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    Hello,
    I'm looking to complete some loss of aircraft where I lack the personal letter in the squadron.

    18/06/1940 Walrus Mk. I L2312 Coded ZA-? 10 Squadron
    19/12/1942 Harrow Mk. K7011 Coded BJ-?. 271 Squadron
    29/02/1944 Spitfire Mk. LF IX MJ853 Coded GW-?. 340 Squadron GC 4/2-Ile de France
    17/03/1944 Spitfire Mk. IX MJ602 Coded NL-? .341 Squadron Alsace
    27/04/1942 Havoc Mk. I AW398 Coded. YP-?. 23 Squadron
    08//08/1944 Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle Mk. ST.I Srs.2 P1501. Coded 7C-?. 296 Squadron
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    Hi Dan

    Are you sure about the first one? 10 Sqn was a bomber squadron. I can't think why they'd be using a Walrus!

    Good luck anyway with these queries.

    Ian

    ps Harrow K7011 may have been coded BJ-B.
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    Hello

    I think Dan meant 10 (RAAF) Squadron, and not 10 (RAF) Squadron. It was a Sunderland unit, so a Walrus as a Squadron hack is more logical.

    For any 340 Squadron details, I suggest "Gusto" by Fred Bruyelle, in French, a very detailed History of "Ile-de-France" Squadron, including appendices about the machines used the unit. I'm away from my copy, but I strongly recommand Dan to add a copy to his library.

    Joss

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    Hello,

    Walrus L2312 was never on No.10 Sqn RAAF strength.

    L2312 was borrowed from No.15 Group Communications Flight, Mount Batten and was lost on 18 June, 1940, attempting to rescue General de Gaulle's family from France. The aircraft crashed in fog at Kerbiquet, less than a mile from Keranou.

    The following crew were all killed in the crash:

    AUS162 F/Lt (Captain/Pilot) John Napier BELL RAAF + (No.10 Sqn RAAF)
    AUS1730 Sgt (Obs.) Charles William HARRIS RAAF (No.10 Sqn RAAF)
    565931 Cpl. (W.E.M.) Bernard Felix NOWELL RAF + (No.810 Sqn.)
    141140 Capt. Norman Edward HOPE Intelligence Corps +

    They are buried in the grounds of St Yves Church, Ploudaniel, France.

    Col.
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    10(RAAF) was coded RB, not ZA. ZA was used by 31 Sq prewar, which is also not a lot of help to identify a Walrus.

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    Hello,
    Thank you for your answers.
    The Walrus Mk I L2312 therefore belongs to No.15 Communications Group flight.
    There is an ORB?
    On this page it says Unit: No. 10 Squadron RAAF
    http://aircrewremembered.com/bell-john.html
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    Dan,
    That would be No. 15 Group Communications Flight rather than the other way round - 15 Group was one of the constituent groups of Coastal Command of the Metropolitan RAF, it was not a Communications Group as such! Practically all RAF Groups in WW2 had a small HQ Communications Flight.
    David D

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    Hi Dan

    For 340 sqd, MJ 853, GW-D

    Regards
    MLT

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    Hello

    Ken Merrick in "flights of the forgottten" devotes a few lines about Walrus I L2312 and confirms what has been written above, members of No. 10 (RAAF) Squadron flying a No. 15 Group communication flight Walrus.

    Joss

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