Discussion in 'Quiz Me!' started by Otto, Jul 13, 2003.
Is it QQQQ?
Yes, Hamburg, that´s the one! Over to you!
Prior to their entry in war, one airforce fitted one of their British made fighters with a German engine. Name the airforce, the fighter and the reason why they did it?
I became curious about this subject and did some further reading, which has revealed that there are indeed several correct answers in this thread! British vessels originally sent their morse codes in three groups of three letters each, this was later changed to three groups with four letters each.
The QQQ or QQQQ signal was indeed the "suspicious ship" signal mentioned. When/if the suspicious ship was positively identified as a hostile "armed raider" the signal RRR or RRRR was sent. Often the raiders blew the radio-masts off before this second signal could be sent however.
As an interesting aside, I see that the changed number of letters spelt the end of the Atlantis, as she tried to bluff HMS Devonshire by sending RRR without realizing that the Allied procedure had been changed to RRRR!
Well, I have learnt something new today...
[ 24. May 2005, 02:21 AM: Message edited by: Heartland ]
I was afraid that there´d be more to this but did not want to change the answer from the book I took it from. Anyway, thanx alot Heartland!
My guess for the hamburg´s question:
A Hurricane ( captured by Germans sent to Russia ), Red Army air Force, a German engine because they could not get a British new one..??
Well, you got the fighter right, got very close with the reason, but the airforce is much smaller.
Not Finland, was it?
No, but very very close. Geographically.
Then was it Yugoslavia ? At the beginning of the war, Yugoslavia had had 38 Hurricanes, 15 of these had been built there under licence.
As they also had 70 Bf109Es, I'm guessing that some engines may have ben swapped...?
Well done, you got it.
And the reason was:
Quote from IK-3
Thanks Hamburg - that was a good one ; I'd not been previously aware of this.
The weather here has just turned hot so I'll do a nice easy one...
Who was the most highly-decorated fighter pilot in the RAF & Commonwealth Air Forces to survive WWII ?
Group Captain John Randall Daniel 'Bob' Braham?
Well, I said it was easy !
Yes - 'Bob' Braham with three DSOs and three DFCs is correct, RB ! All yours.....
Thank you for that question Martin. I did not know about the man so I looked it up at http://www.tauntonschool.co.uk/alumni/obituaries/files/BRAHAM.html and learned alot about him. How sad it was to read of him surviving WWII and being a POW, and a number of flying accidents only to have a brain tumor nail him at 53!!
Yes - he was another man who 'found himself' in wartime, and then found peacetime life difficult to adjust to.
And today, his name is virtually unknown.
Sorry for the delay!
Who is officially, the last GI killed in action in Europe during WW2???