British P-2s

First delivered: 13. January, 1952
Out of use by April 1957.
Page first published: November 1, 2002
A major update April 12, 2004
Latest update March 9, 2012

The Flight Collection photographs of British Neptunes
April 12, 2004

I have been granted permission to use a number of photographs of RAF Neptunes from
various collections within the Flight Collection. These are specially marked thus:
With permission: ŠThe Flight Collection
.
They are presented here in low resolution and
are not to be used without their permission.
Please direct all enquiries to:
Flight Collection
Quadrant House,
The Quadrant, Sutton
Surrey, SM2 5AS
England.
Tel. 020 8652 8888

Photos of the following from the Flight Collection added April 12, 2004.
Flight line Kinloss, WX493, WX494, WX497, WX499, WX501, WX502, WX504, WX505,
WX510, WX511, WX512, WX513, WX514, WX528, WX529, WX542,
WX551
plus a photo of
WX517

Photo of WX512, WX554 and RAF formation added April 13. 2004
Photo of WX547 added May 12, 2004
Three photos of
WX514 and one WX503 of added May 18, 2004.
Photos of
WX493, WX516, WX518 and WX525 added February 16, 2005.
Photo of
WX496 added April 13, 2005.
New photo of
WX512 added December 15, 2005.
New photos of
WX515 (first photo) and WX529 added March 4, 2006
New photos of
WX505 and WX545, plus 1000 pixel photos of WX500, WX501, WX503,
WX504, WX505, WX506, WX508, WX510, WX551, WX553  added June 23, 2006
New photos of
WX497, WX504, WX520 and WX554 added October 31, 2007
Photo of
WX502 added January 29, 2010.
Photos from Topcliffe 1954 and the Royal Review at Odiham added February 15, 2011
Photo of
WX524 added February 21, 2011 (First photo on the Neptune site)
Photos of
WX503, WX504, WX514, WX518, WX520, WX522, WX528 and WX547 added February 22, 2011
First photo of
WX549 added May 3, 2011
First photo of
WX548 added March 9, 2012

For list of missing serials, see here

WX493
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Photograph Crown copyright
New November 26, 2002
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Photograph IWM
New February 16, 2005
WX493
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Taken in January 1952 before
delivery to 217 Sqn.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX493
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Taken in January 1952 before
delivery to 217 Sqn.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX494
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Photograph courtesy Wayne Mutza
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Taken in January 1952 before
delivery to 217 Sqn.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX494
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Taken in January 1952 before
delivery to 217 Sqn.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX494
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Taken in January 1952 before
delivery to 217 Sqn.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX495, A-F of 217 Sqn
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Photograph courtesy Wayne Mutza
New November 14, 2002
WX495, A-F of 217 Sqn
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Photograph courtesy Wayne Mutza
New November 14, 2002
WX495, C-K of 236 OCU
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Photograph Crown copyright
New November 26, 2002
WX496, A-D of 217 Sqn
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Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX496, A-D of 217 Sqn
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Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX496, A-D of 217 Sqn
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Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 13, 2005
WX497, A-C of 217 Sqn
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1000 pixels
Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX497, C-H of 236 OCU
british/WX497_C-H_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy MAP
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1000 pixels
Photographed at Kinloss by Alan Rye. courtesy Peter Rye
New October 31, 2007
WX497, C-H of 236 OCU
british/WX497_C-H_a_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy Jeffery Cultice
New November 22, 2002
WX498, C-M of 236 OCU
british/WX498_C-M_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy MAP
New November 8, 2003
WX499, 2 of 1453 Flight
british/WX499_2_Ex_Mainbrace_9-52_256.jpg
Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX500,  3 of 1453 Flight
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy MAP

New November 14, 2002
WX500,  3 of 1453 Flight
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Photograph courtesy MAP
New November 14, 2002
WX501, 4 of 1453 Flight
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy MAP
New November 8, 2003
WX501, 4 of 1453 Flight
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Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX502, C-B of 236 OCU
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1000 pixels
Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX502,
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Taken by Robin A. Walker at Silloth on August 27 1958. Reproduced with his permission.
New April 12, 2004

WX503, C-C of 236 OCU
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy MAP
WX503, C-C of 236 OCU
british/WX503_C-C_Ex_Mainbrace_9-52_256.jpg
Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New May 18, 2004
WX503, C-C of 236 OCU
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1000 pixels
Date, Location and photographer unknown.
Courtesy: www.neptune-association.nl/prudent_staal

New February 22, 2011

WX504, A-H of 217 Sqn
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Taken at Kinloss in 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
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1000 pixels
Date, Location and photographer unknown.
Courtesy: www.neptune-association.nl/prudent_staal

New February 22, 2011
WX504, A-H of 217 Sqn
british/WX504_A-H_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy MAP
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy MAP

New November 14, 2002
WX504, A-H of 217 Sqn
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Photographed at Kinloss by Alan Rye. courtesy Peter Rye
New October 31, 2007
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Photographed at Kinloss by Alan Rye. courtesy Peter Rye
New October 31, 2007
WX505, A-J of 217 Sqn
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WX505 being refuelled at Kinloss in 1953.
Note that it carries the correct RAF serial.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
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WX505, A-J of 217 Sqn
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy
MOD. Photographed over the Scottish Firth of Moray.
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy Wayne Mutza
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Photo courtesy AAHS.
New June 23, 2006
WX505, A-J of 217 Sqn
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Photograph courtesy MOD
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Photo courtesy Mr. Fife.
New June 23, 2006
WX506
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy MAP
New November 8, 2003
WX508, C-G of 236 OCU
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy MAP
Serial identified April 12, 2004
WX510, A-D of 217 Sqn
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy Wayne Mutza
Serial identified April 12, 2004
WX510, A-D of 217 Sqn
british/WX510_A-D_a_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy MAP
New April 12, 2004
WX511, A-F of 217 Sqn
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1000 pixels
This photo is stated to be taken at Exercise Mainbrace at Kinloss in September 1952. According to the BARG Roundel history of WX511, it was with 236 OCU, coded C-K at the time, and did not join 217 Sqn until March 16, 1953 in time for the photo below.

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Taken at Kinloss in March 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX511, A-F of 217 Sqn
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Flight Collection records say these to be taken off the coast of Norway in March 1953
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX511, 217-F of 217 Sqn
british/WX511_217-F_256.jpg
Landed without a nose wheel at Kinloss
on January 22, 1957.
Photograph F. Richardson,
courtesy BARG Roundel.
New November 19, 2003
WX512 A-B of 217 Sqn
british/WX512_A-B_Ex_Mainbrace_9-52_256.jpg
This photo is stated to be taken at Exercise Mainbrace at Kinloss in September 1952. According to the BARG Roundel history of WX512, it was with 236 OCU, coded C-L at the time, and did not join 217 Sqn until March 16, 1953 in time for the photo below.
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Taken at Kinloss in March 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX512 A-B of 217 Sqn
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Photograph Peter J. Howard.
New November 26, 2002
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Photo courtesy IWM.
New April 13, 2004
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Photo courtesy Mr. Fife.
New December 15, 2005
WX512 LOTOW
british/WX512_Lotow_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy Wayne Mutza.
In storage at Silloth North England in April 1958 for delivery to Argentina.

New November 22, 2002
WX513 A-G of 217 Sqn
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This photo is stated to be taken at Exercise Mainbrace at Kinloss in September 1952. According to the BARG Roundel history of WX513, it was with 236 OCU, coded C-M at the time, and did not join 217 Sqn until March 16, 1953
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX513 A-G of 217 Sqn
british/WX513_A-G_256.jpg
Photograph B. Wilcox, courtesy BARG Roundel.
Taken July 26, 1954.
New November 19, 2003
WX514 L-R of 210 Sqn
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Taken at the Plymouth airshow in June 1954.
Photo is part of a formation photo and is included for completeness.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX514 L-R of 210 Sqn
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british/WX514_L-R_1_256.jpg
WX514, L-R of 210 Sqn
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Three photos from the collection of Richard L. Ward.
New May 18, 2004
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1000 pixels
Photographed at the same location as the one above. Date, location and photographer unknown.
Courtesy: www.neptune-association.nl/prudent_staal

New February 22, 2011
WX515, No code
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Probably taken just before its return to the USA and redelivery to Brazil as P-15/7001. Date, photographer and location unknown.
New March 4, 2006
   
WX516, L-T of 210 Sqn
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Photograph courtesy A.Jackson collection
WX516, 210-T of 210 Sqn
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(New February 16, 2005)
Photograph courtesy A.Jackson collection. Taken in 1958.
 
WX517, 210-U of 210 Sqn
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Probably taken just before it was sold for scrap on 14 November 1958. Text below the numeral 2 seems to read LOT 10.
Photograph courtesy
MAP
New April 12, 2004
WX518, B-J of 203 SQN
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1000 pixels
Photograph courtesy: AirBritain, Aeromilitaria, Vol.30, issue 119, Autumn 2004, page121.
New February 16, 2005
WX518. B-J of 203 SQNbritish/WX518_B-J_530715_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photograped at the
Royal Review at Odiham on 15 July 1953. Part of a larger photo, see here.
Courtesy: Douglas Rough.

New February 22, 2011
WX519
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Photograph courtesy AAHS.
WX520, B-M of 203 Sqn
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Photographed before the Coronation RAF review at RAF Odiham on July 15, 1953 by
Flying Officer D.W.Baldock RAFVR Courtesy his son, Michael Baldock
New October 31, 2007
WX520. B-M of 203 SQNbritish/WX520_B-M_530715_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photograped at the
Royal Review at Odiham on 15 July 1953. Part of a larger photo, see here.
Courtesy: Douglas Rough.

New February 22, 2011
WX521, B-L of 203 Sqn
british/WX521_B-L_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy A Jackson collection
british/WX521_a_B-L_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy MAPn
New November 8, 2003
WX521
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Photograph courtesy MAP
WX521
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Photograph courtesy Air Britain.
Photographed at Benson in September 1957. It was tranferred to the USAF for Brazil on September 20, 1957.
Became P-15 / 7003.
WX522, 36-F of 36 Sqn
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1000 pixels
Photographed in 1954 Location and photographer unknown.
Courtesy: www.neptune-association.nl/prudent_staal

New February 22, 2011
WX522, B-N of 203 SQNbritish/WX522_B-N_530715_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photograped at the
Royal Review at Odiham on 15 July 1953. Part of a larger photo, see here.
Courtesy: Douglas Rough.

New February 22, 2011
WX524, B-P of 203 Sqn
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Photograph by Ken Young
First photo of WX524 in the site.
New February 21, 2011
WX525, B-Q of 203 Sqn.
british/WX525_B-Q_256.jpg
Courtesy Jeffery Cultice.
New November 22, 2002
WX525, B-Q of 203 Sqn.
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Photograph by Peter M. Corbell, courtesy AirBritain, Aeromilitaria, Vol.30, issue 119, Autumn 2004, page 119
New February 16, 2005
WX525, B-Q of 203 Sqn.
british/WX525_MR1_51-15948_RAF_B-Q_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Date, location and photographer unknown.
Courtesy: www.neptune-association.nl/prudent_staal

New February 22, 2011

WX526
british/WX526_256.jpg
Taking off from Burbank. Photograph courtesy Lockheed
WX526 L-X of 210 Sqn
british/WX526_X-L_256.jpg
Courtesy John Hunt
WX528, L-Y of 210 Sqn
british/WX528_L-Y_Plym_6-54_256.jpg
Taken at the Plymouth airshow in June 1954.
Photo is part of a formation photo and is included for completeness.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX528, L-Y of 210 Sqn
british/WX528_L-Y_a_Plym_6-54_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken at the Plymouth airshow in June 1954.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX528, L-Y of 210 Sqn
british/WX528_MR1_51-15951_RAF_L-Y_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Most likely photographed in 1954.
Courtesy: www.neptune-association.nl/prudent_staal

New February 22, 2011
WX529, L-V of 210 Sqn
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1000 pixels
Taken at the Plymouth airshow in June 1954.
Photo is part of a formation photo and is included for completeness.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX529, 210-V of 210 Sqn
british/WX529_210_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy MAP

WX529, 210-V of 210 Sqn
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Date, photographer and location unknown.
New March 4, 2006

WX542 3 of Vanguard Flight
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1000 pixels
Taken at the Horsham St. Faith in
June 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX542 3 of Vanguard Flight
british/WX542_3_Horsham_6-53_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken at the Horsham St. Faith in
June 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX543, 36-E of 36 Sqn
british/WX543_36-E_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy APN
WX543, 36-E of 36 Sqn
british/WX543_a_36-E_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy Wayne Mutza
WX543
british/WX543_51-15956_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy E M Sommerich
WX544, T-B of 36 Sqn
british/WX544_T-B_256.jpg
Photograph courtesy APN
WX545, T-C of 36 Sqn
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Photograph courtesy Jeffery Cultice
WX545, T-C of 36 Sqn
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Photo courtesy Mr. Fife.
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Photo courtesy Mr. Fife.
New June 23, 2006
WX545, 36-C of 36 Sqn
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New June 23, 2006
WX547, T-E of 36 Sqn
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Photograph Richard L. Ward Archives.
New May 12, 2004
WX547, T-E of 36 Sqn
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1000 pixels
Most likely photographed at the same location and date as the photo to the left..
Courtesy: www.neptune-association.nl/prudent_staal

New February 22, 2011
WX548, C-Z of 236 OCU
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1000 pixels
Date, location and photographer unknown.
 New March 9, 2012
WX549, C-N of 236 OCU
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1000 pixels
Photograph courtesy
Philip Butler.
 New May 3, 2011
WX551, C-O of 236 OCU
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1000 pixels
Taken at the Horsham St. Faith in
June 1953.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
WX551, C-O of 236 OCU
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy MAP

Photo updated November 8, 2003

WX553, 36-F of 36 Sqn
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1000 pixels (New June 23, 2006)
Photograph courtesy
A Jackson Collection
WX554, A-A of 217 Sqn
british/WX554_A-A_256.jpg
Photo included for completeness. Taken from a formation photo, as shown here.
 WX554 A-A of 217 Sqn
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1000 pixels
Photographed at Kinloss by Alan Rye. courtesy Peter Rye
New October 31, 2007
WX554 A-A of 217 Sqn
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Photographed at Kinloss by Alan Rye. courtesy Peter Rye
New October 31, 2007
WX556
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Photograph, Wilfred White in Prestwick in October 1957. Carries its USAF serial on the tail fin as 15928.
Sold to Brazil as P-15 / 7006
Neptunes from 217 Sqn and
236 OCU at Kinloss

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1000 pixels
Taken at Kinloss in March, 1953
Photos of individual aircraft have been cut from this and presented under their serial.
Some confusion exists as to the actual date of this and other ground assembly photos. There is a great possiblity of all three being taken at the same time, but whether 9-52 or 3-53 is problematical. All the aircraft still carry their USAF serials.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
Neptunes from 217 Sqn and
236 OCU at Kinloss

british/C4044A_Ex_Mainbrace_9-52_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Said to be taken at Kinloss in September
 1952. Photos of individual aircraft have been cut from this and presented under their serial. Some confusion exists as to the actual date of this and other ground assembly photos. E.g. WX511, A-F in the foreground was C-K with 236 OCU at the time of the photo. There is a great possiblity of all three being taken at the same time, but whether 9-52 or 3-53 is problematical. All the aircraft still carry their USAF serials.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
Neptunes from 217 Sqn and
236 OCU at Kinloss

british/C4045A_Ex_Mainbrace_9-52_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Said to be taken at Kinloss in September
 1952. Photos of individual aircraft have been cut from this and presented under their serial. Some confusion exists as to the actual date of this and other ground assembly photos. E.g. WX511, A-F in the foreground was C-K with 236 OCU at the time of the photo. There is a great possiblity of all three being taken at the same time, but whether 9-52 or 3-53 is problematical. All the aircraft still carry their USAF serials.
With permission:
ŠThe Flight Collection
.
New April 12, 2004
Neptune formation from 217 Sqn and 210 Sqns
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Date and place not known, but lead aircraft is WX554, A-A of 217 Sqn.
New April 13, 2004
Odiham Royal Review
15 July 1953.
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Courtesy Douglas Rough.
New February 15, 2011 
A. O. C.'s  Visit 1954 
R.A.F. Topcliffe

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Courtesy Ken Young.
New February 15, 2011 
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