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    Hi,

    Looking for Master Bomber and deputy (if possible) for the following raids;

    Montlucon, 15th September 1943
    Modane, 16th September 1943

    Thank you,

    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
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    Steve

    I have two No. 35 Squadron aircraft shown as "Master of Ceremonies" for 15th September 1943 raid (one being DFEC Dean, the other C Blundell).

    All squadron aircraft on 16th September raid show the standard Pathfinder designations (ie no Master Bomber / Master of Ceremonies from the squadron that night)

    Regards

    Pete
    Last edited by PeteT; 29th June 2015 at 08:15.
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Steve,

    In terms of main force, in addition to the attack on Berlin at the start of the month (September, 1943), and two trips to Mannheim, Pathfinders also flew to Munich (September 6/7), Montlucon (September 15/16), the marshalling yards at Modane (September 16/17), Hannnover (September 22/23 and again on 27/28) and Bochum (September 29/30). The two attacks on Mannheim, as already noted, were deemed a success. The ORB also remarks that the raid on Montlucon was particularly prosperous, and with good reason.

    Montlucon was the home of the Dunlop rubber factory, and considered important enough to warrant the use of a master of ceremonies, Wing Commander D.F.E.C. 'Dixie' Dean, the commanding officer of 35 Squadron, did his job well, bringing many of the bombers down below the cloud to bomb between 4,000-5,000ft, with the target and factory buildings clearly visible. Defences were negligible, consisting of a few bursts of flak and a single searchlight. Every building in the factory was hit, and a large fire started. Despite the obvious success, this was the last occasion that Pathfinders used the master bomber technique until the spring of 1944.

    See:
    The Pathfinder Companion: War Diaries and Experiences of the RAF Pathfinder Force - 1942-1945.
    Feast,Sean.
    London:Grub Street,2012.
    pp.73-6

    Indispensable!

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 29th June 2015 at 03:56.

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