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    Default Wrong serial number of an Hurricane lost on 28 January 1944

    Hello, I found the following in the French Archives (Service Historique de la Défense):

    On 28 January 1944 two French formation flying training sorties, four P-39 of GC I/4 and six Hurricanes of GC II/3, met in the air at 1010 hrs 4 km east of Souk-el-Haad, north of Menerville. Capitaine Menu of GC II/3 ordered four of his pilots to launch a fake attack on the P-39s flying a bit lower, at a height of 3000m. But lieutenant Emile Leblanc of GC II/3 pushed his attack too far and his Hurricane NR197 rammed the P-39N 42-18764 flown by lieutenant Leroux. Both fighters exploded and the two pilots were killed.

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    Carton 6D34 du Service Historique de l’Armée de l’Air (French Air Force accidents January-May 1944)

    Problem is that the serial NR197 is not an Hurricane, but an Halifax.

    To be precise, the report is saying that Leblanc was flying Hurricane n°197, and then it is written NR197, NR being possibly for "Numéro" (Number). It is possible that the RAF serial of the Hurricane ended with 197, but it is not sure.

    I will be interested by the serial and type of this Hurricane.

    Thanks in advance

    Laurent

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    It was HW197, damaged beyond repair in an accident, 28th January 1944.

    Source; ROYAL AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT HA100-HZ999 (Halley)

    Ian Macdonald

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    Thanks Ian

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