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    Hi All,

    I was wondering where the details of bomb load of specific flights might be recorded? I don't see that type of detail in the ORB or the Report On Night Operations. I have one Loss Card that details the bomb load, but by definition, only one of those per aircraft exist...

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    Kenny
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    Dear Kenny
    This is one I was looking for myself for years. The squadron ORB didn't show anything, the Night Raid Reports gave bomb loads, but not for specific aircraft.... then I hit gold with lists in the Station ORB for each raid and bomb loads for each aircraft. As you know each ORB is filled out in a different way, so this is not a guaranteed answer, but it is worth a try.
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    Thank you James,

    that's a good lead. I'll give it a try.

    cheers,
    Kenny

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    Hello Kenny,

    Here are some détails that I do hope will give you an idea

    Operational order Appendix "C" 170
    From Officer commanding RAF Station Elsham Wolds
    Date 3 July 1943
    Ref : Form B Serial N° 1144
    Executive Orders for operation 3-4 July 1943
    It does give :
    Aircraft letter code
    Captain : name
    Bomb load : description
    Petrol Gallons : how much

    Best regards

    Rene

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    Hi Rene,

    Thank you for the reply. I am looking for RAF Coningsby 617 squadron early 1944.

    This all looks good, I'll keep digging,

    with thanks,
    Kenny

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    While agreeding that Station ORBs might be helpful, at least Driffield's ORB mentioned bombloads in 1940, have you checked Alan Cooper's Beyond the Dams to the Tirpitz, he usually mentioned the bombloads carried.

    Juha

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