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    Default 33 Sqn Hurricane serials, N Africa

    According to the 33 Sqn ORB Danish F/O (later F/L) K C J Pedersen flies operationally in 23 different Hurricane IIC's in North Africa during the months of December to Marts 1942/43. They are alle indicated by three digits (144, 174, 237, 291, 307, 340, 346, 349, 351, 508, 542, 548, 573, 583, 608, 620, 654, 676, 829, 905, 910, 955, and 994).

    Pure logic would say that this is the three digits of a serialnumber, but has anyone ever looked into it?

    It also states that he flew in a Spitfire VC '567' which I have not yet ben able to link to a VC serial.

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    Hi Mikkel,

    as for the Spitfire I found in the AB Serials only ER567 which is recorded as Mk.VB...
    Serving with the 33 Sq.

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    So far I was able in the AB serials books found from your list Hurricane Mk.IICs flying with 33 Sqs:

    BP548
    HL620
    HL654
    HL676
    HL910
    HL955
    HL994

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    Hi Mikkel,

    Try with BG or BH with 3 digits, or P3 with 3 digits.

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    Finn Buch

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    Hi Finn,

    yes I tried BG and BH serials, there are few Hurricanes with the 33 Sq but not those Mikkel is looking for.

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    Thank you Pavel and Finn. It was not my intention to make you do the job for me, I just wanted to know if others had had similar problems and agreed to the theory that the three digits was part of the serial number.

    But many thanks.

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    Hi Mikkel,

    no problem at all, I am always glad to help if I can.

    Yes I have the same experience, for example from ORB of 311 (Czechoslovak) Sq - 4digits numbers only for serials of Wellington and 3digits for Liberator serials.

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    Hi Mikkel,

    Yes, I found a similar issue with the logbook of RM Brinsley of 93 Sqn RAF. He travelled with the squadron from the UK to North Africa in Dec 1942. In the UK he recorded a/c letters. During Dec 42 and Jan 43 (in the ME) he flew a few sweeps in Spitfires F and J, however, most flights were listed as three digit numbers, ie Spitfire Mk.VB, 737. I can only assume 93 Sqns aircraft were still the process of having unit code and aircraft letters applied and the three digits were probably a/c serials. By mid Jan 43 he was back to recording letters only.

    Regards, Drew

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    Default 33 Sq. serials

    This is my guesses on the serials:

    144 = HM144 M
    174 = HW174 Y
    237 = BP237 Q
    291 = BN291 S
    307 = HV307 A
    340 = HV340
    346 = HV346
    349 = HV349
    351
    508 = HV508 S
    542 = HV542 L
    548 = HV548
    573
    583 = BN583 R
    608 = HL608 J
    620 = HL620 G
    654 = BP654 G
    676 = HL676 N
    829 = HL829 Z
    905 = HV905
    910 = HL910 X
    955 = HL955 W
    994 = HL994 Y

    /John Engelsted
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    Thank you John.

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