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    Default Mosquito HR634 SNAKE

    I think I am correct in thinking the term or letters SNAKE used on airframes relates to the far east.

    This is to be found adjacent to the serial HR635 close to the tail on a Mosquito, can anyone identify that aircraft or the lettering for me please.

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    I've seen this on Liberators, and apparently it indicated the aircraft was equipped for use in S.E. Asia. Don't know what it stands for however.

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    Excerpt from "Mosquito in action, part 1, pg. 22":
    "(...) The aircraft (PR XVI NS 688) carried the marking SNAKE on the fuselage indicating it was reserved for South East Asia Command".

    NS 688 broke a speed record during delivery to Karachi, India.

    George

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    SNAKE indicated that an aircraft destined for The Far East was not to be diverted while in transit through the Middle East.

    (Were the Middle East Air Forces in the habit of kidnapping shiny new aircraft passing through their area?)

    Ian Macdonald

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    AOC Malta gained the nickname "Sticky Fingers" by Alexandria.

    It was his way of dealing with spares and servicing problems on the Island.

    New aircraft and crews on transit would be diverted onto ops while resting over on the flight. After an extended time some would be given permission to continue the transit while others would find their new aircraft appropriated and aircraft well overdue for service substituted.

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