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Old 8th December 2018, 19:35
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Bomber Command overseas?

So I understand Bomber Command was a UK based Command only. But were any of Bomber Command Sqns ever based abroad outside the UK? I know that HP Hampdens were sent on detachment to Northern Russia, but perhaps they were in Coastal Command even though some reverted to Bomber Command afterwards. Were there any shuttle missions that necessitated being temporary bases elsewhere?
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Old 8th December 2018, 20:51
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Re: Bomber Command overseas?

The Hampdens in Russia were torpedo bombers and thus Coastal Command, as you supposed. 2 Group Blenheim units were sent on temporary detachment to Malta, I'm not sure about the Wellington units on Malta but I suspect not. Wellingtons were sent to France in early 1940 in order to bomb Italy but no missions were flown. The initial Halifaxes sent to North Africa were supposedly only a temporary detachment. Another possibility is the Battle squadron sent to Iceland.

I don't know of any shuttle missions, although Halifaxes on SOE duties would go on to North Africa at times, rather than returning directly home. I'm not sure they were strictly under Bomber Command.
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Re: Bomber Command overseas?

617 Squadron did shuttle missions to North Africa, bombing Rome.


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Re: Bomber Command overseas?

9 Sqn certainly engaged in shuttle bombing sorties, rotating through Blida in North Africa.
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