Bomber Command ORBs

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  1. Sean

    Sean Active Member
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    Hello there

    Following a recent(-ish) trip to Kew I think I now have all the ORBs for Bomber Command for June 1944 (for a small project I'm working on). At least, all those I could find i Kew. There are one or two omissions
    Here below is a list of squadrons by group, with their targets/missions. As you'll see, included are all ten coastal batteries targeted, St Martin de Varreville, Crisbecq, La Pernelle, Maisy, Pointe du Hoc, Longues sur Mer, Mont Fleury, Ouistreham, Merville and Houlgate.
    If you notice any errors, or if I'm missing a squadron or two, please let me know.
    If anyone wants copies of any of them, again, just ask. (PM me with your email if you like).

    Cheers

    Sean

    No 1 Gp
    12 Sqn St Martin de Varreville
    100 Sqn St Martin de Varreville and Crisbecq
    101 Sqn Special Patrol
    103 Sqn St Martin de Varreville and Crisbecq
    166 Sqn St Martin de Varreville and Crisbecq
    300 Sqn Crisbecq
    460 Sqn St Martin de Varreville and Crisbecq
    550 Sqn Crisbecq
    576 Sqn St Martin de Varreville and Crisbecq
    625 Sqn Crisbecq
    626 Sqn St Martin de Varreville and Crisbecq


    No 3 Gp
    15
    Sqn Ouistreham
    75 Sqn Ouistreham
    90 Sqn Special Duties
    115 Sqn Ouistreham
    138 Sqn Titanic
    149 Sqn Special Duties
    161 (Sp Dty) Sqn Diversionary
    218 Sqn Window
    514 Sqn Ouistreham
    622 Sqn Ouistreham


    No 4 Gp
    10 Sqn Mont Fleury
    51 Sqn Mont Fleury
    76 Sqn Mont Fleury
    78 Sqn Mont Fleury
    102 Sqn Maisy
    158 Sqn Maisy
    346 Sqn Maisy
    466 Sqn Maisy
    578 Sqn Mont Fleury
    640 Sqn Maisy



    No 5 Gp
    9 Sqn Pointe du Hoc
    44 Sqn La Pernelle
    49 Sqn La Pernelle
    50 Sqn Pointe du Hoc
    57 Sqn La Pernelle
    61 Sqn Pointe du Hoc
    83 Sqn La Pernelle
    97 Sqn Pointe du Hoc and La Pernelle (1 a/c)
    106 Sqn Pointe du Hoc
    207 Sqn La Pernelle
    463 Sqn Pointe du Hoc
    467 Sqn Pointe du Hoc
    617 Sqn Special Duties
    627 Sqn Pointe du Hoc and La Pernelle (TIs)
    630 Sqn La Pernelle
    691 Sqn No flying


    No 6 Gp
    408 Sqn Longues sur Mer
    419 Sqn Longues sur Mer and Merville
    420 Sqn Houlgate
    424 Sqn Houlgate
    425 Sqn Houlgate
    426 Sqn Houlgate
    427 Sqn Merville
    428 Sqn Merville
    429 Sqn Merville
    431 Sqn Merville
    433 Sqn Houlgate
    434 Sqn Merville


    No 8 (PF) Gp
    7 Sqn Longues sur Mer and Merville
    35 Sqn Longues sur Mer and Maisy
    105 Sqn Longues sur Mer, Merville, Maisy, La Pernelle, St Martin de Varreville, Mont Fleury, Pointe du Hoc, Crisbecq, Houlgate and Ouistreham
    109 Sqn Longues sur Mer, Merville, Maisy, La Pernelle, St Martin de Varreville, Mont Fleury, Pointe du Hoc, Crisbecq, Houlgate and Ouistreham
    139 Sqn Osnabruck
    156 Sqn Longues sur Mer and Houlgate
    405 Sqn Longues sur Mer
    571 Sqn Osnabruck
    582 Sqn Longues sur Mer and Mont Fleury
    635 Sqn Longues sur Mer and Ouistreham
    692 Sqn Osnabruck

    No 100 (BS) Gp
    23 (BS) Sqn No flying
    85 (BS) Sqn Special Cover
    141 (BS) Sqn Patrol
    157 (BS) Sqn Patrol/Intruder
    169 (BS) Sqn Patrol/Support
    192 (BS) Sqn Special Patrol
    199 (BS) Sqn Special Duties
    214 (BS) Sqn Patrol
    239 (BS) Sqn Patrol
    515 (BS) Sqn Patrol/Intruder
     
  2. John Szweda

    John Szweda Administrator
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    Oct 25, 2012
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    Hi Sean,
    I don't know much about these reports, but any chance there is a German report attached to 627 squadron about the bombing of Saint Martin de Varreville?
    See the report at the end of this linked page for what I am talking about.

    627 Squadron in retirement

    John
     
  3. Pat Curran

    Pat Curran Administrator
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    Oct 20, 2012
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    Thanks for your efforts Sean,

    Yes please, I would very much like a copy of all these ORBs. I'll set you up a folder on my ADrive cloud tonight.

    Regards,

    Pat
     
  4. Sean

    Sean Active Member
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    Oct 24, 2012
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    Yep. It's in the appendices.
    The "main" parts of the ORBs don't have this sort of thing normally, and the appendices vary in content and quality.
    It's on it's way to you via WeTransfer

    Cheers

    Sean
     

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