Squadron Call Signs

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  1. Aaron Brooks Wolters

    Aaron Brooks Wolters Well-Known Member

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    I have started getting a series of books entitled Battle Colors. So far there are five volumes. I have 1, 2, and 5. Volume 2 deals with(VIII) Fighter Command. I have noticed something that to me is just a strange. I will list it as it is in the book so it is easier for you to see what I am asking about. Here goes.

    56th Fighter Group
    Call Signs
    'A' Group; 'Yardstick' until
    22-April-44. Thereafter 'Fairbank'
    'B' Group: 'Ashland' until
    22-April-44. Thereafter 'Subway'
    'C' Group: 'Pantile' Beginning
    23-April-44


    61st Fighter Squadron
    Callsigns
    'A' Group: 'Keyworth'
    until 22-April-44
    Thereafter 'Whippet'
    'B' Group: 'Halsted'
    Until 22-April-44
    Thereafter 'Halsted'
    'C' Group: (NONE)

    62nd Fighter Squadron
    Callsigns
    'A' Group:'Woodfire'
    Until 22-April-44
    Thereafter 'Platform'
    'B' Group: 'Groundhog'
    Untill 22-April-44
    Thereafter 'Icejug'
    'C' Group: (NONE)

    63rd Fighter Squadron
    Callsigns
    'A' Group: 'Postgate
    Until 22-April-44,
    Thereafter 'Daily'
    'B' Group: 'Northgrove'
    Until 22-April-44,
    Thereafter 'Yorker'
    'C' Group: (NONE)

    My question; Why is it that 'C' Group in each squadron, is without a callsign? It is listed this way for each and every squadron all the way through the book. It would seem confusing to me if they did not have a callsign. Did the author drop the ball or did they really go without a callsign, and if so, how in the world did they communicate with the other squadron? I just can not see this as working.

    I would reall like to know the answer to this.
     
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    Bill can probably clarify it, but as far as I know, the 'C' groups were the reserve formations for each Squadron, and would be assigned, or 'slot in', in elements, to a particular group in that squadron, as required, should the need arise. Therefore the specific elements would assume the call sign of the aircraft they replaced, for example, Charlie (group) One and Two, might become Whippet Three and Four, in the 61st FS.
     
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    Ok, that makes sense. I didn't realize they were the reserve group. Thank you Terry!:thumbright:
     
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