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    Default RAF Fight Cover 27th August 1944

    Hi,

    Hoping for better luck trying to establish what squadrons / wings escorted a raid on the flying bomb site at Les Landes Viellies et Neuves (Code Z.3285) at around 19:00 hours. 3 Group HQ escort of 11 Group Spitfires?

    Was 11 Group still going, or called something else by this time?

    Any help

    Appreciated

    Steve
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    Ooooh Steve that's a bit grumpy!
    No 11 Group continued to exist then and it is most likely that the escorts were from 11 Group sqns or from 12 Group sqns detached Southwards.... the 11 Group ORB is most likely to be the source of the answers you seek for both dates! By mid-July/August as far as I know all 2TAF sqns had moved to France and I have checked 2TAF stuff for both dates and there is no evidence that TAF sqns were involved in either operation. Similarly there is nothing for either date in John Foreman's "Fighter Command War Diaries" but that may partly reflect that I don't fully understand the format/coverage of his books.
    Seasons greetings
    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the post mate, me grumpy, baa humbug !!!

    Steve the operations by the fighter boys is like me finding my way around the kitchen, unknown. I made a effort to obtain via friends and the NA all the RAF Mustang ORB for 3 Groups later efforts from October 1944 onwards, but these early summer months have me stumped. Fighter Command, 11 or 12 Group, 2nd TAF my brain cannot take it all in !!

    Season Greetings to you and yours.

    Steve
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    Steve

    Well it definitely wasn't Mustangs.
    Chance to get your own back... what were the aircraft used on 17/7 and 27/8? Were they Mosquitos... from what I have seen quite often the Mosquito sqns did not have escorts. If you can wait until second or third weekend in January I'll check it out for you.

    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    If you could help when you next go to the NA mate, that would be great. My latest book I'm working on revolves around 218 (Gold Coast) and No.3 Group daylight operations with GH.

    Cheers Steve

    Steve
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