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Old 22nd May 2020, 22:37
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RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

Hello All,
At the beginning of May 1945 65 Sqn gave up it,s Mustang MkIV,s to 122 sqn at RAF Peterhead, I am currently trying to trace any Photographic Picures of any of these MkIV,s whether in 65 Sqn or 122 Sqn to try & ascertain Markings/Serial numbers & what finish they were in, whether in Camouflaged or Bare Metal.

Has anybody got any Photos of these aeroplanes at all that I could beg,borrow or steal?
Probably asking for the Holy Grail here as I know Images of even 122 Sqn,s Mustang MkIII,s are like hens teeth!.

I would be over the Moon if any kind soul could help us out as putting together a Private History of 122 Sqn
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Old 23rd May 2020, 01:28
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Re: RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

Mk iVA is unofficial designation for P-51K (such as P-51K-10-NT KM255/44-12378, YT-A, nat. metal.)

KH641 122 Sqn Mk IV After the war
KH642 65 Sqn Mk IV
KH644 65 Sqn Mk IV May 45
KH644 122 Sqn Mk IV Lost 12.5.45.
KH646 65 Sqn Mk IV May 45
KH646 122 Sqn Mk IV ex 65 Sqn
KH648 65 Sqn Mk IV May 45
KH654 65 Sqn Mk IV
KH654 122 Sqn Mk IV
KH655 122 Sqn Mk IV After the war
KH656 65 Sqn Mk IV
KH657 65 Sqn Mk IV May 45
KH658 65 Sqn Mk IV May 45
KH658 122 Sqn Mk IV ex 65 Sqn
KH659 65 Sqn Mk IV
KH668 65 Sqn Mk IV
KH678 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KH678 122 Sqn Mk IVA
KH685 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-F at least 3 claims, lost later. Not sure, but I think Italeri 1:72 kit, camo.
KH686 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-P, camo
KH695 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-E, camo
KH707 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KH708 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KH708 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH709 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KH715 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KH715 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH724 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KH724 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH732 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KH744 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KH744 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH747 122 Sqn Mk IVA After the war
KH754 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KH754 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH758 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-Z May 45
KH758 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH777 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KH777 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH788 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-Q May 45
KH788 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH822 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KH822 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KH829 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KH829 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn, lost 3.8.45.
KM130 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KM130 122 Sqn Mk IVA ex 65 Sqn
KM132 122 Sqn Mk IVA After the war
KM140 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-E
KM148 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-Q, nat. metal. Ex 122 Sqn.
KM148 122 Sqn Mk IVA April 45
KM165 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM165 122 Sqn Mk IVA April 45
KM191 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM191 122 Sqn Mk IVA
KM192 65 Sqn Mk IVA April 45
KM192 122 Sqn Mk IVA
KM199 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM218 122 Sqn Mk IVA
KM223 65 Sqn Mk IVA May 45
KM226 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM237 122 Sqn Mk IVA
KM248 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM252 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM255 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-A, nat. metal.
KM255 122 Sqn Mk IVA April 45
KM261 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM261 122 Sqn Mk IVA April 45
KM273 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM273 122 Sqn Mk IVA April 45
KM276 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM276 122 Sqn Mk IVA April 45
KM287 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM287 122 Sqn Mk IVA April 45
KM307 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM312 122 Sqn Mk IVA
KM314 65 Sqn Mk IVA YT-L
KM316 65 Sqn Mk IVA
KM330 65 Sqn Mk IVA
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Old 23rd May 2020, 08:39
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Re: RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

I have a copy of 122's unofficial wartime diary if you have any questions
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Old 23rd May 2020, 12:30
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Re: RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

And I have just downloaded the ORB if needed.

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Old 23rd May 2020, 17:18
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Re: RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

Many Thanks for the replies - Very much appriciated!
Those serial Numbers Zoran are brilliant! very useful indeed!



Chris I wonder could you have a look for me in the 122 sqn diary as regards June 25 1945 when my relative W/O G.K.Watkins flew together with Fl/Lt Gall on a 6.25 hour cross-country over France, he used Mustang MkIV MT*K, was looking for it,s serial number or any records of fuel on board etc &/or of course any Images of any 122 sqn,s Mustangs MkIV,s?

I do have a couple of Images of 122 Sqn,s MkIII,s for swops that you may not have?



And many thanks for the offer ClinA-78 I think I may have done the same as you & took the advantage of free downloads & managed to get the summarys/OP,s that I wanted, many thanks
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Old 24th May 2020, 10:06
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Re: RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

1945? Diary ends 8 May 1945 and if that is the case, there would not be a mention in the F540 as it would have been non-operational the war being over. A quick check and he is mentioned as a member of B Flt which was on 1 Jan 45 commanded by Flt Lt R O Webster. No mention of Gall on that date
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Re: RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

Smokie. re. your first query both squadrons had camouflaged and unpainted Mustangs. There are photos at Peterhead.

KM148 YT--Q unpainted ( ex-USAAF). KH695 YT--E camouflaged.
KH642 MT--M camouflaged. KH678 MT--? unpainted.
Camouflage were US colours Olive Drab 613, Sea Grey 603, Lt. Grey 602. Sky Blue 610 codes ( actually Sky).
65 had Mk. IV/IVa March-May 1945 at Peterhead, to Andrews Field.
122 " May-July 1945 .
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Re: RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

Many thanks for looking Chris, shame nothing is in the Squadron Diary but at least it is mentioned in the Summary of May/June 1945


Some good info there Nick thankyou, as expected there was probably a mix of painted & Bare metal Aircraft.



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Re: RAF 65/122 Sqn Mustang MkIV,s 1945

Hi Keith. A little more info on 65/122 on these pages. Also the 2 squadrons as at Peterhead; there is a photo of YT-E but havn't seen one of MT-M. I'm sure they wouldn't have aerial wires as the VHF radios (SCR-522A) used the existing mast only as the Eighth AF did. Also the Dallas canopy (on KH695 a Mk.IVA) was the "Tru-vue" type with slightly bulged rear for less distortion.

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