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    Gents,

    Looking for the code name for the entrance to Alderney Harbour, for some reason I cannot lay my hands on it.

    Any help or pointers welcome.

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    Steve,
    The only code name I have for Alderney is Hostile Ozone, although what that had to do with "Gardening" codes is beyond me!
    Best Wishes,
    Bill.

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    Although it does not refer to Alderney, the following may be useful to some inquiring into Gardening operations:

    ANEMONES - Le Havre
    ARTICHOKES - Lorient
    ASPARAGUS - Great Belt
    BARNACLE - Zeebrugge
    BEECH - St Nazaire
    BOTTLE - Haugesund
    BROCCOLI - Great Belt
    CARROTS - Little Belt
    CINNAMON - La Rochelle
    CYPRESS - Dunkirk
    DAFFODIL - The Sound
    DEODAR - Bordeaux
    DEWBERRY - Boulogne
    EGLANTINE - Heligoland Approaches
    ELDERBERRY - Bayonne
    ENDIVES - Little Belt
    FLOUNDER - Maas and Scheldt
    FORGET-ME-NOTS - Kiel Canal
    FURZE - St Jean De Luz
    HAWTHORNE - Esbjerg Approaches
    HOLLYHOCK - Travemunde
    HYACINTH - St Malo
    GERANIUM - Swinemunde
    GORSE - Quiberon
    GREENGAGE - Cherbourg
    JASMINE - Trevemunde
    JELLYFISH - Brest
    JUNIPER - Antwerp
    KRAUTs - Lim Fjord
    LETTUCES - Kiel Canal
    LIMPETs - Den Helder
    MELON - Kiel Canal
    MULLETs - Spezia
    MUSSELS - Terschilling Gat
    NASTURTIUMS - The Sound
    NECTARINES - Friesian Islands
    NEWT - Maas and Scheldt
    ONIONs - Oslo
    OYSTERS - Rotterdam
    PRAWNS - Calais
    PRIVET - Danzig
    PUMPKINs - Great Belt
    QUINCES - Great Belt, Kiel Bay
    RADISHES - Kiel Bay
    ROSEMARY - HeligolandSCALLOPS - Rouen
    SILVERTHORNE - Kattegat Areas
    SWEET PEAS - Rostock and Arcone Light
    TANGERINE - Pillau
    TOMATO - Oslo Fjord Approaches
    TREFOILS - Texal (South)
    TURBOT - Ostend
    UNDERGROWTH - Kattegat
    VERBENA - Copenhagen Approaches
    VINE LEAVES - Dieppe
    WALLFLOWERS - Kiel Bay
    WHELKS - Zuider Zee
    WILLOW - Arcona to R.Dievenow
    YAMS - Heligoland Approaches
    YEWTREE - Kattegat

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    Bill & Hugh,

    Thank you both, Bill No.3 Group were engaged on a number of mining trips to Alderney from early June to mid July 1944. I have seen no direct referrence to Alderney in any garden code lists. ! Out of interest, can anyone tell me what was based there, i.e E boats or the like.

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    Steve,
    I can find no references, so far, to E-boats being based at Alderney. The island was heavily fortified and also had four concentration camps, mainly to accommodate slave labourers. As Alderney is some distance from the rest of the Channel Islands, I would guess that the mining ops of which you speak may have been designed to isolate it from the rest of the islands?
    Bill.

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    Bill,

    Thanks for looking, not sure why they would want to mine if thats all that was there.

    All the very best

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    Hi Steve

    The mining ops in June were in connection with U-Boat operations.

    From about 14Jun'44 a succession of snorkel equipped vessels came into St. Peter Port, Guernsey (namely U275, 269 & 984) to recover, having already taken several days heading up from Brest and like Atlantic ports. The islands became an intense area of anti-U Boat activity, and with Alderney being the last "safe" port of call before the Normandy landing areas was I'm sure being denied its use by German naval forces. Cherbourg was already under threat from advancing American land forces so effectively no longer a sheltered anchorage.

    I have sent a you a PM.

    Kind regards
    Pierre

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    Hi Steve
    Almost all the designated mining areas were given vegetable/plant codenames with, as Hugh has shown some, shellfish but that around the Channel Islands was named Hostile Air.This comes from a Canadian site, bombercrew.com, where you can navigate via BomberCommand-Mining-Gardening to some details of the mining areas. The site labels the area as Guernsey but gives no indication as to shape or size and I am presuming that it covers the whole of the Channel Islands.
    Regards
    Dick
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    Hi

    Just to confirm from, The RAF in Martime War, Volume V, June 1944-May1945 (AIR 41/74);
    Hostile Air - area just outside St Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey
    Hostile Ozone - area outside entrance to Alderney Harbour

    Precise geographic details not known i.e. Lat/Long/Bearings etc however due to depth of waters off each island the areas available, given limitations of weapons, leave only small areas they could be gainfully deployed.

    To my knowledge there are no codes for Jersey or any other of the smaller Channel Islands.

    Kind regards
    Pierre

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    Pierre & Dick,

    Thank you both for your time and comments.

    Steve
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