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    Does anyone know where to find the coordinates the navigators had to follow for a mission. The route taken is not placed in the ORB or other sources I checked. The only place I found information about route's is on the Aircraft Loss Card.
    I want to find the routes from base to target and back for these missions/squadrons
    MISSIONS NO. 622 SQUADRON
    23/12/1944 TRIER
    24/12/1944 BONN
    29/12/1944 KOBLENZ (LÜTZEL)
    31/12/1944 VOHWINKEL

    2/1/1945 NEURENBERG
    5/1/1945 LUDWIGSHAVEN
    6/1/1945 HANAU
    11/1/1945 KREFELD
    13/1/11945 SAARBRUCKEN
    15/1/1945 BOCHUM
    28/1/1945 KÖLN
    29/1/1945 KREFELD (UERDINGEN)

    1/2/1945 MÖNCHEN-GLADBACH
    3/2/1945 DORTMUND
    9/2/1945 KREFELD (HOHENBUDBERG)

    MISSIONS NO. 7 SQUADRON
    7/3/1945 DESSAU
    8/3/1945 HAMBURG
    11/3/1945 ESSEN (Millenium Raid)
    14/3/1945 HOMBURG
    15/3/1945 HAGEN
    18/3/1945 HANNAU
    20/3/1945 RECKLINGHAUSEN

    If someone has information this would help my research.
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    Hans

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    Hi Hans - routes are recorded in the Form B's in the Appendices to Group ORB's, as well as in the ORS Interception and Tactics Reports and the Night Raid Reports. Both the latter are usually in the Group ORB appendices, but also the Night Raid Reports are in AIR 14/3408-3412 at TNA.

    Cheers,

    Richard

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    Thanks,
    Just what I needed.
    Regards Hans

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    Hans

    I have just had a quick look at some of the night raid reports that I have for that period and noted that Bomber Command appear to have stopped recording the actual route co-ordinates by this time (in fact the reports are quite brief when compared to the earlier ones). Some operations have maps with timings, but no co-ordinates.

    Just thought I would mention this in case you planned to purchase them from the National Archives; you may therefore wish to pursue one of the other options listed by Richard.

    Regards

    Pete
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,
    Thanks for the update. I have been searching the NA catalogues and found a lot of possible archives which could contain info. I have a friend in the UK who will travel to the NA soon to see if any information could be found. I found the route coordinates of their last trip with tragic ending on the aircraft loss card. They flew in No 3 Group and No 8 group PFF. I will advice him to first check the appendix B on the Group ORB's

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