Did you or anyone you know serve in Comet tanks

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by SDP, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    ....especially if that was with 3RTR and/or during the period 1945-1948 and/or at any time in Hong Kong.

    Background to the research: I am writing up the history of my fathers Comet T335335 'Celerity' which served with 3RTR in 1945, with 3RTR again between 1949 and 1951 when they were based in Hong Kong (when she was known as 'Calais') and, after being renumbered to 20ZR65, continued in Hong Kong with 7RTR, 7QOH and then 1RTR until 1959 when she was 'disposed of locally'. I have already located one living crew member and I'm now trying to fill in the gaps in her history.
     
  2. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    :).bump.:)
     
  3. bigmal

    bigmal Member

    Sorry, but I can`t help with your search, but this is interesting info.

    Bronco Models supply decals for `Celerity` in their kit.

    Malc.
     
  4. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    SDP
    can't help you as we never did have such sophisticated vehicles in the Italian Campaign-but we did have PhD's in baling wire and string...

    Cheers
     
  5. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    SDP
    can't help you as we never did have such sophisticated vehicles in the Italian Campaign-but we did have PhD's in baling wire and string...

    Cheers

    Baling Wire and String : known as Billy Band in Yorkshire and East Anglia :lol: ?

    I guess you also know about Pitchforks, Straw Stooks/Stouks and how not to get your hair full of chaff when forking the stooks straight over your head to reach the top of the horse-drawn trailer where the load is also a lot wider at the top than at the bottom but it still doesn't all fall off when the horse hits top gear!?

    PS: my PhD is actually in Industrial Microbiology.....not that you need to know that :D
     
  6. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    SDP
    My son is also in Microbiology doing genetic research in Vancouver - doesn't know a thing about Tanks though -Thank God

    Cheers
     
  7. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    Tom

    My Medical Student daughter has, about a year ago, completed an intercalated Degree course where she was also what we call a 'Small-Minded Biologist' in our household i.e. Microbiologist, doing some Stem Cell research and also apparently helping prove that 'Dying from a Broken Heart' is a real medical condition and not just 'folklore'. Good Luck to the younger generation and lets hope they don't have to go through the sort of trauma you lot had to endure in WW2.

    Steve

    PS: my son is trying to not become a Cometoholic...but he will eventually fail when he gets to that sad middle age phase we males of the species always go through
     
  8. idler

    idler GeneralList

    That's good news: I wasn't aware we could get through it, only ever-deeper in to it.
     
  9. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    That's good news: I wasn't aware we could get through it, only ever-deeper in to it.

    Pity I didn't chose my words better; we go through that phase in order to get to the phase where we then realise that there is no return and so get in ever deeper....and deeper......:D:unsure::rolleyes:...and the female of the species just gets back to their knitting...and pilates.....and social networking aka 'just having a chat'.....
     
  10. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    SDP/ Idler....

    both wrong - you can go through it - as it's all in the head - we travelled extensively and kept meeting different younger people and circumstances and retained our sense of humour - even hours before her death at 87 my wife was cracking jokes with her Doctor

    So it can be done
    Cheers
     
  11. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    - you can go through it - as it's all in the head - So it can be done
    Cheers

    Tom

    Of course it can be done but, let's face it, we don't necessarily want to go though that 'hobby phase' and come out the other side because we actually enjoy our various hobbies....especially the boyish ones like building 'things'

    Steve
     
  12. rick wedlock

    rick wedlock Member

    i bought a churchill and a cromwell as a result of my midlife crisis, i sometimes think i should have took up golf instead :) (it would have been cheaper)

    rick
     
  13. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Rick
    Did mention to you that the Churchill would need lots of money to look right - and even more if you wanted it to run......hope you are progressing though - Golf can also be expensive - as can travel to Oz - New Zealand - South Africa - Europe etc

    Cheers
     
  14. rick wedlock

    rick wedlock Member

    hi tom
    you are right, it will take lots of money and time and effort but it'll be worth it.

    sorry SDP for highjacking the thread ! i did own a bit of comet once, it was the last 9 ft of the 77mm gun complete with muzzle break, i ended up swapping it for a churchill gearbox from the cobbatton combat collection.

    rick
     
  15. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    hi tom
    you are right, it will take lots of money and time and effort but it'll be worth it.

    sorry SDP for highjacking the thread ! i did own a bit of comet once, it was the last 9 ft of the 77mm gun complete with muzzle break, i ended up swapping it for a churchill gearbox from the cobbatton combat collection.

    rick

    Rick

    No problem. I hope Cobbaton actually use that to help fix their Comet wreck which, incidentally, is a very early Comet Mk 1a and is badly in need of preservation (or have they now started to fix it after all these years sitting out in their yard?)

    Steve
     
  16. rick wedlock

    rick wedlock Member

    hi steve
    they have fitted the gun to the comet but i think it still has a tree growing out of the engine compartment, i wouldn't fret about it though as it's bound to be restored by someone one day and it would make a very nice tank as i believe it was a reme recovery training aid and as such was very complete and in fair condition especially when compared with the comets that have been on the ranges, kirkcudbright springs to mind, many a comet has come to grief there.
    follow this link for an insight into what targets still remain on kirkcudbright (i have my eye on the cut up churchill) :rolleyes:

    Site Record for Kirkcudbright Training Area Digital_images Digital_images
     
  17. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    Just bumping this topic. Please refer to post number 1.
     
  18. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

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    SDP Senior Member Patron

  20. rick wedlock

    rick wedlock Member

    no I didn't scrap the turret, quite the opposite actually, it was restored and mounted back on the ring and the whole lot was put on a very sturdy 4ft high steel frame and sent to a collector in oz.

    rick
     

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