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Thread: No.210 Squadron (March 1941) and No.172 Squadron (April 1941)

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    Default No.210 Squadron (March 1941) and No.172 Squadron (April 1941)

    In December 1940, (then) Flight Lieutenant George Maurice Fawcett (RCAF, C1563) was attached to the RAF overseas, first attending radar courses at No.1 Radar School, Yatesbury, then assignment to Air Ministry while obtaining operational radar experience. It is reported that he subsequently flew sorties, approximately 12 hours each, with No.210 Squadron, Oban (March 1941) and three operational sorties in No.172 Squadron Whitley aircraft from RAF Station Limavady (eight hours each, April 1941). He was described as being in the dual role of Observer and Special Assistant on newly installed radar equipment under instructions from Air Ministry.

    If anyone has reasonably easy access to the ORBs of these two units, I would appreciate confirmation of these flights including dates and any operational details that might be mentioned.

    Fawcett was subsequently an important figure in the development and deployment of RCAF radar in wartime (awarded MBE) and postwar.

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    A minor point. The unit which F/L Fawcett RCAF was attached to in March, 1941, could not be No.172 Sqn., which was not formed until 4th April, 1942. His unit would be No.502 Sqn., which had detachments at Limavady and Aldergrove at that time, and was involved in the introduction of ASV radar in their Whitleys.


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