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    Default Unit code 5P

    Can anyone identify the unit using code 5P? Reported on a Spitfire,flown by Canadians.

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    I can't find 5P listed. The only Canadian Squadron with a 5 is 439 Squadron which had the codes 5V.

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    G'day Bill

    The squadron code for No. 400 'City of Toronto' (F) Squadron was SP. From a distance it would be easy to mistake it for 5P. The squadron used the following Mk.s of Spitfire.

    Spitfire P.R. Mk. XI

    Spitfire P.R. Mk. XI (Trop)

    Spitfire P.R. Mk. XIII

    Cheers...Chris

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    Sorry to add uncertainty to this. Yes, 400 Sqn used 'SP' but I don't think there is any record of it being used on Spitfires. The code was used from formation on Lysanders and Tomahawks in 1941 and carried over to Mustangs but sqn codes were removed by all ACC units towards the end of 1942. 400 Sqn did not fly "bluebird" Spitfires until the end of 1943 and I have never seen any record or photo that shows sqn codes on these a/c.

    Steve

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    Thanks all. The question came from a reader of my web pages, who has a photo that he insists shows "5P" on a Spitfire. I will try to get a copy of the photo.

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    Hi Bill,

    Think the photo you refer to was on ebay recently showing Spitfire D-5P. This is the Navy causing confusion by splitting the code combination about the roundel, true code should be D5-P of 807 sqdn FAA, 4 Naval Fighter Wing.

    This had me fooled also, but Andy Thomas put me right !

    Ian

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    Thanks Ian.

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    According to Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm D5P was a Seafire L.III PP984 of 807 Squadron.

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