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Lancaster ED999

P/O 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 2238 landing 0306 Target Duty Gelsenkirchen

Gelsenkirchen 0144 hrs. 21,000 ft 194 10/10th cloud at 16,000 ft Red strady 0138 hrs, posn. X Green steady 0140 Posn Y.
1 Red with green stars in bomb sight. some glow seen through clouds, but could not identify as fires or searchlights. Flak through B/A's blister. PFF marker flares of great assistance. Route in and out free of A/A opposition.
Part of the station ORB for 9/10 July 1943
9/10 July 1943 Gelsenkirchen

Over 400 bombers attempted to attack Gelsenkirchen through 10/10th cloud cover. Of the 6 Oboe Mosquitoes , 5 had equipment failure, and the 6th dropped his sky markers in error several miles away. Eleven aircraft were detailed from the Squadron, of which one had to return early Sgt Coxill's aircraft experienced trouble with the rear turret.

At de-brief the crews knew nothing of the Pathfinder's difficulties, and reported seeing markers and explosions in their sights. Three crews reported flak damage; P/O Anderson for the second night running had flak penetrate the perspex, this time through the bomb airmer's Gilbert Green's blister. F/O Miller (ED726) recieved heavy flak damage to the bomb bay, with a piece of shrapnel hitting the mid upper guner's parachute harness without causing him injury. F/Sgt Oglesby and crew brought ED426 back with flak holes in the port mainplane, the fuselage and the starboard outer engine. The pilot and crew were all safe but the Lancaster was a write off. The crash landing was timed at 20.30 hrs.
Twelve aircraft failed to return, but all 49's came home safely.
extract from
The Bomber Command War Diaries
By Middlebrook & Everitt
9/10 July 1943
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Beware Of The Dog At War
By John Ward
9/10 July 1943

418 aircraft - 218 Lancasters, 190 Halifaxes, 10 Mosquitoes. 12 aircraft - 7 Halifaxes and 5 Lancasters - were lost 2.9% of the force.

This raid was not successful. The Oboe equipment failed to operate in 5 of the Mosquitoes and a 6th Mosquito dropped sky-markers in error 10 miles north of the target. Gelsenkirchen reports thats is southern districts were bombed and assumed that the main raid was on the neighbouring towns of Bochum and Wattenscheid, also to the south, which recieved many more bombs than did Gelsenkirchen. Gelsenkirchen itself suffered 10 industrial firms hti, including the all important synthetic oil refinery at Scholven, but damage in all places was only light. 41 people died in Gelsenkirchen.

Minor Operations: 4 Mosquitoes to Nordstern 18 aircraft minelaying in the Frisians and of Texel. No loses.