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Post subject: Royal West Florida Navy (RWFN) 1940-45:Posted: June 16th, 2019, 1:30 am
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With just three warships at the outbreak of World War Two, the RWFN grew to a fleet of ten by the end of the war in 1945. Along with the new flag ship Blackwater, the fleet still included the two locally built Grimsby class sloops in addition to an Algerine class minesweeper, three Fairmile Ds & three HDMLs. Shortly after the war, the decommissioning of one Fairmile D & one HDML allowed the RWFN to acquire two surplus LCT Mk.6 tank landing craft from the USN, giving the RWFN its first amphibious capability.

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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Post subject: West Florida Flying Corps (WFFC) 1913-21:Posted: June 17th, 2019, 8:54 am
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West Florida Flying Corps 1913-1921:
The Royal West Florida Air Force (RWFAF) traces its history back to the Imperial Conference held in London in 1911, where it was decided aviation should be developed by the various national armed forces of the British Empire. In early 1913 the West Florida Flying Corps (WFFC) was formed as a Militia unit from Territorial Force reservists. Although the WFFC did not see active service during the First World War, some West Florida pilots & aircrew flew as part of the British Royal Flying Corps & Royal Naval Air Service.

Following the First World War, the Royal Air Force had a large number of surplus aircraft & in May 1919, the British Cabinet agreed to offer aircraft from surplus stocks to each of the Dominions. West Florida accepted an allotment of 30 aircraft, along with other related spares, supplies & equipment. The WFFC remained part of the Army until it was disbanded in August 1921. It was re-established in April 1922, & officially became the Royal West Florida Air Force in August 1922.


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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: Royal West Florida Air Force (RWFAF) 1922-39:Posted: July 17th, 2019, 5:18 am
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Royal West Florida Air Force 1922-1939:
On its formation in 1922, pilots & aircrew who had served in the Royal Flying Corps & Royal Naval Air Service formed the nucleus of the Royal West Florida Air Force (RWFAF). Its aircraft consisted of the 30 Imperial Gift aircraft inherited from the West Florida Flying Corps. This included eight Avro 504 trainers, eight Bristol F.2 Fighters, eight DH.4 light bombers, & six Fairey IIIC float planes used for reconnaissance & coastal patrol. Below is the ensign of the RWFAF, adopted upon its official formation in August 1922.

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Post subject: Royal West Florida Air Force (RWFAF) 1922-39:Posted: July 28th, 2019, 10:50 pm
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In early 1932 the RWFAF began upgrading from their World War One era aircraft. Bristol F.2s & Airco DH.4s were replaced by new Hawker Hart light bombers & Demon fighters. In 1935, their Avro 504 trainers were eventually replaced by DH.82 Tiger Moths. Finally, in 1938 the Supermarine Walrus took over maritime patrol & reconnaissance duties from the long serving Fairey IIIC. By the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, the RWFAF fleet had expanded to 40 aircraft including twelve Tiger Moth trainers, two dozen Demons & Harts, & four Supermarine Walrus.

The Walrus was ideal for operations in West Florida, where longer, well-developed runways for larger land-based aircraft were not yet readily available. The Walrus was able to perform its reconnaissance & maritime patrol duties from a number of locations along the coast. The drawing below shows a Walrus Mk.1 from No.4 Squadron RWFAF in late 1939.

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Post subject: British Commonwealth Air Training Plan:Posted: August 4th, 2019, 2:33 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.

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.

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 October 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: 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: Home Defence SquadronsPosted: August 8th, 2019, 10:59 am
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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 sixteen P-40 Kittyhawk fighters & eight Vultee A-35 Vengeance dive bombers to replace their aging Hawker Demons & Harts. The Kittyhawks & A-35s formed two Home Defence squadrons & served throughout the rest of the war, finally being replaced in 1947 with surplus US P-51 Mustangs. Each squadron contained eight Kittyhawks & four A-35s.

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