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  • Tags: bombing of the Creil/St Leu d’Esserent V-1 storage areas (4/5 July 1944)

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Mervyn Jones is a miners son from Wales. His father wanted a different life to that of a miner for his son and the family moved away to Slough where was plenty of work. Mervyn had always had trouble with his ears and so his father assumed he…

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Target photograph of Saint-Leu-d'Esserent. Rural area, centre of photograph obscured by smoke and dust and a small area of light streaks. Roads visible. Captioned 3° F', '7B', '1213 SKELL 4/5.7.44 //NT 8" 16000 [arrow] 348° 0138 ST.LEU D'ESSERENT…

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Target photograph of Saint-Leu-d'Esserent. Two large balls of light and a light streak. No clear details visible. Captioned '3°F', '6B CL', '1223 SKELL 4/5.7.44 //NT (C) 8" 17000 [arrow] 014° 0138 ST LEU D'ESSERENT RD.B.11X1000,4X500.27secs.W/C…

BCleggPVWilsonDv1.pdf
Biography of Squadron Leader David James Baikie Wilson, DSO, DFC and Bar (1917 - 1947). He flew operations as a pilot with 214, 196 and 617 Squadrons before becoming Head of Aerodynamic Development and Testing, and Test-Pilot at A V Roe & Co Ltd.…

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Buff file cover with contents: Photos, Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, Photographic Reconnaissance Unit report

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Notes that despite allied bombing, V-1 campaign against London and South East continues. Notes decision to attack V-1 storage sites. 617 Squadron were to join 5 Group attack and use using 12,000 bombs to collapse roof of caves in which bombs were…

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Date: 4/5 July 1944, target, zero hour 0130 hours. Lists leader and marker 1, Wing Commander Cheshire flying P-51. Marker 2 in Mosquito and 17 Lancaster carrying one tallboy bomb each.

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Signal message reports large concentration of craters, damage to entrance of caves and destruction of road rail in the area.

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Target photograph showing large bright flashes centre left and right as well as other flashes. Caption '338, W.S., 4/5.7.44, NT 8", St Leu D'Esserent, V., 1 x 12000, F/O Lee, V., 617'. On the reverse '51:98/7'. A Lancaster at lower altitude can be…

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Target photograph showing open countryside with a bright area at the bottom left. Caption '339, W.S., 4/5.7.44,NT 8", 17000, 0141, St Leu D'Esserent, V. 1 x 12000, 34 secs, F/O Lee, V, 617'. On the reverse '51:98/8'.

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Target photograph showing a large flash centre left and other bright spots. Caption '341, W.S., 4/5.7.44, NT 8", 18500, 330 degrees, 0135, St Leu D'Esserent, J, 1 x 12000, 34 secs, P/O Gingles, L, 617'. On the reverse '51:98/9, AP'.

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Target photograph showing bright areas bottom left and top right with tracer lines bottom left. Caption '342, W.S. 4/5 7.44, NT 8", St Leu D'Esserent, R, 1 x 120'51:98/10'.00, F/Lt Knilans, R., 617'. On the reverse

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Target photograph showing bright spot left centre on edge and another to its right. Tracer lines on the right side. Caption '344, W.S., 4/5 .7.44, NT 8", St Leu D'Esserent, Y., 1 x 12000, F/O Stout, Y, 617'. On the reverse '51:98/11'.'

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Target photograph showing bright spot in the middle. Caption '346, W.S., 4/5.7.44, NT 8", 18500, 360 degrees, 0143, St Leu D'Esserent, D1, 1 x 12000, 34 secs, S/L McCarthy, Q., 617'. On the reverse '51:98/12'.

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Target photograph showing bright area in the centre. Caption '347, W.S., 4/5.7.44, NT 8". 16450, 246 degrees 0131' St Leu D'Esserent, Z, 1 x 12000, 34 secs, F/L Pryor, Z., 617'. On the reverse '51:98/13'.
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