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    Hi All

    I was looking at 540 Squadron ORB and saw a reference to photographing "Zara" amongst a list of towns and cities. Anyone any idea where this is or is it a code name? The route was from Konigsberg to San Severo.

    When I search for Zara I get many results for high street clothing stores.

    Hope you can help

    ATB Mike

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    Hello

    In French air force slang, Zara is the short name for Solenzara, a military airfield in Corsica (later Base Aérienne 126). Don't know if that fits !

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    Hello,

    Zara is the Italian name for the Croatian city of Zadar.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zadar

    Col.
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    Hi Mike,

    The ‘Zara’ was an Italian heavy cruiser sunk along was two of her sister ships in March 1941. What is the date of the ORB for 540 Sqn? Just an outside thought.

    Cheers,

    John.
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    Hello,

    No.540 Squadron was formed at Leuchars on 19 October,1942, from 'H' and 'L' Flights of No.1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit. So, nothing to do with the events of March, 1941.

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    What time period in the ORB is this?

    Is ZARA likely just a codename or an actual placename?

    Are other targets known places names or are they codenames. I.e. Bremen or Cabbage?

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    27 August 1944, 540 Sqn Wing Commander John R.H. Merifield. Zara on the Dalmatian coast, landing at San Severo, Italy at 12.10 hours.

    Source with more details: Mosquito - Menacing the Reich by Martin W. Bowman

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...-1920-1947.png

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    Finn Buch
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    Thanks very much Finn. Makes sense W/C Merrifield took off from San Severo again at 15.00 landing back at RAF Benson at 19.00 having covered over 3,000 miles in the day.

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    Mike Mcleod

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