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    Default V.H.F. airborne relay aircraft?

    Going through the operational sorties of Danish F/L K C J Pedersen, in 1944/45 with No. 1 Squadron, I have noticed that he flies as "Dogbite Relay" in a "V.H.F. airborne relay aircraft" on a mission to the synthetic oil plant at Homburg on 21 Nov 1944, cf.
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/sorties.php?id=1249

    Am I right in assuming that the purpose of this aircraft is to extent the range of the aircraft's V.H.F. in order for the Spitfires to be in touch with the U.K. controller? Or has it to do with the cover-bomber communication?

    In either case, I guess it is not the best of things, when the "Relay aircraft [F/L Pedersen] landed early with R.T. trouble".

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    Noticed that it is also referred to as the "Brussels Relay aircraft", cf.
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/sorties.php?id=1251

    So I guess that it had - in this case - to do with continued contact to Brussels.

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    Mikkel,
    I think that this Relay a/c might just have been circling above Brussels. Brussels is half-way, and in a line, between Homburg and East Anglia. (or is that just co-incidence?)
    HTH
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    Peter
    Thank you for your answer. You may be right.

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    The RAF experimented with airborne repeater
    aircraft. A fore runner of AWACS.
    I seem to remember that this was used for OBOE.
    I am starting to feel like a "fraud" but...........
    With apologies (again) my alleged info
    isn't available as yet!


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    Ha!
    Found one!


    OBOE Range! As far as Berlin!
    The repeater system. The boffins were alive
    to the tangential problem of OBOE and they
    worked out a method of increasing range
    with out incresing operational height. Two
    repeater aircraft, one for CAT and the other
    for Mouse,would fly the station beams acting
    as "go betweens" for other planes attacking
    targets as far as BERLIN. They would re-radiate
    the signals from the ground stations to the
    operational aircraft and re-transmit the return
    signals back to the ground. Several trial raids
    were made on Emden during September and
    October 1943, using a repeater for the CAT,
    the Mouse being controlled normally.

    By D-Day there were 13 home stations and
    six mobiles with another four almost
    completed.
    These gave a continental coverage from
    Nantes to Emden inan arc including Paris
    Cologne and the Ruhr.

    From: Pathfinder Force a History of 8 Group
    by
    Gordon Musgrove

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    Thank you, Robert.

    I notice, just out of curiosity, that the OBOE code names are CAT and mouse - and that the duty for the Spitfire in my question is Dogbite...

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