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    Default Hurricane I in Egypt early 1942

    Among the ME photos that have come to hand is one of a very worn looking Hurricane I.

    Can't see the serial but the top of a unit code showing. The first letter is one of: C, G, O, Q or S while the second has a single vertical stroke: I or L (spacing is wrong for a J).

    Does anyone recognize one of the ten combinations as a unit operating a Hurricane I in Egypt?

    Thanks!

    Robert

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    Robert any chance of a copy of this photo I think it the aircraft may have come up before in Flypast Forum and is ex SAAF

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    On its way, Paul.

    Robert

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    I would also love to see the Photo.

    John Engelsted

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    Royal Naval Fighter Squadron used OL codes. But I don't know if they ever were at Sidi Barrani.

    John Engelsted

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    I explored the earlier-noted code letter combinations and no luck in finding a match for the Hurricane Iís unit in Egypt.

    Robert

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    Robert,

    I would appreciate a copy of the photograph as well. Could you please include what notes, if any, on the back of the photo.

    Col.

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    Could it be from a Malta-based unit, possibly an old aircraft retired to North Africa?

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    Thanks for the input, Graham.

    Col Bruggy has noted off-line that the code letters could be 'OL' of the 'Royal Naval Fighter Squadron' per the profile in the following link: http://www.fw190.altervista.org/hurricane.htm - 18th profile down.

    Does anyone have any additional information on this unit?

    I just attempted to contact the artist to see if he has a reference photo.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 18th June 2017 at 17:47. Reason: Contacted artist

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    OL was also 83 Squadron, but this was not a fighter unit not in the Middle East. I have seen photos, and some film, of RNFS Hurricanes but those only carried individual code letters. It was a combined unit, mainly the Hurricanes of 803 Sq but with 806's three Hurricanes (initially) before 806's full equipment with Martlets. The Martlets do not seem to have carried individual codes either. The RNFS did spend some time in Egypt, but Sidi Barrani is not listed in the latest edition of FAA Squadrons - neither is OL as a code for the RNFS (that I've found) although it does appear in Combat Codes with Z4932 OL.B.

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