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Lancaster ED453

Sgt C T Anderson, Sgt R C Paterson, Sgt J P Nugent, Sgt W D Bickle, Sgt A W Buck, Sgt G J Green, Sgt E Ewan

T/o Fiskerton 1911 landing 2347 Target Duty Duisburg

Bombed primary. 24.43 hrs 21,000 ft 9 - 10/10th cloud. Identification markers flares. Marker in bomb sight.
Part of the station ORB for 26/27 March 1943
26/27 March 1943

455 aircraft - 173 Wellingtons 157 Lancasters, 114 Halifaxes, 9 Mosquitoes, 2 Stirling. 6 aircraft 3 Wellingtons, 1 Halifax, 1 Lancaster, 1 Mosquitoe - lost 1.3% of the force.

The Mosquito lost was the first Oboe Mosquito casualty. A message was recieved from the pilot F/Lt L J Ackland, that he was having to ditch in the North Sea, His body was never found but his navigator, W/O F S Sprouts, is belived to have survived.

This rid waswas one of the few failures of this series of attacks on Rhur targets. It was a cloudy night and for once, accurate Oboe sky marking was lacking because 5 Oboe Mosquitoes were forced to return early with technical difficulties anda sixth was lost. The result was a widely scattered raid. The only details reported from Duisburg were 15 houses destroyed and 70 damaged, with 11 people killed and 56 injured.

5 O.T.U. aircraft carried leaflets to France without loss
extract from
The Bomber Command War Diaries
By Middlebrook & Everitt
26/27 March 1943
26/27 March 1943 Duisburg.

10 Lancasters were being prepared for a trip to Duisburg. All 10 aircraft were away by 19.17 hrs but over the next 3 hours, 3 returned with faults; Sgt Price (ED426) had port outer engine trouble, Sgt Stables (ED584) had the same problem and Sgt Miller (ED411) and crew attempting their first operation, returned when the artifical horizon went u/s. The remaining 7 made successful sorties, all landing back at base shortly before midnight.
extract from
Beware Of The Dog At War
By John Ward
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