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Sgt B A Gumbley, Sgt C T Anderson, (Typing error in the ORB), P/O A A Greamer, Sgt J W Tarner, Sgt C W Morley, Sgt E Hyde, Sgt J Wood.

T/o Fiskerton 1927 landing 0257 Target Duty Nurnberg.

Nurnberg 2329 hrs 15,000ft Vis. fairly good, ground haze, fairly dark. T.I markers (Green) seen in bomb site. - Many fires starting round markers which covered a large area.
Part of the station ORB for 25/26 February 1943
25/26 February 1943

337 aircraft - 169 Lancasters, 104 Halifaxes, 64 Stirlings. 9 aircraft - 6 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings, 1 Halifax - Lost 2.7% of the force.

Weather conditions were poor and the Pathfinders were late with their marking. Nuremberg's report shows that the bombing fell on the northern edges of Nuremberg and on the neighbouring town of Furth and in the countryside up to 12 Km further North. However more than 300 buildings were damaged in Nuremberg, including a historic military chapel which was burnt out. 12 civillians, 1 soldier on leave and 1 prisoner or war were killed in Nuremberg; 26 people were killed in Furth and there may have been further casualties in teh villages to the north.

Minor operations; 6 Mosquitoes to the Rhur (13 people were killed in Cologne), 54 aircraft minelaying of Brittany and in the Frisians, 20 O.T.U. sorties. No losses.

Total effort for the night: 417 sorties, 9 aircraft (2.2%) lost.
extract from
The Bomber Command War Diaries
By Middlebrook & Everitt
25/26 February 1943
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