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    Default Unexplained abbreviation FRL

    Air Britain "RAF Aircraft W1000-Z9999" has this abbreviation in its history of Hurricane X3353. The full statement is
    306/317/87/485/Mkrs/FRL/India

    My guess is a mistake for FPU, Ferry Preparation Unit, which would be logical, but not necessarily right!

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    Graham
    I have a slightly different Serial book to yours(x1000-9999, z1000-9999) and in the Abbreviations at the beginning they have FRL as Flight Refuelling Ltd. Given the sequence FRL/India it could almost make sense!!? but I haven't ever heard of in-flight refuelling being used to get a/c from UK to Overseas during WW2.Extra tankage both internal and external but not refuelling in-flight
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    Dick

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    Check this link out. It's a company name.

    http://www.flight-refuelling.com/history.htm

    Cobham plc's origins go back to 1934 when Sir Alan Cobham founded Flight Refuelling Limited (FRL) to investigate Air-to-Air refuelling (AAR) techniques.
    David

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    I read somewhere that FRL built up quite a shop during the War, and was involved in overhauls, mods, and repairs as well as developing in flight refueling.

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