W.G.Barker - Snipe

08 Dec 95 10:30:00 EST

Gerry Says:
>Where is the real Mick Fauchon? Do they hibernate in the summer in the
land of OZ?

Hibernate? It's too hot to sleep, much less hibernate, at this time of

Which leads me to ask a question which arose from my reading last
sleepless evening.

There is a picture of Major W.G.Barkers' Sopwith Snipe in the
appropriate Datafile. Around the rear fuselage are a series of (I assume)
white bands. They look _very_ rough, and hand painted. I believe that the
fuselage of this a/c is still existing in Canada BUT, since it was still
in service into 1920, would not be in the markings shown in the photo
(except if they've been re-created much later)

Anyone know the full story of the a/c fuselage? How/when was it restored
to whatever the current condition might be.

Also, though the stripes LOOK crappy and hand painted, so does much of
the rest of the aircraft in the photo. It (the photo) may have been
retouched inexpertly, be damaged or even be a post war "recreation".
Anything known?