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    On March 22nd/23rd, this aircraft took part in an operation to St Nazaire coded, I believe, 'WS - X'. Can anyone provide confirmation of this?

    It later went to No. 619 Squadron (May 1943), then No. 1661 Conversion Unit (end of May 1943) and lastly No. 1660 Conversion Unit (late August 1943). If anyone can help with codes it wore at any of those three units I'd be very grateful. Also, if anyone can confirm if it flew any operations with 619 Squadron.

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    According to The Lancaster File (Air Britain) LM 309 was with 9 Squadron, 617 Squadron, 619 Squadron, 1661 CU, 1660 CU and 463 Squadron where it failed to return from an operation to the Dortmund Ems Canal on 24 September 1944. The only code recorded in The Lancaster File is for 1661 CU (GP-Y). Bill Chorley's Bomber Command War Losses 1944 has it as JO-V when it was lost with 463 Squadron.

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    Hi
    LM309 is referred to in several places in 5 Gp Bomber Command an Operational Record by Chris Ward. It first appears with 9 Sqn but no Sqn code is recorded and it was passed to 617 who coded it AJ-X. The book states "Training only to 619 Sqn" and it is not clear whether 617 or 619 used it for training or both.There are no ops recorded on any of the Sqns. It was then passed to your 2 CU's and then to 463 Sqn coded as Douglas has quoted. The timings that you posted don't seem to allow for many(if any) ops on 619 and as the Sqn was only formed in Apr 43 it seems reasonable to believe that LM309 might have only been used for training on a Sqn that appears, from Chris' book, to have had only 3 experienced crews at the beginning, taken from 97 Sqn.
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    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 3rd February 2011 at 21:19.

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    Thats both of you, that additional 1661 CU code is particularly helpful.

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