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    Hi all,

    Trying to put a positive I.D on this 218 squadron Battle. I am way from my files at the moment. Any pointers welcome.



    Thanks in advance, i have been given three contenders ?

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    Steve
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    Steve,

    Caution!

    2 photos, Caption reads: No.218 Squadron had orders to move back from the aerodrome at Auberive-sur-Suippes (30 kilometres north of Chalons-en-Champagne) to la Ferme de Moscou, closer to Auberive, leaving behind the lame ducks. These are just two of them: HA-E (P2192) (above) and HA-K (K9251) (below).

    Fairey Battle K9251:HA-K - See: The Battle of France Then and Now/Cornwell, p.283* (Delivered to 185 Sqn 21.7.38; 218 Sqn 10.10.38; presumed abandoned in France 6.40. - The K File/Halley, p.132). The photo in TBOFT&N is different to yours, it is taken from the other side - I can't see a serial!

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    Wednesday, May 15.
    British Air Forces in France
    218 Squadron, Auberive-sur-Suippes.

    Two Battles L5192, P2192. Damaged or unservicable aircraft abandoned on withdrawal from Moscou-Ferme. No crew casualties. Aircraft HA-P and HA-E abandoned.
    Other machines also abandoned may have included K9251:HA-K, K9256, K9273:HA-R. and P2189 - all aircraft the sqaudron reported 'lost in France' that do not appear elsewhere in our loss lists.

    My advice - talk to Peter Cornwell over on TOCH.

    Col.
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    Hi Steve,

    Definitely K9251. There are many photos of this HA-K, but I have seen only two that show this serial and code together.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Gents,

    Thank you both.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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