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    Hi,

    can anybody tell me how I can get to know which squadrons took part on a special night raid, in this case the raid of 22./23.5.1944?

    Thanks.

    Marcel

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    Do you have any more details on the operation?

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    Hi Marcel
    Not sure what Special means in this context but Chorley's Bomber Command Losses records the loss of 4 Halifax a/c on this night. One each from 425,429, and 432 Sqn whilst attacking railway targets at Le Mans and a Halifax V of 77 Sqn attacking rail targets at Orleans. In addition 24 OTU lost a Whitley V dropping leaflets in the Alencon area.
    There was a considerable effort against Braunschweig and Dortmund that night but I am guessing that the French targets are of closer interest.
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    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 8th December 2015 at 15:24.

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    Marcel,
    I`m not sure which special raid that night you mean. According to Night Raid Report for 22/23 May 1944, BC despatched a/c to following targets:
    Dortmund - 361 Lancasters & 14 Mosquitoes
    Brunswick - 225 Lancasters & 10 Mosquitoes
    Orleans - 12 Lancasters, 108 Halifaxes & 8 Mosquitoes
    Le Mans - 112 Halifaxes, 13 Lancasters & 8 Mosquitoes
    Ludwigshaven - 26 Mosquitoes
    Courtrai - 9 Mosquitoes.
    Apart from those there were numerous minelaying operations that night.
    If you can indicate what raid you`re interested in, we can make further checks in appropriate Bomber Group ORB.

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    Greg

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    Greg, bottom of page five shows Special Operations, 9 aircraft made special sorties without loss, possibly those at Coutrai, which for some reason i id'd as Lancs in my previous post, eyes need testing.
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    Sorry that I answer so late, but I just came home ...

    Thanks for your answers.

    My poor english made me write of a "special" raid, but I just wanted to say that I am interested in especially one raid, which is the Dortmund raid. I wondered if there is a list where I can see the squadrons which have taken part on that raid on 22/23.5.1944. Sorry for that confusion. I think the sqaudrons are not in the night raid report of Bomber Command, but maybe of 1 Group which I do not have. I have not seen such a report before so if anyone can send me this one for that day, I would be happy to have a look on it. Where do you get these? From National Archives?
    The aircraft I am researching is from 166 squadron which crashed after the attack against Dortmund.

    Marcel

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    The night raid report states that groups 1, 3, 6 and 8 participated on that raid on Dortmund.

    Marcel

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    Marcel,
    According to 1 Group ORB, the following squadrons provided their crews for Dortmund raid:
    460 Sqn 22 a/c
    625 Sqn 17 a/c
    100 Sqn 15 a/c
    103 Sqn 14 a/c
    576 Sqn 17 a/c
    166 Sqn 24 a/c
    550 Sqn 16 a/c
    101 Sqn 18 a/c
    12 Sqn 12 a/c
    626 Sqn 14 a/c
    300 (P) Sqn 8 a/c
    Of 184 Lancasters detailed, 183 took off.

    Unfortunately 3 Group ORB does not provide any details of squadrons involved in this operation except the total number of 84 a/c which took off successfully.

    6 Group ORB gives the number of 16 a/c of 408 RCAF Sqn and 12 a/c of 419 RCAF Sqn which were detailed for this raid (one a/c failed to take off).

    8 Group ORB similarly to 3 Group doesn`t indicate the squadrons involved apart from the number of 67 Lancasters & 14 Mosqitoes sent to Dortmund.

    I hope it helps,
    Greg
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    Hi Greg,

    thanks for the details.

    Bye.

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    No. 35 Squadron (8 Group) Operations Record Book shows that it dispatched 16 aircraft. 2 had to abandon due to severe icing and one failed to return

    Regards

    Pete
    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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