RAF on the EASTERN FRONT ?

Discussion in 'Others' started by Verrieres, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

    Hi,
    Heres another couple of strange photographs...RAF Roundels but the Sqdn codes are....?
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    and the groundcrew are....RAF ?
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    Do you think these are some of the 38 pilots and 500 ground staff sent to Archangel/Murmansk in Russia during the War ?...but why the strange Sqdn Codes?

    Verrieres
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    FR is 303 Sqn THey were a Polish unit. Wait a minute one site says they are RF ...Tut !

    Sqn Histories 330-350_P

    Says: No.348 Sqn- This squadron was never formed but the code letters FR were allocated for its use during the period April to September 1939.
     
  3. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

    FR is 303 Sqn THey were a Polish unit. Wait a minute one site says they are RF ...Tut !


    I`m totally out of my comfort zone here but would`nt British/Polish Sqdn codes consist of three letters ie;-D (roundel) FR ? or am I showing my ignorance here and missing the obvious...Again:D

    Verrieres
     
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    RAF Codes

    FR = Station Flight. Manston.

    No.303 Squadron code was PD
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  6. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    There was a Plan to give the Russians some Aerial assistance by sending R.A.F. Squadrons based on Russian Caucasus. Could this be them.

    I glanced through "Operation Buckshot" a few months ago. It appears the Document was Persia and Iraq Command.
     
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  8. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    FR is 303 Sqn THey were a Polish unit. Wait a minute one site says they are RF ...Tut !

    Sqn Histories 330-350_P

    Says: No.348 Sqn- This squadron was never formed but the code letters FR were allocated for its use during the period April to September 1939.
    And Urqh said that the British regimental system was too hard for us to figure out....
     
  9. lancer3397

    lancer3397 Junior Member

    might be a necro post but to clarify the squadron code point.

    for the RAF aircraft in russia, the first letter was half of the squadron code. The second letter is the aircrafts ID letter.

    the numbers are the russian reference. These codes were applied as long as the aircraft were flown by the RAF squadrons and were removed once the aircraft were handed over to the russians.
     

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