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    Default RAF Station Radio Call Signs

    Does anyone know the radio callsigns RAF Kemble and RAF Lyneham circa 1943 please? Despite digging I can’t locate them; I am assuming they had call signs as aircraft were flying in and out.

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    Default Re: RAF Station Radio Call Signs

    Halibagguru,
    You don't ask which system.
    Do you want the airfield localised air-to-ground vhf, voice, frequencies, or the longer-range H/F, morse (Wireless/Telegraphy), frequencies?
    Not that I am able to provide either!
    But the local vhf call-signs were liable to change more often than the H/F-W/T call signs.
    Peter
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    Default Re: RAF Station Radio Call Signs

    Hi Peter

    Yes, sorry I should have been more specific. The airfield localised air-to-ground vhf, voice. I just wanted the all sign approaching pilots would have used in early 1943 to call the station or vice versa.

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    Default Re: RAF Station Radio Call Signs

    I have searched back through the Airfield Research Group website and found some posts that I remembered from 2010 and earlier. There are some lists of R/T callsigns and Kemble appears as GOODCHANCE and Lyneham as RUSAC, but I am uncertain about the date. Cheers, Peter

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    Default Re: RAF Station Radio Call Signs

    Hi,

    These two R/T callsigns are correct for a period in 1945 as they are listed in confidential document C.D. 0270 (3) (see TNA AIR 10/3857). They were probably introduced with C.D. 0270 (2) in April 1944, since most station callsigns remained the same during the whole period. But the callsigns used from 1/1/43 to 1/10/43 were different and the code books previous to 1945 seem to have been lost. These Kemble and Lyneham callsigns are possibly mentioned in some operation orders or other documents, but the probability is small (nevertheless real!).

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    Jérémie Tarpon

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    Default Re: RAF Station Radio Call Signs

    Jérémie: I would be interested in learning the Radio Call sign for Middleton St. George, late 1944-1945.

    Thanks!

    Jim

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    Jim,

    I believe that M-St-G was 'STRAPPER'. I know that Breighton was NOSMO and that 78 Squadron aircraft were 'ROTHMAN'. Other bases used by 78 Squadron over the years include, Linton on Ouse which was 'DOGBARK', Croft which was 'BIGTREE' and Dishforth which was 'MISMAY'. Can't remember where I got the information from many years ago. I have a long list of them somewhere on an old hard drive somewhere. As far as dates go, I know that Breighton was NOSMO from 1943 to 1945, many of the veterans I have spoken to had confirmed this.
    Hope this helps

    Daz

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    Default Re: RAF Station Radio Call Signs

    That rings a bell! Thanks so much Daz!

    Jim

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    Hi Jim,

    Daz is right: the code book CD 0270 (3) gives Middleton St. George Flying Control as Strapper and it was certainly the same since April 1944. I have noticed (from the Airfield Research Group) that the callsign of this station was Roscoe at some undefined period before April 1944. The other callsigns given by Daz are also confirmed by CD 0270 (3).

    Best wishes,

    Jérémie

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    Jérémie, Daz. Thanks for your replies. Have any of the call signs for aircraft survived? I understand that call signs were also provided to aircraft.

    Jim

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