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    What is meant by a Darky radio call received by RAF Rufforth during WWII. Is it a 'Mayday', 'Returning to base' , 'under attack' or something else?
    It appears several times on the No. 1663 HCU ORB for 1943 and sounds urgent. Thank you.

    Norman

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    Norman

    Found this which hopefully is accurate:

    "‘Darky’ was a radio service to give bearings and positions to lost aircraft. It had a very limited range. The drill was that a pilot, on discovering that he was lost, would call, ‘Darky - Darky’ on his radio and leave the set on transmit for a brief time. At least three ground stations would triangulate on his position from this transmitted signal and pass it on to the pilot. Sounds simple but in practice it had only short range and was subject to interference.

    Source: http://natureonline.com/37/4-37sqn-italy-airfieldcond.html
    It has also been discussed on another forum:

    THE DARKY SYSTEM

    If an aeroplane was in an emergency situation regarding it’s position to the airfield it is due to land at the pilot could use the basic life-saver “ DARKY, “ which was a system where the pilot could call for a ‘ Homing ‘ using the call-sign Darky. Most R.A.F. Stations operated a permanent Darky Watch on a common frequency with a transmitter / receiver of limited range to avoid possible overlap with other stations. By taking bearings and comparing them by telephone they could rapidly fix a lost aircrafts position.

    Where R.A.F. coverage was poor the Royal Observer Corps Posts could be contacted to assist as they were also equipped with Darky sets.

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    Last edited by PeteT; 7th May 2012 at 21:39. Reason: Cut and paste error
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    Norman

    Just tried to send you a PM but got the response that your mail box is full. Could I ask if you have the ORB for 1663 HCU for the begining of 1944.

    Daz

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    Hello PeteT,
    Thank you for your post - cannot open source provided.
    Norman


    Hello Daz,
    Till end of Jan 1944. Annual cull of PMs tomorrow so use [norman.hoodATinternet.com]
    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 7th May 2012 at 20:51. Reason: adding second paragraph

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    Norman,

    Try this instead:

    http://natureonline.com/37/4-37sqn-italy-airfieldcond.html

    Dave

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    Sorry Norman; cut and paste error. Have corrected it.

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    Norman

    thanks it is March and April that I was after.

    Regards

    Daz

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    Hi Daz,

    You are looking in the wrong place.

    The final entry for Jan in No.1663 CU ORB is:

    Future Operational Statistical Records (Forms 540) of No.1663 Conversion Unit will be incorporated in the Operational Statistical Record rendered by R.A.F. Station Rufforth.

    Authority Headquarters, Bomber Command letter BC/S.31110/4/Org dated 23rd January 1944

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    I've been after them too, they are in AIR 28/676 but when I sent for an estimate to TNA, firstly I asked for 44 and 45 and they said unable to copy, reason: "research" so I guessed on there not being too many pages and got a quote for the full file but they say it is 400 pages and will cost 1120.

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    Hello Pete102,

    Regarding the TNA estimate quoted in your last post, (post #9) what period was the '400 pages/1120 for ? Thank you

    Norman
    Last edited by namrondooh; 11th May 2012 at 08:48.

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