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    Default 23 Squadron 18/9/42 Intruder Op

    I am trying to research the career of Flight Lieutenant Walter Richard Shuttleworth DFC,
    a navigator with 23, 85, and 605 Squadrons.

    On the night of the 18th September 1942 he was flying an Intruder op with F/O Welch
    (his usual pilot) in Mosquito YP-H. His log book records:

    Patrolled Melun and Bretigny Aerodromes. Attacked Train and S/L with Cannon Fire.

    I was wondering if anybody might know what S/L stood for?

    I was also wondering if anybody had any further information on Shuttleworth or if they
    maight have come across him in ORB's.

    Johnnie

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    Hello Johnnie,

    S/L

    S/L or S/Ldr - Squadron Leader
    SL - Sick leave
    SLAIS - Specialised Low Attack Instructors School
    SLAW - School of Land/Air Warfare
    SLC - Search-Light Control
    SLG - Satellite Landing Ground

    Source: http://www.worldwar2exraf.co.uk/acronyms%20S.htm

    Which could mean that he was angry at his Squadron/Leader and shot at him, but that would be a bit odd. Or that he shot at a sick person on leave, maybe one that was leaving the train, or, more likely, that he fired shots at a search light or satellite landing ground.

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Hi Johnnie & Bart

    Bart - it's not April Fool's Day!! It obviously means searchlight in this context.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Thanks for that. I hadn't thought of searchlight.

    Johnnie

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    He must have been a crack shot - a search light (or a squadron leader on sick leave leaving a train :) ) would make a hard target to hit.

    Cheers,

    Bart

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