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    Has anyone a good understanding of Wind Finding within Bomber Command. Did every Squadron participate in such duties.
    I have located a Pilot in 50 Squadron who was recommended for a DFC in 1944 he was commended for [selected to find winds and in daylight operations to act as deputy leader]

    My general internet and book searches have not really answered my questions and maybe the forum power will be able to.....

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    Hi Colin, I have a detailed instruction dated 14 Feb 44, updating the wind finding procedure to take in lessons from the Magdeburg op on 21/22 January, when 57 bombers were lost from 648 dispatched. If you PM me your email address I'll forward it.

    Richard

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    Dave and Richard thank you both. This is interesting and must confess never seen it on a recommendation previously so I assume only nominated experienced crews engaged in such duties.

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    Colin,

    I doubt that it is realised just how different leg winds calculated by navigators could be. I've the results of a project run during Jan 1944 which tabulates all winds found during three raids on Berlin (27/28, 28/29 and 30/31) - it is quite eye-opening (AIR 2/5029).

    Brian

    PS. Not sure why the pilot should receive the award; he only had to point the a/c in the direction advised by the man who did all the work - the navigator. (Tongue in cheek.)
    Last edited by Lyffe; 23rd September 2016 at 16:03. Reason: PS added

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