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    The last Supermarine Stranraer flying with the RAF was K7303 with Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, Helensburgh, in 1942. Or was it K7295 that caught fire at Helensburgh on May 5 1942? Information requested as part of my research into the MAEE 1939-45. Robin Bird
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    Hello Robin,

    From the Air Brit book "The K File"

    page 334
    K7295
    FF30.6.38; deld to MAEE 21.7.38; 228 Sqn 29.9.38; 209 Sqn 13.7.39 coded "P"; MAEE 26.8.39; 209 Sqn 25.9.39; 240 Sqn 4.6.40 coded "BN-L"; 4 OTU 10.4.41; MAEE 11.9.41; caught fire starting up, Helensburgh 17.4.42; ROS and retd to 4 OTU. Bounced on landing and floats smashed , Lock Ness, 4.9.42; DBR. (picture of camouflaged "BN-L" on page 335).

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    K7303 - Deld to 209 Sqn 3.4.39; BOAC 19.6.40; Calshot 1.7.40;Scot Avn 15.1.41; 4 OTU 24.4.41; Felixstowe 2.9.41; 4 OTU 13.10.41; Felixstowe 25.11.41; 4 OTU 6.1.42; SOC 31.10.42 [ 936.35 hrs].

    Your "Fire" date of 5 May 42 might just indicate another aircraft ?

    Hope this is a help.
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    There are F1180s filed for K7295, fire due to mixture while starting up on the slip at MAEE on 17th April and then both floats damaged while washing hull in fresh water, Loch Ness 4th Sept, with No.4 OTU.

    No F1180 for aircraft fire at MAEE on 5th May.

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    Thank you gentlemen for your feedback. It looks like K7295 was the last Stranraer flying with the RAF by being at Loch Ness in September 42 Although listed at Felixstowe (the former base of MAEE) K7303 was dropping bombs at Helensburgh in 1942. I am finding in my research that other aircraft listed at being at Felixtowe were in fact at Helensburgh. Thanks again for your response, it clears things up for me. Much appreciated.

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