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luftluuver
03-12-2007, 02:02 PM
http://www.combinedops.com/Operation%20Starkey.htm

Late Aug and early Sept 1943, the Allied Operation Starkey.

Beaufort-RAF
03-12-2007, 05:54 PM
http://i6.ebayimg.com/05/i/08/df/c1/0a_1_b.JPG

luftluuver
03-13-2007, 06:14 AM
Beaufort, have you read the book?

Beaufort-RAF
03-13-2007, 10:17 AM
Originally posted by luftluuver:
Beaufort, have you read the book?

Yep, still got it on the shelf but read it so long ago I don't remember much.

Beaufort-RAF
03-15-2007, 05:42 PM
Had another look at the book and it's interesting looking at the bombing of the coastal gun postions which was the main focus of the air attacks (and which brought such heavy loss of life and destruction upon Le Portel).

The USAAF used just two bombers, the B26 and the B17 (and the B17 only flew a token 5 sorties, unusually joining the RAF at night).

The RAF however used 8 different bombers and that doesn't include the Lancaster!

Stirling
Mosquito
Halifax
Wellington
Mitchell
Ventura
Typhoon
Whirlwind

luftluuver
03-15-2007, 06:08 PM
Might make an interesting scenario for the new BoB game.

Thanks for the info Beaufort. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

woofiedog
03-16-2007, 01:23 AM
Interesting bit of history... Thank's for posting.

WORLD WAR II Europe:
D-Day Deception Operations and Deception Generally.

Link: http://intellit.muskingum.edu/wwii_folder/wwiieurope_fo.../wwiieurddaytoc.html (http://intellit.muskingum.edu/wwii_folder/wwiieurope_folder/wwiieurddaytoc.html)

Hope this link will work... but there is a small chapter on Operation Starkey... page 32.

Link: http://books.google.com/books?id=V-Kj6BPYEEgC&pg=PA32&l...B2h2ilSsn5uI#PPP1,M1 (http://books.google.com/books?id=V-Kj6BPYEEgC&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=operation+starkey+1943&source=web&ots=5nMeP-GHDv&sig=V19ChpHsnhGTlvsB2h2ilSsn5uI#PPP1,M1)

Xiolablu3
03-16-2007, 04:55 AM
Good read, thanks.


I bet the information gained from the sortie was invaluable, alos the fact that the Germans didnt even react, or seem to respond, gave the Allies a lot of info on German Spies/Info gathering abilities. ie. that they had managed to keep the whole thing secret.

I wouldnt say it was a wasted effort at all.

Beaufort-RAF
03-16-2007, 04:35 PM
Originally posted by Xiolablu3:
Good read, thanks.

I bet the information gained from the sortie was invaluable, alos the fact that the Germans didnt even react, or seem to respond, gave the Allies a lot of info on German Spies/Info gathering abilities. ie. that they had managed to keep the whole thing secret.

I wouldnt say it was a wasted effort at all.

That's what RV Jones is noted in the book as saying, that Le Portel made a sacrifice that contributed to the success of D-Day.

http://leportelvillemartyre.site.voila.fr/VilleMartyre/MonumentNoms1.jpg