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    Hi All

    I have been approached by a TV script-writer regarding the RT call-signs used by 33 Sqn and 80 Sqn during Pat Pattle's time and 74 Sqn during 'Sailor' Malan's time.

    Does anyone know what call sign these units used?

    All the best

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm,

    At 0749 hours (on 11-8-40), the first operational order had been received to intercept a hostile raid approaching Dover and the Squadron led by Sailor as its CO for the first time, pointed their twelve aircraft into a climb to 20,000ft, and surprised eight Bf 109s flying toward Dover. Sailor reported later: "I was Dysoe Leader ("Dysoe" was the Squadron call-sign)" ...

    See:
    I Fear No Man:The History of No.74 Squadron Royal Air Force.
    Tidy,Douglas.
    London:Macdonald,1972.
    p.83.

    Col.

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    Thanks Col

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    Malcolm, you have opened a can of worms I have been pondering for some time; has anyone ever come across a definitive list of call signs assigned to the Squadrons and ground stations at any one time in the various Commands/Sectors/Groups? After all, there must have been one somewhere or there would have been a dreadful muddle!

    Cheers,

    Jeff

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