British Racing Greens

The Airfield Circuits of Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Brough 1949

Scalextric track plan of Brough circuit 1949
Track
C82041
C820520
C82023
C82001
C82361
C82355
C82065
C82073

Size 4.91 x 1.10m, 16.10 x 3.62ft

Brough 1950

Scalextric track plan of Brough circuit 1950
Track
C82043
C820518
C82027
C82001
C82362
C82355
C82063
C82072

Size 4.75 x 1.11m, 15.58 x 3.63ft

16th March 1944 | Reg Miles Biography

Canadians

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We were all very young with different backgrounds, and likes and dislikes. Remember I was with the Canadians who were used to a much higher living standard. So where they had quite a lot of money we did not. When we had leave they went to the "big smoke" and found some one to enjoy their pay with, I went home to a shelled and bombed Dover.

The first thing Mum wanted was my ration book so she could feed me. One of my father's sub contractors always called at our house soon after I got home, and from the inside of his very dirty overalls gave me a black market parcel of butter, cheese and bacon. My crew always made sure I had some of their surplus food to take home, sugar and jam etc.

We flew out of Eastmoor airfield. The airfields were just that, fields, hangars and other buildings had been erected, but I visited some many many years later and just the concrete runway was still there most had been removed for scrap and given back to the farmers.

Handley Page Halifax

Halifax bomber cutaway drawing
Engines4 Rolls Royce V-12s or Bristol Hercules radials
Wingspan104ft 2in - 31.72m
Length71ft 7in - 21.81m
Height20ft 9in - 6.32m
Loaded Weight65,000lbs - 29,484 kg
Empty Weight39,000lbs - 17,690kg
Top Speed312mph - 502 km/h

Date Unknown | Bomber Command Museum of Ontario

R.C.A.F.

All of the heavy bomber squadrons of the Royal Canadian Air Force were equipped with the Halifax for at least part of the war (including Reg Miles' squadron at East Moor).

It was a well respected aircraft amongst Canadian aircrew. However, as Lancaster production increased the squadrons were gradually converted.

But at war's end, the majority of operations carried out by #6 Group (the RCAF squadrons) had been flown in Halifaxes.

Sadly, not a single example of the aircraft was placed in a museum following the war. However, in 1996 a Canadian group successfully raised Halifax NA-337 from 750 feet below the surface of Lake Mjosa in Norway. It is now being restored at the RCAF Memorial Museum at Trenton, Ontario as a tribute to the Canadians who flew them.

Davidstow 1952

Scalextric track plan of Davidstow circuit 1952
Track
C82043
C820523
C82024
C82362
C82352
C82061
C82781
C82071

Size 4.88 x 1.13m, 16.00 x 3.72ft

Davidstow 1953

Scalextric track plan of Davidstow circuit 1953-55
Track
C82041
C820518
C82026
C82001
C82353
C82342
C82063
C82071

Size 4.22 x 1.18m, 13.85 x 3.88ft

9th August 1944 | Reg Miles Biography

Professional

Like most people I often view WW2 films on the box and have always wondered which war the makers were intending to show, certainly not the one I played a little part in. You see, when a bomber is shown being attacked by fighters or anti aircraft fire there always seems a lot of shouting and the intercom is full of talk, not on any bomber I flew in.

There was no chatter between crew members, and if someone left their mic on by mistake he was soon reminded of the fact, young as we all were I am reminded of how very professional we were, perhaps that is why we survived to tell our tales!

I can only speak for myself but guess all the crew were feeling as I was, and that was that our navigator would take us there and back, our gunners would spot the attacking aircraft in time and either shoot it down or scare it off, our pilot was second to none and would steer us through whatever came our way, our radio operator would get a fix, receive a message, and let us know what was happening, our bomb aimer would always hit the target, and I would keep the old girl in the air until we got home safely again. So there was no need for lots of chatter we all did our jobs and depended on the others to do theirs.

Gamston 1950

Scalextric track plan of Gamston circuit 1950
Track
C82041
C820519
C82027
C82361
C82341
C82063
C82071

Size 3.24 x 2.10m, 10.64 x 6.90ft

Gamston 1951

Scalextric track plan of Gamston circuit 1951
Track
C82043
C820518
C82024
C82001
C82351
C82062
C82071

Size 3.75 x 1.43m, 12.31 x 4.70ft