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    Default Fairey Battles at Penhros (Gunnery School), 1940/41...

    Hi, all!
    Asking if anyone might have a record of the aircraft codes/markings on the Fairey Battles as used at Penhros for the gunnery school, during 1940/41?

    I'm building a 1/72-scale model of one, as part of a string of aircraft that my Grandfather flew in during his training stints in progression to Aircrew - he did the usual air-gunnery stint at Penhros. Any "station" or unit code(s) will do for the model - just want it as representative of his "career", that's all...

    Many thanks in anticipation,
    Barry L.

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    No.9 Bombing and Gunnery School at Penrhos operated Battle K9425, but I don't know what, if any, codes were carried. At this stage they would probably just have been individual letters or numbers. Other aircraft operated included Demon, Harrow, Whitley, Wallace and Blenheim IV. I am using the Air Britain book "RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1942", which qotes single serial examples for each type, but will normally add individual codes if known.

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    Thanks, Graham - much appreciated! ;-)

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    From Alan Lake's "Flying Units of the RAF" I can also advise that Battle K9426 was used at Penrhos. No. 9 B&GS was formed on the 1st of November 1939 from No.9 Air Observers School, and lasted until the 14th of June 1941 when it reverted back to No.9 Air Observers School. Unfortunately, no unit codes are appended in the book for this unit.

    If you're able, it might be worth having a look in the Ops Record Book for No.9 B&GS at the National Archives to see if that gives you any additional info - catalogue number is Air14/2432.

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    This may or may not help but my father was at Penrhos in June/July '43 by which time they were using Anson's. In his logbook he recorded the flight's as Anson then a 3 digit serial e.g. 452. There is no mention of an aircraft code letter as such until he went on to Whitley's.
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    The Air Britain 'Battle File' has a comprehensive list of Battles used by 9 AOS and 9 BGS at Penrhos. It has the following info:

    9 AOS was formed from 1 AOS when it moved to Penrhos at the beginning of the war from North Coates with 12 ex 1 AOS Battles: L5251 to L5253, L5255 to L5262 and P2301.

    Four more were received in 1939: K7688, L5004, L5013 and L5029

    Fourteen more were received between May and July 1940: K7607, K7670, K9385, K9394, K9424 to K9427, L5136, L5137 and N2043 to N2046

    The following 21 Battle Target Tugs were received from July 1940 to November 1940: L5718 to L5721, L5745 to L5747, V1227 to V1233, V1236, V1237 and V1241 to V1245

    One Battle (T) trainer arrived in July 1941: P6676

    I've had a look through the aircraft histories section, but there don't seem to be any codes recorded in the listings.

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - there is a photo of a Polish-crewed 18 O.T.U. Battle detached to Penrhos in 1940 here:

    https://www.facebook.com/FaireyBattl...type=1&theater
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 25th March 2016 at 18:54.

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    My father commenced training at Penrhos December 1940 and flew in Battles 5136 and 5004
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

    http://wallyswar.wordpress.com/

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    Many thanks, chaps! Great information, as usual from this venerable forum - all noted & logged, thanks!!

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    Excellent answer from Simon - I never even thought to look in "The Battle File"!!

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    Greg
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    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

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