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    Default D-Day OP

    Around the period of the Normandy invasion, Willi Tait had a temporary posting at Conningsby. On D-Day evening
    the assignment for crew was to the beach head area, likely in role of Master Bomber. In light of his subsequent promotion to squadron command, it appears that posting may be for evaluation or training.

    Would anyone have insight on his role here, specifically:
    1) What was assignment and exact target AP
    2) What A/C was assigned
    3) Did he carry traditional crew or were there additions/ subs
    4) Were there any later ops for this crew to the land battle areas

    I plan to visit Normandy during the upcoming anniversary and will view some of the sites with BC participation.

    Ari

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    Ari,

    It would be useful if you gave the squadron with which Tait flew as it would help to answer your question. I've raised the matter of the D-day operations a couple of times recently http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...es-6-June-1944 and http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ry-6-June-1944; the answers giving a good indication of the squadrons involved. I've downloaded a number of the relevant ORBs for June 1944 and more are held by other forumites.

    That apart you might like to access the AHB Draft Narrative for the Liberation of North West Europe (The Normandy Landings) at http://www.cms.airpowerstudies.org.u...dyLandings.pdf. Bomber Command operations start on page 117, although specific squadrons are not named it provides an excellent overview. However, to make sure you miss nothing I'd recommend reading the whole document.

    Brian

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    Brian.

    Ari has already posted on this subject. Tait was posted/attached to 54 Base, Coningsby:

    http://rafcommands.com/forum/showthr...4-54-Base-1944

    From the 95 Sqn ORB:

    8/9 June 1944 - Rennes.

    (NE165Y - W/C Tait of 54 Base with an 83 Sqn crew. Up: 2307 Down: 0349. The aircraft with W/C Tait as Controller operated in conjunction with 97 Sqn.)

    Col.

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