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    Does anyone know what a FGQ signal was and on what frequency they were transmitted?
    I have come across it in an entry in the Sqn ORB but haven't heard of it before.

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    Daz,

    Fine-Grained Quartz?

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    Dax,

    Could this perhaps be a typo for the Q code QFG (Am I above the aerodrome?)?

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    Hi Dax
    If Errol's reasonable guess is correct, then the frequency would be the designated Approach frequency for an Airfield, and it would be part of the process by which an a/c was guided down to a landing either for practice or in marginal weather.
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    Thanks for the suggestions, the entry in the ORB states that the signal was sent after the aircraft had attacked the target but nothing further was heard and the aircraft crashed into the sea off the coast of Denmark.

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    Hi
    If the ORB is right then it won't have been an airfield local frequency as the a/c was clearly known, or believed, to be over enemy territory and much too far away for assistance towards an approach to the airfield. Whilst ops were generally conducted under Radio Silence there would have been a batch of pre-briefed Station, Group and Command frequencies on W/T, set aside for various tasks such as recalls , revised Met info , emergencies etc and there would also have been Voice channels available for such as the Master Bomber. FCQ thus sounds as if it might have been a code reference for a specific task or report.Sorry that doesn't help a lot.
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    I think Dick is on the right lines here.
    Revised Met Info would probably have been transmiitted 'blind' to the Main Force (thus obviating individual a/c having to QSL and thus render themselves liable to being D/F'd).
    Remember, though, that some Main Force a/c were designated as in-flight Wind Finders. Their Found Winds would have to have been transmitted (by H/F W/T) back to base for analysis before any revised Flight Forecast Winds might have been issued.
    We did the same sort of Met 'thing' with the Valiants at Wittering on the Annual Bombing Competition (VERY hotly contested for those of you not aware). We, at Wittering Met, got the Signals lot to transmit (blind) revised winds in a code that only us and 'our' a/c understood. "Our Lot" were doing very well until Bomber Command came up and said "Stop whatever you're doing - it's not within the spirit of the competition".
    Now as WINNING was the name of the game - and by whatever underhand methods one could devise - we thought we were being very smart for "Our Sqns/Crews"!!! And all we got was a "slap in the wrist". There are no 'rules' when cheating at Bombing Competitions!!
    QGQ in the Q-code is a signal requesting/authorising a holding pattern over a particular location. FGQ might be a Force "GQ" signal. Just a thought?
    Yrs Aye
    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 26th February 2008 at 14:10.

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