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    Default 6th OTU planes August 1940

    According to 6th OTU Operational Record Book, in August 1940 their strength was quite impressive. Depending on the day, they had quite a big number of the planes. For example on 1st of August 24 Hurricanes, 4 Harvards, 4 Battles and 4 Battles TT and day after 31 Hurricanes. On 3rd even more Ė 34 Hurricanes and on 4th of August 37 Hurricanes.
    Iíve got a few planes which Iím slightly struggling with because their serial numbers are not quite clear to me.
    Hurricanes such as 325 or 313
    and Battles ?1378 and ?7378.
    Their serial numbers came from Battle of Britain pilotís logbook and I would like to confirm them. I was searching accidents in 6 OTU but fortunately no Battle with similar number crashed and by late Autumn all Battles were gone, just TTís remained.
    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Hi Pete,

    acording to RAF serials fom Air Britain Publication:

    Battle Trainer R7378 delivered as new to 6 OTU later served with 12 OTU and several other units (not dates given).

    For ?1378 - you can check the older thread by Ross - the types, Battle highlighted:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2373&highlight=battle

    The only possibility is V1378 but it was cancelled....
    Anyway - are you sure it is ?1378? It really looks like it is also 7378, i. e. R7378.

    In this list you can find also Hurricane batches BUT as far as I remember no batch with two letters+three number can be there in August 1940! They were later batches so to be successful you need to identify the fourth number at least.

    Hope this help a little

    Pavel
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    There is never too late to learn something new. :P The three digit Hurricane serials have nothing to the British system. They are Canadian aircraft.

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    Hi Pavel

    Many thanks!
    Yes, I think that my mysterious Battle ď1378Ē was rather pilotís mistake or result of his not clear handwriting, so with your help this matter is sorted. I believe it was ď7Ē instead of ď1Ē in this serial number.
    It looks like some of 6 OTUís Hurricanes had those three digit numbers.
    I have a record regarding S/Ldr Niedzwieckiís death on 18th of August 1940. He was flying one of 6 OTUís Hurricanes L1887 which also had number ď324Ē.

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    I agree with Franek about the Hurricanes.

    RCAF 325 was ex RAF L1888. It went to Canada in the spring of 1939 where it became 325, then returned to the UK with No. 1 (F) Squadron RCAF in early 1940. It later returned to the RAF, but kept its RCAF serial. I have noted it with No. 6 OTU, 7 OTU, 9 FTS and 5 FTS before transferring to the RN in September 1942.

    313 was ex RAF L1762, , with a similar history, including time at 6 OTU and 5 SFTS.

    Another ex RCAF Hurricane with 6 OTU was 315, ex RAF L1878. It became instructional airframe 3238M. Also, 310 (L1759), 311 (L1760), 314 (L1763), 316 (L1879), 318 (L1881), 319 (L1882), 320 (L1883), 321 (L1884), 322 (L1885), 324 (L1887), 326 (L1890), and 328 (L2022). All kept their RCAF serials after returning to the RAF.
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    Hi all,

    Franek: I know that they may be Canadian but have no idea that some of them were returned to RAF and kept the RCAF serials - so it is something new for me

    Bill: thanks for info, it was to late and I was lazy to check your site:-)

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    Bill, Pavel

    Thank you guys for your help.

    Regards

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