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    Default Master Bomber attack on Rimeux Flying Bomb Site 24th June 1944

    Hi,

    Looking for the identity and squadron of the MB on this operation.

    Any help much appreciated.

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    Hi Mojmir,

    Thanks but it does not mention the Master Bomber.

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    Sorry, Steve. I was in a hurry...
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    The Form B issued by 8 Group for this target doesn't show a MB or DMB being used. It calls for the primary marking to be Oboe ground marking (3 Mosquitos of 105 Squadron & 2 from 109 Squadron at 18,000' & 24,000') dropping red TIs from H-3 to H+2. It then calls for 2 Lancasters from 35 Squadron to back up the Oboe marking by dropping green TIs on the centre of the red TIs at H+2 & H+4. H-Hour was 00.30. Those two 35 Squadron backers up were the only 8 Group heavies on that target.
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    David,

    Thank you for that, there seems to be some confusion on 218 who were instructed to bomb the Red TI's.

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    Normally in that situation the main force would be instructed to bomb on the Oboe primary marking TIs (in this case red) if seen, if they were not seen then they were to bomb the PFF backers up TIs (in this case green) which were always a different color. The best drop by the Oboe markers on this attack was estimated to be 30 yards off their aiming point while the back up greens fell wide.
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    The night raid report for Rimeux confirms the main force were to bomb on reds first, greens if reds not seen, or blindly if no TIs were seen.
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    David,

    Thanks again, if there was no MB or DMB who informed the 218 crew to bomb reds? Would the OBOE markers broadcast instructions ?


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    It certainly would not have been the Oboe markers. The main force crews should have been told the priority of TIs at their briefings but on this op there were no broadcasting frequencies specified in the orders for the PFF or main force to use. The only possibility would be one of the 35 Squadron crews but it should be mentioned in their ORB if it happened and if it did I would guess it raised some eyebrows. It seems their greens were well wide of the reds. The reds were concentrated and seen by most of the main force. The launch ramp was "severely damaged" with two direct hits on it.

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