|Two big old buildings house
|The German Messerschmidt -
a tiny plane
|The called the P-40 Flying Tiger -
On Saturday - I just got back to the apartment after a visit to the Royal Air Force Museum. It is located on the site of an old airfield in Colindale about 6 miles north of our apartment. Most of the field is now covered with development - but there are a couple of monster buildings there - just stuffed with old aircraft.
It houses lots of different military aircraft - but concentrates on planes from World War II. The war started in 1939 - but the USA did not enter the war until one month short of 1942. So for a couple of years - after Germany defeated Poland - the Netherlands - France - Belgium - it was just Germany and the UK going at it for the Battle of Britain. This airfield was one of many that sent Hurricane and Spitfires up against the Nazi Luftwaffe.
The museum is cramped. It is hard to get good pictures of aircraft because they are so tightly packed - and the lighting is not great. But with the old building - and other equipment around - you get an authentic feeling.
There are plenty of American aircraft here because I think the British realize without our help - they may have lost the war. Also - even before the USA entered the war - they did send aircraft over on the "lend-lease" plan.
Even though it was only 6 miles to the museum - I took the buses - they were pretty slow with all the stops.
I got back at home at 7 PM - I expect Lulu and Joan to come prancing in any minute to tell me about there Scotland trip. I would like to be done by then.
Happy Easter to all.
|We made more Harvard Trainers
than any other plane
|A Nazi flag from a U-Boat - U570.
U575 killed Roy Everhart
|When U-boats came up for air -
and to run diesel generators -
we bombed them
|Admiral Donitz - commanded the U-boats -
Hitler transferred power to him
when he shot himself
|The Queen's helicopter in the cafe
|American P-51 Mustang
|Honor to USA 8th Air Force
1945 - too late - German Jet
|Unrestored Lancaster bomber
Restore Lancaster Bomber
3 Wheel truck to service planes