INSIDE STORIES: Unorthodox Codes

Aircraft of several RAF units employed question marks or other symbols in place of a fuselage code letter, which usually denoted commanding officer ownership, as Andrew Thomas explains

When he was CO of 184 Squadron, Sqn Ldr Jack Rose usually flew Typhoon Mk.Ib MN590/BR-?
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From the time of the Munich Crisis in October 1938, operational RAF aircraft were identified by a two-letter combination denoting the squadron, with a third letter for the individual aircraft. Worn on the fuselage, these ‘unit codes’ were usually separated from the aircraft letter by the roundel: AB-Z for example.

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