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    Default Correct 75 Squadron Stirling insignia

    Hi,

    I'm interested in the insignia that would have appeared on a
    Stirling Mk1
    BK646
    "N"
    75 Squadron in June 1943 when they were stationed at Newmarket.

    the RAF history site here :

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/h75.html

    Shows the ID read left to right with AA (for 75 Sq) to the left of the RAF Roundel and the 3rd letter to the right.

    This picture seems to confirm this :

    http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0UwDMGowag3r1AvtMj2EYM5AspMGxvyf7HNTt5Sx09Z9n9wdmk 0d4YkRYWm6a2ajf0nTD0KoKqPgEsuB9qU*FAg2jXAXvxeuOxeN 4gN83!5UgkKGWBenj8t9dcKkBafF!/DonsCrew.jpg?dc=4675490638409257542

    However this photo of a 75 squadron Stirling , shows the sequence reversed

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:75_Squadron_RMZAF_Short_Stirling_AA-C_en_route_for_26th_mission.JPG

    With the letter to the left and the AA to the right.

    Anyone know if there is a reason or method to this reversal ?


    many thanks

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    Hi
    The arrangement that you mention seems to have varied on various Sqns and yours is just one of the possibles. There are some examples where the Sqn marking is put on both sides of the fuselage to be read "Sqn Letters" roundel "A/C letter from left to right. But there are also many cases where an attempt at symmetry was made by having the Sqn Letters always toward the tail and the a/c Letter forward so at they read in the reverse order on one side of the fuselage usually the port side.What the "Official word" was I am not sure.If you can get a look at the 2nd TAF books by Chris Shores and Chris Thomas you will see many examples of both. Look at http://www.feltwell.net/raffeltwell/75p5_r1648aak.htm and you will see the same Wellington AA-K from both sides taken from the Sqn's Feltwell days.
    Regards
    Dick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick View Post
    Hi
    The arrangement that you mention seems to have varied on various Sqns and yours is just one of the possibles. There are some examples where the Sqn marking is put on both sides of the fuselage to be read "Sqn Letters" roundel "A/C letter from left to right. But there are also many cases where an attempt at symmetry was made by having the Sqn Letters always toward the tail and the a/c Letter forward so at they read in the reverse order on one side of the fuselage usually the port side.What the "Official word" was I am not sure.If you can get a look at the 2nd TAF books by Chris Shores and Chris Thomas you will see many examples of both. Look at http://www.feltwell.net/raffeltwell/75p5_r1648aak.htm and you will see the same Wellington AA-K from both sides taken from the Sqn's Feltwell days.
    Regards
    Dick
    many thanks Dick, that explains a lot.

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