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    Default Normandy 5-6 June 1944 (and time datum)

    From a small sample of ORBs I believe that Bomber Command mounted two operations against German positions during the night of 5-6 June 1944. The first was shortly before midnight (DBST) on 5th, and the second about an hour before dawn on 6th. I'd appreciate advice as to how many aircraft were involved in each of the two raids (BCWD perhaps?)

    Incidentally knowing there have been previous discussions about the time datum used in ORBs I note from the times given in this instance the datum must have been local time - Double British Summer Time - not GMT.

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    The targets were 10 Coastal Batteries in the invasion areas.
    H-Hours for the targets were:

    Crisbecq (Fontenay) 23:35
    St Martin de Varreville 23:50
    Merville 00:30
    La Pernelle 03:20
    Houlgate 03:50
    Maisy 03:35
    Mont Fleury 04:35
    Longues 04:40
    Pointe du Hoc (St. Pierre du Mont) 04:50
    Ouisterham 05:05
    Full details of the attacks including aircraft type and numbers can be found in this thread from 2008:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?3468-Mont-Fleury-Coastal-Battery-Normandy
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    Dave Wallace
    Last edited by David Wallace; 7th October 2011 at 18:06.

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    Thank you David - that was a long and interesting thread.

    Brian

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