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    Morning All,

    I've got a photo of Canberra B.8 WT345 with black undersurfaces meaning that this photo was taken at the end of the fifites or beginning of the sixties (and with white serials). On the tail there is a marking made of a question mark inside a red outlined white triangle. Does anyone know to which unit this marking belongs? 59 Sqn, the first sqaudron WT345 was issued to?

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    Phil

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    Phil

    It's an exclamation mark, isn't it? 59 Sqn Canberras wore them - don't know the reason though. More images here:

    http://www.rafweb.org/Markings/59Sqn3.jpg

    http://www.bywat.co.uk/b8/wt345-lg.jpg

    http://www.bywat.co.uk/b8/xh208-lg.jpg

    http://number59squadron.com/history_...rra_colour.jpg

    http://sg-etuo.de/Squadrons/No59Squadron?userlang=en

    WT345 history at http://www.bywat.co.uk/gallb8-2.html:

    "WT345, bult in 1956 by Short Bros, was one of the first of the then new B(I)8s and was issued to 59 Sqn at RAFG Gutersloh in April 1957. It stayed with the sqn when they moved to RAFG Geilenkirchen to be re-numbered as 3 Sqn. Eventually WT345 was transferred onto the strength of 14 Sqn (at RAFG Wildenrath), then onto 16 Sqn (at RAFG Laarbruch) before returning to 14 Sqn's charge and then, finally back to 16 Sqn. In the end it was struck off charge on 23 April 1971 and assigned as a Ground Instructional airframe, No 8150M. A month later WT345 was literally put out to grass as a decoy aircraft at RAFG Laarbruch."

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    Yes Simon, my mistake, it is an exclamation mark. So it is what I thought, 59 Sqn's markings. Thanks.
    Phil

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    Hi Phil,

    Mike Bowyers book describes the marking as a road sign.

    It certainly has nothing to do with the squadron crest which I believe was a broken wheel.

    Maybe a joke about the squadrons low level interdictor role ?

    cheers Peter

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    Phil, maybe author of this website will be able to help you?

    http://www.59squadronraf.org.uk/joom15/

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterColwill View Post
    Hi Phil,

    Mike Bowyers book describes the marking as a road sign.

    It certainly has nothing to do with the squadron crest which I believe was a broken wheel.

    Maybe a joke about the squadrons low level interdictor role ?

    cheers Peter
    Oh yes Peter, surely something like this!!

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