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    Default Ramrod 33?

    Probably should know this, but could someone please explain a Ramrod 33 sortie.

    Any help appreciated.

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    Just answered my own question

    Ramrod - bomber raid escorted by fighters aimed at destruction of a specific target in daylight.

    But what would the 33 stand for?

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    Default Ramrod 33

    Peter

    All these operations were numbered consecutively. so according to John Foreman (FC War Diaries Part 3) Ramrod 33 was flown on 17/5/42. The operation sustained heavy losses.

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    Many thanks Steve.

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    Hi,
    Ramrod 33
    64 Sqn 2 mia. Spitfire's BM475 and BM320
    122 Sqn 2 mia Spitfire's AR400 and BL348
    313 Sqn 2 mia Spitfire's BL973 and BM360
    331 Sqn 1 mia ?
    402 Sqn 2 Cat E/2wia Spitfire's BM298 and BM150
    602 Sqn 1 mia 1 Cat E 1 kia Spitfire's BM426 and BM114
    Escort for 12 Bostons to Boulogne.

    418 Sqn Boston W8318 was lost but I do not know if this was a Ramrod 33 aircraft as none were claimed by JG26 and in that war diary(vol 1) there is only six Bostons memtioned. Ten Spitfires claimed including one thought to have been a PR Spitfire at 1735 hrs and not a late morning claim as were the others.

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    Wasn't 418 Sq a nightfighter/intruder unit so wouldn't feature on a Ramrod anyway?

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