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    Can anyone help me with 501 pilots/aircraft serial for 18 August as The National Archive download of AIR 27/1949/12 has a page missing (between 48 and 49) for the crucial time .

    This is the day 501 lost 6 aircraft. Between 12.45 and 13.45 over Canterbury N2617, SD-M, Sgt DAS McKay; P3059, SD-N, P/O KNT Lee WIA; P3208, SD-T, P/O JW Bland KIA; P3815, SD-O, P/O F Kozlowski WIA shot down by Oblt. Schopfel of JG26 who caught the tail-end charlie and rear weaver section with the squadron still flying in the WWI vic formation. Later P2549, SD-A, Flt. Lt GEB Stoney KIA, was shot down over the Thames Estuary whilst R4219, SD-G, P/O RC Dafforn safely baled out after being shot down by Me110's over Biggin Hill.

    I know Sq. Ldr. Hogan, P/O's Zenker, Witorzenc (L1868, SD-D), Morfill, Gibson, Hairs, Adams and Sgt's Glowacki and Farnes were on operations that day but would like to match pilots to aircraft.

    I am also missing the code letters assigned to the following serial numbers L1578, L1657, L1864, L2046, N2438, N2596, P2903, P3041, P3140, P3429, P3526, P3605, P3648, P3651, P3672, P3808, P3903, V6570, V6703, V6733, V6800, V7404, V7405 and V7625 all of which were on charge with the squadron during the period of the Battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashgordon View Post
    Can anyone help me with 501 pilots/aircraft serial for 18 August as The National Archive download of AIR 27/1949/12 has a page missing (between 48 and 49) for the crucial time .

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    I am also missing the code letters assigned to the following serial numbers L1578, L1657, L1864, L2046, N2438, N2596, P2903, P3041, P3140, P3429, P3526, P3605, P3648, P3651, P3672, P3808, P3903, V6570, V6703, V6733, V6800, V7404, V7405 and V7625 all of which were on charge with the squadron during the period of the Battle.
    Aircraft Lettering
    If an aircraft was put out of action (force landing, engine or airframe, servicing, repairs or modifications) and the Pilot had to take another aircraft Serial Number with no letter assigned, sometimes they would simply paint the letter of his last aircraft on the replacement aircraft.

    There was no hard and fast rule that, for example Aircraft Serial P0001 on that Squadron would always be aircraft letter A. The aircraft letters could get swapped about.

    The Serial Number usually stayed with the Airframe, the Aircraft Letter may not / did not.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 6th March 2018 at 11:43.

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