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Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:54 PM
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Hey guys!

Being a member of the RAAF IL2 squadron we are all put into different squadrons, me being within 453rd. I decided to check out my assigned code which for RAAF markings is TD-F and European TOW is FU-F depending on where you are fighting.
So looking at the codes and buying a book on the squadron i discovered that the pilot that flew my plane was John R Ratten. This first RAAF pilot to become the commanding officer of a squadron. He was also an ace and awarded the DFC.

The sereil number of the Spitfire which he flew was BL516 which was a Mk.VB.
Interestingly this plane had a nose art drawing on it. I have searched high and low for an image of this nose art on the internet but cannot find it any where, only in my book.
It is of a small running man as if drawn by chalk all in straight lines apart form a circular head and a halo above the head, with the words "Tikkie" written below.

Whilest watching discovery channel today and viewing the program "World War 2 in Colour + HD" the BoB episode a man appeared on screen, he was relaxing in a chair in the mess with his life jacket on, on the life jacket was the exact same running man but not the word "Tikkie".
I paused the tele and compared him to the picture of John in the book and it is not him.

I will attempt to get apicture of the page in the book and post it on this thread shortly.

So i am wondering, has anybody ever seen this running man with halo before? Does anybody know what "Tikkie" is? And after we have found out, could anybody do me a skin for this plane?

Thanks Alot.
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Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:10 PM
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hey mate,

Nice to see that you researched the aircarft and pilot.

Could it possibly be the saint that you are refering too?


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Not sure about the words but if it is, The saint was a common thing on spitfires Smile

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Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 02:40 AM
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Thats exactly it! Nice one mate!

What does the isignia mean? Was it like a protective thing?

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Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 02:43 AM
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BTW, it is amazing to see a pic of a 4 cannon armed spitfire in the real world, beautiful example of an epic fighter!!!!


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Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 03:52 AM
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Hey Mini,

If i'm honest i'm not exactly sure. Although i think it wont be too long before somebody chimes in with the correct answer here Smile

Sakai, That spitfire is gorgeous, I saw it fly a few times before it went to the states and it really is nice to see something different.

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Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 03:47 PM
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Hi Mini

Thanks for reminding us about John Ratten. A great leader. Died suddently in Feb 1945 of pulmonary tuberculosis.

I haven't done a skin for his MkVb. I have of his MkIX but never unloaded. I have a break from work coming up and will upload then.




A good book on 453rd Sqn can be found though
www.raf-in-combat.com/

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Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 04:01 PM
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Excellent stuff eirinn! Looks like you dealt with the warping exceptionally well. Top stuff mate Smile

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Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 05:56 PM
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Thanks mate! Plus what an awesome skin, can't wait to get behind the controls!
And that is the exact book i have mate! =D

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The Saint was a fictional character in a book written by Lesley Charteris.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Templar

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