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    Default Dakota and Liberator units

    Looking for the units to which the following were allocated on the noted dates:
    Dakota KG569 (early June 1944)
    KH283 (mid-to-late October 1944).
    Thanks and regards:
    Robert

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    That was Liberator KH283!
    Robert

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    Hi Robert,

    Liberator KH283. B.VI ex 44-44154 delivered Dorval 11-10-44; departed Dorval 15-10-44; to India via Lagens, arrived Karachi 20-10-44; 159 Squadron (B) B-Bitch; emblem on forward fuselage, port side, of girl in swim-suit and hat, on ladder; on starboard side girl in swim-suit on toboggan. SOC 26-4-45.

    'The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service'. J D. Oughton.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    Default Dakota KG569

    G'day Robert

    Your Dakota Mk. III s/n KG569 (ex-U.S.A.A.F. s/n 42-93268) was still on this side of the pond in June 1944. It arrived in England on the 7th of August 1944. This aircraft was taken on strength with No. 147 (T) Squadron on the 9th of September, four days after the unit had been re-formed at Croydon, Surrey. No. 147 (T) Squadron was part of No. 110 (T) Wing and operated between the U.K., France and Belgium. They later exteded their service into Italy.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Many thanks, Peter and Chris.
    Robert

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    Chris:
    For your interest, KG569 was flown Montreal-B (Baltimore?)-Nassau-Elizabeth City-Montreal between June 2 and 9, 1944. I had thought it might have been on delivery via the South Atlantic route but looking more closely it indeed returned to Montreal. Looks like it was used as a hack by 45 Group prior to early August 1944.
    Regards:
    Robert

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