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    Default 98 Sqn Mitchell serial/code tie-ups

    This request may have got buried in my F/Lt Spencer thread so...

    Can anyone help with 98 Sqn Mitchell serial/code tie-ups, aircraft photos and sources for written material?

    Thanks and regards:

    Robert

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    Hello Rob,

    I have some pages of the Squadron ORB for September 1944, the form 541s give both serial number and individual letters. Losses were quite low (INHO) so many ties-up may be correct for the period you're seeking (May to August 1944).

    A FW189 (7 occurrences in September 1944)
    B FW188 (1 occurrence), FW168 (5, and the 6 is underlined once)
    C FW201 (4)
    D FW225 (5)
    E FW167 (2), FW929 (1, later in the month)
    F FW275 (6)
    G FW164 (7), FW275 (1, but FW275 is usually shown as ‘F’, so probably typo)
    H FW218 (6)
    J FW262 (8), (320) : once (aircraft borrowed from another squadron for one mission ?)
    K FW115 (10)
    L FW976 (4)
    M : no occurrence
    N FW194 (11)
    P FW969 (6)
    R FW229 (5)
    S FW264 (1), FW277 (5)
    T FW203 (5)
    U FW255 (9)
    V FW215 (7)
    W FW256 (7)
    X FW107 (11)
    Y FW211 (5)
    Z : no occurrence

    I've not checked against losses which may account for a replacement machine taking over the letter of the missing aircraft.

    As for pictures, I seem to remember a few are printed in "2 Group R.A.F.", but from memory only. IWM stuff, or RAF Museum official pictures, and still from memory, more from 1943 period than 1944.


    Joss
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    Default No. 98 Squadron Mitchells

    G'day Robert

    How are things on the 'wet' coast?

    Here's what I have for No. 98 Squadron Mitchells.

    Cheers...Chris

    Mitchell Mk. II
    FL166 Q
    FL176 B
    FL182 J
    FL202 T
    FL700 J
    FL701 A
    FL704 S
    FV914 A
    FV929 D
    FV931 H
    FV982 D
    FV983 B
    FW109 D
    FW124 J
    FW165 B
    FW193 A
    FW184 D
    FW277 S

    Mitchell Mk. III
    HD329 B
    HD368 A
    HD371 J
    HD372 D
    KJ622 Q
    KJ644 B
    KJ666 A

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    Thanks, Joss and Chris.

    OK... first entry is for FW228 on May 8, 1944, which does not appear in either listing. Then two for FW215, which I think we can be sure is V, after which entries switch to code letters.

    O for May 23 and 27 (not in either listing), then D, U, L, G, J, N, and T with tie-ups from Joss's listing (which I tend to lean towards because of the known ORB extract date) followed by a string of flights in V which I assume was 'Heaven Can Wait'. Then S and W and more in V. Finally N and M on Sept 23 and 27 respectively.

    So, we seem to be missing tie-ups for FW228, O and M.

    Cheers:

    Robert
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    Hi Rob,

    You will find a comprehensive listing of No.98 Squadron serial/code tie-ups in the following publication:

    B-25 Mitchell:The Magnificent Medium.
    Avery,N L.
    St. Paul:Phalanx Publishing Co.,1992
    p.194 (Appendix P)

    FW228, is given as Q. V, actually has three (3) listings: FW215, FW224 (cr. 2-2-45) & FW256.

    Hopefully, someone can scan you the page.

    Col.
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    Thanks, Col.
    Would welcome a scan of the page you quote... does it include date ranges for each tie-up? Especially keen to pin down 'V' for the May-August 1944 period.
    Regards:
    Robert

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    Rob,

    Serial/Code tie-ups are listed under their serial prefixes, ie: FL, FV, KJ, FW & HD. There are roughly 150 serials mentioned, approx 90 of which are appended by their letter.

    Col.
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    Thanks, Col.
    Looks like I need to come up with the ORB for that period. Does anyone have May to August 1944?
    Robert

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    Hello Rob,

    Can you confirm the flight done on 23rd September 1944 wasn't an operation ? Can't find Spencer flying in FW194 N on the missions flown that day (one in the morning which was recalled, one in the afternoon). I don't have 27th September unfortunately.

    I'm interested by your offer (in your other post about F/L SPENCER) about the log-book and picture of "Heaven can wait". You already know my e-mail, or it's in my profile anyway.

    Joss

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    FL176 would become known as "Grumpy", carrying Squadron identification "VO-B" with her namesake dwarf as nose art, set a record of 125 Operations for RAF Mitchells. After she was retired 13 August 1944 two subsequent Mitchells would carry the "V0-B" identification, namely HD329 (failed to return 19 August 1944 from a flare dropping operation) and FW188 (exploded upon touch-down at Dunsfold 8 September 1944 when a hung-up 500 lb. bomb dislodged).

    Regards,
    Christian

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