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Old 25th June 2020, 18:10
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Re: Numerals on rudders

Chris this is the 217M I was thinking of; maybe same plane? January would put in in Steinbock ( I thought it ended in May).
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Old 25th June 2020, 18:31
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Re: Numerals on rudders

My photo was taken the previous year-look at the weather. This ac was damaged in September 1943 and then repaired and rejoined 9./KG 2 to be lost in April 1944. Yes, Steinbock was all but over by May 1944

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Re: Numerals on rudders

Chris,

Page 169 of "The Last Blitz" (Mackay/Parry) has a photo of U5+DK with the "2" on the starboard fin.
The story of this aircraft and crew appears from page 166. This aircraft was engaged by AA fire and the crew bailed out, landing at Wembley, while the aircraft flew on to crash in allotments in Cambridge.

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Re: Numerals on rudders

Hi Chris

Back to you original question, the numeral '2' does seem to indicate 2. Staffel aircraft. Why they were marked like this is less clear.
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Old 30th June 2020, 17:27
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Re: Numerals on rudders

Still not convinced! Then we have this taken in 1942 which is U5+GK or GS
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