Hi,

I am wondering if any one has a copy of the RAF Tempsford Station ORB for Feb 45, who may be able to help...

I am wanting to reconcile statistical differences between the 138 and 161 Squadron ORBs and various Bomber Command Headquarters nightly raid reports.

The differences are:

Night 23-24 February 1945

BCHQ - 13 sorties despatched by 3 Group on Special Operations, 1 missing
138/161 Sqn ORBs - 13 sorties despatched, none missing. Sortie by 138 Sqn Stirling IV LK149 NF-D completely omitted from ORB and missing from list of missing a/c in ORB
RAF Tempsford ORB: does it record how many aircraft were despatched?


Night 25-26 February 1945

BCHQ: 20 sorties despatched by 3 Group on Special Operations.
138/161 Sqn ORBs - 18 sorties despatched. Two 161 Sqn Hudsons scrubbed.
RAF Tempsford ORB: does it record how many aircraft were despatched? I suspect that BCHQ erroneously records two scrubbed aircraft.

Night 26-27 February 1945

BCHQ: 18 sorties despatched by 3 Group on Special Operations, 1 missing.
138/161 Sqn ORBs - 17 sorties despatched, 1 missing.
RAF Tempsford ORB: does it record how many aircraft were despatched? I don't know which of the to above sources is incorrect.

Night 28 February-1 March 1945

BCHQ: 20 sorties despatched by 3 Group on Special Operations.
138/161 Sqn ORBs - 22 sorties despatched. I don't see any aborts listed.
RAF Tempsford ORB: does it record how many aircraft were despatched? I don't know which of the to above sources is incorrect.

TIA

RodM