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    I have a family picture of Ar447 whose number is NK-H piloted by Flight Sergeant Joseph Hollingworth.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Nauta View Post
    Dear all,

    I'm looking for the individual letters of the next Spitfires of 118 Squadron:

    AB403
    AR325
    AR433
    AR447
    AR450

    BM514

    EN932
    EN959
    EN969

    EP123
    EP124
    EP126
    EP191
    EP206
    EP227
    EP413
    EP549

    W3429
    W3901

    Unfortunatley the letters aren't mentioned in the ORB, so I hope somebody has something on file from other reference material.

    Thanks in advance for your effort,

    Hans Nauta

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    Hi Paul,

    Many thanks for checking this! My post is over two years old, but up till now no radio code for AR447 had surfaced.

    Another small part of air war history solved!

    Thanks again,
    Hans

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    Default 118 Sq. codes

    I have these:

    AB403
    AR325
    AR433
    AR447
    AR450

    BM514 NK-N

    EN932
    EN959
    EN969

    EP123
    EP124 NK-N
    EP126
    EP191 NK-Y
    EP206 NK-T
    EP227
    EP413
    EP549 NK-Q

    W3429
    W3901

    /John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stein Meum View Post
    According to Norwegian pilot Søren K. Liby who served on 118 Sq in 1943, I can confirm from his log book that EP126 was NK-M. Shot down 16 Aug-43. And EP124 as NK-N. Written off on 06 Jul-43, Liby escaping unhurt.

    I have the following letter/serial numbers as well: BM514 replaced EP124 as NK-N, EP191 = NK-Y, EP206 NK-T (Later replaced by BL481), EP549 NK-Q.

    Then a request of my own: NK-W, NK-D, NK-B and NK-J. Any known serials for these?
    I also have BM541 as NK-V and P8585 as NK-Z.

    Stein Meum
    According to his log-book, on 5 April 1945 my late father (then F/O John Abrahams) flew P8585 on a 1hr10mins familiarisation flight.
    It had the letters MV W and was in 53 OTU.
    He had trained in Canada in 1942 under the BCATP and remained there until 1944 as an intermediate flying instructor, teaching future fighter pilots on Harvard IIs. By 1945 he was in 1RFTS and flew the Spitfire out of Cranwell. His only flight in a Spitfire.
    Despite having spent over 1000 hours flying 8 different trainers (Tiger Moth, Stearman, Harvard, Anson, Cornell, Magister, Oxford and Wellington), he was, to the end of his life, inordinately proud of flying this Spitfire.
    Last edited by Johnslad; 26th February 2020 at 09:20.

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