In July 1944, what was Coastal Command's most unusual kill? Extra points for listing all the elements that made it odd.
was it a Sunderland flown by F/l marrows. During the battle two other aircraft distracted the U-Boat gunners allowing Marrow to attack and sink the third. His bombs straddled the U;Boat thus sinking it. What makes it unusual is the Sunderland's markings were 461U while the U-Boat was U461. U-461 was a supply sub.
RAST Recovery Assist, Secure and Traverse aka "Beartrap" as named by the Canadians when they developed the system between 1955 - 65
"When in position, an operator in the helicopter lowers a wire rope messenger. To this messenger a man on the flight deck attaches a heavier hauldown cable. (A pair of grounded tongs discharges any static electricity in the messenger so that the man won't get a rude jolt.) The messenger and hauldown cable then are drawn into the helicopter through a probe in the helicopter's belly. After the haul-down cable has been locked in position inside the probe, the slack in the cable is taken up. A Landing Control Officer (LCO) on the flight deck controls the haul-down and landing from this point onward. The pilot keeps his helicopter hovering in the correct position over the trap. Like an angler reeling in a jumping trout, the LCO slowly begins to reel in the helicopter. The LCO regulates the rate of descent of the helicopter on the control console. When it is in a position just off the deck, he can then increase the rate during a lull in the ship's motion. He plays the helicopter quickly into the Beartrap where steel jaws snap around the probe and hold the "chopper" securely against any motion the ship might offer. This operation can be performed with the ship rolling as much as 31 ° and with pitching motion as much as 8°."
Indeed it was! Walter Beech first owned the Travel Air Company, which produced Models A through 11 (renumbering happened) and the un-numbered Type R "Mystery Ship". After being bought out by Curtiss-Wright, designs 12 through 16 (but not 13) bore the "CW-" prefix. This is a short history of the first 16 of Walter Beech's aircraft.
Thus, the new Beechcraft was the Model 17.
Now, what kind of question can you bedazzle us with?
I still like my original answer. My first thought was "Weird number = company name-change... and who's famous for that?... Willy Messerschmitt..." - Bulls-eye!
All my later searches have hit dead-ends. LOL! I followed some great leads towards (and around) the TSR2 (I'd love that to be the answer! - and it would be much more Sean's cup of tea than my BFW), but they don't tally nearly as neatly as what I hit first time.