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Fonthill: RAF Liberators Over Burma
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 03:52 AM UTC

Fonthill Media has published ‘RAF Liberators Over Burma’ a book by Bill Kirkness DFM and Matt Poole, the former having flown with 159 Squadron during WWII in Indiarn

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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 08:26 AM UTC
Thanks for posting the book announcement. One small change, though. You have the wrong cover. The correct authorship is "Bill Kirkness DFM AND Matt Poole", not "...WITH Matt Poole". The printed book says "...AND Matt Poole".

For modellers, specifically, the 52 photos include:

>>A colourised (cover) and black & white shot of a Mk VI Liberator taking off

>>A burned-out Wellington in Malta

>>Two photos of pranged Mk II Liberators

>>A nice shot of engine repairs on a Mk II Liberator

>>A shot from the outer port wing of a Mk II Liberator wing, looking towards the fuselage

>>An interior shot of a beam gunner manning his .303-inch guns on a Mk II Liberator

>>One shot showing men in front of the No.2 engine and another showing the forward fuselage, both the same Mk III Liberator

>>A photo from the outside showing the .5-in port beam gun protruding from an open hatch

>>Armourers ‘bombing up’ a Liberator (from the bomb trolley)

>>A pranged Mk III Liberator

>>Close-up nose art shots

>>A taxying Mk III Liberator

>>A crew portrait in front of a Mk VI Liberator

>>A view of engine fitters working on a Mk VI Liberator’s No.2 engine

>>A forward fuselage view of another Mk III Liberator with nose art, and

>>A pranged Mk VI Liberator.

The written descriptions of the different model Liberators could be of use to modellers, as well.

To hear ww2podcast.com interviewer Angus Wallace's 51-minute interview with me, go to: http://ww2podcast.com/ww2-podcast/61-raf-liberators-burma-flying-159-squadron/

Those who support Angus with a tiny amount of money monthly will gain access to an additional 31 minutes of chatter, from our nearly three hours of talking on Skype.

Cheers, Matt
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 06:05 AM UTC
For those who are interested (you will not be tested!), here is a link to a story in Thursday's Daily Mail (a.k.a. 'Daily Fail'):


There are errors, but newspaper these days almost always like to introduce errors! Nevertheless, I'm grateful for the coverage.