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@dirtylittlefokker david leigh-smith

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Professional psychologist, father of four, musician, modeler, lecturer. Tired.

My modeling defaults are building dioramas and WWII aircraft. Enjoy WW2 history, reading, single malt scotch whisky (without the ‘e’), music, good food, bit of philosophy, and general history.

On This Day…April 9th.

US Navy crewman loading .50 caliber ammunition on a F2A Buffalo, Naval Air Station Miami, United States, 9th of April, 1943. ...the same aircraft, Lieutenant Walter A. Haas in the cockpit. ____________________ Warships in Victoria Harbour[...]

On This Day…April 8th

Pilots of No. 40 Squadron comparing notes in SAAF Spitfire at Gabes Gap, Tunisia, early April, 1943. These Spitfires were, I believe, VB’s. Photo quite possibly taken 8th April. ____________________ US Submarines S-18, S-47, and S-44[...]

On This Day…April 7th.

The date of April 7th was a day of utter desperation for the main Axis powers in WWII. In Germany the Luftwaffe launched operation ‘Sonderkommando Elbe’ while in the Pacific, the Japanese threw their last hopes behind Operation ‘Ten-go’. [...]

On This Day…April 6th.

Hawker Hurricane Mark IIDs of No 6 Squadron, Royal Air Force rolling out at Gabes Gap (Tunisia) on 6 April 1943 for a tank-busting raid. Gabes Gap’ Was a fiercely fought over strip of land on the coast of Tunisia, blocking the advance of the [...]

On This Day…April 5th.

A burned out M4A3 ‘Easy Eight’ of the 31st Tank Battalion (7th Armoured Division) that was knocked out during the battle around Oberkirchen, in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. April 5th, 1945. ____________________ Grumman Hellcat MkII (R[...]

On This Day…April 4th.

‘Gardening’ mission was the term given to RAF sorties to lay sea mines by aircraft whereby bombers would fly in relatively low and plant parachute assisted mines that would sit at a prescribed depth, just below the surface of the water. Crews [...]

On This Day…April 3rd.

By 1944, the battleship Tirpitz, sister ship to the Bismarck, had long been a coveted target of the British Admiralty. Just the existence of the battleship alone was enough to influence the British Fleet’s strategy and tactical thinking, espec[...]

On This Day…April 2nd.

Iconic photo of Kittyhawk Mark I with the RAF 112 Squadron, taxiing through the treacherously uneven scrub of the Libyan desert on 2nd of April, 1942. The groundcrew on the wing is helping guide the pilot around potential unseen obstacles (due[...]

On This Day…April 1st.

The battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) shelling Okinawa on April 1st, 1945. ____________________ Seafire III landing aboard an unidentified carrier on April 1st, part of Operation Iceberg at Okinawa. Interestingly for modelers, the lighter tone [...]

On This Day…March 31st.

Today in 1945 the RAF sent a force of 469 aircraft from Bomber Groups 1, 6 and 8 comprising of 361 Lancasters, 100 Halifaxes and 8 Mosquitoes. The brief was to attack the Blohm and Voss shipyards at Hamburg where “a new type of U Boat was bein[...]