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    Came across the above in a wartime booked called 'Britain's Wonderful Air Force'. Here's a couple of images:

    https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/thread...res.359/page-3 - scroll down for the photo

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C35636

    Apparently they were painted bright yellow and red and were 'well equipped with blankets, food, reading matter and first aid equipment and there was a wireless set in each'.

    Does anyone know anything about their operational history? According to the book many lives of 'both friend and foe' were saved and the Germans had a similar setup.

    Robert
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    Rob

    I put together some notes on this subject based on a number of articles that I found several years ago (2013).... there were 21 ASR in place by mid 1941 in Sheerness, Great Yarmouth, Harwich, Grimsby, Dover, Norwich, Newhaven and Portsmouth; one has been restored and is on display at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

    My notes also cover the rescue buoys, which were also installed at various locations

    If you are interested, I will dust off my notes and send you a copy

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    That would be great, Pete. Thanks.

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    Didn't the British version have a codename like Hippo or Aarvark, which I know are not the right names but I can't recall the correct one.

    Also I believe there is one in the sea off the Sussex Coast between Selsey and Bognor. There is other stuff there including some mulberry bits, some of which were used as targets for the bombing range at Pagham Harbour. That area was a store for Mulberry sections for Normandy.

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    My notes show that the German built buoys were known as "Lobster Pots" by the RAF. The German built buoys that were captured and brought back into service were referred to as "Cuckoo"

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    So called Udetbojen. I have thought that they were not much a success. Does anyone know, how many survived because of them? Any notable names?
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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    There's a photo of the SMM one on their Flickr page, which includes detaiis as well as a contemporary photo too:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scotti...um/16705350825

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    Main areas of research:

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    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    The following may be of interest.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gRdcK97G0k

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    Thanks everyone. Some fascinating material.

    Robert

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