Copy of a letter sent from RAF Boscombe Down to R H Bound Dowty Chief Designer, quoting the Halifax Bomber Pilots verdict on the Dowty Undercarriage following a test flight – Oct 10th 1941
RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire provided an operational airfield with the longest military runway in the UK. The Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) was based there in 1939 and carried out aircraft research and testing at the station, a role which it has retained into the 21st century.
The letter reads
My dear Bound, Thought you and Dowty would like to know the pilots verdict on your Halifax undercarriage:- “The best bloody undercart we ever had in a big machine.”
I’m afraid it won’t be possible to put that in the report verbatim and in official language it will of course loose a lot of its pithiness. However I will do my best. Kindest regards, Yours sincerely, Fred Howard