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    I am researching a Danish pilot that is said to have been posted on Malta in 1943. I have been through different titles on the subject, but without any trace.

    Could anyone name the RAF fighter units active in Malta in 1943?

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    Mikkel Plannthin
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    Mikkel,

    You'll want access to AIR 10/3955. The researcher Bruce Dennis (on these boards) put me onto this document. It's a monthly publication showing units by location.

    Malta for August 1943 had (may not be comprehensive as I was only interested in Ta Kali station):

    Krendi - 249/229/185 Spitfire
    Luqa - 1/40 SA, 417 RCAF Spitfire
    - 108 Beaufighter
    - 92/145/601 Spitfire
    Safi - 126/1435 Spitfire
    Malta - 43/72/81/93/111/152/154/232/242/243 SPitfire
    - 3/450 RAAF, 112/250/260 Kittyhawk
    - 600 Beaufighter

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    Interests include Spitfires in Malta 1942 and 460 Sqdn 1943-44 (including Black Thursday)

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    Thank you Adrian.

    Mikkel
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    Mikkel,

    As you are looking at early 1943 for your pilot's posting to Malta (http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/profiles.php?id=43), below are the fighter squadrons operating from Malta For January through March 1943 (Station in brackets, and flying Spitfires unless otherwise noted):

    No. 185 Squadron (Hal Far)
    No. 249 (Gold Coast) Squadron (Krendi)
    No. 126 Squadron (Luqa)
    No. 1435 (N/F) Flight (Luqa)
    No. 39 Squadron (Luqa) - Beaufort (unclear if bomber or Beaufighter, but probably bomber)
    No. 229 Squadron (Ta Kali)

    Although from March onwards, the Squadrons started to shift Stations and 1435 Flight changed roles from a night-fighter unit to a day-fighter unit and gained Squadron status.

    There were also Coastal Command Beaufighter units on Malta, but I have excluded those.

    I know that Brian Cull has a book on 249 Squadron at Malta and others covering the intruder and similar operations over Sicily using Spitfires, so those references might assist if you haven't already perused them.

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    Adrian
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    Hi Mikkel

    What is the name of the pilot?

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    Brian

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    Brian

    Jens Ipsen
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/profiles.php?alpha=i&id=43

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    Hi Mikkal

    I haven't had time to check my Malta lists for 1943 yet, but have found that a Flt Lt Ipsen (surely your man) shared a Do217 with three other pilots on 15 May 1944 while flying with 237 Squadron.

    Hope this helps.

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    Brian

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    Brian
    I am very very very greatful!

    This is from a Danish perspective to my knowledge completely new information! And from my perspective it brings further my research into the operational history of the Danish pilots of WW2.

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    Hey Mikkel

    Jens Ibsen is still alive, and still going strong, he don't fly anymore :-)

    I was in his home today and he told me some of his story


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    Hello Mikkel,

    Are you aware of the mentions of F/Lt Jens Ipsen in the following?

    A Pride of Eagles:The Definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920 -1980.
    Salt,Beryl.
    Weltevredenpark:Covos Day Books,2001.
    pp.216, 219-220 & 226 (Photo - Group shot, 237 Sqn personnel, Idku, Egypt, 1943, between pp.212-213).

    Col.

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