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    Ive just been watching 633 Squadron on ITV4, fantastic flying sequences but then again Im a Mossquito fan. But apart from that the film is dire, George Chakaris as a Norwegian!!!! And thats just the start, I wont bore with the rest of my criticism Ill leave that to Barry Norman.

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    I saw it too. As a kid the film was fantastic but as I got older it looked more and more tacky, especially the explosions which look like something from Thunderbirds. The flying made up for it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canberra View Post
    Ive just been watching 633 Squadron on ITV4, fantastic flying sequences but then again Im a Mossquito fan. But apart from that the film is dire, George Chakaris as a Norwegian!!!! And thats just the start, I wont bore with the rest of my criticism Ill leave that to Barry Norman.
    And why was the Wg Cdr played by an American? *spit spit*

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    If I remember right from the book, he was an ex eagle squadron bod who stayed in the RAF instead if transferring to the USAAF.

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    For the simple reason that it was made by an American company, and an American would sell tickets in the states. I read on Wiki that the book on which its based was itself an amalgamation of various RAF exploits, and I agree with that. To me its a sort of poor mans Dambusters.

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    These photos are courtesy of Charles Waitkus of West Virginia. He was stationed at RAF Burtonwood and moved to RAF Bovingdon. He worked on the two AACS Flight Check aircraft assigned to him. The C-47 Gooneybird (Dakota) call sign '9250' was one of two used to verify the accuracy of USAF Navigational Aids in the UK. The second photo is of the Control Tower at Bovingdon. Both of his birds had checked my RAF Bruntingthorpe Navigational Aids on numerous occasions.

    Meeting these planes and crew was always an exciting event. Jack

    9250 Charley Waitkus - RAF Bovingdon.jpgcontrol1.jpg

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    According to the Air-Britain DC-3 history, 43-49250 went to the Royal Thai Air Force in 1964. After withdrawal from service, it was preserved at Lopburi Thai Army Aviation Centre and was reported there in November 1995. It probably still exists!

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    Thanks Dave, I must have found the same entry about 49250. During my search I tried to determine if 49250 was still at Lapburi but could find no record of it there. Maybe future searches will solve this mystery. I will pass your entry #28 to Charley Waitkus.

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    Latest on the C-47 flown out of RAF Bovingdon with tail number 49250:

    Email received from Steve Darke:

    Hi Jack, as far as I know it is still preserved at Lopburi RTAFB in Thailand. It was certainly still there in 2000. See photos I took in 1995 at

    http://www.thai-aviation.net/images/...ri_Nov_95a.jpg

    http://www.thai-aviation.net/images/...ri_Nov_95a.jpg

    I think from memory that it is the C-47 which can be seen on Google Earth at 1456'12.70"N, 10039'8.04"E (image taken Jan-04).

    See also an earlier photo of it at

    http://www.thai-aviation.net/images/..._1_via_Kok.JPG

    Was issued overseas under MAP 07-Nov-63; taken on charge by RThaiAF 26-Jan-64; to Department of Aviation as HS-DOA Nov-66

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Smith View Post
    According to the Air-Britain DC-3 history, 43-49250 went to the Royal Thai Air Force in 1964. After withdrawal from service, it was preserved at Lopburi Thai Army Aviation Centre and was reported there in November 1995. It probably still exists!
    I shouldn't be too optimistic. I recently saw some photographs of quantities of Thai C47/DC3 airframes being dumped in the ocean, apparently to form the basis for a coral reef.

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