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    I'd like to determine how many transport aircraft and gliders were used by the USAAF and RAF respectively to deliver troops for the first airborne assault on D-day (between about midnight and 0330 hours). Perhaps I've been unlucky but the various books I've tried are vague on numbers, most seeming to quote from Mallory's despatch which lumps the morning and evening operations together.

    I'd appreciate any advice.

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    Brian

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    You can find the Operational Orders for Operations TONGA, MALLARD & ROB ROY in AIR 24/282. I don't know how much of the British airborne assault those three operations represent but there are about 600-700 aircraft listed in those pages, which in total are about 120 pages of orders. They deal with every aspect of those operations including aircraft, timings, equipment loads, routes, signals etc.
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    Brian - I'm planning a trip to TNA in the near future with our friend off this board, Steve "Smudger" Smith. If you want me to pull the file reference that Dave has kindly provided and make digital copies of it, I'd be delighted to do so :-)

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    David,

    Thank you for the NA reference (which will be useful for something else I have in mind for the future - the forecast they were given); I was hoping someone could come up with a ball-park figure as my reason for wanting the numbers does not warrent a great deal of research. It would have been nice to quote a figure but I can get away with 'a large number of aircraft and gliders' or 'hundreds of aircraft and gliders'.

    Greg,

    Thank you for your very kind offer, but my need does not really warrent the effort, and I'm sure there is something more fruitful you can do with the time.

    Brian

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    Hello

    I think the answer to your question might lie in Bowyer's "Aircraft for the many", which I have. I don't have much spare time to check, but I'm sure other forumites have it and someone can pull it out and check the relevant chapter.

    joss

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    Thanks, Joss; I'm in no great hurry as I'm away from tomorrow for 10 days or so.

    Brian

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    Hi Brian,
    Think you want to look here:
    http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/s...id/3371/rec/20
    38 Group Operational Order No.526 "Operation Market" 32 pages, even lists the airfield and aircraft chalk numbers.
    http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/s...id/3377/rec/22
    Airborne Division Report on Operation Market
    Page 6 First lift:
    12 pathfinder A/C of 38 Group (stirlings)
    143 C-47's of US 9th Troop Carrier Sqn.
    358 Tug A/C of 38 & 48 Group RAF ( Stirlings, Albermarles, Halifax, C-47)
    345 Horsa Gliders
    13 Hamilicar.

    Aircraft losses page 38.

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    Looks very impressive Alan, but Brian's query was actually about D-Day not Arnhem ...

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    Doh! been working too hard and had my Arnhem Head on, 70 years this week.
    SHAEF (44) 22: Operation OVERLORD, operation order. Page 13 may be of interest.
    http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/s...id/1216/rec/75

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    How do you chaps find this information? Many thanks Alan the link is very useful, just what I needed. Apologies for my delayed reply but I've been on holiday.

    Brian

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