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Thread: 102 Ceylon Squadron C.O.s crew 1943

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    Default 102 Ceylon Squadron C.O.s crew 1943

    I am looking at the service of the bomb aimer who joined Wing Commander Marchbank crew upon his appointment in 1943. W/C Marchbank crewed up at the OTU and HCU in the normal way and commenced ops with 102 Squadron 1st Op to Peenemunde.

    As CO he was not flying as many consistent ops as a regular crew, however it appears his crew were also experiencing long gaps between ops. Was this normal for a crew to be attached to the Commanding Officer.

    Any thoughts most welcome.

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    I thought that bomber squadron CO's used to fly occasional ops and would either join sprog crews or form an ad-hoc crew from spare bods and or the Squadron Nav Leader or Gunnery Leader, etc.

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    Pete. You may have located a point of reference for me as the crew member I am researching was the Bombing Leader to 102 Squadron. He appears to have flown with W/C Marchbank on the vast majority of his sorties, and a few other skippers.

    Thanks for your assistance.

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