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    Dear all,

    I'm looking for individual letters of the next PDU and PRU Spitfires and Hudson:

    PDU
    N3116
    P9307
    P9308
    P9313
    P9382
    P9385
    P9394

    PRU
    K9787
    L1055
    P9310
    P9384
    P9550
    P9551
    R6598
    R6804
    R6894
    R6898
    R6902
    R6903
    X4493

    Hudson
    N7301

    After having consulted various sources it appears to me however, that no individual letters were used?

    Hope somebody can shed a light on this.

    Thanks in advance and best regards,
    Hans Nauta

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    Hi Hans,

    It appears from photos that PDU/PRU and early 1 PRU machines carried no individual a/c letter only the unit code "LY".

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
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    Hi Hans
    Eyes of the RAF by Roy Conyers Nesbit seems to confirm what Andy says with 2 photos, N3117(next serial to one on your list) and P9385 both just showing LY with no individual letter. A later Photo shows a Spitfire PR XI, PR?838 with just a 4 behind the starboard roundel on the fuselage.
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    Dick

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    Hello Andy and Dick,

    Thanks for you quick reactions. Your answers were just as I feared a bit.

    Well, over to 3 PRU Spitfires, involved in PR sorties over NW Holland.

    X4383
    X4385 LY-B
    X4386
    X4493
    X4494
    X4712
    X9315

    Only one individual letter known of X4385. Does that mean that the other Spits wore individual letters as well?

    Best regards,
    Hans Nauta

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    Hello Hans,

    I had a look at a PRU pilot's log book and I wrote the type of aircraft and the N° mainly composed with 2letters and 3 numbers

    Best regards
    René

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    Hi Hans
    Iv'e just looked in Edward Leaf's "Above all Unseen" and the results tend toward no individual letters and sometimes no Sqn code either. Hudson N7317 is not marked neither are Spitfires N3071 and ,from your first list, R6903. There is a Mosquito W4051 which carries LY-U!!! and another W4060 which is unmarked. The full Sqn coding seems to be the minority with most of those shown having nothing at all, but it is only a small number of photos in 2 books so there is hope for you yet!!
    Eegards
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    Hello René and Dick,

    Thanks for your replies.

    René, the serials in the logbook you consulted belong probably to later variants Spits like the ENxxx, BSxxx, PAxxx, MBxxx, PLxxx and RMxxx ranges, used with 541 Squadron.

    Dick, thanks for checking the books. Think I'll dig these out whence I've listed all PRU sorties over NW Holland, some 500+ to go in TNA!

    Best regards,
    Hans Nauta

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    OK guys, and what could mean D-27 and D-28 for a PRU Mosquito? This is from a log book.

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    Hello Franek

    These sound more like sortie references flown out of Benson sometime about Jan-Feb'43, by either a 540 or 544 Squadron Mosquito than a/c letters. If you can advise me of the dates flown then I can look up my records which should then give a specific serial number.

    Hans

    All the best with your research, that must be a huge project! I've spent around ten years (part time reseaching) the Channel Islands sorties and these only cover at most 100 sq miles. Every year I find a few more, but so far have logged 638, not bad for such a small region, so the mind boggles on how many your dealing with for NW Holland.

    Kind regards
    Pierre

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    Nope, it is aircraft no. and appears several times during September and October 1941, also during non ops!

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