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    Morning,

    The abovementioned Australian fighter pilot served as a Wing Commander at the end of the war. What it is unclear is one of the positions the took really. From his service record, he was posted on 24.02.45 for flying duties at Coltishall, then as Wing Leader at Biggin Hill on 04.04.45. Does anyone know what position he took at Coltishall between February and April 1945 as it seems it wasn't as a Wing Leader? Supernumerary ?

    Thanks for your answers

    Phil

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    Phil,

    Go to the naa.gov.au site and use his post war service number O11557 to search.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave but I've already got that, it is said in his service record as mentioned in my thread 'Flying Duties' with no more details and I'd like to know for what duty he was posted to Coltishall.

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    Phil,

    The answer is in the file pointed out by Dave.

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetri...spx?B=30932751 p.7 of 168.

    See also: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/P10679649/#timeline - a few errors/omissions, but you get the general idea.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col, nice stuff. That's the first time that I heard about an 'Australian Spit Wing', I imagine that we are talking about the 451 and 453 Sqns (even if they were not based on the same base in Feb and March 45). I imagine that it was a sub-structure not really official. Was it a 'political position' just created for the Aussies in the Fighter Command because in the RAF the wings are named after their main base or are given a number.

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    Phil,
    A few candid shots of W/C D G Andrews DFC RAAF, here:

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/UK2743/ (The emblem under the cockpit shows a skinny green-coloured gremlin holding a white placard upon which is written "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" in black capitals - the other markings are self-explanatory - believed to be - LF.XVI TB520:DGA), https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/UK2744 and, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/UK2746/

    Col.
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