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    Default "Shiny Ten"-whence the nickname?

    I am currently reading "Melbourne Ten" by Brian J. Rapier (Air Museums Publications (York) Ltd., 1982) a history of 10 Sqn. R.A.F.

    10 Sqn is referred to as "Shiny 10" several times in this publication, however Rapier does not mention the origin of this "nick-name". Can anyone shed any a light on the origin of this nick-name for 10 Sqn R.A.F.?

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    hello Ken,

    Not sure, but I'd say it could date from the inter war years, when the R.A.F. was flying "on silver wings".

    While researching the history of No. 12 Squadron last year, I came across a similar nickname 'Shiny twelve', and this was the reason given for the Squadron, for the period when it was flying the Fairey Fox (actually the only Squadron to fly it, and also explaining the choice of a fox head later on for the Squadron badge).

    May be the definitive answer could be found in "From Hull, Hell and Halifax", the history of No. 4 Group, of which No. 10 Squadron was part.

    Regards

    Joss

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