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    Default Serial Number Help please....

    A little outside of the normal remit for this forum I know, but I'm looking at a photograph of a H-P 0/400 with a serial number of D8326. It isn't listed in the A-B "J"-series volume in the WW1 survivors section, so it must have been SOC prior to January 1920.

    Does anyone have any idea which unit(s) it may have served with?

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    Greg,

    It survived the war and was modified in 1919 for use by the Communications Wing, and named H.M. Air Liner "Silver Star" (source http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1953/1953%20-%200261.html)

    It's also mentioned on this French website at http://fandavion.free.fr/handley-page-constructeur.htm

    Online translation gives "After the war, most of the 0/400 were converted to long-range transport of action. Within the RAF, eight 0/400 were in service at 86th Wing Communication. The most famous of them is probably the D8326, called Silver Star, booked to travel from King George V, and was made ​​available to the British delegation to the Peace Conference in Paris in 1919"

    There's also something about it here http://www.studymode.com/essays/History-Civil-Aviation-147035.html , but you need to sign up for the whole story.

    Brian
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    Greg,

    There are two photos of D8326/Silver Star on page 150 of Chaz Bowyer's 'Handley Page Bombers of the First World War'.

    Email me if you need a scan of them.

    Cheers,
    Errol

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    Brian / Errol,

    Many thanks indeed for your swift replies, brilliant stuff.

    Errol - I have a copy of the book you mention although it's at a neighbours at the moment (his Great Grandfather was on 0/400s in WW1), so thanks for the offer of the scans, but I don't need them this time.

    Best wishes to you both as always,

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

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    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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