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    Default Spitfire HF IX serial PV312, 124 Sqn

    I am trying to determine the code letter assigned to this aircraft. Any help would be appreciated

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    It was "O".

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    John

    I feel that I should respond to you and JohnE regarding the Squadron code letter of PV312. I flew this aircraft for two dive bombing sorties on both March 23 and 24th 1945, and my logbook shows the code letter D, not O. I have checked with a magnifying glass on the relevant page of my logbook and the letter distinctly appears as a D. My son has passed a copy of logbook entries for these sorties to John E, and with great respect to John, I suspect that he has misread the D for an O. I feel my logbook is sufficiently clear on this point.

    I hope this information is of some help,

    Keith Lawrence.

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    Hello Keith

    Thank you for the clarification. My interest in 124 Sqn rests with my son-in-law - his grandfather was GW Scott, who I believe was the CO when you flew on the squadron. I thought that PV312 was the aircraft that he flew frequently but it was actually PV392. Do you happen to know the code letter for 392?


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    Hello Keith.

    Thank you for the correction. I have checked with my copy and it is clear that I have misread the letters (especially one of them looks very much like an "O" though).

    John Engelsted

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    G.W. Scott often flew PL392 (not PV392), but I don't have the code for it.

    John Engelsted

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    Hello John and John

    I am one of Keith's sons, and am sitting with my father and looking at your replies. John B - I'm sorry we can't help, and John Engelsted is amongst your best sources for this type of information. Unless Keith flew a particular aircraft, it would not of course appear in his logbook, so we can't help with this query. John E - good to hear from you again. I agree that one of the logbook entries does look more like an O than a D, but the others are clearer, even if the handwritten entries have small script. So, an easy mistake to make.

    John B - stating the obvious, George Scott's logbook would of course be your best source, but I assume that this is not available to you. Are you or your son-in-law aware of the Operations Records Books (ORBs) of all (most?) WW2 squadrons, available in The National Archives in London and on-line? If not, for the payment of a small fee, you may find some very interesting information on the sorties flown by 124 Squadron in the ORB.

    Best wishes,

    Geoff L, on behalf of Keith.

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    Geoff

    Thank you very much for the reply and contact information. It has been an honour to correspond with your Dad - please pass on my regards to him

    John

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