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    Default Re: NA ORB Exchange and Request Thread

    Hi New to this site and, obviously, this thread. Apologies as this request is half off topic. I am interested in various TNA Air & AVIA files which cannot be accessed from the TNA currently. Does anyone know of a file-sharing option for general files as opposed to the Orbat files please? Happy to share the files I do have. Thanks.

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    Default Re: NA ORB Exchange and Request Thread

    Orbat files: Perhaps a misunderstanding of TNA RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs) - not Order of Battle but the war diaries which, for Squadrons, are already digitised in TNA (AIR 27).
    No sharing of them needed under COVID19 conditions, as all TNA-held digitised files are free to view and download until further notice.

    The only exceptions are those previously farmed out to commercial agencies.
    A complete list of all digitised records, incl those with fee-for-access external agencies:
    https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/...ategory=online

    See also coronavirus update https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/...avirus-update/

    Members may be able to help from their own imaged collections, no general facility as far as I'm aware

    Best wishes for your project.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 17th January 2021 at 20:53.
    Toujours ŗ propos

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    Default Re: NA ORB Exchange and Request Thread

    Hi 'Watuwatu'

    Welcome to the Forum. Members of the forum are generally happy to share or do look-ups, but as AVIA files are not amongst those freely accessible on the NA website at the moment, it is best to identify what you're looking for. Can you list the files you're seeking, in case others have copies?

    I would also be interested in the files you have, if you're happy to share. My list is the first post in this thread, which I started early in the closure/lockdown period.

    Happy hunting
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    Default Re: NA ORB Exchange and Request Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Brew View Post
    Hi 'Watuwatu'

    Welcome to the Forum. Members of the forum are generally happy to share or do look-ups, but as AVIA files are not amongst those freely accessible on the NA website at the moment, it is best to identify what you're looking for. Can you list the files you're seeking, in case others have copies?

    I would also be interested in the files you have, if you're happy to share. My list is the first post in this thread, which I started early in the closure/lockdown period.

    Happy hunting
    Steve
    Hi Steve Thanks. I will list below the files I have which are quite niche. They were all obtained during TNA visits. Generally I am rarely interested in ORBAT files so the online options are very limited for me. I have a much longer list of files I would like that you would have to visit TNA to obtain. I can put something together and add it as a second post later. With the ongoing closure of TNA I am exploring all options.

    AIR files

    2/12711 Sonobuoys and other kit - Sunderland installations (engineering detail of fitting)
    2/8580 SHIPS AND SHIPPING: General (Code B, 73/1): Detection of U-boats: Magnetic Anomaly Detector
    15/116 Magnetic Airborne Detector: Conference
    15/278 Sonobuoy training (incl FIDO?)
    15/294 Coastal Command Manual on the U-boat war 5/44 Art 1
    15/295 CC Manual Anti-U-Bt Ops 5/44. Incl sonobuoy reports.
    15/426 High Tea sonobuoy tests
    15/427 High Tea Long life harbour defence sonobuoy 1-4/45
    15/428 Sonobuoy c'tee mtgs 2/45-11/45
    15/584 Use of sonobuoy CC training instruction 28 9/6/44
    15/747 Battle of the Atlantic Direction-finding Sub-Committee. Refers to CB4002(N)(5) 7/1/42
    15/855 Manual of anti U-Boat warfare Coastal Command 1944
    15/1649 MAD for submarine detection in Catalina flying boats: Trials
    20/1101 Mark 24 mine trials FIDO 42-43
    20/1102 Mark 24 mine use FIDO 43
    20/1276 M.A.D. (Magnetic Airborne Detection) equipment: operational use
    20/1532 History of Post Design Services - draft. Helped RAF/CC adopt new tech. Part of TRE Malvern
    20/3639 A/C anti-U-Boat c'tee minutes on sonobuoys
    41/79 RAF in Maritime war - statistics
    52/156 MAD NDRC part copied 15/2/20
    65/115 Sonobuoy range tests
    65/133 Dictaphone & electro-magnetic recorders for sonobuoys
    65/154 Analysis of attacks with the Mark 24 mine on U-boats 1943 FIDO
    65/175 Range tests fast sub 25/5/45. Sonobuoys. Type XXI
    65/176 Performance of experimental homing device for sonobuoys
    65/281 Sonobuoy defences of convoy report 101/47

    AVIA files
    6/12607 U.S. MAD Mk IVB2 for submarine detection 1943
    6/12640 Magnetic airborne detector Mk X equipment: trials 1943
    15/428 AI radar 40-42
    15/1649 Magnetic anomaly equipment for sub detection in Catalina flying boats; trials 1941-46
    19/1026 M.A.D. Mk X installation in Catalina flying boat 1943
    22/901 Direction finding equipment army/mobile
    22/907 Direction finding equipment mostly mobile
    46/38 Admiralty Signal Establishment: reports and papers HF/DF mention?
    54/1473 Magnetic airborne detector (AN/ASQ-1) for applied geophysical survey: policy

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    Default Re: Orb 35 sqn raf

    Further to previous posts here is my list of TNA AIR & AVIA files I would like but which are not downloadable. They essentially relate to Coastal Command and ASW in WW2. I have previously posted the list of files I have. Happy to supply copies.

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    2/3010 Coastal Command plans, recce, asw, convoys
    2/3101 CC plans for recce, convoy escort and A/S 19/12/38
    2/3150 Convoy protection policy 39-42
    2/5950 Protection (Code B, 73/2): Fighter defence of H.M. ships and convoys 46-49
    8/1397 Anti U-Boat Warfare Committee: supply of very long range aircraft 11/42-3/43
    10/3269 Focus of Leigh Light Projector-Wellington Modifications
    10/5208 Joubert CC despatch 14/6/42
    14/279 Anti-submarine tactics: information and data 1939-42
    14/1328 Bomber Cmd, servicing HF/DF stations
    14/3592 Radio Direction Finding Stations RAF
    15 Coastal Command
    15-Apr Role of CC & Combined Ops 1937-1940
    15/9 Trade protection - No. 16 Group convoy orders 5/39-7/41
    15/13 Air aspect of visit and search: tactical instructions 5/39-7/41
    15/14 Air aspect of visit and search: tactical instruction 7/41-5/43
    15/16 Active operations. Reports on aircraft attacks on submarines. Includes 7 photos 1941
    15/29 Anti-submarine bombing and air tactics. Report of the trials
    15/30 Anti-submarine bombing and air tactics 1941
    15/31 Anti-submarine tactics. Attacks on U/Boats. Includes 1 photograph depicting: Weapons 1942
    15/32 Anti-submarine tactics. Attacks on U/Boats May-Aug 1943
    15/34 Trade protection and Convoy organisation 2/39-4/40
    15/35 Trade protection and Convoy organisation minutes of meetings 1-8 6/40-12/40
    15/36 Trade protection and convoy organisation: minutes of the meetings 9-25 1/41-9/41
    15/37 Trade protection and convoy organisation: minutes of the meetings 26-49 11/41-9/43
    15/38 Air tactics and anti-submarine operations 8/37-9/41. U-boat visibility
    15/39 Air tactics and anti-submarine operations 1/41-1/44
    15/40 Tactical instructions 10/39-8/43
    15/43 Operational strength of squadrons: policy 11/38-9/42
    15/45 Naval War Plans: policy 1/39-6/43
    15/46 Aircraft operational requirements: policy Jul 39-Jun 41
    15/57 Coastal Command Naval Staff anti-U-boat file 9/39-12/44
    15/58 Reports on U-boat sighting and attacks by aircraft. Incl schnorkel 39-45
    15/60 Radio Direction Finding and Air to Surface Vessels equipment: requirements
    15/63 Anti-submarine operations: policy 8-9 40
    15/92 Measures against enemy detection of A.S.V. 10/42-7/43
    15/93 Enemy interference with A.S.V. 2/42-1/43
    15/94 U-Boat radar 7/43-12/44
    15/96 Radar counter-measures: Balloon and buoy decoys Aphrodite 6/43-1/45
    15/100 Radar counter-measures against the enemy: Policy 10/43-1/46
    15/120 "Wire Basket": Trials
    15/121 Radio marker buoys
    15/126 Disappearing contacts with A.S.V. Mk II
    15/127 Operational evidence suggesting use of R.D.F. equipment in U-Boats
    15/128 Disappearing contacts in Bay of Biscay
    15/129 Anti U-Boat operations mathematical calculations of effect of deviations from a planned frequency of flooding.
    15/131 Operational Research against the U-Boat" by C.H. Waddington: galleys
    15/132 Operational Research against the U-Boat" by C.H. Waddington
    15/133 S-Band radar - review vs U-Bts 2/11/44
    15/134 Adm assessment 439
    15/135-138 U-Boat attack assessment forms
    15/139-143 U-Sight reports
    15/144 Aircraft Anti U-Boat Committee
    15/146 Re-equipment of 500 and 608 Squadrons with Aircraft Rocket Weapons
    15/154/206? U-boat freqs Microfiche 154 is PFPM
    15/155 Submarine and Anti-Submarine' General Guide to air aspect of ASW 10/42
    15/158 Manual of Naval co-operation by shore-based aircraft 1942
    15/162 Coastal Command's War Record 1939-1945
    15/179 Convoy protection in Western Approaches 40-41
    15/181 Visibility of merchant ships at sea
    15/191-2 Royal Canadian Air Force Eastern Air Command Monthly anti-Submarine reports
    15/193 Anti-Submarine tactics 4/42-5/42
    15/194 Convoy Air cover: Reports on U-Boats
    15/196-197 American anti-submarine warfare
    15/198 U-Boats: Intelligence and interrogation reports 7/42-10/43
    15/199 U-Boat Bases in Occupied France
    15/201 Air cover for convoys on Southern route: Planning
    15/210 Rocket Projectiles: Tactical use
    15/213 Coastal Command expansion plans Jul 40-Jun 42
    15/214 Re-equipment of squadrons 7/42-9/43
    15/279 Analyses of reports on A/S Ops 10/42-8/43
    15/281 Air escort for American convoy procedures 11/43-12/43
    15/282 Conferences on A/C situation in CC 12/43-3/45
    15/284 TBOTA white paper jun-Sept 1945
    15/285 A/C camouflage 1/42-11/43
    15/286 CC's A/S c'tee 5/42-3/43
    15/287 No 18 Group Area A/S Ops
    15/305 Coastal Command tactical instructions (1939?)
    15/345 Letter Douglas - Johnson What about???
    15/423 Radio Direction finding plots. Coastal Command
    15/432 Radio Direction finding plots - most Air?
    15/459 Leigh light searchlights
    15/460 Leigh light searchlights
    15/685 CC statistics
    15/732 U-Bts transit. ORS/CC Report 245 15/11/43
    15/733 CC ORS S-band radar
    15/786 Type XXI Sea/Air Warfare Committee, Tactical and Training Sub-Committee: 1st-13th meetings 46-48
    15/853 Manual of Coastal Command operational control 1943
    15/854 Manual of Coastal Command operational control: part 2; communications 1944
    15/856 U-Boat recognition and reporting procedure 1945
    16/933 Air Fighting Development Unit Reports
    19/148 Appt Blackett Scientic Advisor to CC Jan-Feb 41
    20/236 A/S work. 1938-43
    20/657 Coastal Command synthetic training manual Feb 43
    20/1077 Leigh lights on Coastal Command aircraft
    20/1237 x/p 04895 Forecast of U-Bt campaign in 1945
    20/1270 Leigh lights on aircraft
    20/1504 Anti-Schnorkel measures 40-45
    20/3095 Convoy air cover, Greenland base.
    20/4069 Harris to Eaker 15/4/43
    20/4569 Leigh Lights, searchlights: for aircraft
    20/4638 Helicopter theory 1943-49
    20/5305 Battle of the Atlantic: various minutes, signals and corresp. Draft memo Graf Zepp. 4/4/43
    20/5455 Anti-U-boat Warfare Committee: papers 1942 Dec.-1944 Feb
    20/6507 CC Synthetic training
    20/6842 Type XXI Joint sea/air warfare c'tee 2nd meeting 27/8/46 plus more
    24/42 Orbat CC 6/12/44
    26/580 Operations record book. With appendices. Erskine - to do with int jigsaw
    27/1174 201 sqn 1/44-5/45
    40/1120 Strategic bombing of Axis Europe 1/43-9/44
    40/1821 Anti-convoy activity by Topp 1942
    40/1822 Glossary of German torpedo and mining terms
    41/48 AHB Narrative The RAF in Maritime War Vol4 The offensive phase Feb 43-May 44
    41/74:1 Type XXI Schnorkel smoke myth. App V RAF in the Maritime War vol V
    51/154/206 U-boat disposition and frequencies Med?
    52/29 depth of explosion of aerial depth bombs with some data
    52/44 To 52/53 Bi-monthly summary report, 15 Nov 1942 - 15 Jan 1943
    52/153 Search & screening OEG56
    52/155 ASW Operations in WW2 V3 Summary Tech Rpt Div 6 NDRC OSRD
    65/55 Green bottle installation in Liberator and Leigh Light Wellington aircraft Report No:.. 9/43
    65/68 Use of Mark III Low Level Bombsight in conjunction with Leigh Light Report No: 44/1
    65/84 7/3/44 Illumination U-boat attacks Launcher Mk V and 1.7 in flares
    65/94 15/4/44 Illumination of low level night attacks on U-boats (first report)
    65/109 2/7/44 Auto photography of low level night attacks with 1.5in photo-flash cartridges in Leigh Light Wellingtons
    65/112 Night R.P. attacks on submarines by aircraft with the aid of a Leigh Light and Mk III ASV
    75/52 Slessor bomber strategy

    AVIA files
    13/739 Proximity fuse for A/S bombs
    13/794 Submarine detection: MAD towed bird, Pt I 1943
    13/1104 HF/DF homing equipment for Coastal Command aircraft 1941-45
    15/95 BOMBS AND BOMBING: Mines, torpedoes and depth charges (Code 12/4): Anti-submarine 1939-41
    15/116 Magnetic Airborne Detector: Conference ?? 1939-40
    15/774 RECONNAISSANCE AND OBSERVATION (Code 43): Anti-submarine searchlight Leigh Light for Wellington
    15/775 RECONNAISSANCE AND OBSERVATION (Code 43): Anti-submarine searchlight Leigh Light for Wellington
    15/1728 Anti-submarine rocket armaments dev 1942-45
    15/2235 Sono-buoy underwater listening 1945-50
    26/580 Operations record book. With appendices. Erskine - to do with int jigsaw
    26/789 Sea returns and detection of schnorkel 1945
    26/907 Radar camouflage: research and development by the Germans. TRE Report T1905 1945
    26/1008 Investigation of echo from schnorkel on centimetre wave-lengths. TRE Report T2006 J M Dickson
    32/33 Type XXI Homing torpedos (`Dealer', `Bidder', `Joker') - part I
    32/34 Type XXI Homing torpedos (`Dealer', `Bidder', `Joker') - part II
    32/35 Type XXI Homing torpedos (`Dealer', `Bidder', `Joker') - part III
    32/36 Type XXI Homing torpedos (`Dealer', `Bidder', `Joker') - part IV
    32/37 Type XXI Homing torpedos (`Dealer', `Bidder', `Joker') - part V
    46/136 A/C design and production FAA 25/6/43

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    Default Re: OTU ORBís

    Hello,

    Does anyone have AIR 28/1 ORB for RAF Acaster Malbis for May to Jul 44?

    Thanks
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    Default 1660 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU)

    Dear all,

    Can any kind person furnish me with a copy of the above ORB for Mar - Jun 1944, please? I'm researching a Flt Engr who sadly lost his life while serving at the unit.

    Many thanks

    Jonny
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    Default AIR40/1675 Noball Targets

    Dear all,

    Does anyone perhaps have a copy of TNA AIR40/1675 Noball Targets? Usually I would have photographed this at my frequent visits to TNA, but well...we all know the situation right now!

    I would be happy to offer any other document in exchange!

    Thanks in advance,
    Hans

    (p.s. I do have AIR40/1674, another earlier volume regarding Noball Targets)

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    Default 12 otu orb

    I am researching an officer who was an instructor at the above OTU in 1943 - 1944. Is anyone in a position to furnish me with a copy of the ORB, please?

    I have a large number of Bomber Sqn ORBs that I can part-exchange.

    Many thanks

    Jonny
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    Default Re: AIR40/1675 Noball Targets

    Hello Hans,

    I have copied AIR 40/1675. 273 pictures, 167 Mo.

    I'm in the same situation as you are.

    I only have 5 pictures from AIR40/1674, I probably only sampled that volume, so a copy would be nice.

    E-mail me your adress and I'll send AIR 40/1675 via wetransfer. My e-mail adress is in my profile.

    Joss

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