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    Can someone please tell me the location of 12 (P)AFU on 1 August 1944 (Grantham? Spitalgate? Hixon?) and the main type(s) of aircraft being flown by the unit at that time?

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    Hello Steve,

    12 (P)AFU were at Spittlegate (Spitalgate/Grantham) until February 8, 1945 then moved to Hixon. At the turn of 1944 they operated Blenheims, but from February started to receive Beauforts that proved more reliable and up to date. However the runway surfaces at Spitalgate and the satellite airfield at Harlaxton proved unsuitable for the heavier Beauforts, hence the move to Hixon.

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    Ian

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    Thanks Ian

    Brilliant, just what I needed

    Thanks for taking the time to post this for me

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    Hello Steve,

    I do not have official records for 12 (P)AFU but rely on various notes made by friend who wrote a little booklet on the history of RAF Spittlegate. Sadly he is no longer with us but I have had another look through more of his notes and find that at the period of you interest this unit had made a temporary move to RAF Woodvale (prob some time in Jan 1944) and returned "home" on August 17, 1944. While at Woodvale they operated 16 Blenheims, losing at least one in a fatal crash. The move to Woodvale was in connection with deteriorating runway surfaces at both Spitalgate and Harlaxton.

    What I cannot confirm is what they did with the Beauforts at this time.

    Apologies for my first misleading response that was taken from the main users of Spittlegate/Spitalgate/Grantham.

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    Ian

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    Thanks Ian

    I appreciate the update and have amended my notes accordingly.

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    Steve
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