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    Posted: 03 Dec 2012 at 11:20
Paul, would you have a look at the discussion on regarding a new photo of one of the early SE5s and A'4563.
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Hello Alex,
Thank you for bringing that to my attention
I have yet to check through my files but my immediate thoughts are that it cannot be A4563 as that machine was not fitted with the "greenhouse" windscreen, and because the aeroplane in the picture has an ungeared engine which A4563 did not.
It is therefore almost certainly one of the production batch of S.E.5s (with the original wings) A4845-4868.
The reason for the lack of a serial, and of any "Lift Here" markings on the rear fuselage is a mystery as is the location at which the photograph was taken. London Colney would seem the obvious choice, perhaps after some local repairs to account for the lack of markings.
The panels aroound the engine also seem to be unpainted, although this may be a trick of the light.
It is certainly a most interesting photo.
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