When going through some family photos Andrew Root found his grandfather George Root's photos. They are all taken at Fassberg in 1946 when George was with No. 26 Squadron. Chris Thomas has helped to identify the aircraft where possible.

Thanks to both Andrew and Chris!


root 1

Chris Thomas: XC-D (SN228) Sqn Ldr 'Poppa' Ambrose's aircraft (26 Sqn).
Squadron Leader's pennant just visible below the windscreen. The spinner was at one time painted red.


root 2

Andrew Root's grandfather George 3rd from the right.

Chris Thomas: I believe this aircraft is probably XC-R (MW417) as the sloping stroke of the '7' can just be seen on the u/c door. 

 root 3

Chris Thomas: XC-S (NV987) which had seen wartime service with 56 Sqn as US-R before being issued to 41 Sqn as EB-S.
The latter unit was renumbered as 26 Sqn during BAFO's reorganisation, on 1 April 1946 - becoming XC-S.


root 4

Chris Thomas: This is either XC-H (MW422) or XC-J (MW423).


The late George Root Collection
Andrew Root
Chris Thomas

Latest updates:

RC Tempests

17 Sept 2023
Stephan Frappier's 1/5-scale Hawker Tempest Mk. II, Vailly Aviation design.

Read more

Latest story

13 Sept 2023
Gordon Mellis' article about the loss of F/O Marshall and NV709 on the outskirts of the village Birgham in 1945.


Latest photos

11 Sept 2023
Paul Germain shares his late father's photos. He was stationed at Gutersloh with No. 16 Squadron in approx' 1948.

Read more


9 Sept 2023
Avionics update. The KF Aerospace team have been progressing well with avionics work over the past few weeks.

Read more


29 June 2023
Another step closer to flight! Extensive engine running during the summer including taxing.

Read more