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    Default Halifax Squadron code 2P

    I have seen a picture of a Halifax BMk III with code "2P - X". Which squadron used 2P?

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    The code was used by 644 Squadron according to the 38 Group web site but I guess the next question is, why did they use a number and a letter when most other codes were two letters?
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    Hello David,

    644 also used "9U". Perhaps they started with "2P" then changed when 457 (RAAF) Sqn "ZP" arrived. Only an expert will know the answer/s.

    Norman


    P.S.
    Welcome home, what was the weather in Siberia like?

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    Hi chaps,

    according to Flying Units of the RAF by A. Lake 644 Sq used "2P" and "9U" together in period 2/44-9/46.
    457 Sq RAAF used "ZP" simultaneously in period 8/42-12/44.
    About the question from David - I have no prove for it but I think that number + letter code started when only letter codes run out.

    Pavel
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    Pavel is correct, the "number+letter" was introduced when all the "2 letters" were used up, later in the war.

    Some other examples:

    439 Squadron, formed on 31 December 1943, "5V"
    437 Squadron, formed on 14 September 1944, "Z2"

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    Thanks Pavel and Bill. I figured it might be that but I hit "submit reply" before doing the math.

    And thanks Norman for the welcome back from "Siberia". I haven't really gone anywhere (I still log in all the time) but I am spending some time trolling through Army records and regimental histories for the small number of Malvern students on my list who didn't join the RCAF. I am also still waiting on my package of files from LAC in Ottawa... almost four months and counting now (but it was a large request, so no complaint, yet).
    David

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    Hello,

    2P-'X' is the Halifax NA337 of 644 Squadron which took off on 23 April 1945 for an SOE operation in Norway but never returned and was recovered from Lake Mjosa in 1995 to be restored and rebuilt in Canada.
    NA337 is now exposed in National Air Force Museum of Canada.
    I'm not at home but if you want I'll can send you more details about this aircraft and its crew.
    To wait you can follow this link:
    http://www.airforcemuseum.ca/reconstructing337.htm
    Regards.

    Bruno
    Bruno LECAPLAIN
    Raf WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited <www.raf38group.org>
    Stirling Aircraft Society <stirlingaircraftsoc.raf38group.org>

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    Thank you Bruno, that would be most interesting to read.

    Norman

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    I have had a few chances to look at the Halifax at Trenton in the last few months, and they have done a beautiful job. It is the centre piece in a new addition to the Museum, which is steadily growing their collection.

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