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    Does anyone have a list of 'RAMROD' missions flown in Mid 1944 that indicates the planned target for each mission.

    Alternatively can someone suggest if this information is available at the National Archives.
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    Hi Andy,

    sorry I have only list of offensive operations when Czechoslovak squadrons took art.

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    Hello Pavel
    You may be able to help.
    I am researching 127 Squadron and they were with the 134(Czech) Wing for a short period of time 3 July 44 - 12 July 44
    During this time 127 Squadron took part in in 2 RAMRODS
    RAMROD 1071, 9.7.44 - 52 Lancasters, Noball target.T/O 1400 from Tangmere.
    RAMROD 1072, 10.7.44 - 200 Lancasters. T/O 0525 from Tangmere.
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    Hi Andy,

    yes in this two cases I can:

    RAMROD 1071, 9.7.44 - 197 Halifaxes and 120 Lancasters (but I think it is the whole formation not only the part escorted by our wing), V-1 site in Pas-de-Calais,France

    RAMROD 1072, 10.7.44 - 213 Lancasters. V-1 site in Nucourt, France

    Additional info from BC Diary:

    9 July 1944

    347 aircraft - 197 Halifaxes, 120 Lancasters, 30 Mosquitos - of Nos 3,4,6 and 8 Groups bombed 6 V-weapon launching sites but most of the targets were cloud-covered and some of the bombing was scattered. 1 Halifax and 1 Lancaster lost.

    10 July 1944

    213 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups attacked a flying-bomb storage dump at Nucort but the target was covered by cloud and the bombing was not concentrated. No aircraft lost.

    Hope this helps a little

    BTW if you have any other particular RAMRODs I can check the also, just in case

    Pavel
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    Andy

    Where John Foreman (FC War Diaries) lists the Ramrod numbers in earlier volumes he does not seem to list the Ramrod number along with target details when he gets to Vol 5 which covers this period.

    Middlebrook's BC War Diaries gives details of dates and targets for all these daylight ops but does not give confirmation of the associated Ramrod op number.

    If the info is not in the 127Sqn ORB then I think the first places I would look at NA would the 11Group ORB or the appropriate wing ORB.

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    Thanks chaps
    I have checked the ORB's for 127Sqn and Lympne Wing and no further details were included. Will try 11 Group next time I vist Kew.

    Pavel
    The other ops on my list are
    RAMROD 919 - 24.5.44
    RAMROD 925 - 27.5.44
    RAMROD 929 - 27.5.44
    RAMROD 938 - 28.5.44

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    Hi Andy,

    according to the book of Czechoslovak Fighter Wing:

    RAMROD 919 - 24.5.44 - no Czech squadron participate
    RAMROD 925 - 27.5.44 - no Czech squadron participate
    RAMROD 929 - 27.5.44 - dive bombing of V-1 base at Dieppe
    RAMROD 938 - 28.5.44 - dive bombing of V-1 base at Dieppe

    According to the type of attack and no record in the BC Diary these attack were mady by fighters only.

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    Uh huh I thought you were looking post D-day hence my BC references.

    It seems that on the dates in May you quote the Ramrods were most likely escorts to Typhoon strikes against radar sites and, as Pavel says, against Noball targets. Still not easy to pin down for example for 28/5/44 John Foreman states that 11Group flew Ramrod Nos 933-939 ie seven separate ops in the day. Shores and Thomas in "2TAF" give some details of these ops but again no Ramrod Nos to tie in with.

    Looks like its still back to the ORBs.

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    Hi,
    Taken from FCL vol 3

    27-5-44 Ramrod 925 402 Sqn
    28-5-44 Ramrod 938 317 Sqn
    29-5-44 Ramrod in pm 33 and 443 Sqns
    30-5-44 Ramrod 947 306 Sqn
    30-5-44 Ramrod 66 Sqn

    2-6-44 411 Sqn Ramrod 960
    7-6-44 306 Sqn Ramrod 980/III
    8-6-44 306 Sqn Ramrod 982 in pm
    10-6-44 306 Sqn Ramrod 986
    10-6-44 315 Sqn Ramrod 986
    14-6-44 129 Sqn Ramrod 998 am
    14-6-44 129 Sqn Ramrod 998 am
    16-6-44 274 Sqn Ramrod pm
    17-6-44 129 Sqn Ramrod 1012/II am
    21-6-44 306 Sqn Ramrod 1027
    23-6-44 263 Sqn Ramrod 144 (1044 ?) pm

    From FCWD vol 4
    1-5-44 Ramrod 817 to 821
    2-5-44 Ramrod 822 to 825
    3-5-44 Ramrod 826 to 827
    4-5-44 Ramrod 828 to 830
    5-5-44 Ramrod 831
    6-5-44 Ramrod 832 to 835
    7-5-44 Ramrod 836 to 843
    8-5-44 Ramrod 844 to 849
    9-5-44 Ramrod 850 to 857
    10-5-44 Ramrod 858 to 860
    11-5-44 Ramrod 861 to 872
    12-5-44 Ramrod 873 to 879
    13-5-44 Ramrod 880 to 886
    15-5-44 Ramrod 887 to 889
    17-5-44 Ramrod 890 to 892
    19-5-44 Ramrod 893 to 897
    20-5-44 Ramrod 898 to 904
    21-5-44 Ramrod 905; Ramrod 906.
    22-5-44 Ramrod 907 to 920
    23-5-44 Several Ramrod
    24-5-44 Ramrod 917 (927?)
    25-5-44 Five Ramrod
    27-5-44 Ramrods
    28-5-44 Ramrod 933 to 939
    29-5-44 Ramrod 941 to 943
    30-5-44 Ramrod 945 to 950

    (31-5-44 to 1-6-44 Ramrod 951 to 958)

    2-6-44 Ramrod 959 to 961
    3-6-44 Ramrod 962 to 967
    14-6-44 Ramrod 998
    30-6-44 Ramrod 1050

    Hope this little helps
    Alex
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