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at Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire from June 1943, 101 Squadron was
selected to test new equipment designed to jam the VHF frequencies
used by German fighter controllers. A system, code-named "Airborne
Cigar" or ABC for short, was operated by a eighth crew member
- the Special Operator on board the Lancaster bomber who could understand
German and listen into the German controller's transmissions, jamming
them before they alerted their night fighters to the position of
the bombers. ABC soon proved its worth and from October 1943 101
Sqn. ABC aircraft flew with all Bomber Command main force attacks,
consequently 101 Squadron suffered higher losses than other 1 Group
Squadrons. In an attempt to reduce the losses the Squadron was the
first to be fitted with twin 0.5 browning machine guns in the rear
a handful of airfields were equipped with a fog dispersal system
known as F.I.D.O. The fact that Ludford Magna was one of the chosen
few is a measure of the importance attached to 101 Sqn.
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