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    Hi,

    Away from home for a few days. Trying to I.D a Sgt Observer D Birks 115436.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

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    Steve

    Could it possibly be possibly BIRKS Derrick 1154263, in Air 78/4...?

    See also: http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...k41/z8853.html

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    Simon

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    Steve

    A possible for you: Derrick Birks 1154263

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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
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    - 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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    Derrick Birks
    AIR 78/15/6 I115 C2R3
    Mid-Apr 1940(?) Enlisted 1154263 Cardington
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Thanks all.

    Peter, would you be able to tell me the weather conditions in the Yorkshire area on the morning of November 16th 1941. ?

    Steve
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    Steve,
    Inference: Pressure is high to the E of the Brit Is and a very deep depression off SW Ireland is moving E and will later turn N or NE.
    Fcast Yorks: Strong SE wind, gale at exposed places, becoming W to SW later. Cloudy, rain later today, sleet or snow on high ground; cold, becoming slowly milder.
    Catterick 16 Nov 07Z: 1006.6mb falling rapidly, wind SSE F3, 30F, 97%, Vis Mod/poor, cloud 10/10 <150ft.
    Best I can do.
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    Peter,

    Thank you, just what I wanted.

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    Working from Simon's link two squadrons were tasked with bombing Emden and Kiel on the night of 15-16 November; one was 218 Squadron but which was the other? Also, would anyone have a copy of Peter Clark's An Unexpected Foe to which reference is made in the link?

    Edit - Found it, 99 Squadron. Still interested in Clark's book.

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    Would anyone have, or could they direct me to, a raid report for this night (15-16 Nov 1942), please? I have the two ORBs but I'm hoping a report might provide some additional weather information for the North Sea.

    Brian

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    Just weather enroute Genoa

    Over north France much cloud in two layers at 4,000ft and 10,000ft. Over rest of France and Northern Alps 10/10 sc., tops 4000/8000ft. Cloud breaking south of alps to nil NW target.

    Will look elsewere for something closer to North Sea.

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