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    Hi Folks,

    I have two missions in 1946 (Feb 27th and 28th) for a 138 Sqn Lancaster for 'Operation Sinkum' and cannot find out what this Op was. Any ideas gratefully welcome.

    Alan Fraser
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    Alan

    The 35 Squadron ORB's also contain these operations; I understand they relate to the "disposal of obsolete incendiary bombs".

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    Pete
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    Thanks Pete,

    That sounds very feasible indeed. I will add it to the write up and include some incendiary 'crates' with it. BTW, I am still looking for those training scripts :)

    Alan

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    Hi Alan,

    'Sinkum ' was more than the disposal of just incendiaries according to a 617 Squadron Flight Enginneer. Any type of bomb was apparently suitable for disposal in this manner: being dumped in the North Sea in designated areas.

    Hope that helps,

    Sam

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    Hi Sam,

    Again, very credible. I have seen lots of logbooks with 'dumping old bombs..' or similar in reports - just never seen it referred to as 'Sinkum'. The service sense of humour :D

    Alan

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