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    Default Special Targets (January 1942)

    Has anyone got any detail on the "Special Targets" in the following Bomber Command operations:

    10/01/1942 - Special Target at Wilhelmshaven
    15/01/1942 - Special Target "C" at Hamburg

    Also, as I am trying to "drill down" on all No. 35 Squadron operations, does anyone have a listing which defines all the "special targets"?

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    Pete
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
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    - 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 Pete

    Don't have access to it at the moment but perhaps 'Bomber Command War Diaries' will give details?

    Both sound like they could be shipyards or something in them. I recall from my research on 214 Sqn's wartime ops that they were involved in many ops to places like Brest and Lorient, the former when the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen were there pre-Channel Dash. I think I recall they were described as 'special targets' on those raids. Lorient was of course a U-Boat base. Can't recall offhand what the ORB described that target as.

    Just wondering if anything similar to S, G and P/E might have been in dock at Wilhelmshaven or Hamburg at the time of your query, a few weeks before the Channel Dash?

    Just a guess though.

    Cheers

    Ian
    Last edited by ianh; 10th June 2016 at 14:10.

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    Thanks Ian

    Unfortunately the specific targets are not always shown in the War Diaries, 35 Squadron ORB nor 4 Group ORB. I do have the Form B references but don't have access to these; I may have to try and find the TNA reference to see how much these will cost to purchase (although I don't know if the specific target is shown on these either.)

    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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