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Today, 5:08pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

5 October The Air Force has ordered 60 Fokker F.25 Promotor aircraft for the communications role with removable dual-controls and quick-change capability for the air ambulance role. This single-engined, twin-boomed, four-seat monoplane with a pusher engine is a development of the C.XIII observation aircraft. When being used as an air ambulance aircraft it can carry a patient on a stretcher, which is loaded through a hatch in the aircraft's nose. Production is carried out by Aviolanda under sub-c...

Today, 5:04pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

4 October Brothers Adrie and Wuf van Ginkel have founded a small business in their hometown of Ederveen. Their company will refurbish ex-military trucks for onward sale the construction industry and carry out other modifications as required by customers. 15 October The Dutch company Chemical Factory Naarden N.V. (CFN) which manufactures flavours, fragrances, antioxidants for food preservation of food and Vitamin C has opened a factory in Belgium to increase production.

Yesterday, 5:26pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

5 October Delegates to a conference organised by Sir Julian Huxley at Fontainebleau agree to formation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 6 October Sir Henry Gurney is appointed High Commissioner of Malaya. 10 October The Hoover Company today opened a new factory for the mass production of washing machines at Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.

Yesterday, 5:21pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

1 October At the AFNE shipyard in Bahia Blanca history was made today as the Defence Minister Vice Almirante (ret). Juan Perez Benedicto Hood oversaw the ceremonial laying of the first keel plate of the first aircraft carrier to be designed and built in Argentina. The Project 721 design is a modern design displacing 16,000 tons and carrying a capable airgroup. The ship, likely to be named Libertad, will complete before 1951 and will replace the old Italian carrier AvispĆ³n. Possible refits for th...

Tuesday, July 10th 2018, 9:47pm

Author: Hood

British Empire Report Q4/48

THE BRITISH EMPIRE: Q4/1948 REPORT A. Industrial Output 50 Factories: Fixed IP: 4 Flexible IP: 1 Ship Tonnage: 45 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations HMS Oberon, Odin, Olympus, Osiris, Otter commission with 9th Submarine Flotilla at Chatham on 9 December HMS Discovery Bay, Manatee Bay commission with 3rd Seaward Defence Flotilla at Kingston, Jamaica on 18 December HMS Fort Charles, Fort Haldane, Fort Balcarres, Fort George commission with 3rd Seaward Defence Flotilla at Kingston, J...

Tuesday, July 10th 2018, 9:45pm

Author: Hood

Kingdom of the Netherlands Report Q4/48

Kingdom of the Netherlands & Kingdom of the Kongo Q4/1948 Report A. Industrial Output 12 factories in the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2.5 factories in the provinces Malay Archipelago (aka Dutch East Indies) 1 factory in the Kingdom of the Kongo, funding provided to NL via UKN. 0 factories in the Province of Dutch Guiana and the Grand Duchy of Ubangi-Shari (CAR) 15.5 Factories: Fixed IP: 1 Flexible IP: 2 Ship Tonnage: 12.5 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations Z-111, Z-112 commission w...

Tuesday, July 10th 2018, 9:44pm

Author: Hood

Belgium Report Q4/48

Kingdom of Belgium Q4/1948 Report A. Industrial Output 5.5 Factories: Fixed IP: 2 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 3.5 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations ZM-2 Seraing completes and commissions with 2nd Support Squadron at Zeebrugge on 1 December MT-5 and MT-6 complete and commission with 1st Motor Torpedo Squadron at Zeebrugge on 14 November D. Navy Programme Resources Allocated: 3,500 tons Previous Surplus: 5,190.5 tons Unused Scrap: 0 tons Construction Requirements (See Appendix A):...

Tuesday, July 10th 2018, 9:43pm

Author: Hood

Argentina Report Q4/48

THE REPUBLIC OF ARGENTINA: Q4/1948 REPORT A. Industrial Output 7 Factories: Fixed IP: 0 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 7,000 tons B. Transfers and Acquisitions 600 tons to Peru for the Aircraft Carrier Lima (first payment) C. Unit Relocations ARA M30, M31, M32, M33 and M34 commission with 1st MTB Squadron at Viedma on 20 December MTBs M1 to M5 decommissioned for disposal on 4 November Defencia reclassified from torpedo boats to escorts on completion of refit D. Navy Programme Resources Allocated: ...

Monday, July 2nd 2018, 10:09am

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

HMS Magnificent, Scapa Flow, Monday 28 September Admiral Syfret descended the gangplank to the waiting launch. Autumn had now closed in and a chilly wind was blowing across the open waters around his ships as they lay at anchor. His ships were only making a brief visit, he knew that Exercise WASHTUB was scheduled to begin in two days. He was hoping to be able to complete that exercise fairly quickly, perhaps about the time the Germans would be sailing home if they decided to take the northern ro...

Thursday, June 28th 2018, 11:48am

Author: Hood

Helicopter Trials

Took a while to sort this out, here are the results of the trials. Not sure what, if any, orders will result from this at the moment. Observation The minimum requirements were: operation from an area 15m x 15m, rotor disc loading no more than 10kg/m2, a power-to-weight ratio of at least 0.20hp/kg, a maximum speed of at least 175km/h, a range of at least 350km, a ceiling of at least 3,000m and the ability to carry at least four persons (including a pilot) or a payload of at least 250kg. SFG SH.20...

Sunday, June 24th 2018, 6:21pm

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

HMS Magnificent, 20:30 ZULU, Saturday 25 September Admiral Syfret looked out across the choppy waters, he was holding the latest Admiralty communication. They could postpone his ultimate mission no longer, by midnight he was to detach the bulk of his forces and head east to Scapa Flow. Albion, Amphion, Mercury and the three Battle-class destroyers would remain to watch the exercises as Force V until it was prudent for them to return home. The manoeuvre had been prepared already and that remained...

Saturday, June 9th 2018, 11:02am

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

Blackburn Firecrest TR7287 'B', Saturday 26 September Lieutenant Commander Philip Scones was leading C Flight of 829 Squadron on a routine sweep from HMS Centaur. The four single-engined strike-fighters were cruising at 15,000 feet, they had hoped to meet some of the German reconnaissance aircraft that had been loitering for the last few days. Suddenly in his headset he heard the controller vectoring him to investigate a sighting report sent by a merchantman, the Manchester Pride. Noting the pos...

Wednesday, June 6th 2018, 6:03pm

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

The Admiralty, Whitehall, London, Friday 25 September The First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Bruce Fraser, was pacing the room, already at least two merchant vessels had reported being shadowed by foreign cruisers for short periods on a matching course and speed. It was evident that the main body of the northern most exercise group, coded 'Red North' by the Admiralty had skilfully used the storm cover not only to escape their intended opponent, the French group they coded 'Blue South' and thei...

Sunday, June 3rd 2018, 11:08am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Once they get bedded in, I'm sure the 30th Flotilla will visit their friends in Cavite. I'm sure they might even pay a visit to to Japan one day.

Saturday, June 2nd 2018, 10:13am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

26 September Today was the last day of this year's SBAC Exhibition at Farnborough. Once again on the public days, thousands of spectators thronged to see the latest British aircraft put through their paces and get up close to the latest types. On the trade days hundreds of industry figures from across the world gathered to make deals, do business and make sales as Britain's aviation sector put its wares on show, everything from galley equipment, tyres, seats, powered control actutators, gun turr...

Friday, June 1st 2018, 11:08am

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

HMS Magnificent, 60 dgs 10 min North, 22 dgs 37 min West, Wednesday 22 September Admiral Syfret was studying the charts with his staff. He had reasoned that attempting to avoid land-based aerial reconnaissance as much as possible, that the German force would take the Denmark Strait. It was what he would do in the same circumstances. He had positioned the fleet a little further east to cover the possibility that the German commander decided to risk the Iceland-Faroes gap. Once his long-range aeri...

Thursday, May 31st 2018, 2:13pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

28 September The front pages of the newspapers and the radio news bulletins were full of the recovery of the missing piece of the Ghent Altarpiece, De Rechtvaardige Rechters which was stolen in 1934. Polish investigator Tomasz Banaczek has been hailed for finding the lost treasure and recovering it safely. By the terms of the reward offered originally, Banzczek has received a bounty of one and a half million Belgian francs.

Saturday, May 26th 2018, 12:15pm

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

The Star, Isle of Lewis, 20 September It was early evening and the menfolk were gathered around the bar. Conversation was flowing. "Hamish, did ye see that Nordish trawler in the harbour today?" "Aye, it was a queer sight, we've not seen them down here for some time." Young Dougie who worked at the lighthouse spoke up, "I heard they had got caught in that storm the other night." An older fisherman dismissively waved his hand, "Och, that storm was nothing, it'd take more than that swell to make a...

Saturday, May 26th 2018, 11:14am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

20 September The East Indies fleet have begun five days of intensive fleet exercises in the Celebes Sea, all classes of ships are involved from capital ships, aircraft carriers and destroyers to minesweepers and submarines. 27 September The Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij (The Netherlands Trading Society) has acquired the De Surinaamsche Bank. This bank, headquartered in Amsterdam, had been founded by Simon Abendanon on 19 January 1865 in Paramaribo and opened for business on 18 July 1865 and ...

Sunday, May 20th 2018, 4:57pm

Author: Hood

Good news!

Well the images have come back so it seems true, for now at least. I guess it was only a matter of time before they had to act to at least keep some custom.