building model kits for a little while yet even though the temptation is there to start building.

 

I’ve got mail, and so much to share

$32.99 + shipping for all this.

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I had seen these on the Airfix Website.


The price wasn’t right. $14.99 for the Bedford and $24.99 for the refueling truck.

No wonder I bought two Ready for Battle sets for later use.

This next picture of Flight Sergeant Gerard Pelletier will be documented along with my diorama if ever I decide to start building and stop researching about who were these airmen.

Footnote 

I have now the caption and I know where the photo was taken. I have got to tell you all about it because I have so much to share.

Arriving today!

I could not resist this impulsive buying on Amazon after seeing how nice the Airfix Defiant was.

I could not resist when I saw this also advertised on Amazon.

 

With a Hurricane, my favorite plane, ready for battle!

I really have to stop this impulsive shopping and start building instead.

That’s what I said before I bought these two model kits again…

 

Ready for battle?

What’s A Hobby Shop?

We all have those precious memories about our favorite hobby shops. Mine was Westmount Hobby Shop in Montreal when I was a teenager. As a kid it was L’Oiseau bleu in the east-end of Montreal on Ste. Catherines street.

amateur airplanes

Weird title for my blog right? Dangerously, I got to thinking tonight that it won’t be long before a generation comes along and asks that very question. You see, I am on Spring Break with my family in Branson, Missouri this week. As all my trips to any new city go, I search for any local hobby shops. My searches usually end with nothing more than a Hobby Lobby. This time, however, led me to Branson Hobby Center. An actual brick and mortar hobby shop. It’s main focus is aimed at the RC or train enthusiast but they did have some plastic to look through. I was very pleased to find two Airfix Martlets as well as an Airfix Blenheim. There were quite a few more that I wanted to purchase but I resisted. Added to the three kits were two bottles of RAF Dark Earth and an AK-47 rubber-band…

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