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    Default Maisy, Ouistreham and Houlgate gun batteries 6 June 1944

    The gun batteries at Maisy, Houlgate and Ouistreham were attacked at approximately 0330, 0350 and 0510 hours respectively on 6 June 1944.

    I'd be grateful for advice as to which squadrons were tasked for these operations.

    Brian

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    Hello Brian. 101 Halifaxes from 420, 424, 425, 426, 432 and 433 Squadrons attacked Houlgate between 03:50 and 03:59 hours.

    Richard

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    My thanks for such a quick reponse, Richard. I'm trying to develop a detailed picture of the changing cloud conditions along the coast during the night of 5-6 June, and this will help me greatly.

    Brian

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    Brian. I have numerous strike photos if you wish. Most show heavy cloud, some with TI's. I think the TI photos were taken before they went into the cloud deck.
    Richard

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    They might be interesting, Richard. Briefly, I'm reviewing the whole of the meteorology of the D-day forecast, from the time the met arrangements were agreed in Jan 1944 until 6 June. This includes casting some myths into the dustbin along the way, including one that describes pigeons being used to convey met observations to the forecasting centres from ships deployed in the N Atlantic on weather reporting duties (some 700 miles west of Ireland). In the official report on the meteorology, written shortly after the invasion, the SHAEF meteorologist refers to the cloud dispersing before bombing operations started, whereas the opposite was the case. A visual image showing the actual conditions might carry considerable impact. With that background I'll leave it to you to decide if you have anything appropriate, Richard - and thank you for the offer.

    Brian

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    I have the Pathfinder squadrons that were marking those targets
    Maisy (9/J/7) H-Hour was 0335 - PFF sent 3/105 Squadron, 2/109 Squadron 5/35 Squadron marking for half of 4 Group
    Ouistreham (10/J/74) H-Hour was 0505 - PFF sent 2/105 Squadron, 3/109 Squadron 5/635 Squadron marking for 3 Group
    Houlgate (10/J/101) H-Hour was 0350 - PFF sent 2/105 Squadron, 3/109 Squadron 5/156 Squadron marking for half of 6 Group
    Last edited by David Wallace; 20th May 2015 at 11:30.

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    Brian

    No 35 Squadron's ORB shows that the five aircraft reported "weather clear - good visibility", "5/10ths thin cloud at 5 - 6,000 feet", "small patches of wispy cloud", 2/3 / 10ths wispy cloud, base 6,000 feet", "weather clear - good visibility"

    Hope the information is of use.

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    Thank you again, gentlemen - all added to my archive.

    Brian

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