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Jersey, 1990: Battle of Britain
« on: February 26, 2020, 10:00:18 PM »


The reverse of the gold 50 pounds coin.


The Battle of Britain is a popular subject for the Channel Islands.
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Re: Jersey, 1990: Battle of Britain
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2020, 10:01:44 PM »


The reverse of the gold 5 pounds coin.
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Re: Jersey, 1990: Battle of Britain
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2020, 10:03:09 PM »
Ian Rank-Broadley's original sketch.
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Re: Jersey, 1990: Battle of Britain
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2020, 10:47:08 AM »
Apart from the map, highly predictable designs. The logo can at least be thought of as inclusive. It includes the mechanics, radio operators, radar operators and people with binoculars, but leaves out e.g. the parachute makers, munition manufacturers, nurses and air raid wardens. The Spitfire focusses on the pilots only. It gives me the uneasy feeling of war being thoughtlessly glorified.

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Re: Jersey, 1990: Battle of Britain
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2020, 11:12:42 AM »
Still, it was the prowess of the Spitfire as a flying machine that helped the UK win the Battle of Britain. Technology plus skill and heroism.

It's true, though, after a war, people say, 'Never again', but then it gets romanticised, and a younger generation is ready for war again.
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Re: Jersey, 1990: Battle of Britain
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2020, 11:29:43 AM »
One funny issue with the design is the markings on the plane. On the drawing, they start with EL, which probably stands for 71st squadron. In theory, it could be 181st sqn, but them wuz fighter-bombers or 10 OTU, but that had bomber training craft only. The problem with 71st sqn is that in 1940, they were still flying Brewster Buffalos, an almost anachronistic American fighter. The Spitfires arrived only in August 1941. Moreover, the squadron was manned by ... Americans!

This seems to have been unacceptable, so on the piece, the marking was changed to KL. This probably stands for 54th squadron, as the other possibility, 269 sqn was a maritime patrol unit.

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Re: Jersey, 1990: Battle of Britain
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2020, 12:24:56 PM »
Well spotted, Figleaf. You know far too much about war for a supposedly peaceful EU citizen.   :o
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