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    Help needed to identify the serials of the Hudsons of 206 & 224 squadrons involved in the 2nd 1,000 bomber raid on 23/6/42

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    The 206 Sqn ORB says the raid was on 25/26.6.42 - I believe this was the third 1,000 bomber raid.

    Twelve 206 Sqn Hudsons detached to North Cotes and then satellite Donna Nock over 23/24.6.42.

    Four formations of three aircraft took off at 10 minute intervals.

    I only have one serial but codes were: S, M, R, W, U, C, G, A, B (AM792), D, E and K. Hudsons S and M failed to return to North Cotes. Can provide crew listings if needed.

    Hudsons from 1 OTU, Silloth, also took part in the raid.

    Regards:

    Robert
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    Thanks Robert, you are correct with the date. I ave just checked the North Coates ORB and it states that 8 aircraft of 224 Sqdn arrived on the 23rd., hence my mistake I have crew listings thankyou. There is no mention of 1 O.T.U in the North Coates ORB did they operated direct from Silloth?

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    The logbook I have shows a 1 OTU Hudson positioning to Thornaby on the 24th, flying the Bremen raid on the 25th and then returning to Silloth on the 28th.

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    OK Thanks Robert. I have been given the serials of all but three of 206 squadrons Hudsons, still missing W,C,E,& K though. The only 224 sqdn Hudson I have that matches up with a serial/code is V9090/O

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    I see you list four codes with missing serials.

    I see in the ORB that the squadron started recording the code and the serial the following month and I don't see any losses for the few days between the Bremen raid and the entries for these code letters. So for the four codes you list:

    W - AM805
    E - AM822
    C - AM785
    K - AM605

    Happy to look up the others to double-check your listing (except the two lost examples, S and M).

    Robert.
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    Thanks Robert
    I have the following
    T9436/R
    AM175/U
    AM762/S
    AM606/M
    AM722/G
    AM788/A
    AM792/B
    AM587/D
    If you can confirm these that would be great
    THanks for your help

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    Two possible typos - others agree:

    T9463/R - multiple entries in ORB
    AM875/U - multiple entries in ORB

    Except... aircraft A flown by Roxburgh was damaged by flak so would have been out of commission in early July. Will keep looking to see if it reappears later in the ORB but it may not as the unit was switching to the Fortress around this time.

    Cannot comment on tie ups for S and M.

    Robert

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    You are right Robert, yes I have just checked it was a typo error,
    Thanks for all your help
    Regards

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    Aircraft 'A' does not appear in the balance of July 1942 nor serial AM788 (no codes recorded) in the few operational flights in August. From September 1942 all flights were on the Fortress.

    I recall navigator Joe Griffith telling me that the flak went through the turret so the aircraft was likely not repaired before the squadron converted to the Fortress, if at all. Perhaps someone can look up AM788's fate for us.

    I tried to track down Joe while researching my Fortress book and eventually found him... living two miles down the road!

    Robert

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