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    I have acquired the Form 540 for No.3 Squadron (October 1940) from the British National Archives documents-on-line. The Form 540 is mainly concerned with postings-in, postings-out and squadron moves. The Form 541 does not appear to be available by this means.

    My query - did the squadron fly any operational sorties from 5 October to the end of the month ? Assorted lists of Battle of Britain pilots include several members of the RCAF, posted to No.3 Squadron on 5 October 1940 from No.6 OTU (and at least one of whom he had not completed the full OTU course). If they flew no sorties after arrival, they would presumably be ineligible for the Battle of Britain clasp to the 1939-1945 Star.

    Methinks that certain websites are too generous in ascribing the status of Battle of Britain pilot to individuals - notably to Canadians.

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    Hugh,
    According to the 541, they were almost continually flying in combat, from 7th Oct, right through to 31st...
    7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st. Have you names that i can check against.
    Alan.
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    C1323 F/O G.F.McAvity, C1330 F/O R.C. Weston, C1372 P/O F.S. Watson, C1365 P/O H.A, Sprague and C1371 P/O C.A,B Wallace.

    McAvity graduates from No.6 OTU on 5 October 1940 with 17 hours 15 minutes on Hurricanes and the assessment reads "Has not done Nos.3 and 5 attacks. Requires dog fighting practice". He is killed in a flying accident on 19 October 1940; the accident report credits him with 24 hours on Hurricanes (this may be an approximation) so in those two weeks he somehow logged six hours 45 minutes. Cause of accident - "inexperience".

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    No.3 Squadron's postings for the period might have some bearing on whether these new pilots flew operationally or not.

    14/9/40 to 9/10/40 Turnhouse.
    9/10/40 to 12/10/40 Dyce.
    12/10/40 to 7/1/41 Castletown.

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    Hugh,
    Nothing for McAvity or Weston.

    Watson, 1 scramble, 31st Oct, up 13.00, down 13.15.

    Sprague, 4 scrambles.....
    25th Oct, up 11,30, down 12.30.
    26th Oct, up 15.10, down 16.15.
    27th Oct, up, 12.20, down 13.10.
    31st Oct, up 12.50, down, 13.00.

    Wallace, 5 scrambles....
    23rd Oct, up 10.15, down 11.10. up 12.15, down 13.10.
    26th Oct, up 15.10, down 16.15.
    27th Oct, up 12.20, down 13.05.
    31st Oct, up 12.50, down 13.00.

    Alan

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    Wonderful - thank you - nothing beats the "horse's mouth".

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