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Old 16th November 2018, 10:49
BruceMk11 BruceMk11 is offline
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RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

Apart from the Whitley, Wellington and Hampden, were other RAF a/c types employed on this duty in '39-'40?

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Old 16th November 2018, 15:19
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Re: RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

Fairey Battles too

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Old 17th November 2018, 00:34
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Re: RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

Blenheims too, then.
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Old 17th November 2018, 13:17
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Re: RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

I haven't come across any evidence of a Blenheim Nickel sortie per se, but that does not mean that they did not drop leaflets as well as more serious cargo

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Old 20th November 2018, 08:32
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Re: RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

Thanks Martin & Graham.

Can anyone confirm the use of Blenheims on leaflet dropping?
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Old 20th November 2018, 10:58
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Re: RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

You can check out the Squadron ORBs online yourself. Follow veiwing instructions in my link below

http://www.ww2irishaviation.com/TNA_...guidelines.pdf
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Old 21st November 2018, 10:49
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Re: RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

Thanks Dennis but probably not; thought someone might know off the top of their head.
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Old 21st November 2018, 17:21
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Re: RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

Not that I know much about early-war ops, but I'd never heard of Blenheims or Battles dropping leaflets.

There wouldn't be much room for leaflets in Blenheims would there? … even less in Battles!

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Old 21st November 2018, 23:52
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Re: RAF Leaflet Dropping: 1939-40

Here are some examples of initial Battle sorties involving nickelling

16-Mar-40 N 226 Nickel Battle 1 Mannheim
18-Mar-40 N 226 Nickel Battle 1 Mannheim
N 88 Nickel Battle 1 Mannheim, Saarbrucken
20-Mar-40 N 103 Nickel Battle 1 Koblenz

The operations go on into April 1940, if you are interested get the ORBs for the AASF sqns 12, 88,103, 105, 142, 150, 218, 226 they were all involved


The sorties involved a night recce component looking for movement on the Rhine and other routes and also the dropping of nickels in cities like Mannheim etc


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