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    Default Re: Hawker Hurricane anomalies

    Hurricane R4100 is listed as serving with 303 Sqn, then 59 OTU in the relevant Air-Britain serials book, but with no known fate.
    It was one of the first eight Hurricanes issued to 303 Sqn on 1 Aug 40.
    Does anyone know what actually happened to it please?
    Last edited by Andy Marden; 30th August 2021 at 18:00. Reason: factual correction

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    Default Re: Hawker Hurricane anomalies

    A second query involving a 303 Sqn aircraft.
    My 1979 Air-Britain L1000 to L9999 serials book lists L2099 as serving only with 601 Sqn and "Crashed in forced landing near Middle Wallop 1.6.40"
    However, the 601 Sqn ORB records that the aircraft "suffered extensive damage", ie was not a total loss.
    It was indeed repaired, as it served with 303 Sqn as RF-O from 9.9.40, and was still with squadron in 11.40 at Leconfield.
    What was its final fate please? There is nothing relevant in our database.

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    Default Re: Hawker Hurricane anomalies

    Stig Jarlevik has kindly answered this query.
    The later, combined Air-Britain booklet, L1000 - N9999 says: 29/17/601/7 OTU/303/56 OTU Cv to Mk IIA DG637 5.41
    So it was indeed a survivor, which was shipped to Russia in September 1941.

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    Default Re: Hawker Hurricane anomalies

    Our entry for Z2402:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=Z2402
    lists this aircraft as being with 185 Sqn when lost on 5 Mar 42.
    A perusal of the 185 Sqn (Hal Far) ORB for this period gives no mention of either the aircraft, or P/O Kidson.
    The correct unit is, I believe, 126 Sqn, as at: https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C17083269
    His loss with 126 Sqn is confirmed in the 126 Sqn Summary of Events at: https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8387562
    I can only imagine the link to 185 Sqn has come from the photo of Z2402, showing it (earlier?) as GL-P of 185 Sqn.
    Can someone please confirm what the Air-Britain serials book says about this aircraft? (it is the only volume I don't have)

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    Default Re: Hawker Hurricane anomalies

    AB Serials:
    Z2402 - 185 - shot down by Bf109 on interception of Ju88s off Valletta 5.3.42

    But ofcourse both CWGC and the AIR81 DBs got it right, so that should supersede anything in the Serials/Crashes DB
    Last edited by Jagan; 31st December 2021 at 14:36.

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