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    Bomber Command detailed 124 aircraft to attack Dorsten during the day on 22nd March 1945 (100 Halifaxes, 12 Lancasters, 12 Mosquitos - of No. 6 and 8 Groups)

    My enquirer has been able to establish the 6 Group squadrons on the raid (408, 415, 420, 425, 426 and 432 Sqd), but not the 8 Group ones.

    Can anyone advise?

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    Thanks for the files, which I have successfully downloaded .... I will work through them to try to establish the squadron(s) that detailed the 12 Lancaster and 12 Mosquito aircraft

    Regards (and thanks again for your time and effort; it is very much appreciated

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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    You are welcome and good luck with your research

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    I have managed to identify the 12 Lancaster (635 Squadron) from the information you sent but the Mosquito are proving more difficult as the 8 Group ORB suggests that 10 of the 12 Mosquito were abortive ... but I can't find 12 Mosquito and the ones I have found (7 of them) appear to have all bombed the target ..... more work required!

    Thanks again

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - 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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    Hi Pete,

    I have the log book of F/L P E Cawthorne RAAF who flew with 635 Sqn on this operation, he was later KIA on 4/4/45. I would be happy to scan that entry for you if you think it would help.I think you have my email address, but if not itís; harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom replace the DOT & AT with the usual.

    Cheers,

    John.

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