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    Slightly off the Forum's theme but...

    Was scrolling through photos posted on Flickr when I noticed a photo of an RCAF Battle trainer with both a large ID number ('45') and a small code letter followed by its Morse Code equivalent ('V ...-').

    See about half way down: https://www.flickr.com/photos/156388...57663784114857

    Does anyone know how this information was supposed to be used?

    Robert

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    Hello Robert,
    The use of 'dot dot dot dash' as a rallying call in propaganda was pretty widespread, so it would not surprise me if it was a bit of enthusiastic embelishment. I will be interested to see if anyone more knowledgeable has a proper explanation.

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    Hi Robert,

    really interesting, I have never seen something similar on training aircraft. But there was the same ('V ...-') on a Wellington of 311 Squadron nose together with bomb symbols for each raid.
    As the Wellington had a different individual letter I believe it has just a meaning as "V for Victory".

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    I would think, as has already been suggested, that this is a case of an unofficial and rather naive morale boosting, although on a very minor scale, and therefore unlikely to have any real effect, as you can only repeat "V" (implying victory) so many times before everybody will start getting thoroughly sick of the whole thing. Of course those with a any knowledge of Morse will get sick of it even faster! A very minor version of the Soviet propensity for putting bombastic slogans on large numbers of their combat aircraft during the Great Patriotic War, in my opinion.
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    Thanks to all for the feedback.

    Forum member Ian MacDonald just sent me images of wartime stamps and an embellished envelope with similar designs plus the word Victory.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 7th January 2019 at 15:17.

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