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    Over some time I have been transcribing operations made by Danish pilots in RAF during the Second World War (785 at the time of writing). Duty is often given as a circus, ramrod or rodeo operation with a refencenumber, e.g. Ramrod 316
    http://www.danishww2pilots.dk/sorties.php?id=794

    Is there a comprehensive listing of these operations, i.e. target etc. ?

    I have found John Foreman's Fighter Command to have a brief description of many of these operations.


    Mikkel Plannthin
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    Default Listing of circus, ramrod and rodeo operations

    Hello Mikkel,

    I can guide you to more details about Ramrod 316, from the Polish Squadrons 315 and 317.

    http://orb.polishaf.pl/315sqn/1943-11/1943-11-no-315-squadron-f540

    http://orb.polishaf.pl/317sqn/1943-13/1943-11-no-317-squadron-f540

    Also possible to find more Ramrod numbers from this fine website:

    http://orb.polishaf.pl/


    Regards

    Finn Buch
    Last edited by Argus; 31st July 2009 at 08:07.

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    Hi Mikkel

    I have never found a single list of these various operations and while quite often it is possible to find the Circus number or the Ramrod number it is not easy to find the precise wording of the order or the target description. I think it may be the case that depending on the type of operation then these orders (eg for a Ranger) could be generated at different levels in the command structure eg at Wing level or Group level. It seems to me that where an operation involved Bomber Command then their records have to be checked. At the National Archives I think that you have to look at a higher level in the command structure eg Group ORB and Appendices or Fighter Command ORB and Appendices. I have found daily records of Ramrod operations from end of 1944-1945 in the 11 Group Appendices. You will also find at higher command levels daily operational summaries and perhaps daily reports of claims and losses that might provide a more consistent record of the operation code name and numbers and target details.

    Steve

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    The ops which involved claims or losses during 1943 can be found here:

    http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/allied_1943_issue_I_doc.zip

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    Default Circus 297/II 15/05/43

    Has anyone got the orb at any level from this op. I am interested with info relating to 107Sqn's Boston's

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