News 14/12/2008

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News 14/12/2008
Hello World,
What a cold week ! 
The web sites of the Belgians in RAF & SAAF 1940-1945 is updated. There is now more than 50 logbooks ready in digital format. André has also a very interesting contact with an author working on 541 Sq where a lot of Belgians flow. The result is we received a copy of the ORB of this squadron.
Gregory published an very article about Offenberg in Aérojournal. Flypast contains another very good article about the Fairey Battle.
Vincent has painted the fuselage of the Tipsy Trainer and Nicolas & Michele made a lot of progresses in the cockpit of the Dragon Rapide.

Hoping to see you soon
Tipsy Trainer
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels -
Dec 13, 2008
Here are some pictures taken during the restoration of the Tipsy. See more at http://users.skynet.be/BAMRS/tipsy/Tipsy-en.htm
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Please note : The Sabena 2009 Calendar is still availlable at the shop
Couverture Aéro-journal n°7 : 1942, La Luftwaffe stratégie de l' échec en méditerranée

Aérojournal : Histoire de la guerre aérienne Aérojournal n °7

Jean offenberg

On l'appelait «le Pyker

Jean Offenberg, dit « le Pyker », est l’un des tout meilleurs pilotes belges de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Commandant d’un Flight du N° 145 Squadron, il est le premier aviateur belge décoré de la DFC. Quand il rejoint le 609 pour prendre le commandement d’un Flight rassemblant ses compatriotes, il est surtout chargé de former les jeunes recrues. Sans son décès accidentel prématuré, il aurait figuré en tête du palmarès des as belges.

see http://www.aero-journal.com/enkiosque.htm

Now availlable A new book on Pierre de Caters . 'Baron de Caters - Een leven vol beweging’ by Guy de Caters is now availlable (published on December 8th by the Heemkring De Drie Rozen. The book contains around 120 pages in 21 x 29,7 cm format.  This biography of the first Belgian aviator  contains documents from the familly archives never published before. One of the most renowned specialist of pioneers aviation collaborated in this project.
You can order your copy. The price will be 19,50 EUR.
Please add 3,50 EUR (for Belgium) for postage cost. Full details at
Current & Future Events
Aviation Aces 
November 13, 2008  until end of april 2009  
See more at Museum Agenda
De Caters exhibition at the Museum
De Caters exhibition in 's-Gravenwezel
A B-25 back in Belgium



We would like to reinforce the B-25 restoration Team.

For this purpose, the bamf is currently contracting insurance for 12 restorers. The restoration activities have already started and will soon enter greater scale operations. Although we are looking for persons with technical knowledge in aircraft restoration, we want also give the opportunity to unexperienced volunteers to join the project on a benevolent basis.

If you are motivated to work on a WW2 aircraft, please contact Nicolas at nicolas.godfurnon@skynet.be 

You can learn more about the project at http://www.bamfbamrs.be/B25/B25-en.htm

WW1 German Radio Equipment : David <mailto:davidpyker@hotmail.com> is looking for information on radio equipments used on German Aircraft during Word War 1. If you have any information or references where he can search please contact him.


Fox Moth OO-ENC colours : Carl Gootzen <Carl.Gootzen@scarlet.be> is looking for the colours of the De Havilland Fox Moth OO-ENC used by Guy Hansez for flight from Antwerp to Congo in the Thirties. This aircraft is still extent in New Zealand. Carl has found a newspapers article speaking of red wings. In the UK, the aircraft was painted in a blue and red scheme. Some of the fine scale models on display in the Stampe Museum were build by Carl. Please if you any idea where the information can be found contact Carl or us.


Marquain Aerodrome BOSTA 6 of BOGHOL 5 1918 I have been trying to find out the details of the aerodrome at Marquain, Belgium in 1918. I believe it was the home of BOSTA 6 of BOGHOL 5, a German bomber unit operatingthe Friedrichshafen GIIIa. I have been struggling to find anyone in the UK who could help me and wondered if you might either have anyinformation or be able to refer me to someone in Belgium who might be able to help. Many thanks Mike Andrew Manchester UK  Mike.Andrew@MAELbox.com


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