Re: For our Don Scott
Posted by Don Scott on January 12, 2021, 7:04 pm, in reply to "For our Don Scott"
Fascinating photo, Norman, taken six months before I joined the RAF. Margaret's home in Elmfield Road is down there and mine in Queen's Crescent, along with lots of other places. |
I can't throw any light on the numbers you say that are on the photo but I would say that it has lost a lot of resolution. Probably due to various copies that have been made along the way. Normally, RAF aerial photos are amazing in their clarity and can be 'blown up' many times without loss of detail.
Strange to think that by the end of that year (1956) I was serving on 17 Squadron at RAF Wildenrath in Germany. We were equipped with Photo-Reconnaissance PR7 Canberra aircraft and I saw lots of cameras and photos then. Attached to us were No.12 Mobile Field Photographic Unit who were able to process film in minutes rather than hours when the aircraft landed.
Below is a photo I took c.1957/58 of WT537 during a nuclear exercise. You will see a pair of oblique camera ports just to the rear of the nose wheel doors which were repeated on the other side. Another 'vertical' camera was mounted just to the rear of the 'photo flare bay' (seen behind the starboard main undercarriage). This bay took up less than half the normal 'bomb bay' capacity of these aircraft but the PR7 carried a huge fuel tank in the forward end. With drop tanks fitted it could carry about 11 tons of fuel which allowed it to fly virtually all day.