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    On delving into the recently published Air Britain Liberator monograph I notice several 59 squadron Liberator VIs listed as having AE prefix code letters. I have AE codes used by 1409 Met flight between Oct 45 - May 46, about the same period as 59 squadron had
    Liberator VIs. They had different bases but was there any link between the units?.

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    59 Squadron Codes.
    TR. August 1942 to August 1943
    I. August 1943 to February 1945.
    WE. March 1945 to June 1946.
    BY. December 1945 to February 1946.

    1409 Met Flight Code.
    AE.

    'The Liberator in RAF and Commonwealth Service' Oughton, Hamlin, Thomas.

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    John,

    1409 Met Flight has no obvious link to 59 Squadron of which I'm aware. Equipped with Mosquitoes, it was formed in April 1943 from the Mosquito Flight of 521 Squadron. As part of 8 Group it flew PAMPA (high-level met reconnaissance) sorties into the Continent ahead of Bomber Command operations. Its bases were Oakington, Bourn, Wyton and finally Upwood. In July 1945, it moved to Lyneham and partially requipped with Liberators, becoming 1409 Long Range Met Reconnaissance Flight. As such it had a short life, being disbanded in May 1946.

    It's ORB is in the National Archives under file reference AIR29/867.

    Brian
    Last edited by Lyffe; 19th December 2007 at 17:07. Reason: Spelling

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