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    Can anyone shed any light on the 1950s continuation / operational training exercises referred to as Backchat, Eyewash and Pinplot?

    UPDATE: Ongoing research suggests that these may be radar training targets

    Your usual help would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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    Hi Pete,

    while doing research for one of my previous books I came across Backchat exercise of B-29 squadron in the 1950s and it was a simulation of bombing with a radar without use of bombs.

    Pavel
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    Thanks Pavel

    That supports my findings to date ... 35 Squadron were equipped with the Washington at the time too

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    Pete, it is three years I wash researching the Washingtons era. I cannot remember now but was there also any 35 Sq member flying Washingtons of Czech/Slovak origin? There were some with 15, 44, 90 and 149 Squadrons in Coningsby.

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    PeteT/Pavel (et al),
    Then there were the “Alerts”. The ‘Bomber Controller’ would announce – over the loudspeakers which 'ticked' every second all over all the Ops Blocks – “Alert TASMAN . . . “. IIRC, if ‘Tasman’ was followed by a letter in the phonetic alphabet then that was some sort of exercise. If, however, it was followed by a ‘colour’ then that was to generate an operational process with live weapons and Force dispersal. Was on duty for one of those – the Cuba Crisis – but can’t remember what the Bomber Controller had actually said! Was too busy!!!
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