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    I've been trying to assemble a list of Flight Commanders for 9 sqn over 1943-44.
    Does anyone know if the squadron switched from 2 Flights to 3 in 1944 ?
    The list I have is:

    A Flight
    SL Geoffrey William Jones Jarrett, RAFVR - KiA 3/4 April,1943
    SL Robert McFarlane, DFC*, RAFVR - to OC 50 sqn on 11 August,1943
    FL Richard Henry Bunker, DFC, RAFVR - to 1654 CU on 14 November,1943
    FL Cecil James Algernon Grant Brain, DFC, RAFVR - to 30 OTU on 8 February,1944
    SL Robert Blackwell-Smith, RAF - PoW 15/16 March,1944
    SL Charles Davie Keir, DFC, RAFVR - to 5 LFS 2 September,1944
    FL James Douglas Melrose, RAFVR

    B Flight
    SL G.S Fry, RAFVR - to 17 OTU on 29 April,1943
    SL Alan Murray Hobbs, DFC, RNZAF - KiA 25/26 June,1943
    FL James Norman Derbyshire, DFC, RAFVR - to RAF Scampton 1 December,1943
    FL Leonard George Alfred Hadland, RAFVR - to 617 sqn on 15 February,1944
    SL Brian Montgomery Gilmour. DFC, RNZAF - KiA 24/25 April,1944
    FL Ronald William Mathers, RAFVR - to 1660 CU on 12 July,1944
    FL H.R Pooley, RAFVR
    SL A.G Williams, RAFVR

    Can anyone add to / correct this ?

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    Hello,

    A Flight
    51126 F/L James Douglas MELROSE DFC* RAF - DFC - A/F/L - LG: 16/1/45 - 9 Sqn
    ----------------------------------------------- Bar - A/S/L - LG: 26/10/45 - 9 Sqn

    B Flight
    SL G.S.Fry RAFVR = 39818 S/L Gordon Stanley FRY DFC RAF - DFC - LG: 14/5/43 - 9 Sqn
    FL H.R.Pooley RAFVR = 44404 A/S/L Henry Richard POOLEY DFC RAF - DFC - LG: 16/2/45 - 9 Sqn
    SL A.G.Williams RAFVR = 45089 A/S/L Albert George WILLIAMS DFC RAF - DFC - LG: 30/1/45 - 9 Sqn

    Col.
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    Thanks for that, Col.

    Any idea whether 9 squadron went to 3 flights in 1944 ? I've seen a couple of on-line references to a C Flight but I don't think that there ever was one. Certainly all the Flight Commanders that I've identified would fit neatly into a 2 Flight organisation.

    Andy

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