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Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB, BM590 'AV-R' "Olga", of No. 121 Squadron RAF based at Debden, Essex, in flight.
IWM CH 7337.
'Olga' was photographed air to air from all angles to provide recognition samples to incoming USAAF bomber crews in an attempt to avoid freindly fire incidents.



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Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 15:23:05 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

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Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 17:09:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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