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    This 882 Sqn a/c was lost with its pilot on the 17/5/44 north of Hatston, Orkney. What was its letter?

    The pilot was Lt (A) Stanley William Edney, RNZNVR.

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    Hello Bruce,
    There may be someone that can give the answer but for now all that I have -
    882
    With Victorious were coded "7 - A" to "7 - Z" possibly.
    With Searcher were coded "6 - A" to "6 - Z" possibly.
    Then in late 44 into 45
    Became ""S - A" to "S - Z" possibly.
    Some a/c had these number/letter combinations also repeated on the sides of the engine cowlings and in some cases had the old previous squadron code still on the cowling and 882 code on fuselage.
    The "6" or the "S" were in large size with the following letter "A" to"Z" in a small size.
    There are pictures that show these markings perhaps you know of them.
    All for now
    Alex

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    Thanks Alex, I wasn't aware of the different codes applied to 882 Sqn Wildcats. I do know the a/c codes aren't provided in the entry for JV526 in Sturtivant's Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945.

    Cheers,

    Bruce

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