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    Hello,

    Having trouble determining which is the correct Hurricane serial, either BP404 or BP464. Could someone with the relevant A-B Serial volume, please provide me with a history/fate of both?

    Thanks,

    Col.

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    Hello Col,

    BP402 to 408 : all delivered to Russia, May 1942 ; BN402, 408 (LS). I don't understand the latter part of the entry...

    BP464 : 1 METS, Spun into lake near El Daba, 20 June 1942. Should fit your bill.

    Joss

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    I suspect (LS) maybe 'Lost at Sea'?

    Malcolm

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    Hello Malcolm,

    It could well be that. I have the first edition of BA100-BZ999, not the revised one. In my copy, in the abbreviation section, it goes from HP to IAF with a gap between them. Probably a printing problem then. Well, I could have taken another volume on the bookshelf, it would have probably given the meaning of LS. Too lazy right now....

    Joss

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    Hello Joss/Malcolm,

    I am researching the loss of AUS408147 Sgt Huon Tasman NATION RAAF. Nation was killed in a flying accident at El Ballah, Egypt, on 23-10-1942. He was with No.1 METS at the time of his death.

    Hurricane BP404, can obviously be eliminated. You would'nt think so on reading Grant & Listemann's, No.457 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron 1941-1945 Spitfire (p.78), which quotes Nation's Hurricane as; IIC BP404! Probably a typo.

    Nation has no A705 Casualty File at the NAA. Alan Storr does not record a serial for Nation's aircraft (even though he quotes NAA: A9301 Barcode 5541267, as a source).

    In the said A9301, their is an Air Ministry Casualty Fly Sheet (p.3 of 39), a document that is generally, fairly reliable. The aircraft quoted on this Fly Sheet is: Hurricane IIC BP464, Lost Flying accident, 1 METS, 1730, 23-10-1942. AUS408147 Sgt (Pilot) H T NATION.

    Where do we go from here?

    Thanks for your efforts, Fellahs.

    Col.

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    Col,

    Air Britain BA100-BZ999 (latest print) has for BP464:
    1 METS - Spun off turn into lake NW of El Ballah, 23.10.42

    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Once again to the rescue!

    I thank you, Sir.

    Col.

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