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    Default Missions dropping mines.

    Hello,

    I am looking for information on the missions dropping mines with Short Stirling Mark I.
    Example with a crew of Stirling of 75 Sqdn in June 1943.

    Combien mine carrying the Stirling.

    For the realization of a diorama with a model of Stirling, I'm looking for pictures of sea mines.

    Thank you.

    Dan

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    Hi Dan

    See

    http://www.bombercrew.com/Mining/bombercrewgardening.htm

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    Default Stirling Minelaying 1942

    Hi Dan

    I have been working through 214 Sqn's ops record during the War and am just finishing this off now with 1942 - the year when they started using Stirlings. So as a comparison with your 75 Sqn query then, I can confirm that 214's record book for the May to July (where I've got to) period talks about Stirlings carrying up to 6 mines on trips over to the Frisian Islands. Without re-checking, I guess this load might have been reduced on more-distant trips, to the Baltic or SW France for instance.

    I assume by now you've seen pictures of them: not round and spiky but long, thin 'torpedo' shaped things.

    Ian

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    Here is an entry from the 214 Squadron ORB for a mining operation my father's crew made to the Grionde Estuary on June, 13 1943 and it seems to verify Ian's comments on reducing loads to SW France.

    This A/C planted 2 x D.400 and 2 x B.616(5) in alloted positions at 45 30 20 N. 01 17 30 W. at 8 sec intervals on a heading of 300º M. from 500 ft. at 02:00 hrs. Ground speed 180 MPH. It was a moonlight night with some haze amd 7/10ths cloud with good visibility. Target was identified from a timed run from the Pointe de la Negade. Route as ordered.

    Dave Wallace

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