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Whitleys ‘never here’
YOUR item on RAF Elvington contains an elementary mistake (The Press, October 8): Whitley aircraft never operated from Elvington though some may have used this airfield during training missions.
This squadron operated Whitleys from Chivenor with Coastal Command, but on October 3, 1942, moved by road, rail and air to Elvington.
The first operation with Halifax aircraft took place on the February 4 and 5, 1943, when 11 aircraft carried out a successful attack on the docks at Lorient.
Several years ago, after having spent a considerable amount of time in the National Archives researching the Operational Record Books for both RAF Elvington and No 77 Squadron, I published The RAF Elvington War Diary.
This book is still, as far as I know, on sale in the museum shop and it is therefore surprising that Ian Richardson should have made such an elementary mistake and that nobody corrected him before this item was given to the media.
Mike Usherwood, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.
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