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The 4 Sqn Collection

From Jim Sharples:

I would like to introduce myself. Over the years I have been collecting 4 Squadron Items and have now built up a reasonable collection of artefacts, ranging in scale from aircrew equipment to full aircraft.

The current focus of this collection is around any 4 Squadron artefacts dating from World War 2 […]

Where’s This Castle? (Yes, Germany!)

Twitter:

@BAESystemsAir Here’s a challenge for you on a Thursday night, Twitter. Name the castle in this Harrier picture? We’ve tried to find it and come up with nothing. Any ideas? #avgeeks @Frostblade_

Snow Falcon Harriers

From John Wolstenholm:

Hello. Is there any possibility one of your members might be able to help regarding the Snow Falcon Harriers, I and IV squadrons in 2004?

I’m nearing completion of a detailed 1:32 model of one of these GR.7s. Both this picture:

and even more so the one on your site:

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World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in the Netherlands website

This will be of interest to many historians:

From Jan Nieuwenhuis

Dear Sir,

Perhaps you’re interested in the following:

On 1 October 2017 my new “World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in the Netherlands & North Sea” (also English Channel) website was launched!

The purpose of the website is to help researchers, family members […]

IV Sqn Hunters

IV Sqn Hunters at JeverPhoto: Ian Black @blickyian

Thanks for the photo, Blacky!

Hugh Granville-White

Hugh in front cockpit with F/O Pratt in rear cockpit airborne in a Bristol Fighter while looking for a landing ground near Elstead (Near Farnham) 25 April 1922.

Chris “Hoppy” GW has sent me some details of his father’s career on 4 Sqn in the 1920’s. I’ve created a page in the History section […]

IV Sqn Wikipedia Page

Just found it!

Wikipedia

Hoppy’s Hunter

Hoppy’s Hunter

At Cottesmore? Photo by Ian Black @BlickyIan

Arthur Stanley “Pete” Pinnion

From Ken Utton’s Sqn Personalities 1949:

Sqn Ldr ‘Colonel’ Mowatt: Had ditched a Hurricane and hit the bottom before getting out. Was local Town Major in Gutersloh before joining 4. He was killed with Pete Pinnion (Engineering Officer) in an Anson which hit a chimney at Munster when they were going home on leave. I […]

Field Deployments by Al Holman

Al Holman has kindly sent me some of his memories of field deployments with the Harrier Force in the 1970’s. Al flew the Harrier GR3/T4 on IV(AC) Sqn at Gutersloh from 1977 to 1980. I arrived on IV in November 1979 and remember sitting in the back of a T4 with Al performing an air […]

Those Were The Days

A very handsome pilot at the beginning!

South Atlantic Medal – Qualifying Date Extension

From Andrew Williams:

I see (http://www.veterans-uk.info/medals/20140730-%20Guidance%20-%20Medal%20Review-new.pdf) that the qualifying date for the South Atlantic Medal (without rosette) is extended from 12 July 1982 to 21 October 1982 “when the airfield at Mount Pleasant was completed.”

A couple of things spring to mind. Whilst I have a comprehensive photographic record of our Autumn ’82 to Spring […]

What’s With the White Stripes?

XZ131 at Gutersloh in 1977. Photo: Spotters Group Gutersloh

Another photo of a GR3 with white stripes. This one is XZ 131 ‘M’ at Gutersloh in 1977.

Does anybody remember why we had the stripes?

Photo from the Spotters Group Gutersloh.

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HFA Heritage Visit

Pete Mears, Mike Aynsley and Arfa Hancock visited the HFA Heritage Centre at Wittering last December.

It was a great afternoon out; Mike Aynsley and Arfa Hancock had last seen each other 42 years ago at Wildenrath with XV779 being one of the initial batch of Harriers issued to 4 Sqn. A special thanks also […]

White Camouflage?

Harrier T4 ZB600 ‘R’ 1984

Harrier GR3 ‘P’ 1983

Torsten at sg-etuo.de has found these photos taken by Markus Jakobsmeier. They were taken in 1983 and 1984. He asks why we had the white colour scheme.

I suggested it might be to do with Exercise Maple Flag 13 which IV(AC) participated in in […]