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    Hello,

    Can someone with an access to the Air-Britain book dealing with RAF aircraft serialled BA100-BZ999 provide me with the history of Hurricanes BE295 and BE301?

    Best wishes,

    Jérémie

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    Hi Jeremie
    AB Serials gives only that both Hurricanes went to Russia. BE296 on 15/10/41 and BE301 on 16/10/41.
    From the convoyweb site there were 3 Convoys from Iceland to Archangel,PQ3(9/11/41),PQ4(17/11/41) and PQ5(27/11/41) that seem likely to have carried them.They are not recorded in the AB Serials as being part of the a/c of the RAF Sqns(81 &134) that operated in Russia in the early part of the war and left their a/c for the Red Air Force
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    Dick
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    Hello Dick,

    Many thanks for this information. It's exactly what I was looking for.

    Best wishes,

    Jérémie

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    Hello Dick,

    I have just noticed that you mentioned BE296 while I asked about BE295. Can you confirm it is BE295 that was actually sent to Russia on 15/10/41?

    Thanks again for your help.

    Jérémie

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    Hi Jeremie
    Sorry, it was my poor typing but both a/c were sent to Russia on the same date
    Regards
    Dick

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    Hello,

    Hurricane IIB BE301, is recorded in at least two references as being on the strength of No.175 Sqn, Warmwell, April-May, 1942. Indeed, it is listed as taking part in an attack on three German Minesweepers off Cap de la Hague on 15-5-1942.

    Has someone got access to the No.175 Sqn ORB and can tell us what it has to say, if anything, about BE301?

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 3rd November 2011 at 10:30.

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    Hello Col,

    My initial question was the same as yours. Both BE295 and BE301 are mentionned in the ORB of No 175 Sqdn up to the beginning of July 1942. They then disappeared, but two "new" Hurricanes, BP295 and BP301, "start" flying with the sqdn from mid/end of July. I have some reasons to think that BP295 and BP301 were mistakenly referred to as BE295 and BE301 from their delivery in spring 1942. For example, BE295 is described as a late Hurribomber capable of carrying 500 lb bombs and this is not consistent with an aircraft delivered in 1941 (all the other similar Hurribombers are in the BP and HL serial ranges). Additionally, the ORB writer has made the same BE/BP confusion several times.

    It now seems that the Air-Britain book which is based on the aircraft movement cards is solving the contradiction: BP295 and BP301 were flown by No 175 Sqdn rather than BE295 and BE301 which were never delivered to that sqdn.

    Best wishes,

    Jérémie

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    Hi
    The 2 a/c concerned are in the AB Serials as in a batch from BE294 -BE308 all sent to Russia with various dates in early Oct 1941,with BE299 shown as 174 Sqn and then to the Far East as the only exception.
    Regards
    Dick

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    Thank you Dick for your additional information which helps to solve a (very) small mystery.

    Best wishes,

    Jérémie

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    Jeremie/Dick,

    Interesting observations. Thanks.

    Col.

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