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'Sharks teeth' Lancaster

Article about: Anyone know what squadron this Lancaster belonged too please? Thanks Nick

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    One of my All Time Favorites !

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    Just Perfect !!!

    Regards,
    Taka

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    Quote by Scout View Post
    Shark or tiger mouth in US service on bombers and a single more harmless plane though not on the nacelles:
    Very cool photos mate, i love the "sharked up" Dakota!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    More info on the Lancaster:

    Maybe the most colourful of all RCAF Lancaster paint treatments, certainly 419 squadrons most heavily painted aircraft I have seen so far. With each of it's four engine cowlings painted in the fashion of the "Flying Tiger" shark mouth with eyes

    Flown on at least 33 operations including the squadrons last operation on April 25th 1945 against the enemy defences on Wangerooge.
    Flown on that occasion by F/L J E Short. Ropey had a number of different crews flying it during the months of March and April of 1945, including P/O Rickert. F/O D S Bowes (Heide), F/O J C MacNeil (Kiel) and F/O M F Martin (Schwandorf)

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Quote by Scout View Post
    Lancaster VR-R, KB772 (R for Ropey), 419 Squadron RCAF.
    RCAF. Not British Taka but Canadian. The Brits were too uptight to do anything like this LOL.

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    Quote by DougB View Post
    RCAF. Not British Taka but Canadian. The Brits were too uptight to do anything like this LOL.
    Didn't realize that until now, thanks for the correction, Doug.

    The fate for this bomber was sad.....it got scrapped in 1947.

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    It would make a great plastic model!!

    Come on Hasegawa !!

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    I wish they saved more of these old flying beauties. Thank goodness for organizations like the Commemorative Air Force.

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    Quote by Woolgar View Post
    It would make a great plastic model!!

    Come on Hasegawa !!

    Nick
    Orrrr ....1/48 Tamiya, that would be a dynamic piece !!!

    I'm sure every WWII Canadian Bomber modelling fan would like to have at least one. (One to build, one to collect. At least I would)

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    IMO the shark or tiger mouth works on some planes and not on others.

    It sure has been used on many MANY types of planes though aviation history (and on E-Boote/MTBs, trucks, cars you name it).

    As others have mentioned, its sort of iconic to the P-40. In my humble opinion it looks exceedingly well on that plane.

    Though I must admit, that the below fighter doesnt look too shabby with the shark mouth - at least from this angle:
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    112 Squadron RAF-first to use the 'sharks mouth' on it's P40s.
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