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    Is there any evidence of 302 Sq using the QH codes on Spitfire XVI's in 1945-1946 ?

    Thanks in advance for any replies. JohnG.

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    Plenty of it.

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    Hi,
    Taken from 'Squadron Codes' by Michael Bowyer and John Rawlings - "A Spitfire unit, presently unknown, carried this code on Mk LF 16's circa 1945-46, eg, QH-B - TB745." There is confirmation of this unit and letters in 'Combat Codes' by Vic Flintham & Andrew Thomas, although no photographic evidence.
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    302 Squadron code changed from WX to QH in August 1945.
    You can get photographic evidence by googling "302 Squadron Spitfire QH" or something like that.

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    I researched squadron codes some years ago and I have noted that 302 Squadron used the 'QH' coding from January 1945 to December 1946 (the 'WX' being used from October 1942 to January 1945). The same code was allocated to 298 Squadron for a few months in 1939, although I'm not sure if they were actually worn.

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    298 Sqn did not exist in 1939, codes were allocated to squadron numbers, I assume as a means of confusing German Intelligence.

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    Try this link, scroll down and you'll find a couple of photos of Spitfires with the QH code
    http://www.polishairforce.pl/dyw302zdj.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airman 1 View Post
    I researched squadron codes some years ago and I have noted that 302 Squadron used the 'QH' coding from January 1945 to December 1946 (the 'WX' being used from October 1942 to January 1945).
    The code change most certainly took place in AUGUST 1945 not January. 302 Sqn Spitfires were still coded WX after WW2 ended.

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    VoyTek
    I have the following reference to 302 Poznan) Squadron.

    EG (Squadron letters) allocated for the period April to September 1939.

    Formed 13th July 1940 at Leconfield.

    Nil (7.40-1041) Hurricane I V6570 Q, IIA Z2814 K, IIB Z3982 S.

    WX (10.42-1.45) Spitfire IIA P7610, VB W3953 WX-E, VC EE642,
    IXC MA843 WX-F, IXE MKi77.

    QH (1.45-12.46) Spitfire XVIE TB756 QH-B
    Also used Battle Trainer P6687; Maste I N7890;
    Magister L8359; Tiger Moth II T6109; Auster III MZ220.

    Disbanded 18th December 1946 at Hethel.

    In the chapter dealing with squadron code letters
    supplies the following information.

    WZ was assigned to 302 Squadron and 627 Squadron.
    QH was assigned to 298 Squadron and 302 Squadron.

    I am going to give another example of squadron numbers and letter codes.

    617 Squadron.

    MZ Allocated for the period April to September 1939.

    Formed 24th March, 1943 at Scamptonby re-designating X Squadron.

    AJ (3.43-6.43) Lancaster III (Special) *****ED909/G AJ-P*****
    KC (6.43-4.51) Lancaster I ED763 KC-Z, III JA894 KC-T
    VII NX783 KC-G; Lincoln II RF531 KC-Z.

    YZ (.45-.45) Lancaster I (SPECIAL) PD114 YZ-B.
    Nil (4.51-12.55)Lincoln II SX958; Canberra B.2 WH706, B6 WH946

    Also used MustangIII HB837; Mosquito VI NT202;
    Tiger Moth II T6306

    Diabanded 15th December 1955 at Binbrook.
    Reformed 1st May 1958 at Scampton.

    Examples of squadron numbers and letter codes.

    MZ 617 Squadron, 83 Operational Training Unit.
    AJ 617 Squadron, Station Flight North Luffenham.
    KC 238 Squadron, 617 Squadron.
    YZ 146 Squadron,617 Squadron, 1651 Conversion Flight.


    The G in the serial number *****ED909/G***** indicated that it must be
    guarded.

    The first time that I used this book I was quit startled to discover that 617 Squadron
    had been allocated Squadron letters before it was formed. I thought that there
    must have been some one who could predict the future.

    The book is Flying Units Of The RAF by Alan Lake,
    and there are sections for tracking squadron letters, and
    another for tracking by squadron number.

    I hope that this helpful,

    Robert

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    Robert,
    It seems the book you mentioned provides incorrect information when it comes to 302 Sqn codes. My info is based on years of research into squadron documents and photographs. The QH code was not introduced until August 1945.
    As for other data you have quoted on 302 Sqn:
    Spitfire VB W3953 was coded WX-Z during its service with the squadron,
    Spitfire XVI TB756 was never used by 302 Sqn. The code WX-B was sported by the following Mk XVIs: TB246 (February 1945), TB395 (February-March 1945), TB745 (March-July 1945). TB745 was then coded QH-B from August 1945 until June 1946 when it was withdrawn from squadron use.

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