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    I am trying to follow the career of F/O John Alfred Hodgson (133670), but his service record is posing a couple of questions. On completing his training he was posted to 257 Squadron on 6 August 1943, then Portreath four days later. His next listed movement is on 2 April 1944 to 263 Squadron.

    The Portreath posting seemed a little strange for a freshly trained Typhoon pilot, but seems to be tied to an entry in the 'Rewards' column of Por 19/43 No 1449 Flight. I assume this refers to No 1449 Flight based at St Mary's on the Scilly Islands (AIR 29/869/10), and wonder if anyone has a copy, or part-copy of the document? Would I be correct in assuming the Flight's raison d'etre was the protection of the Scilly Islands?

    Despite his posting to 263 Squadron on 2 April 1944, his name does not appear in the ORB until 6 June 1944, which leads me to suspect that despite the movement order he remained with 1449 Flight until June.

    Brian

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    According to AIR 29/869/10 he was posted away on April 2nd.And no trace of him after that.

    He was with 55 OTU (course 50) from 18th of May 1943 until he was posted to 257 Sq.

    John Engelsted
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    Brian,
    At Dec 1944 Scilly/St Mary’s was in 10 Grp. It was all grass (NE/SW 666yds, N/S 600yds, NW/SE 593yds, 2 x hardstandings, no hangars, staff 5 x Off, 73 x OR). Nomatter which way, you took-off uphill! [Willis & Holliss] There are two current runways – E/W 94-115-54 feet ASL, NW/SE 98-115-42 feet ASL – there’s a big ‘hump’ in the middle (I ‘twitched’ in the Islander when I went there several times to put the AWS in!!!!). I doubt if anything was based there on a regular basis? Maybe some Signals, or Fighter Controllers/ATC?
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    Peter Davies
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    Thank you, gentlemen.

    I've sent an email, John.

    Brian

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