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    Hi All,

    Does anyone have a copy of the 264 Squadron ORB? I'm trying to identify some times & places on 5/6 July 1944, and thte NA doesn't have the relevant combat reports on their site.

    TIA,

    Mark

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    Hi Mark,

    Due to a rather embarrassing stuff-up, I happen to have 264's ORB on CD.

    F540:-

    Place - Hartford Bridge
    Unit - 264 Squadron (Madras Presidency)

    5.7.44. D+29
    Unpleasant weather most of the day with rain and low cloud. Cleared admirably before dark and was very fine with bright moonlight and little or no cloud on the beachhead. The Hun joined in and F/O J.C. Trigg with F/L G.E. Smith destroyed a JU.188. After he had set it on fire and was standing by to watch it crash, it suddenly started to shoot at him, fortunately without effect. The F/L C.M. Ramsay and F/L D.J. Donnet arrived and decided to make a night of it. After a brush with a lively JU.88. which, to his horror, out-turned him and got away, he destroyed first a JU.88. and then a Me.410.


    F541:-

    Date - 5.7.44
    Aircraft - Mosquito XIII

    Aircraft 514 - F/L Marshall, P/O Day
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 22.20
    Down - 00.20
    Details - Uneventful

    Aircraft 493 - F/L Barker, F/O Smith
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 22.20
    Down - 01.35
    Details - Uneventful

    Aircraft 473 - F/L Turner, F/O Arden
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 22.25
    Down - 01.40
    Details - Uneventful

    Aircraft 506 - F/S Hoare, Sgt Bishop
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 23.45
    Down - 03.35
    Details - Uneventful

    Aircraft 549 - F/L Ramsay, F/L Donnet
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 00.25
    Down - 03.50
    Details - 1 Ju.88. 1 Me.410 destroyed, and visual on 1 Ju.88 which was lost.

    Aircraft 455 - F/O Trigg, F/L Smith
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 00.15
    Down - 02.20
    Details - 1 Ju.188 destroyed after experiencing return fire.

    Aircraft 516 - F/O Daber, F/S Heathcote
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 00.35
    Down - 02.50
    Details - Uneventful

    Aircraft 472 - F/S Pickering, F/S Wallis
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 01.55
    Down - 05.15
    Details - Uneventful

    Aircraft 481 - F/O Barbour, F/O Paine
    Duty - Beach-head patrol
    Up - 02.25
    Down - 05.10
    Details - Uneventful


    Hope this helps,

    Regards,

    Jeff

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    Many thanks for that Jeff.

    I'm trying to tie British and German information together. Apparently an Me 410 gunner claimed an Allied twin-engine aircraft destroyed, and there were at least two 410s which were in fact shot down.

    I also have a 604 Sqn combat report for that evening. Bizarrely, the 410 made it's claim within a few minutes and a few miles of where the 604 crew made theirs! Something seems to have gone down on fire and exploded, but what it was, is beyond me...

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