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    Default 226 Squadron B 25 Mitchell III FV936 - For Identification

    I am wondering if anyone can help me find the 3 letter serial for my fathers B25? His last mission out of Swanton Morley was on June 6th 1944 a little after 2300hrs. Target was Villers Bocage to slow up the Panzer advance. He was a little upset they flew at night because he wanted to see the invasion fleet. His pilot was P/O James "Ivan" Moreside.
    I know that FV936 crash landed in September 1944 and was listed as DBR.

    Any assistance with how to locate these side markings would be appreciated.
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    Hello,

    No.226 Sqn. (Hartford Bridge) Mitchell II FV936, was coded: MQ-G on D-Day.

    See:
    Aircraft For The Many:A Detailed Survey of the RAF's Aircraft in June 1944.
    Bowyer,Michael J F.
    Sparkford:P.S.L.,1995.
    p.254

    Col.
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    Default Brilliant!

    Thank you very much Col BRUGGY!

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    Hello,

    The Squadron's Operations Record Book (which confirms Col's information, from a useful book indeed), gives the time of take off as 23:50hrs, landing at 2:30 hrs, during the night 6 to 7 (not 5 to 6) June 1944.

    The crew was made of :
    P/O J.I. MORESIDE
    F/O G.A. FIELD
    F/Sgt E.A. WELLS
    F/Sgt R.F. BARBER
    W/O K.T. BROWN

    12 Mitchells took part in this mission on Villers-Bocage, but only 8 actually bombed, including FV936 'G'.

    Joss

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    Thanks Joss,

    My dad was the gunner, Keith Tyson BROWN. This was his last mission (#38 1/2) before he left to instruct gunnery. I found it amazing how many different B-25's he flew in from his time at from Swanton Morley and later Hartford Bridge.

    His log book reads: take off June 6th 1944 23:50 Landing 2:40. Duty: Gunner. "Night operation on Panzer HQs at Villers Bocage -Occasional Flak -Light - Heavy"

    There is a newspaper clipping pasted in at the bottom of the page stating:

    " And there is nothing left of Villers Bocage. It is as if the clouds have leaned down and crushed it to powder. Not a soul is here, not a building remains."
    "Very successful bombing" says an RAF officer. "It stopped them bringing up a panzer division."


    I guess at the time it was thought to be a good thing, until Whitman's panzer unit dug in six days later and made the rubble a good place to challenge our tanks & troops.

    Jim
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    Hello,

    And the pilot was: J/20181 P/O (Pilot) James "Ivan" MORESIDE RCAF.

    Col.

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    Jim,

    Any idea if your father crewed up with Moreside at No.34 OTU, Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick (Canada) ?

    Regards,
    Christian

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