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    In the 35 Squadron ORB's, it states that the squadron exchanged twelve of its Fairey Battles with those of 226 Squadron in October 1938. The exchange is confirmed in "The K File". Neither squadron seemed to be preparing for or dealing with a specific threat at the time. Does anyone know the background to this?.

    Were they different configurations / engines?

    Any thoughts would be most welcome.

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    The exchange, as you suggested, was connected with the early Merlin I-powered Battles and later Merlin II-powered examples. There were switches between other units, too.
    The exchanges are recorded in THE BATTLE FILE (Shail) and would seem to have been connected with standardization within a unit and engine modification schemes. In the exchange you mention 35 sent its Merlin II Battles to 226 and received Merlin I models in return.

    Ian Macdonald

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    Ian

    Thanks for the response; it seemed like the most logical explanation but I had nothing to confirm it.

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    Hi Pete,

    No.218 (B) Squadron also replaced their Battle Mk.I (Merlin I's) in October 1938, over October 10th - 13th all the squadron Battles were transfered to No.105. No.218 was re-equipped with Battle Mk I's but the Merlin II engine, strenght as of October 13th 1938 was 16 IE a/c + 5 IR.

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    Thanks Steve

    35 ORB's show that they received instructions relating to the exchange on 1st October.

    This was one day after they had been stood down from an emergency move to Manston, presumably due to the Munich Crisis; whether the two events are related I do not know.

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    Pete,

    The 218(B) Squadron ORB does mention the "European Crisis" but gives the date as 29th August, this is the date that the squadron was fully mobilised and the peace-time markings removed from the Battles and war-time markings applied.

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