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    I am working on a story about operation Chilli and would like to have a bit of help with the background of W/Cdr J P Selby from 206 Squadron and W/Cdr D McKenzie from 547 Squadron.

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    Sorry for asking, but what in a few words was "Operation Chilli" about? Can't find a reference on the web...

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    Kratluskeren,

    One of these men was a New Zealander:

    34059 Wg Cdr John Plasket Selby
    from Aylesbury, Canterbury, New Zealand
    born 6 Aug 11 (at Aylesbury?)
    attended Christchurch Boys' High School
    learned to fly with the Canterbury Aero Club and granted his 'A' Licence on 28 Mar 30
    served as a member of the New Zealand Air Force (Territorial) 1 Oct 30-8 Apr 33
    granted a commercial 'B' Licence 18 Feb 32
    made own way to UK in Feb 33
    short service commission in RAF 24 Mar 33
    RAF Depot 24 Mar 33
    3FTS 8 Apr 33
    Plt Off 16 Sep 33
    10 Sqn 16 Sep 33
    RAF Depot (sick) 1 Oct 33
    10 Sqn 22 Dec 33
    Fg Off 16 Mar 35
    A&AEE 9 Mar 37
    Flt Lt 16 Mar 37
    School of Air Navigation 4 Jul 38
    RAF Stn Leuchars 30 Jan 39
    Sqn Ldr 1 Apr 39
    Wg Cdr 1 Oct 46
    Retired 6 Aug 58

    Unfortunately I have no details of his wartime service. Perhaps another forumite can help with these.

    Errol

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    Coastal, Support & Special Sqns of the RAF, by J. Rawlings, has W/C J.P. Selby as C/O 206 Sqn Jan45-Jul45.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
    Per Speculationem Impellor ad Intelligendum

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    Thanks for that, Andy, much appreciated.

    Errol

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    Operation Chilli (3 February 1945) was a plan devised to use long range aircraft to attack the last remaining Baltic areas of U-boat training, north-east of the island of Bornholm and almost due north of the German/Polish border where up to 30 submarines were believed to be exercising by night. The plan was to use Leigh-Light Liberators of 206 and 547 squadrons assisted by Halifaxes of 58 and 502 squadrons in diversionary attacks.


    'Nought Escapes Us' The Story of No.206 Squadron Royal Air Force - Peter B. Gunn.

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    Last edited by peter; 31st March 2008 at 11:36.

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    Peter,

    Thanks for the summary.

    Leendert

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    Kratluskeren:
    I have the 206 Squadron ORB if you would like me to look up entries. Do I have your name correct?
    Regards:
    Robert

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    Hello Robert,

    Kratluskeren! Translated into English, the name is sneak!

    Have an idea about his really identity.

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Thanks for all the answers. Sorry for not checking before now, but I had a couple of 17 hour workdays.

    I am working on a book about attacks on German ships in the Baltic (including Kattegat and Skagerrak) in the last couple of months of the war.

    The book will deal with minelaying operations carried out by Bomber Command, air raids on Kiel, Sassnitz and Swinemünde, 58 and 502 Squadron operations against shipping from Norway to Denmark, 86, 547, 206 and 311 Squadron operations against U-boats in the Baltic, Banff, Dallacy and North Coates Strike Wing operations in the area and russian attacks on shipping in the Baltic. 617 Squadron attack on the Lützow will also be included. The German countermeasures will be dealt with in great length.

    The book will be written in Danish but hopefully translated into English and German.


    Yes Robert, I would be very greatfull for information about 206 Squadron in April 1945.

    Errol, thanks for the background information on the Winco.

    And my true identity - my name is Carsten Petersen

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