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    Dear all,
    this is my first post in this wonderful site and I hope someone will be able to help me.
    I've recently seen an image that shows the last part of the fuselage of a Commonwealth bomber, perhaps a Blenheim, where it is possible to see the four coloured roundel and the letters KQ. Close to the relic it is possible to see an Italian monoplane bomber perhaps an SM 79, showing the insigna sported in 1940. The photo was reportedly taken in East Africa.
    Is there anyone that can help me to determine to which Squadron belonged this plane?
    Many thanks in advance

    Ludovico Slongo

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    Hi Ludovico,

    KQ was assigned to 502 Sq in 4.39-9.39 equipped by Ansons.
    Later the same code was from 1942 till 1947 assigned to the 13 OTU where at the beginning Blenheims were used. But as far as I know 13 OTU was based only in UK.

    Pavel

    P.S. Maybe if you can send us a link where we can see the photo it may help with the identification. Posting photos directly to the Forum is not possible but you can use one of the free picture hosting sites.
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    G'day Ludovico

    No.55 (B) Squadron operated the Bristol Blenheim Mk. I and later Mk. IV.

    The squadron operated in the Middle East. During 1940 it was in Ismalia and Fuka, Egypt.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hi,

    yes Chris is right, but according to several books including MACDONALD - Bomber Squadrons of the RAF the unit was NEVER not assigned any code, using only single letters on their aircraft.
    So I think only the photo can helps us more now...

    Pavel
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    Thank you very much to you, but I really don't know how to post an image on a free picture hosting site, presently is too much above my internet knowldege.
    Perhaps, if it inot too much disturb, Pavel and Chris, you can send me your e-mail at ludovico.slongo@virgilio.it and this evening, back from work, I'll send you the image to see.
    BTW, a North African based unit, could be a good option, even if I understand the point of Pavel.
    Ciao and sorry for not being able to post.

    Ludovico

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    47 Sqn operated Wellesleys in East Africa and their code letters were KU.

    Malcolm

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    Hi Ludovico,

    email sent. I also agree with the North Africa but in this case it means there is something strange:-)

    But we will see

    Pavel
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    Some years ago I was in correspondence with an Italian doctor whom was writing a book. The subject of our exchange was the identity of a Blenheim seen in a photograph. All that was known was that the a/c was 'shot down on a German airfield in North Africa'. The wreckage was upside down with only the rear half visible. What was clearly seen was the a/c code letters 'KQ'. I believe that we identified the a/c as T2383 of 55 Squadron. Flintham & Thomas's 'Combat Codes' lists 'KQ' as a 55S code during the period approx. 6/40 to 1/41 in the Med/Middle East.

    HTH

    DaveW

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    Dear Dave,
    the image you describe looks very much the same I'm trying to identify.
    Now I'm sending it to Pavel and perhaps he could be so kind to post it.
    Do you have the date of this loss?

    Thank you to all

    Ludovico

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    Hi all, from my point of view it is photo mentioned by Dave.
    You can see it here:

    http://cz-raf.hyperlink.cz/Shot%20down%20plane.jpg

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