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    Default Whitley serials of 24 OTU in Honeybourne in late 1943

    Hi all, I would like to ask if anybody can help me with Whitley serials of 24 OTU in Honeybourne in late 1943.
    In particular I am looking for serials for two kites of B flight:
    October 1943 - Whitley TY o E
    November 1943 - Whitley TY o B

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Default Re: Whitley serials of 24 OTU in Honeybourne in late 1943

    TY.J, AD697 (Combat Codes): FB.D AD674 (Flying Training and Support Units.)

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    Default Re: Whitley serials of 24 OTU in Honeybourne in late 1943

    Thank you Graham. Anyone can add some more please?

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    Default Re: Whitley serials of 24 OTU in Honeybourne in late 1943

    Hi Pavel

    Unfortunately the ORB (or at least F540) only gives serial numbers but no code letters.

    Were these aircraft involved in incidents that might have been recorded?

    Malcolm

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    Default Re: Whitley serials of 24 OTU in Honeybourne in late 1943

    Hi Malcolm, thank you. My further research shown that:

    October 1943 - Whitley „TY o E“ might be AD675 according to this source:

    03-04/11/1943 Orleans (leaflet raid)
    Whitley V AD675 TY-E of 24 OTU was abandoned near Courtalain (Eure-et-Loir), 26 km WNW Chateaudun after engine failure. All of the crew evaded capture
    http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.u..._op_losses.htm

    AD675 might be recorded in F540 around 24 October 1943 when it has not returned from a training flight and due to engine failure/fire landed at Dunkeswell and returned back to Honeybourne after repairs (exact date not known to me)

    November 1943 - Whitley „TY o B“ was other aircraft taking part in the operation above (03-04/11/1943 Orleans) and I believe it might be AD701:
    22-23/05/1944 Alencon (leaflet raid)
    Whitley V AD701 TY-B of 24 OTU is believed to have bee shot down by flak at Ses, France. All of the crew are buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.
    http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.u..._op_losses.htm

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    Default Re: Whitley serials of 24 OTU in Honeybourne in late 1943

    Hi Pavel

    These two losses are confirmed in Chorley Vol 7 but strangely for 3/4 Nov the ORB does not record any losses. For 3 Nov 1943 it states that 5 Whitleys that took off from Abingdon were diverted on their return from Nickelling. No 'operational' flights are recorded for 4 Nov 1943

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    Default Re: Whitley serials of 24 OTU in Honeybourne in late 1943

    Hi Malcolm, many thanks for the check. I suppose there was also nothing "extraordinary" recorded areound 24 October 1943 as I have mentioned above?

    Thx

    Pavel
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