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    You can make out where the FIDO crossed the runway at Sturgate from this aerial I took in February. A ground visit may be in order to see if there is actually anything there.


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    Ah, so that's what you were talking about then. I didn't get that shot I don't think. Be interesting to see it from ground level now.

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    Default Re: FIDO. The true meaning?

    HI.
    New member barry jameson from lindholme doncaster , my dad was in B,Command in ww11, he told me abt this when I was a small child. he always called it, FIDO, with the wording intensive, always remember this cos i had no idea what he was on abt !!

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    Default FIDO installations

    Twenty-five sited were listed as locations for possible FIDO installations, from Station I (Staines experimental) to Station XXV (Epinoy). Clearly not all were taken up. Does anyone know the names of Stations XVIII, XXIII and XXIV? (Needed for a future AR article).

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    Default Re: FIDO installations

    That's Numbers 18, 23 and 24 for the non Latin speakers

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    I had the opportunity to ask a panel of Bomber Command veterans at Elvington last year about FIDO.

    I asked what their experience of it was. One ex-pilot said that it was like a normal landing, a bit more bumpy, and that the technique was to approach 10-15kts faster than normal

    It wasn't clear wether this was based on personal experience, or simply the training/advice given at the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnaby View Post
    Twenty-five sited were listed as locations for possible FIDO installations
    Source? I've never found a definitive source that says there were twenty-five, just an inference because one was numbered XXV

    Quote Originally Posted by Carnaby View Post
    Does anyone know the names of Stations XVIII, XXIII and XXIV? (Needed for a future AR article).
    Were 23 and 24 actually allocated?

    How many mobile units were there? Could these have had the 'missing' numbers?

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    Default Re: FIDO installations

    Quote Originally Posted by tigger View Post
    Source? I've never found a definitive source that says there were twenty-five, just an inference because one was numbered XXV

    Were 23 and 24 actually allocated?
    Possibly not, though it seems a bit unlikely that they jumped from 22 (Tuddenham) to 25 (Epinoy). The others (18 excepted) are all in 'Williams'. I note that there are approx 150 aviation fog dispersal related documents in TNA. Which one has the answer?

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    Default Re: FIDO installations

    8th AF, 1st Air Division daily records, 14th April 1945:

    It was announced that "Fido" marker burners were to be installed at all stations of the First Division.

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    That's interesting. Hard to imagine the intention was ever carried out though. By the 3rd week of May, the Bomber Groups had started moving out and by mid-July the 8th AF was re-established on Okinawa


    the Bomber Groups had started moving back to the US and on July 16th, the 8th Air Force was re-established on Okinawa
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