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    Default Identification of engines

    Hi,

    I am looking for the engine serial numbers of the mentioned aircraft below.

    How many digits do appear on a type plate. Prefix and suffix?

    I want to check some possible engine numbers from a German report. 683 could indicate a Lancaster folllowed by other numbers.

    HP59 Halifax Mark II DT628 from 51 Sqn - lost without trace in the night of 20/21 April 1943. Engines: Rolls-Royce Merlin XX.

    683 Lancaster Mark III ED557 from 100 Sqn - lost without trace in the night of 20/21 April 1943 (one crewmember found). Engines: Packard Merlin 28.

    Any inputs will be welcome.

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    Finn Buch
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    Hi Finn,

    Type 683 was the Avro type number and would have applied to any airframe parts of the Lancaster rather than the engines.

    Merlin XX had a number of data plates fitted. the main one giving the type and four/five/six digit engine serial number, in addition it gave the embodied mods, right hand or left hand tractor and bank firing order.

    Each component was given a RR number prefixed with A, B, C, D, E etc which corresponded to the parts catalogue.

    Packard mirrored this system

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    Hi Ross,

    Many thanks for your reply. I will e-mail you some comments.

    Regards

    Finn

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