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    Has anybody got any idea where these patrol areas were? A friend is researching a U.S Navy airman's wartime missions flying out of Devon and these designations appear in his log book. The unit the chap was flying with was subordinated to Coastal Command so we are guessing these area names were C.C code names.

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    Hi, I can add only partial answer:

    Rover and Nomad Patrols
    Area A - Area G were between 52-55N and 4-8E

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    If you can list what dates they were flown and from which airfield then it might help to ID the correct patrol areas.

    Regards
    Pierre

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    Not RAF Coastal Command search area designators.

    Rover is a generic but Coastal Command use is either just Rover Patrol or linked to the early war North Sea Beat letter codes.

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    Here is a list of the dates and codes, all missions were flown from Dunkeswell, VB-103 was the squadron and the a/c were PB4Y-1's (Liberator III's);
    June 1944:
    6/8-Patrol area #2
    6/11-Patrol area #211
    6/14-Area 'How'
    6/25-'How'
    6/28-'Yoke'
    July 1944:
    7/13-'How'
    7/19-'Yoke'
    7/22-'EE'
    7/24-'EE'
    7/30-'Yoke'
    August 1944:
    8/4-'EE'
    8/12-'38'
    8/14-'26'
    8/18-'14'
    8/27-'Rover 39'
    September 1944:
    9/1-'119'
    9/8-'26'
    9/20-'Rover 12'
    Any ideas????

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    By good chance I was working on some of this material at Kew just a few weeks back whilst looking into CC operations around the Channel Islands. So after a few hours digging I can offer up the following:-

    08Jun’44 -Patrol area #2: A/U Patrols “2” – 4832N0716W-4842N0700W-4735N0530W-4725N0545W-4832N0716W (details p66 Jun narrative)
    11Jun’44 -Patrol area #2: (see 08Jun’44)
    14Jun’44 -Area 'How': (details not to hand but an area between Lands End and Plouescat)
    25Jun’44 -'How': (see 14Jun’44)
    28Jun’44 -'Yoke': A/U Operation Area Y – 5020N0309W-4943N0223W-4933N0240W-5011N0327W (details CC Hq Jun narrative)
    13Jul’44 -'How': (see 14Jun’44)
    19Jul’44 -'Yoke': (see 28Jun’44)
    22Jul’44 -'EE': (details not located but were issued 13Jul’44 on Form Green PL/G7/13/July)
    24Jul’44 -'EE': (see 22Jul’44)
    30Jul’44 -'Yoke': (see 28Jun’44)
    04Aug’44 -'EE': (see 22Jul’44)
    12Aug’44 -'38': A/U Patrol 38 – 4545N0258W-4552N0237W-4541N0228W-4554N0151W-4540N0140W-4519N0230W-4545N0258W (details p183 Aug narrative)
    14Aug’44 -'26': A/U Patrol 26 – 5016N0259W-5009N0238W-4933N0303W-4939N0324W-5016N0259W (details p202-203 Aug narrative)
    18Aug’44 -'14': A/U Patrol 14 – 5001N0355W-4952N0339W-4832N0531W-4842N0549W-5001N0355W (details p86 Aug narrative)
    27Aug’44 -'Rover 39': A/U & A/S Rover 39 (details not located but were issued 26Aug’44 on Form Green PL/G4/26/Aug)
    01Sep’44 -'119' Patrol 119 - 4547N0218W-4532N0213W-4510N0401W-4525N0408W-4547N0218W (details p477 Aug narrative)
    08Sep’44 -'26' A/U Patrol 26 - 5052N0802W-5128N0852W-5156N0726W-5136N0737W-5124N0815W-5108N0754W (details p58 Sep narrative)
    20Sep’44 -'Rover 12' (details not located but were issued 18Sep’44 on Form Green PL/G4/18/Sept)

    Unless specified all narrative refer to 19 Group records in AIR 25. In order to comprehend the Forms Green mentioned you will need an expert with a huge amount of time to hand as these are the encoded versions of the latitude and longitude and one of the great joys of researching CC activities!

    Patrols ‘Yoke’,’14’ and ‘26’ brought the aircraft into reasonable proximity with the Channel Islands so would be delighted to learn more if any mention.

    Hope all the foregoing helps.

    Kind regards
    Pierre

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    Pierre, that is fantastic!!!! I will send the details to my american pal. I will ask him if there are any references to the Channel Islands.
    Does A/U mean anti U Boat?

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    Hi Barnsley

    That is also my understanding of the A/U abbreviation, and for A/S being anti-shipping. Keeping my fingers crossed your friend has some material of interest and thank you for your feedback, always nice to get greetings.

    Kind regards
    Pierre

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