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    Default 841 Squadron Diaries - What do they record

    Has anyone looked at the diaries for 841 Sqn FAA? I found a reference to them using Pegwell Bay in Kent for dive bombing practice and wondered if it was worth consulting the diary for the time they were based at Manston to confirm this? I haven't looked at FAA diaries before so have no idea what they record or if they are as fickle as RAF ORBs.

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    Hello Peter,
    I have part of the 841 diary: what dates are you interested in?

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    The reference was undated but I believe 841 were at Manston from September 1942 to December 1943 with Albacores! An oddly long time for a Fleet Air Arm squadron!

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    I have the first part of that period and will check. They were on anti-shipping duty at Manston and were originally composed of mostly ex-Malta veterans.

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    Thanks Bruce. I am planning to got to TNA in the next few weeks so if it looks promising, range wise, I will look at the whole period.

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    Hello Peter,
    Sorry about the delay. My copy goes up to October 15th 1942 and Pegwell is not mentioned up to that date. Bradwell Bay is mentioned once and several instances of exercises involving targets towed by destroyers/MGBs out of Ramsgate, also flamefloat tests, but seldom is the area of the exercise named.

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    Bruce,

    Thanks for looking. It is beginning to sound as though there was no fixed target. I know flame-floats and sea markers were often used as targets. The ship towed targets were probably the same as those used for ships gunnery practice.
    It is not common for practice areas to be named. I suspect it wasn't deemed important enough at the time.
    I'll try and take a peek at the next volume on my next visit to TNA.

    Peter

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