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    I am looking at the operational record books of 35 squadron for the period after hostilities ceased, there are a number of ‘exercises’ and ‘operations’ that I am trying to define.

    Operation ‘Spasm’ - ??
    Operation ‘Manna’ –food drops over Holland
    Operation ‘Dodge’ – repatriating POWs from Italy
    Operation ‘Post mortem’ – testing German radar in Denmark
    Baedeker exercise. ??(same as a Cooks tour,named after the guide book)
    ‘Cooks’ Tour –taking ground staff on an aerial tour over Germany
    Liberty sortie ??
    ‘Bulls eye’ exercise- navigation and dummy bombing exercise.

    Some are well dovumented but any additional information or links would be appreciated.
    Many thanks,
    Paul H
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    Hello

    I think that Baedeker is the same as "Cooks' tour", as per No. 149 Squadron ORB.

    Repatriation of PoWs from Germany was called "Exodus" in the same ORB

    Joss

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    Paul H, Hi,
    Exercise (or Operation?) FABULOUS was the 24-hr UK Air Defence QRA commitment in which Fighter Command investigated any unidentified incursions into UK airspace. The task was rotated through Sqns, Stations, and Radar Stations. The task was divided into the Day FAB (Dawn Dusk) and the Night FAB (Dusk Dawn). Obviously, in the Spring and Autumn the two were (roughly) of equal length. But the Day FAB in Summer seemed endless!! Similarly the Night FAB in Winter! To cope with this additional ground staff (Firemen, ATC Assts, Radar Mechs, NSA Met Assts, etc) were detached around 11 Gp. Been there done it, in the early 50s. I can tell you that the Transit Accommodation on some Stations was vastly better than on others!!!!!!!
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    Thanks Joss for linking Cooks tours and Baedeker. I think the Germans used the Baedeker guides to identify UK targets.
    I'm using 'operation' and 'exercise' as listed in the ORB's.
    It seems that operation 'Spasm' involved an overnight stay in Berlin.

    Thanks for your input Peter.


    Paul H.

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