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    Default Mission SOE, night of 14 to 15 July 1944

    Hello,

    I am looking for a mission of the SOE in the night of 14 to 15 July 1944. Five RAF bombers, dropping weapons and ammunition on the town of Drouges in Brittany. Type Lancaster bombers? (Squadron, place of departure times).
    Cordialement,
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    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

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    Hi,
    Can only give suggestion that it could be one of the following squadrons. RAF 138, 624 or 298 and they were using Halifax Mk V aircraft.

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    Rob Jerram.

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    I suggest 138, 298 or 644 Squadrons. 624 Squadron was in North Africa at this time. Am having difficulty in finding a record of an SOE/SIS drop on this date however.
    Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillG View Post
    I suggest 138, 298 or 644 Squadrons. 624 Squadron was in North Africa at this time. Am having difficulty in finding a record of an SOE/SIS drop on this date however.
    Bill.
    Nothing in the ORBs for 138 or 161 out of Tempsford.

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    Hello,

    I'm sorry but the only 38 Group drops in Brittany I found this night were in the West of Brittany: Scaër, Plourac'h and Glomel. I found nothing in the Ille-et-Vilaine Department.
    Could it be an american operation?
    Regards.

    Bruno
    Bruno LECAPLAIN
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    Stirling Aircraft Society <stirlingaircraftsoc.raf38group.org>

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    Hi Dan
    There were a number of operations to DZ i France on this night.
    If you can give me the name(s) of the dropzone(s) I can check in HS8/145 and 146.
    Best regards
    Soren Flensted
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    Quote Originally Posted by soren View Post
    Hi Dan
    There were a number of operations to DZ i France on this night.
    If you can give me the name(s) of the dropzone(s) I can check in HS8/145 and 146.
    Hello,

    We must be cautious in dates, the drop zone was located Drouges, Ille & Vilaine in Brittany. In the northern woods of Guerche de Bretagne.
    Cordialement,
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    Dan

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    Hello
    Does anyone know the SOE name for this dropzone ?
    The SOE list uses the SOE names for the DZ`s.
    Best regards
    Soren Flensted
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    Default Sgt Edward Wilkinson

    I believe this may relate to a 298 Squadron crew which was shot down near Larre. Sgt Wilkinson was in the Halifax. I don't have Chorley's 1944 so could someone look it up for me. He is buried in Le Mans. The family would be interested in knowing more. So far all fits except a family legend that there was a female agent on board and that they were given away by a collaborator. Can anyone give me any info from ORB's or SOE records. They have traced some family but still want to find rellies of 2.
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    Hello

    Bill Chorley's book are titled "Bomber Command losses", and as far as I know, No. 298 Squadron was not part of Bomber Command, hence no details in Chorley volume 5.

    You'll find some details in

    http://harringtonmuseum.org.uk/Aircraft%20lost%20on%20Allied%20Forces%20Special%2 0Duty%20Operations.pdf

    scroll down to page 227, or CTRL + F "Wilkinson"

    Joss

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