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    Hello All,
    Does anybody know if someone has written a history of 529 Sqn? Or – if not – is there an ORB in TNA? 529 Sqn were (for a lot of their brief life!) at RAF Henley/Crazies Farm/Crazies Hill/Cockpole Farm. This is near my ‘patch’. I know a history has been written of the airfield (it did other things in addition to 529 Sqn). 529 Sqn (and their earlier incarnation as 1448 Flight) were the first RAF rotary wing Unit (or am I wrong?). Would like to know more!
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    Hello Peter,

    AIR 27/2000 includes 529 Squadron, is available to download, and (I believe) is broken down into individual months.

    Hope this helps,
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    Brian,, 529S formed from 1448 Flt at Halton June 15, 1943. This flight had pioneered radar calibration with autogyros and light a/c and continued to do this until after WW2, disbanding at Henley on Thames Oct 20, 1945. It was the first RAF squadron to use a helicopter operationally.

    Bases
    Halton June 43 to Aug 44
    Henley Aug 44 to Oct 45

    Main Equipment

    Cierva C.30 Rota 1a (June 43 to Oct 45) K4233, KX-F; K4239, KX-J; V1187, KX-O; AP507, KH-H; DR624, KX-I.
    Hornet Moth (same dates as above) W5750, KX-Y; W5779, KX-S; AV952, KX-T.
    Cierva C.40 (Jun 43 to Jul 44) L7594.
    Oxford I (Sep 44 to Oct 45) T1210.
    Hoverfly 1 (May 45 to Oct 45) KK993, KX-R.

    Coastal Support & Special Squadrons of the RAF (Rawlings).

    regards

    DaveW

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    Dave,
    Tks the detail of the a/c s/ns and codes. Good stuff. Looks like we can sort the sqn 'hardware'!

    Bruce,
    Tks yr help re TNA. I will see if my QSD can cope with the TNA system!! We'll see what personnel stuff comes out of the ORB!

    Appreciate yr early responses!

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    Bruce,
    Successfully downloaded 529 Sqn ORB (tks yr heads-up!). Can only make out 1 word in 5, or 6, due to appalling hand writing! If I'd written like that in my junior school I'd have got a smart rap over the knuckles with a ruler!!!
    I've found a published history of RAF Henley - but that will only include (it hasn't arrived yet) 529 while they were actually at Henley?
    I'm chasing up the various bits (autogyro, prop, and helo) of hardware they used.
    I found a list of 529 Sqn aircrew on this forum (archives) - but then, accidentally, deleted it - and can't find it again!
    Mni tks yr help. You can see why my callsign should be 'QSD'!!!
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    For the sake of the curious: QSD = Your Keying Is Defective
    Glad to help, Peter.

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    Or QSD IMI = Is my keying defective?!! Originally a Morse shorthand - but, I suspect, equally applicable nowadays to computer keyboards (as in my case!!) LOL.
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    My old tropo sparks decoded it as

    "Now try sending with the other foot"

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