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    Does anyone know which bomber squadrons were being escorted by 25 Squadron in the first few months of 1945? For example, my father flew Mosquitoes on bomber support missions on March 5th over Manheim, andover Homburg on 14th March; but neither he, nor the ORBs name the bomber squadron they were escorting. Can anyone help?

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    Hi

    Generally, squadrons like 25 would not act as 'escorts', bomber support included intruder operations against enemy night fighter airfields and flying amongst the bomber stream to locate and attack enemy night fighters but they wouldn't be tasked with escorting specific units.

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    Homberg was 23 Lancasters from 8 Group - 12 from 156 Squadron, 11 from 7 Sq. 127 Halifaxes from 4 Group (Middlebrook) definitely 51 Sq (9). & 347 Sq. as they lost aircraft (Chorley), 158 Sq. (17) probably 346 Sq. not 10Sq., 76 Sq. or 640 Sq. Other choices 77, 78, 102, 466, 578. Can confirm 346, 347 & 77 next week and possibly 78.

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    4 Group - 10, 76, 578 & 640 didn't take part in Homberg raid. 51 (9) 77 (18) 346 (8) 347 (9) balance has to come from 78, 102 & 466

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    Thanks very much indeed for all your help. I'm trying to get a sense of the overall picture of the raids - so many different squadrons involved; different roles being carried out. It sounds like a very complex operation, and the planning and logistics must have been phenomenal.

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    Fella,

    If you research AIR 26 Wings, AIR 25 Groups and AIR 24 Commands at Kew these will start to bring the various Squadrons together to see what overall command had in mind and who was working together.

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    Nick
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    Thanks, Nick. It's difficult for me to get to London and I guess these won't be online, but I'll have a look along these lines and see what I can do. Thanks very much again for your help.
    (By the way, it's fella-ess rather than fella!)
    Last edited by WildBandE; 30th June 2014 at 21:41.

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    Misses,

    Sorry, my fault but l do refer to everyone as Guy or Fella. Just being PC lol

    Let me know what you are looking for beyond what is mentioned here and if you are in no rush, l will see what l can find out. What Malcolm has said is right though, they tended to be marauders rather than escorts but that would be covered by group operational orders which make give a clue.

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