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    Default RAF Anti-Locust Flight (Middle East) - Kenya 1944-1946

    The RAF had an Anti-Locust Flight in Kenya from April 1944 till June 1946. What type and perhaps number of aircraft did this Flight have?
    I believe the Flight was in Iran first with Vickers Vincents, called Anti-Locust Flight (Persia), but I'm not sure if they took these a/c with them to East Africa or were equipped with other airplanes.

    Other dedicated anti-insect Flights within the RAF I found so far were the Vultee Vengeances of a 110 Squadron detachment in Ghana (Gold Coast) and 1354 (DDT) Spraying Flight with Liberator KH355 (Kentucky Colonel) and Austers in India and Burma.

    Thanks for any info.

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    Leendert

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    Just FYI that a RAF/British document on the Qatar Digital Library website (!) I found that the RAF Anti-Locust Flight in Iran had 8 Ansons, 3 Vincents and 1 Blenheim, with 100 men in 1943.

    I think only (the) Ansons and probably the Blenheim survived and were flown to East Africa in 1944 for such task.

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Hi Leendert

    Sturtivants FT and Support Units quotes same numbers of aircraft you do. Formed 1.2.43 at Ahwaz under 215 Group. 10.4.43 Bandar Abbas, 12.5.43 Kermanshah, 3.9.43 Tehran, 18.11.43 Jask, 19.3.43 to 31.3.44 transit to Eastleigh. Became Anti-Locust Flt (Middle East) 4.3.44
    Examples Vincent K4741, Anson I DJ568 and Blenheim IV V6232.

    Anti-Locust Flt (ME) at Nakuri 8.4.44 and back to Eastleigh 29.5.44 with detachments at Nairobi 26.9.45 and to Kisumu and Nakuru 1.10.45. Disbanded 15.1.46.
    Examples Anson I DG774, Baltimore IV FA430 and Albacore X8967.

    A trawl through the K File produces five Vincents allocated to Anti-Locust Flt (Persia).....................K4715, K4733, K4741, K6349 and K6363. Two of these were written off during the time period (K4733 and K6349) so that ties in with your establishment of three. Two others were SOC 27.7.43, probably a bureaucratic tidy up suggesting that these aircraft did not go to Eastleigh.

    The Anson File produces 10 Ansons listed with the Flight.

    AW859, DG774, DJ568, EF886 crash landed Eastleigh 15.6.45, LT668, LT843, MG337, NK140, NK272 and NK302 .

    DJ568 is listed with both flights, Persia and ME separately

    regards
    Peter

    PS Sturtivant mentions 1354.......

    D.D.T Spray Flight formed 10.3.45 at Digri, redesigned 1354 DDT Flight 7.45. Example...Liberator VI EV816
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    Hello Peter,

    Your detailed info about the equipment and stations is much appreciated, thanks!

    In the meantime have also researched RAF and USAAF anti-malaria operations during and just after the war. A somewhat forgotten battle against other flying enemies...

    Regards,

    Leendert

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