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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Tuckerbox trophies | Shackleton MR1A WB836 | RAF Changi February 1962
The ASV13 radar fitted to Shackleton Mk1a WB836's ‘chin’ radome is here clearly visible and it also shows off the evidence of the trip to Aussie it had undertaken in August ‘61, when 205 Sqdn crews flying with Flt.Lt. Wynne, along with Wg.Cdr. Templeton-Rooke in VP291 and Sqdn.Ldr. Wildy in WB827 took part in ‘Exercise Tuckerbox’ at Townsville. The 205 Sqdn Shacks and the 5 Neptunes of 11 Sqdn RAAF had some good practice at ‘hunting subs’ with a ‘good sea state’. One of the ‘Shacks’ was fitted with ‘Autolycus Mk1’, which was a diesel fume detection system, so perhaps that helped to have produce the ‘5 subs’ decorating WB836’s nose.
produce the ‘5 subs’ decorating WB836’s nose.
The 'artwork' was painted on WB836 whilst it was at Townsville (RAAF Garbutt) by one of the 205 Sqdn ground crew Ian McCloud, a fact pointed out to me by a collegue from that time, Jim Taylor.
205 Sqdn also annually sent crews to the Joint Anti-Submarine School at the Australian Navy base of Nowra.
This aircraft was one of the 205 Sqdn Shackleton Mk1a’s that were ‘swapped’ for a Mk2c and it was flown back to the UK, leaving Changi 4th August 1962, via Gan, Khormaksar (Aden) and Luqa (Malta).