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    Hi,

    During late June early July 1944 No.3 Group was engaged in a brief but busy campaign to mine the sea off Brest. Since the fall of Cherbourg the port had become increasingly important to the German Kriegsmarine. On a number of occasions returning crews reported that rockets had been seen exploding at heights up to 14,000ft.

    These "rockets" were aimed at the aircraft and not fired aimlessly in the opinion of the crews, on one occasion a Stirling was damaged. My question is, were rockets used during the period, especially around Brest, or was it a case of the crews mistaking a flak burst for a rocket exploding ?

    Any help / guidance most welcome.

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    Steve
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    Steve

    I came across a similar entry from the 622 Sqn ORB, April 10th 1944:

    Lancaster ED437 GI-D
    Op: Laon
    Up: 01.05
    Down: 05.30
    Bombed red T.I.’s at 03.37 hours from 9,000 ft., heading 107º. Good raid. Shot up by ground rockets near Dieppe and crash-landed at Woodbridge as hydraulics were shot away.
    F/S Chorley C. R. – p [pilot]
    F/S Bell J. – n [nav]
    Sgt Paterson J. – s [not sure...?]
    Sgt W. E. Bentley – b [bomb aimer]
    Sgt J. R. Manson – mg [mid-upper gunner]
    Sgt W. M. Lyle – rg [rear gunner]
    Sgt K. R. Rea – e [engineer]

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    Simon

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    s prob = Signaller, but that seems a bit early to use that name? They were still WOps and/or WOp/AGs at that time?
    HTH
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    Thanks Peter. I'd assumed he'd be the W/Op - the ORB Form 541 lists every crew with these same abbreviations.

    (Apologies for the slight thread drift Steve...)

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    Hi Simon,

    I am pleased that the sighting were not just isolated to 218 Squadron. The discriptions from the crews would tend to discount flak ?

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    Hi Steve,
    I do have an information from a B-17 crew member who wrote he learnt by returning crew that his old crewmates were shot down on 5th September 1944 by a rocket... But I never was able to prove that, moreover than the Macr states the loss is due to a collision due to one plane caught in the prop wash of another plane when turning. I was searching information about a collision between a P-38 and a B-17, the P-38 having broken the tail of the B-17 from below after the straffing.
    Sorry not to be able to tell more.
    Best
    Gildas

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