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    Dear All,

    I have been trying to carry out further research on a navigator who served with 23 Squadron (amongst others) and was awarded the DFC.

    I have a copy of his log book which lists code letters rather that serials, and have noticed that the ORB also seems to lists codes rather than serials so was wondering if anybody might be able to help.

    The first aircraft I am trying to track down is Mosquito YP-G which may have been lost on the 24th October 1942. The chap (Shuttleworth) notes in his log:
    'Intruder: Patrolled St Dizier Aerodrome. Attacked two trains damaging 1. Landed at Tangmere owing to engine failure and shortage of petrol.'

    Now the aircraft may not have been lost/damaged, but he doesn't seem to fly it again, and he actually ended up being transported back to Bradwell Bay in a Boston. He does fly a Mosquito coded YP-G again, but this is not until the 13/11/1942.

    Shuttleworth flew with a chap named Welch (who went on to win the DFC and Bar), and their normal aircraft seems to have been YP-O. This aircraft was certainly damaged, if not lost, on the 28th December 1942. His log states:
    'Intruder to Rennes and Vannes Aerodromes. No activity seen except when bounced by FW190 at Vannes which badly damaged starboard wing. Landed at Predannack.'

    In his book he seems to start listed serials rather than codes, and DD714 seems to have been his regular aircraft until it was lost on the 03/05/1943. He also flew DD742 quite a few times so I guess one of these may have been YP-O.

    Anyway, any help would be great.

    Johnnie

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    Hello Jonnie,
    Here are some serial numbers that were 23 Sqdn.
    RL206( YP-S); PZ288(YP-W); DD670(S); DD673-(E); DD687(E); DD712-(P); DD795(J); DD798(S); DD800(V); DD880(V); DZ228(D);DZ229(C); DZ230(A); DZ231(R); DZ235(W); DZ238(H & Z); HJ674(B); HJ746;HJ737(R); HJ832(T); HR201(K);HR216(T); HX804(P); HX814(E); HX896(D); HX900(G); HX944(Z); LR254(X); LR305(Y); PZ170(D & P); PZ172(C); PZ176(B); PZ187; PZ315(Y); PZ437(O); RS507(C);
    RS548(V); RK977(G); RK998(A &P); RL141(B); RL193(B); RL243(E); RL249(E); RL257(B); RL261(A).

    Alex
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    Hello ,

    Please find here some info on DD714 and 742

    DD714 NFII 23/85/BSDU/51OTU Overshot landing at Cranfield 1.3.45
    http://ww2f.com/threads/dh98-mosquit...records.51595/

    DD742 NFII 85/TFU/85 Shot down by own AA Hove Sussex 2.4.43
    http://aircrewremembered.com/sutton-ken.html

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    Hello ,

    In december 1942 Mosquito DD-794 had the squadroncode YP-G

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    Many thanks for the additional comments.

    I've been back through some earlier posts I made years ago, as well as some of my notes, and it seems that DD714 was YP-O.

    Good to have the confirmation about YP-G.

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    Photos 75 and 76 in 'Mosquito' by Sharp and Bowyer show airworthy DD712 as YP-R and wrecked DD673 as YP-F. Photo 77 shows DZ238 with individual 23 Sqn code obscured.

    Robert

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