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Look up pilots on the site by Squadron number! (NEW FEATURE)

2017-08-29

Greetings, as we head into fall -- a number of new features are being planned for the site. You may have already seen a few. For one, the squadron numbers and serials flown sections of a pilot page have been given more room, and, soon, more information (incident report) will be able to be added when adding a date / serial no in the pilots 'aircraft flown' section. That will move the site closer and closer to showing ORB / logbook details.

But one feature that was very simple to add, and, potentially very useful -- was a recent change to hyperlink the pilot's squadron number on the pilot page to go to a page that lists all other pilots having the same airforce / squadron identification -- and so far, the results are fascinating. For example one of our users (Kevin Charles son of Spitfire pilot) has been diligently adding pilots from 92 Squadron and other squadrons during a particular date range primarily operating out of Italy. As a result, a lot of squadron pilots are showing up on the site, and now those that flew as part of a particular squadron can be seen on one page. From there a user can click the pilot's name to go to their page and see all the detail on the pilot, including all the squadrons that pilot flew with. Ideally users have more to add for pilot pages, this site functions as a wiki in that regard and links to other sites with further detail are always welcome, along with images, and, of course Spitfire serial numbers flown.

So for example, here's the page for Squadron 92 pilots. Readers should remember that these lists depend on users adding more pilots, and importantly, filling out squadron numbers and dates. So even if you don't have aircraft serials, the squadron numbers help. Try to just add a number rather than overload the field with text (it's easier on our search).

One thing that's evident when you look at different squadron pages (we'll add more features to the squadron pages over time, and link to sources elsewhere) is how multi-national the squadrons were. Pilots from all over the world not just the UK; Canada, USA, Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, South Africa, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Finland, India, Brazil, Australia, NZ : the list goes on and on.

Would you like to see a new feature added to this site, just add a comment.

Kurt
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