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    Hi Gents

    Thanks for all your feedback and thoughts on this. To put the attack in full context, the entry appears in the 41 Squadron ORB on 28 March 1945, and states,

    "F/Lt. P. Cowell led eight aircraft on an Armed Recco in the Rheine-Enschede-Osnabruk [sic] area, airborne at 10.15. They had "bags of joy" on this sortie and the final score was 12 M.E.T., 25 trucks, 20 flat cars, one tug and nine barges dmaged. Another barge was left in flames and an R.D.F. was straffed. The Squadron landed at 11.45."

    This entry appears in the ORB some 18-21 months after the change-over in terminology from 'RDF' to 'radar', mentioned above, which actually only serves to make me more hesitant to accept they are referring to an RDF station. That said, if there is no other likely abbreviation, then maybe it was?

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    Hi Steve

    For once the 125 Wing ORB cannot assist, but does this brief report of their activities give you any additional information?

    28/3/45

    "A party was held in the Officers' Mess yesterday evening which was very much enjoyed by all. The various womens' services and the local Dutch provided partners for quite a number the 83 Group Main H.Q. band was very good. We had a very good day on armed recces. First 41 Sqdn encountered three FW190's and chased them to Rheine, but could only damage one before breaking off owing to intense flak from the airfield. Then 130 Sqdn ran into 15 FW 190's near Warendorf and a real dogfight developed. When it was over the squadron had a score of 7 destroyed, 1 probable and 2 damaged - all for no loss. W/Cdr Johnny Johnson, D.S.O, D.F.C., assumed command of the Wing vice G/Capt. Scott-Malden who is leaving to take up another appointment."

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    It's a long shot but seeing as it follows on from barges how about 'rope driven ferry' (cf chain driven ferry, motor driven ferry, steam driven ferry etc).
    Last edited by gbh1f; 2nd December 2007 at 14:26.

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    Hi Allan and gbh

    Thanks for your replies gents, and Allan, thanks in particular for taking the time to type out the quote from the 125 Wing ORB; very kind.

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    Steve
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