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2TAF SPITFIRE IX/XVI LOCATION MAP & 150 GRADE FUEL AVAILABILITY, SEPTEMBER 1944 - APRIL 1945
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Please note this table includes combat Spitfire IX/XVI squadrons only - recon Wings are not included.
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1944SeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
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GROUPWINGIX/XVI SQN4123412341234
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83126 RCAF401B.68B.84B.80B.88
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126 RCAF411B.68B.84B.80B.88
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126 RCAF412B.68B.84B.80B.88
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126 RCAF442B.68B.84B.80B.88
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127 RCAF403B.82B.58B.56
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127 RCAF421B.82B.58B.56
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127 RCAF416B.82B.58B.56
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127 RCAF443B.82B.58B.56
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84131 POLISH302B.70B.61
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131 POLISH317B.70B.61
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131 POLISH308B.70B.61
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132 NORWEGIAN331B.57B.60*B.79
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132 NORWEGIAN332B.57B.60*
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132 NORWEGIAN66B.57B.60*B.79
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132 NORWEGIAN127B.57B.60*B.79
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132 NORWEGIAN322
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135 CZECH485B.53B.65
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135 CZECH349B.53B.65
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145 RAF329B.55B.70
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145 RAF340B.55
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145 RAF341B.55B.70
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145 RAF74B.55B.70
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145 RAF345B.70
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1945JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril
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GROUPWINGIX/XVI SQN1234123412341
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83126 RCAF401B.88PossiblePossibleSourceConfirmedConfirmedSourceConfirmedConfirmedConfirmedConfirmedConfirmedConfirmed
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126 RCAF411B.88PossiblePossibleProbableProbableProbableSourceConfirmedConfirmedConfirmedConfirmedConfirmedConfirmed
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126 RCAF412B.88PossiblePossibleProbableProbableProbableProbableProbableProbableProbableProbableProbableProbable
SOURCE: This post from VO101Kurfurst confirms that 412 Sqn were using 150 Grade as were all the other planes in 126 Wing: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/36836-150-octane-fuel-for-the-2nd-taf-on-the-continent/?do=findComment&comment=656825
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126 RCAF442B.88PossiblePossibleSourceConfirmedConfirmedConfirmedSourceConfirmedConfirmedConfirmedLINK
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127 RCAF403B.56PossibleProbableProbableSourceConfirmedConfirmedB.90ConfirmedConfirmedB.78Confirmed
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127 RCAF421B.56PossiblePossibleSourceConfirmedSourceConfirmedConfirmedB.90ConfirmedConfirmedB.78Confirmed
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127 RCAF416B.56PossiblePossibleProbableProbableProbableProbableProbableB.90ProbableProbableB.78Probable
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127 RCAF443B.56PossiblePossibleProbableProbableProbableProbableProbableB.90ProbableProbableB.78Probable
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84131 POLISH302B.61B.60*PossibleReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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131 POLISH317B.61B.60*PossibleReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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131 POLISH308B.61B.60*PossibleReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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132 NORWEGIAN331B.79PossiblePossibleReasonableReasonableB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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132 NORWEGIAN332B.79PossiblePossibleReasonableReasonableB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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132 NORWEGIAN66B.79PossiblePossibleReasonableReasonableB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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132 NORWEGIAN127B.79PossiblePossibleReasonableReasonableB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonable
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132 NORWEGIAN322B.79PossiblePossibleReasonableReasonableB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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135 CZECH485B.65B.77Reasonable*ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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135 CZECH349B.65B.77Reasonable*ReasonableReasonableReasonable
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145 RAF329B.70PossiblePossiblePossibleB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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145 RAF340B.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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145 RAF341B.70PossiblePossiblePossibleB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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145 RAF74B.70PossiblePossiblePossibleB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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145 RAF345B.70PossiblePossiblePossibleB.85ReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonableReasonable
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BC, D, G, I, LH, KE, FJ
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MAIN SOURCE FOR SQUADRON POSITIONS: 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume 3, C Shores & C Thomas
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LINK
A: 25 Squadrons of Spitfires IX and 5 Squadrons of Spitfires XVI approved for use of 150 grade fuel with modifications: https://i.imgur.com/LTUPl8d.jpg
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B: Commander of 85 Group writes letter to RAF HQ complaining that 83/84 Grp. Spitfires are having the fuel introduced and his Mosquitos are not: https://i.imgur.com/PVoHHla.jpg
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C: 401 Briefed on their new fuel at B.88: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/126wing-31jan45-change-in-fuel.jpg
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D: As above: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/401-ORB-31Jan45.jpg
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E: As above: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/401-26feb45-form540.jpg
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F: 402 (Griffon Spitfire) Sqn in the same briefing as above: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/402_ORB_26Feb45.jpg
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G: 411 Squadron briefed on their new fuel: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/411-ORB-31Jan45-150grade.jpg
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H: 421 Squadron changing over all A/C four days after their briefing, B.56: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/421-orb-12feb45.jpg
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I: 421 Squadron receive their first +25lbs boost aircraft 6.2.45 at B.56: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/421-orb-6feb45.jpg
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J: 442 Squadron review their ongoing use of 150 grade fuel: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/442-orb-26feb45.jpg
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K: F/L Georges Nadon carries out a flight test using 150 grade fuel: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/150grade/403_Nadon_logbook-150-grade.jpg
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*: B77 is a lot closer to Allied lines compared to the other 150 grade fuel airfields, suggesting it would have received fuel stocks and upgrade parts sooner.
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L: 442 describe "modifications to the wing co-incident with a change in fuel"
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150 Grade confirmed and Reasonable aerodromes:
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Accounts from XIV 130 Wing
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