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    Default 207 afs & 226 ocu, 1952/53

    Hello, Forumites
    Can anybody advise me on the "Squadron" codes used by the two Units above, and, perhaps the functions carried out by the Squadrons or flights within each Unit. I am researching a pilot who did his training at Full Sutton and Stradishall. Reference was made in his logbook to the codes HX of 2 Sqdn (an internal OCU sub-unit designation) whilst at 226 OCU at Strad. for Meteors on the Day Fighter stage of his OCU Course.
    Tia
    Andywis
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    Hi Andy,

    Have seen photo of Meteor F4 VT332 of 207AFS coded 66-P, the P being aft of the roundel but otherwise not sure how the codes worked for this unit.

    You may however be interested in a section in the late Bryan Philpott s book Meteor. PSL 1986, which describes with quotes a pilot passing through 205AFS and 226 OCU on the Meteor. Also includes photo of T7 WH205 of 207AFS coded 26-S from Full Sutton 1953.

    The AFS was to try and bridge the gap between the training aircraft like the Harvard and the front line jets, i.e. to get up to speed with the new type in basic flying terms before the specialisation of an OCU.

    226 OCU had three squadrons.
    1 Gunnery training.... aircraft coded HX plus an individual letter as in wartime codes.

    2 Tactical training....aircraft coded KR

    3 Specialist training for Meteor Fighter Reconnaissance versions..........coded UU
    regards
    Peter
    Last edited by PeterColwill; 20th May 2015 at 12:43. Reason: Extra material

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    Brilliant Peter, thanks for that. The "HX" aircraft written in the entries of my man's logbook only recorded the individual aircraft letters, eg HX*A. Now trying to pair up Letters v aircraft serials from the recent Air Britain articles on Meteor single seat aircraft...
    Atb
    Andy

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