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    Hi again,

    in report of a night raid flown by Lancaster bombers is the following text mentioned:

    "The track into and out of the target was lined by fighter flares and nine sightings of enemy fighters were reported."

    I have no idea what is meant by fighter flares in this case and I do not think that Pathfinder markings are meant. Does anyone have an idea?

    Thanks.

    Marcel

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    The Germans flew Ju88s (and possibly other types) on what was called Beleuchter missions. Their job was to track the bomber stream and illuminate it by dropping flares for the guidance of the night fighter force. I feel sure that this is what was meant.
    Last edited by Graham Boak; 4th November 2015 at 11:18.

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    Hi Graham,

    thanks, that sounds good. I will have a look for sources.

    Marcel

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    Marcel

    I found this on: http://www.gyges.dk/Wilde%20&%20Zahme%20Sau.htm

    "Attached to 30 JD was also III/KG 3 (Behelfsbeleutchtergruppe with 1 - 3 Beh.Bel.St.) who was tasked to fly above the Bomber Stream and illuminate it with flares, in order to facilitate interception and acquisition by the Wilde Sau pilots"

    There are other references on the internet if you enter "german nightfighter flares" in the search engine.

    Regards

    Pete
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    - 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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    Hi,

    thanks Pete. One only has to know the right key words to search for. :-)

    Marcel

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