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    Default Another German translation 6 June 1944

    Further to my last past about a German translation (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...slation-please), I've just come across the original German meteorological register for the Le Havre Lighthouse for 6 June 1944. I can decode the entries as they are in standard meteorological code, but I'm having great difficulty with a handwritten comment at the bottom of the right-side page, and wonder if any of our continental subscribers could help?

    The website is at https://translate.google.co.uk/trans...eo&prev=search , then scroll down and right click to find the page of observations.

    Brian

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    Hi Brian

    It's a little hard to read the writing. I saved it to my desktop and opened it in a graphics programme to enlarge it. It looks to me like:

    13:30 würde Station auf [not sure, but will work on it] ca 300m in NE-Richtung vo[n] Station verlegt [some abbreviation] Beobactung von [West?] angestellt.

    Not an easy one... "At 13:30, the Station was [...] at an altitude of about 300m in a northeasterly direction from the station. [...] Observation from [...]"

    I need to 'phone a friend' and will get back to you.

    Steve
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    I'm very grateful, Steve, thank you. It's the fact it was hand-written in old script that flummoxed me, but I was wondering if it was a reference to the invasion fleet that would have been visible to the west. Looks like I was wrong on that count, but it is still of interest.

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    Hi Brian

    Sorry, it took a little longer to get a response from my colleague in Switzerland than expected, as he was away for a few days. Even HE had some difficulty reading it and had to speak to a German friend!

    The German is as follows: "Um 13.30 wurde Station auf Ausweichsstelle ca. 300m in nordöstlicher Richtung von Station verlegt und Beobachtung von dort angestellt."

    My shot at it was a little out, as this basically translates to "I moved to a position 300m northeast of the Station at 13:30 and made my observation from there."

    Once again, my apologies it took a little longer than expected. The main issue was deciphering the handwriting.

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    Many thanks, Steve, and please thank your friends for me. I can see now that the observer had moved from the lighthouse (there are no entries in the last two station pressure (Luftdruck) columns) and would have been working in a safe location without a full complement of instruments. For myself, and Resmorah, that is a fascinating meteorological aside to the invasion.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

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    You're most welcome Brian

    This is where one of those little Facebook 'thumbs up' signs would come in handy! :-)
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    Default 609 Squadron 6 June 1944

    Apologies for resurrecting this thread, but I've just come across a photograph in the IWM that might explain why the met observer in the Le Havre lighthouse had to move to a new location during the early afternoon of 6 June. The photo, at http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023364, is taken from camera gun footage of a 609 Sqn Typhoon (MN494 - pilot W/O J D Buchanan) attacking installations at Cap de la Heve with rocket and cannon fire. I am 99% sure from peace-time photographs that the tall building in the middle of the shell bursts is the Le Havre Lighthouse.

    Would anyone have access to the 609 Squadron ORB which would provide a clue as to the times the squadron was airborne.

    TIA

    Brian

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