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    Default 180 Sqn Mitchell II EV-T photo - bigger version?

    Hello

    Another 180 Sqn Mitchell photo query, if anyone can help. This time, has anyone come across a larger version of this photo of EV-T:

    https://1000aircraftphotos.com/MilitaryProp/1530.htm

    I'm trying to make the serial out, but it's proving tricky. There are a couple of versions online, but none of them any bigger or clearer.

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    Default Re: 180 Sqn Mitchell II EV-T photo - bigger version?

    Hi Simon,

    This page contains a 180 Sqn ORB extract that notes EV-T as HD316 when lost in a ditching on August 25, 1944.

    https://dunsfoldairfield.org/crash-1...gust-25th-1944

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    Default Re: 180 Sqn Mitchell II EV-T photo - bigger version?

    Thanks for the reply Robert.

    I did see that page, but I'm not sure - HD316 doesn't seem to appear in the 180 Sqn ORB until August 15th 1944. Those D-day stripes look quite fresh and clean.

    I did wonder if it could be FL210, which was also T-Tommy apparently, and was with 180 Sqn in June until it was damaged on August 9th 1944, Cat Ac...?

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    Default Re: 180 Sqn Mitchell II EV-T photo - bigger version?

    Simon

    KJ705 is recorded as T in Bomber Squadrons of the RAF (Moyes)

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    Default Re: 180 Sqn Mitchell II EV-T photo - bigger version?

    Thanks Dave

    I think KJ705 would be a later Mitchell III (B-25J?), with the upper turret moved forward, rear fuselage side guns (no under turret) and tail gunner position.

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    Default Re: 180 Sqn Mitchell II EV-T photo - bigger version?

    Simon

    So that's what the asterisk against the number meant! I wondered.

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    Default Re: 180 Sqn Mitchell II EV-T photo - bigger version?

    Hi Simon,

    Looking again at the ‘Larger image’ from your original link, the first letter looks like an ‘F’.

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    Default Re: 180 Sqn Mitchell II EV-T photo - bigger version?

    Hello again

    Ron Dupas at the 1000aircraftphotos website very kindly sent over a larger copy, and it appears to be FL-210 (with hyphen), but there's a scratch down the third numeral, so not 100% conclusive. It's definitely FL-21 something...

    If it's taken June/July/August 1944, it could only be FL-210 or FL-217 (or maybe FL-201, but that doesn't appear in the ORB until August 8th, and that may be a typo for FL-210). All their other Mitchells at that time were FV or FW serials.

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