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    Hello,

    On page 2 of two Hawker Hurricane Form 78s that I have seen under the 'Write Off/Extent of damage' section is the following; 'B.C.O. Cat(2)'.
    I think both may have been damaged in a bombing raid during the Battle of Britain. The 'O' usually indicates 'Operational' as far as I know.
    Can anyone please help with the above ?

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Gleeson View Post
    Hello,

    On page 2 of two Hawker Hurricane Form 78s that I have seen under the 'Write Off/Extent of damage' section is the following; 'B.C.O. Cat(2)'.
    I think both may have been damaged in a bombing raid during the Battle of Britain. The 'O' usually indicates 'Operational' as far as I know.
    Can anyone please help with the above ?

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.
    Hello Martin

    A.P. 1301 Organization and Administration

    B.C. = Non-Flying Battle Casualties
    F.B. = Flying Battle Casualties

    However, I managed to see both an AM78 and Form 765 (C) of the same date for an unmodified fin, Mk II Halifax JP137. The paperwork and AM1180 refers to a spin likely due to unmodified fins.

    Form 765 (C) "Report on Flying Accident or Forced Landing NOT Attributable to Enemy Action" says

    3. NATURE OF AND PURPOSE FOR WHICH FLIGHT AUTHORISED:-

    Nature (i) Operational or Non-operational? ...... Operational
    (ii) Day or Night flying? ...... Night

    (iii) Purpose ...... Ferrying Overseas.

    [i & ii are bracketed together under 'Nature']

    On the AM 78 of the same date, it has:-
    Cat E (Burnt) 21.3.44 FB/AO 455

    If AO = Air Operations, then FB must cover a multitude of losses and accidents from many causes.

    It seems from what I can gather BC and FB are two very broad headings.

    I noticed on Teleprinted Casualty Signals (found in TNA) many accidents marked "FB" would in peacetime simply be classed as Accidents.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 12th August 2016 at 08:52.

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    Mark,

    Many thanks for that helpful reply. The FA and FB are the most common codes I have seen, but the BC was new to me.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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