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    Default Individual letters Spitfires 118 Squadron 1943

    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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    Hello Hans,

    EP126 = NK-M

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Default Ep124 = Nk-n

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    John

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    Hello Finn and John,

    Thanks a lot for your replies. Just some other parts of the big puzzle solved!

    Hans Nauta

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    Default 118 Sqn Spits.

    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

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    Although not on your list, I have Spitfire Vb W3320 as NK-F. This is from the logbook of F/O Peter Dunning.

    Peter

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    Hello Stein and Peter,

    I'm very grateful for your additional information!

    Stein, NK-D may have been EN966 nicknamed 'Fiducia'.

    Peter, does the Logbook show any additional info on 10th June and 3rd June 1943? On both these occasions F/O Peter Dunning flew AR433. On 10th June he participated in shooting up a vessel near Den Helder, on 3rd July his section attacked barges and engines near Alkmaar. According to the ORB his Spitfire was damaged by ack-ack.

    Best wishes,
    Hans Nauta

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    Hans

    I only have copies of Peter Dunning's logbook for August 1943.

    Generally he recorded code letters for each trip, but unfortunately for his flights in AR433 he recorded serial number and not the individual code. However I have just re-read my notes from a book called The Darlington Spitfire that I wrote about ten years ago and it would appear AR433 was NK-G. This comes from F/Sgt Roy Flight who described AR433 as the least desirable plane in the squadron as it was prone to poor serviceability. On 15/9/43 Flight flew this aircraft on an offensive operation over France. The engine was running roughly and blew up with a loud bang when he put the throttle 'through the gate' on encountering Fw 190s, forcing him to bale out to spend the rest of the war as a PoW.

    Going back to Peter Dunning he did 20 operational sorties during August 1943 including two recalls. More often than not he flew NK-E, but also flew J, F, and D, as well as AR433.

    Hope this helps

    Peter

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    Hello Peter,

    Thanks for your quick reply and for the additional information!

    Best regards,
    Hans Nauta

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    I have AD204 as NK-J (Source: Gifts of War)

    /John

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