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    Hi all,

    I came across an epression "Start Point" in the ORB of 312 (Czechoslovak) Fighter squadron RAF.
    I was expecting it means a place called Start Point in Devon when the squadron was based in the south England.
    But when in Orkneys, there is the same expression used again - an example: "Dawn patrol between Start Pt and Mull Head."
    So I came to the conclusion this expression should mean "the point of take-off" rather than a name of place. Was this expression common also in the orther ORBs or is it a specific for this one ORB possibly due to lack of author's proper English?

    Any help much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
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    “So I came to the conclusion this expression should mean "the point of take-off" rather than a name of place.”

    Probably not point of take-off. The squadron would likely do an orbit over some location, to gain altitude and form up, possibly with other squadrons, prior to beginning the patrol. Particularly important if they are assembling a “Big Wing”.

    Jim

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    Pavel

    There are several Start Points around the UK mainland, including one on the easternmost point of Sanday Island in the Orkneys. Lat/Long approx 59deg 16min 40.13sec N, 2d 22m 37.73s W.

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    Hi all,

    Jim - in this case it was patrol by two Spitfires only.
    Brian - thank you a lot! You have got the point! This is exactly what I was looking for and it make sense to make a patrol between two poins on the east coast of Orkneys.

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    If ever you are looking for an UK location, go to http://www.streetmap.co.uk/ and enter the name in the search box. I don't claim it always works, but if the search is for a geographical feature the chances of success are pretty high. For example try a search for the 'Old Man of Hoy' - a sea stack off the island of Hoy in the Orkneys (https://www.google.com/search?q=old+...hrome&ie=UTF-8).

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    Brian thanks for link. I think I was using it already in past but forgot for it.

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