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    Hello everyone

    Just perusing the 635 Sqn ORB Form 541 for June 1944 whilst looking for something else, and came across a several entries for the Squadron's Lancasters participating in 'Air to Air Bombing' training.

    Apologies if this is a daft question, but what exactly does that mean? Sounds dangerous...!

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    Hi Simon, not one I've come across! Could it be a 'serial typo'? Staple fare for crews in 1944 included x-countries, bombing practice, fighter affiliation, bullseyes etc. On the gunnery side, there was frequent air-to-ground and air-to-air (towed drogue) firing. June 1944 was an extremely busy month - maybe the diarist was a bit tired when writing the ORB...

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    Hi Simon
    Air to Air bombing is not that crazy, it was contemplated by the germans for use against USAAF bombers and the RAF "used" it as the many anecdotes about night bombers hit by bombs from above testify.. It might be of interest that your source is from 635 Sqn and June '44. The Sqn was a relatively new creation in 8 Gp and was asked to do operational trials on the Lancaster VI ,although the ref. to this on raf.mod says July/Aug. TRaining during June would not be out of place. As to Air to Air Bombing the only thing that I can think of is new illuminator flares designed to go off above ground but aimed with more precision than before,remember June '44 et seq saw Bomber Command used as Tactical support to the Army and 635 was a Pathfinder Sqn. We did use on Shackletons, in the 50's bombs with radio fuses designed to explode above ground for shrapnel effect and they were used from Lincolns in Kenya
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    Dick

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