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    Default 10 OTU Nickel raid 24 May 44

    Hello,

    My Dad’s logbook records a “Special Ex Nickel” trip on with 10 OTU 24 May 44 lasting 4 hours and 45 minutes.

    Middlebrook’s Bomber Command War Diaries indicates the main effort that night was AACHEN, and details 23 OTU sorties, but no other detail.

    Would anyone be able to provide info on what the target was, and/or a 10 OTU ORB reference?

    Thank you.

    Mike
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    Default Re: 10 OTU Nickel raid 24 May 44

    Hi Mike. I have a complete set of the Night Raid Reports for June, 1944 onwards but not for May 1944. This link below may have some information for you but the format for examination is not ideal.

    http://lancasterbombersinfo.ipage.co...ile/index.html

    Jim

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    Default Re: 10 OTU Nickel raid 24 May 44

    Thanks Jim,

    Dom Howard’s site is a trove of info. I absolutely should’ve checked there!

    The night raid report narrows it down to 23 Nickel raids that night, with 11 from 91 Group (to which 10 OTU belonged) and lists the 91 Group targets as: Argentan, Rennes, Le Mans, La Flèche, Angers and Alencon.

    I would still like to find the 10 OTU ORB to nail it down, but I appreciate the assist! I’m further ahead than I was. Thank you!

    Mike
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    Default Re: 10 OTU Nickel raid 24 May 44

    Hi Mike,
    One thing of special interest to me in your post was that your Dad records a load of "special" nickels that night. My Dad and his crew took part in a nickel (leaflet) raid a year earlier, with No. 22 OTU, and they too carried a load of "special" nickels. The 22 OTU specifically mentions that most crews carried "ordinary" nickels and several carried "special" nickels. I have been unable to find out the meaning of the difference. A wild guess is that the "special" leaflets carried coded messages for the French underground...? Good luck in your search!
    Cheers, Clint

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    Default Re: 10 OTU Nickel raid 24 May 44

    Thanks Clint,

    Hopefully the ORB will provide details on what they were carrying.

    The search continues!

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    Default Re: 10 OTU Nickel raid 24 May 44

    There was a website, Psyops[dot]org. All kinds of examples of leaflets. It looks like it is no longer online.

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    Default Re: 10 OTU Nickel raid 24 May 44

    Jim,

    It was psywarDOTorg. Lee has a note up there now saying the site is closed until the summer of 2020. He also runs Arcre, who photograph documents at Kew.

    The leaflets can be found here: https://web.archive.org/web/20181027.../leaflets#wwii

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    Thanks Dave for the correction. I had been in contact with Arcre to copy documents at Kew and he agreed to do it but I never heard from him again. The “Form B Project” remains in limbo.

    Jim

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    Thanks Dave,

    Noted. It says summer 2021 today. 😀

    Mike
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