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    Can anyone tell me the role of 44 squadron in Egypt during WW2 in 1941/2 and is it the same as the 44 Rhodesian Squadron?Many thanks

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    Hi Linda,
    For the Middle East it seems that you might have a typo somewhere in your source. A common title for 44 Sqn was 44(Rhodesia) Sqn but it spent the whole war UK based as a Bomber Sqn with Hampdens and,from Dec'41, Lancasters. I don't know if there was a Rhodesian 44 Sqn similar to 31 Sqn SAAF which had a counterpart in 31 Sqn RAF (which flew in Burma whilst the S Africans were in the Desert and Italy). RAF Squadrons , C G Jefford places 44 Sqn entirely in the UK.
    http://www.rafweb.org/Sqn041-45.htm amplifies this a little
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    Dick
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    Default Linda

    I will e mail you off board Dick,with some photo's and you can tell me what you think.It could be that my man was in 44 squadron after serving in Egypt.

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    There was a SAAF 44 Squadron that was formed in Egypt but that didn't happen until 1944. It was a transport squadron flying Ansons and Dakotas.

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    Hi Amrit,
    Many thanks for that info.
    I also was wondering about the Squadron that you have just mentioned.
    Yes a bit of a mystery so far,a possibility that this man might have been ground crew at some time altho he was in 44 Squadron at some time also as i have some squadron photo's as well as some in Egypt

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    Not all Bomber Command. No.44 (Rhodesia) Squadron arrived at RAF Nutts Corner Northern Ireland on 11 June 1942 to carry out anti-submarine operations with No.120 Squadron. Returning to Bomber Command 6 July 1942.

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    Peter

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