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    Looking for unit operating a Grumman Goose with unit code 'MK' in eastern Canada in October 1943.

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    Hello,

    MK = No.13 Squadron RCAF.

    Formed as S&BRT School, Sea Island, B.C. 1 May 40.Redesignated OT Sqn 13 Jul 40. Redesignated No.13 (OT) Sqn 13 Jun 40. Disbanded at Patricia Bay, B.C. 9 Nov 42.

    Representative aircraft:

    Grumman Goose (Nov 40 - Oct 42) 917, 924 MK-G, 940, 941.

    Formed as Photo Flight, Rockcliffe, Ont. 14 Jan 43. Known as No.13 (P) Sqn 15 May 44. Designated No.13 (P) Sqn 15 Nov.46. Renumbered No.413 (P) Sqn 1 Apr 47.

    Formed as the Photographic Flight at Rockcliffe (Ottawa), Ontario on 14 January 1943 at the request of the British Air Ministry to carry out photographic research, the unit was equipped with Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft. From 15 May 1944, onward, as an unofficial No.13 (Photographic ) Squadron. It flew mainly Mitchell aircraft on tri-camera high altitude aerial photography. The unit was formally designated No.13 (P) Squadron on 15 November 1946 and renumbered No.413 (P) Squadron on 1 April 1947.

    Photo caption: Grumman Goose 924 in the camouflage finish worn with No.13 (OT) Squadron, photographed on 12 September 1943 at Rockcliffe, Ont. while with Photo Flight.

    See:
    RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft
    Kostenuk,S & J Griffin
    Toronto:Samuel Stevens Hackert & Co.,1977
    pp.36-7

    Col.
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    Many thanks, Col.

    The subject photo is in the 5th row of the Various Aircraft 1940s album in: https://www.flickr.com/photos/156388614@N08/albums

    Is there anything in 'your' photo that confirms that the photo in the Flickr album is of 924?

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 9th November 2018 at 21:25. Reason: Clarified question

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    Hi Robert,

    Basically, no. Firstly, the shot in RCAF Squadrons (which is fuzzy), is taken from the right hand side, on tarmac, on a sunny day. The Goose (924) is finished in a scruffy two-tone scheme, with evidence of overpainting of the code (MK) and letter (G), and a similar roundel. The wheel hub appears to be different, background not much help either. There is simply not enough commonality to say for certain that it is the same aircraft.

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    Thanks, Col. Worth a try.

    'Mine' appears to have an overpainted code too but that's obviously not enough.

    Robert
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    13 (OT) Squadron originally used code letters 'AN' at Patricia Bay, the paint patch under the 'MK' was possibly the result of the change from 'AN' to 'MK'.

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    My thought too, Ian. Thanks

    This from forum member 'dakota':

    The unit was formed at Sea Island, British Columbia on 1 May 1940 as the Seaplane and Bomber Reconnaissance Training School. The Seaplane and Bomber Reconnaissance Training School had themselves been earlier simply known as the Seaplane School.. The School was then designated as the Operational Training Squadron on 13 July 1940 when land based aircraft training was added to the syllabus. Two weeks later, on 30 July, they were redesignated as No. 13 (Operational Training) Squadron. The unit was also referred to as No. 13 Operational Training Unit. No. 13 OTS was part of No. 4 Training Command.

    The squadron moved to Patricia Bay on 1 November 1940. Land based aircraft were discontinued on 29 June 1942. The squadron was disbanded on 9 November 1942 at Patricia Bay. The personnel and aircraft became the nucleus of No. 3 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Operational Training Unit.

    No. 13 Operational Training Squadron codes were AN and MK.

    Goose Mk. I

    917 AN*S

    924 MK*G

    940 AN*H - Damaged the airframe in a heavy landing at Patricia Bay on 14 March 1941. The aircraft was repaired

    941 AN*J

    942 MK*H - Struck a corner of the seaplane hangar damaging the port wing and propeller while taxiing at Patricia Bay on 3 October 1941. The aircraft was repaired.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 12th November 2018 at 22:26. Reason: Formatting

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