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    Gents,

    I am looking for details where I can locate information on the various codes used by Bomber Command to identify towns and cities, examples : Trout C - Minnow "B" - Herring - Ant - Mamba - Python to name a few.

    Any pointers ?

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    Hi Steve,

    Amrit posted the following link for the fish codes about 3 years ago

    http://www.amaot.de/bunker/fishcodes.htm

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    Dogs were Marshalling Yards, Submarine bases Polecat, Weasel and Rats

    Battle cruisers at Brest - Toads
    Hipper class cruisers at Brest - Skunk
    Herman Goring Worksat Brunswick GF.2250 - Swine

    Naval constructon and general industrial
    Mamba - Bremen Deschimag GR.3586
    Ant - Kiel Deutsche GR.3588
    Python - Kiel Germania GR.3589

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    Hi Ross,

    May I ask where this information originates from, is it held at the NA?

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    All because Air Marshal Robert Saundby was a keen fly fisherman!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Saundby#World_War_II

    Kew: AIR 40/1517 "Fish" code names

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    Hi Dave,

    Thank you.

    Is that NA Ref only for the "Fish" Code names only, do you know anything about the others, i.e ANT, PYTHON, MAMBA etc.

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    Steve,

    According to the description in Kew's catalogue it's just fish:

    Air Ministry, Directorate of Intelligence and related bodies: Intelligence Reports and Papers. OPERATIONAL RESEARCH SECTION/TACTICS. "Fish" code names.

    Have a look here:

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/s/res?_q=fish+code&_d=AIR&Refine+departments=Refine

    I went a couple of numbers on either side of the quoted citation but nothing.

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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks mate. Perhaps Ross can help with these non "Fish" Codes?

    Regards and thanks again.

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    Hi Steve,

    The non fishy names are gleaned with pain and effort from various Bomber Command AHQ and Group documents.

    As stated AIR 40/1517 contains an almost complete list of the Fish names and these are the ones most commonly quoted in documentation at Kew.

    The sequence seems to be June 1940 to April/May 1941 for single letter or G? plus number target codes then, from April/May 1941, Fish for towns/cities.

    The remaining animal were for:

    Marshalling Yards
    Peke - Soest
    Pom - Osnabruk
    Poodle - Hamm
    Pug - Schwerte

    Battle cruisers/hipper/HG works as I previously posted

    Sub bases
    Polecat - Lorient
    Rats - Bordeaux
    Weasel - St Nazaire

    Naval construction/Industrial
    Adder - Kiel Howaldts
    Alligator - Stuttggart Feuerhach
    Ant - Keil Deutsche
    Asp - Vegesack Vulcan
    Centipede - Koln Humboldt Deutz
    Cobra - Bremen Flughaven
    Grub - Stuttgart Daimler
    Lizard - Hagen Akum Fab.
    Mamba - Bremen Deschimag
    Mantis - Hamburg Vulcan
    Octopus - Stuttgart Daimler
    Python - Kiel Germania
    Scorpion - Mannheim Motorworks
    Spider - Klon Gottifried
    Squid - Stuttgart Bosch
    Stoat - Essen Krupps
    Viper - Hamburg Osthalle

    There will be a few more lurking but this along with the flower/veggies for mining areas makes a virtually complete list.

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    How about some Bird Codes used on Crossbow targets in January 1944?
    I have Blackbird, Blackcap, Robin, Night Jar, Ibis, Thrush and Eagle listed in the January Form Bs.
    The January 1944 Forms Bs also has many targets that are identified by alpha numeric such as:
    GH268, GZ2779, GF2242, GS162, GF2223, GZ2851, GSXX, Z983, Z52, Z71, Z54A and many others.
    Approximately half of the targets in the Jan. 44 Form Bs were identified by alpha numeric target code names.
    Dave Wallace
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