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06-10-2017, 07:41 AM
In today's local paper (Courier) there is a feature on some divers trying to salvage a couple of Highball bouncing bombs from Loch Striven where they were trialed during WW2.
Some might remember the small w/c I did of one of the trials, and the other of my impression of one of the operations they were intended for. Originally to combat the Tirpitz, but after she was sunk they were for use against the Japanese. Fortunately the war ended before they were required
Here are the pics

Loch Striven
A Mosquito drops a 'Highball' aimed at HMS Malaya during tests of the weapon in Loch Striven. Developed from the Dambusters bouncing bomb 618 sqn trained with it and eventually were deployed to the Far East. The Bomb was never used in anger, and a further developement 'Baseball' ( a similar weapon to be launched from MTBs) was canceled with the end of the war

06-10-2017, 07:43 AM
While developing 'Up Keep' the Dam Bursting bomb, they were working on Highball, a smaller bomb, two being capable capable of being carried by the Mosquito.
Originally for use against the Tirpitz. When this was no longer a requirement, a squadron, 618, was formed to operate in the Far East against major Japanese Naval Ships. WW2 ended before the Squadron could go into action.
This is my impression of what it may have been like, RAF Mosquitos escorted by FAA Corsairs attack a Nagato class Battle ship and IJS Mogami.
W/C 14 X 10 inches not very accurate a/c but they are pretty small and it's all imaginary

06-10-2017, 08:54 AM
Great subject Jim - great imagination too. It's probably a good thing they didn't see action . I don't imagine it would be a very healthy environment for the aircrew . Low level in the face of fierce AA fire .

06-10-2017, 05:53 PM
two great painting Jim:thumbsup:

06-11-2017, 05:11 AM
Thanks Don, a couple of oldies re kindled by the news paper article.

06-11-2017, 08:31 AM
Two more cracking paintings :)

06-16-2017, 04:19 AM
The Japanese shipping attack painting was published in this mornings Courier, in the readers letters page. Relating to the article they did last week on salvaging the 'Highballs' from Loch Striven. Quite a shock when you open the morning paper a see one of your paintings.

Chas McHugh
06-16-2017, 05:41 AM
Assuming that it was published with your consent and appropriate accreditation, - Congratulations :clap:

It is a good painting; and clearly the Editor agrees.

06-16-2017, 06:57 AM
Thanks Chas, I sent it to the letters page so as far as I'm concerned it s ok.
Here's a quick photo of it