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    Hi,

    In May and June 1945 the n342 squadron "Lorraine" did many travels over the Ruhr to show to the crew of 2 Group the damages that the bombers had done. Name of these mission was "Cooks tour".

    Does anybody know why it is this name ?

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    Cook's tour: a rapid but extensive tour or survey of anything.

    For years I assumed that the term originated from Captain Cook and his sailing voyages.
    But most sources attribute it to Thomas Cook travel agency.

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    thank you; I had not made the connection with the Thomas Cook travel agency!

    Bertrand

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    Bertrand,

    It was (is?) also slang amongst the ‘penguins’ of the RAF (i.e. all flap and no fly!!).

    If you were posted to somewhere Unpleasant and managed to get yourself posted to somewhere Better, or were ‘short toured’ at Unpleasant, then your colleagues would accuse you of having only done a “Cooks tour” at Unpleasant!!!

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    Thank you Peter ; it is an explanation that I did not know !

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    It also appears in some ORBs as Operation Baedeker or Baedekker, the trips for the squadron groundcrew to see the 'sights'.

    Alan F

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    Hello All,
    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baedeker_Blitz for the rationale behind this Op NAME!
    HTH
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