This event finished on 29 May 2020
Biggin Hill Boffins: Tea-Time Teaser
Biggin Hill Boffins: Tea-Time Teasers
Hello everyone. We hope you and your family are keeping safe and well. While schools are closed, we thought we’d send you a daily weekday brainteaser at 4pm to keep your grey matter geared up and your intellect intact whilst you stay safe at home. It might be a puzzle, a code, a riddle or a picture of a mysterious object from our museum collection. Write your solutions down at home (don’t post them online) and we’ll be back at the same time the following day with the answers so you can see if you were correct – along with a fresh mystery for you to solve. Happy puzzling!
1/6: Here’s the answer to Friday’s brain teaser. The picture showed a gas detection panel from the army camp at Biggin Hill. Large square metal boards were painted with gas sensitive paint. The paint would change from a yellowish green to red if it detected mustard gas. The panels were mounted on wooden posts around the army camp at Biggin Hill. Fortunately neither side deployed gas in open combat during the Second World War.
Towards the end of the war, local boy Geoff Greensmith found a pile of these panels. His awe of the American Eagle Squadron inspired him to paint the American Bald Eagle on one side of the panel.
Today’s tea-time teaser: All our questions have a D-Day theme this week to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944. The picture shows a Spitfire with its wings and fuselage painted with black and white stripes. Why were Allied planes who took part in the Normandy landings painted in this way?