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Post subject: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: June 16th, 2019, 1:30 am
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British Commonwealth Air Training Plan:
In the period preceding World War II, it became clear that there was a shortage of able pilots & aircrew to keep the RAF sufficiently supplied as the War in Europe drew closer. In response to this shortage, the British government instituted the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, a massive, joint military aircrew training program involving the UK, Canada, Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand & West Florida. It remains as one of the single largest aviation training programs in history & was responsible for training nearly half the pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, air gunners, wireless operators & flight engineers who served with the RAF, Fleet Air Arm, & Commonwealth air forces during the war. Negotiations regarding joint training took place in Ottawa during the first few months of the war & the agreement called for the training of nearly 50,000 aircrew each year. Article XV of the agreement stipulated that graduates from Dominion air forces were to be assigned to squadrons either formed by their own air forces, or with a specific national designation, under the operational control of the RAF. These units later became known as Article XV squadrons. During the war, two West Florida Article XV squadrons were formed.

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Post subject: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: June 17th, 2019, 8:54 am
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Commonwealth Air Training Plan: No. 470 Squadron
Formed in the UK during April 1941 as a fighter squadron, in accordance with Article XV of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 470 squadron flew Supermarine Spitfires for the entire war. After it’s working up period in No.13 Group, the squadron moved to RAF Redhill & No. 11 Group. The start of 1943 saw them move to RAF Biggin Hill, engaged mostly on offensive fighter sweeps, & bomber escorts. In early 1944 RAF Hornchurch became 470 Squadron’s new home. From here, the squadron undertook ground attack duties in the lead up to the Allied invasion of Europe before deploying to France, Belgium & the Netherlands in support of the allied advance. Following the end of hostilities with Germany, the squadron returned to Britain before finally being disbanded in November 1945.


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Post subject: Re: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: June 17th, 2019, 11:26 pm
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Nice stuff - please make sure to add your name in the credits (maybe a "modified by TJW") -- that way it's made clear to viewers that this is superboy or Krakatoa's original work, with alterations made by you.

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Post subject: Re: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: June 19th, 2019, 7:33 am
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Thanks for the feedback Colosseum. Much appreciated. I'll fix those up over the next couple of days.


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Post subject: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: July 17th, 2019, 5:18 am
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Commonwealth Air Training Plan: No. 471 Squadron
Formed in Panama City during April 1941 in accordance with Article XV of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 471 squadron was destined for service in Europe with the RAF, finally assembling at RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire. The squadron received Handley Page Hampden medium bombers, & was assigned to No.5 Group, Bomber Command. They conducted mine laying operations off the coast of occupied France, & attacked industrial targets in Germany until April 1942, when the Squadron was transferred to Coastal Command.

Still flying Hampdens, it retrained as a torpedo-bomber squadron, conducting anti-shipping & anti-submarine patrols from RAF Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands. In December 1943, the squadron’s long-obsolete Hampdens began to be replaced by Bristol Beaufighters, relocating to their new base at Leuchars in Scotland. From here they operated against German shipping off Norway & in the Baltic. In April 1944, the squadron moved to RAF Langham in Norfolk & conducted operations to keep German vessels clear of the English Channel during the build-up to the D-Day landings. Following the end of hostilities against Germany, 471 squadron was finally disbanded in November 1945.


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Post subject: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: July 28th, 2019, 10:50 pm
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Royal West Florida Air Force (RWFAF): Home Defence Squadrons
At the outbreak of World War Two in September 1939, the RWFAF had a fleet of 40 aircraft, including twelve Tiger Moth trainers & four Supermarine Walrus. The main combat types were two dozen Hawker Demon fighters & Hart light bombers. Although withdrawn from RAF front-line squadrons before the start of the war, the Hart was still used by some air forces, including the RWFAF, into the early 1940s.

Beginning in early 1941 & ending in 1945, the Lend-Lease policy, was a program under which the US supplied allied nations, including the UK & Commonwealth. In general, the aid was free. Although some hardware such as planes & warships were returned after the war. In return, the U.S. was given leases on bases in Allied territory during the war. It was under this programme, in late 1941, that West Florida was supplied with two dozen P-40 Kittyhawk fighter bombers to replace their aging Hawker Demons & Harts. They formed two Home Defence squadrons & served throughout the rest of the war, finally being replaced in 1947 with new Hawker Sea Fury aircraft from the UK.


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Post subject: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: August 4th, 2019, 2:33 am
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Royal West Florida Navy (RWFN) 1950s:
Despite the S class destroyer Tomahawk decommissioning shortly after VE Day, the RWFN retained a fleet of eight ships after the Second World War. In addition to the sloop Pensacola, two Bathurst class corvettes & three Fairmile B coastal motor launches, the RWFN had acquired & modified two ex-RN Mk.6 LCTs, giving them an amphibious capability for the first time.


Ensign:
Below is the white ensign of the Royal West Florida Navy. The star was originally red. However, this was changed in 1950 when it was thought that the colour of the star could be confused with the red star on the naval ensign of soviet warships.


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Terrapin Class Landing Craft:
The landing craft, tank (LCT) was an amphibious assault craft, initially developed by the British Royal Navy for landing tanks on beachheads. The original version was designed at the insistence of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. They were further developed during World War II by both the RN & USN. In 1943, the Mk.6 began production & over 950 were eventually completed, with many being procured by the RN under lend-lease.

In 1947 the US gifted West Florida two ex-RN lend-lease Mk.6 LCTs. After an overhaul & some minor modifications, the two vessels commissioned into the fleet in 1948, with the names Terrapin (L201) & Turtle (L202). They were armed with two 12.7mm machine guns & had a complement of twelve. To make way for the RWFN’s initial amphibious capability, the oldest of the Fairmile B coastal motor launches, Dolphin (P100), was decommissioned. Both Terrapin & Turtle had long careers in the RWFN, finally decommissioning in the early 1970s.


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Post subject: Re: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: August 4th, 2019, 6:09 pm
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Why don't you use WhyMe's FD-Scale version?

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Post subject: Re: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: August 5th, 2019, 8:38 am
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Cascadia wrote: *
Why don't you use WhyMe's FD-Scale version?
Cascadia, I'm still really new to this stuff, so I'm not sure what the different scales are & what they're used for.

Researching & coming up with the AU story, I can do, but the drawings, not so much.


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Post subject: The Dominion of West FloridaPosted: August 8th, 2019, 10:59 am
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Royal West Florida Navy (RWFN) 1950s: HMWFS Pensacola - Post War Service
Following VE Day, Pensacola served in home waters & around the Caribbean before a tour of duty in Korea, for which she received the battle honour Korea 1952. A refit prior to service in Korea, saw Pensacola’s sea plane finally removed & her radar & communications improved. She received the new pennant number F35, with F being the new standardised designation for frigates, destroyer escorts, sloops & corvettes.

Anti-aircraft defence was significantly upgraded by replacing the aft twin 20mm Oerlikon with a Mk33 twin 3in/50 dual purpose gun & replacing the midships Oerlikons with single 40mm Bofors mounts. The twin 4-inch gun in B-position was removed & replaced with a Mk15 trainable hedgehog A/S mortar. For close in defence against sampans & other coastal craft, two M2 Browning machine guns were carried. After almost 25 years of service, Pensacola finally paid off in 1961.

The below drawing shows HMWFS Pensacola toward the end of her service life in 1954.


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