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    The 406 Squadron ORB lists several KU series serial numbers for Beaufighters, but this block was never used (according to Robertson's book). I suspect that maybe KV got transposed to KU when the documents were typed up. To confirm this, can someone with access to RAF or Air Britain records please tell me if these Beaufighters were ever with 406 Squadron?

    KV977
    KV980

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    Hello,
    Two blocks of KV
    KV896 to KV944
    KV960 to KV981

    Then several blocks of KW
    starting with KW101 and ending with KW673.

    Have not checked AB series books but expect there were a/c from both series that might have served with 406 Sqdn (RCAF).

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    From “British Military Aircraft Serials 1912-1966” (Bruce Robertson):
    KP329 – KV300 Reserved for Lend/Lease deliveries, but not taken up.

    KV301 – KV893 (400) Bristol Buckingham B.I (later T.I/C.I conversions)

    KV896 – KW673 (500) Bristol 156 Beaufighter VIf / X

    From “Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft” (John Rawlings):
    406 Sqn operated between Jun 1942 – Aug 1944 Beaufighter VIf including:
    KV867 HU-I KV918 HU-Z KV921 HU-P KW119 HU-S

    So perhaps, an typo of KU instead of KV as you thought.

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    Hello Geoff,
    Yes that makes sense.
    I did not consider the Squadron Code "HU".
    Perhaps the writer used the Sqdn Code and a/c serial number, instead of say the correct serial number KV896, he/she wrote KU896.
    Or an easy typo error either at the time of making the entery in the ORB or later when someone copied it.
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 3rd December 2015 at 16:38.

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    Repeating the original question: does anyone know where KV977 and KV980 were in August 1943?

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    Hello Bill,

    No mention of August 1943 in the original question.
    I thought that you were asking a general question about Beaufighter serial numbers being KU instead of KV.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Walker View Post
    The 406 Squadron ORB lists several KU series serial numbers for Beaufighters, but this block was never used (according to Robertson's book). I suspect that maybe KV got transposed to KU when the documents were typed up. To confirm this, can someone with access to RAF or Air Britain records please tell me if these Beaufighters were ever with 406 Squadron?

    KV977
    KV980
    However as for If either KV977 or KV980 served with 406 Sqdn in August 1943 ?

    AB's KA100 - KZ999 has the following
    KV977 - 406/176 - SoC 28.2.46.
    KV980 - 406/54 OTU - SoC 28.3.46.

    These two Beaufighter VI's were of a batch of 260 a/c delivered between March 1943 and April 1944 by Roots of Stoke-on-Trent.
    So looks like they both went straight to 406 Sqdn from the factory.

    However they were at the end of the early numbers KV which continued into KW and some of the KW's were lost as early as June 44.

    My guess is that they very well might have been with 406 Sqdn in August 1943.

    The squadron had Beaufighter VIf's from June 1942.
    Other KV's were - KV867 "HU-I"; KV918"HU-Z"; KV921"HU-P".
    The squadron converted to Mosquito XII's in April 1944 and NF.30's in July 1944.

    "From White-Caps to Contrails" has a brief history of 406 Squadron.
    Seems that the Lynx squadron named their early Beaufighters "Beau" -"Peep" ; "Legs" etc but this may not have continued to later a/c.

    Alex

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