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    Hello,
    Could anyone help me with the following entry into the 102 Squadron ORB for 19th Sept 42 Saarbrucken, please.
    In the details section for one of the aircraft it states:-

    DT512 up 19.40 down 02.15 (I understand this bit)

    Mess Bar 2205 Bar Mess 0155 421 TR9 QAA base 0205 QFO IMI (I don't understand this bit)

    I'm guessing the numbers after Mess Bar, Bar Mess and base are times, but what does Mess Bar mean and what do the other letters mean. There is also a Mess Bar - Bar Mess on another aircraft on the same trip but it is not something I've seen on any other pages I have of the ORB.
    Thanks.

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    Hi Pete,

    I do not know what exactly BAR means but from my research I suppose it was a message infrorming base that the plane jettisoned the bomb load.
    But I have no idea why there is twice.

    Yes the numbers are times.

    QAA - I expect to arrive at base at 02.05
    QFO - May I land direct
    IMI - not official Q-codex, I suppose it means immediately

    TR9 was radio for voice communication but I am not sure if this meaning fits into this case as all other messages were in Q-codex sent via W/T.

    Hope this bits and pieces will help you

    Pavel
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    Thanks Pavel, it makes sense, the other aircraft with mess bar definitetly jettisoned bombs.

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    "IMI" (dit dit dah dah dit dit - in Morse code) is the 'interrogative', or 'question mark'.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Many thanks Peter, it fits:-)

    Pavel
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