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    Default Signs for RA528, RF193, RA278 of 103 sqdn?

    I am trying to find the signs for these three Lancasters of No. 103 sqdn. Can anyone help?

    RA528, RF193, PA278

    They are not listed at http://www.bomber-command.info/103sc.htm.


    Mr Google has not turned them up anywhere!

    The records I have for them are as follows:

    RA528 flew these ops.:

    1945.Apr.18 - Lancaster RA528 to Heligoland - pilot F/L Wilson
    1945.Apr.22 - Lancaster RA528 to Bremen - pilot F/L Wilson
    1945.Apr.25 - Lancaster RA528 to Berchtesgaden - pilot F/L Wilson

    Operation Manna

    1945.Apr.29 - Lancaster RA528 to Leiden (Manna) pilot F/L Wilson
    1945.May.01 - Lancaster RA528 to Rotterdam (Manna) pilot F/L Wilson
    1945.May.03 - Lancaster RA528 to Rotterdam (Manna) pilot F/L Wilson
    1945.May.07 - Lancaster RA528 to Rotterdam (Manna) pilot F/L Hardman

    Operation Exodus

    1945.May.26 - Lancaster RA528 to Brussels (Exodus) pilot F/L Wilson

    RF193: 1945.Apr.05 - Lancaster RF193 to Lutzkendorf - pilot F/L Wilson
    PA278: 1945.Mar.15 - Lancaster RA278 to Misburg - pilot F/L Wilson; Mar.16 - Lancaster RA278 to Nurnburg - pilot F/L Wilson
    Last edited by kwhrnzaf; 19th June 2014 at 08:35. Reason: corrected serial RA278 to PA278.

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    There's no RA278 listed as a Lancaster in Mason's 'Avro Lancaster' book.

    Ian

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    Thanks.

    Have just re-checked ORB: 1st mention is RA278, but second is actually PA278. Apologies.

    PA278 went on to have a tragic end: http://www.reffell.org.uk/WW2/heathercosens.php ('one of the largest number of female service personnel fatalities in a single incident throughout the whole of the Second World War').
    Last edited by kwhrnzaf; 19th June 2014 at 08:30. Reason: new info found

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    hi,
    PA278 was with 103sq, in on 10/3/45, but lost on Operation DODGE-4/10/45.

    regards
    jack...

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    kwhrnzaf
    I take it that it is the unit code letters painted on the flanks of these aircraft that you are seeking? Just to (hopefully) make clearer your requirements in terms more familiar to users of this Board!
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    I cannot find the call letter code for RA528 at this time.
    Right now I have RF193 PM-G and PA278 PM-M

    Note:
    At times RF193 may have been listed as RE193, or vice versa.

    Also, when you receive the scans of Hodgson's log book you will see that he entered the date, target, letter code for the aircraft, etc.
    You will then be able to match the aircraft serial in the ORB to the letter code from Hodgson's log book.

    I will be very much interested in the letter codes of all the Lancs from Hodgson's log book.
    Last edited by grounded; 21st June 2014 at 02:48. Reason: add note

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