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22:42 LW580 crashes

22:42 Halifax NP-O LW580 of 158 Squadron from Lissett in Yorkshire is shot down by a night fighter and crashes 8km south west of Bielefeld. Only the Bomb Aimer R.H.SADLER (RAF 141983) crew survives.

22:10 Last of the main force bomb the target

22:10 101 Sqn. Lancaster SR-X2 (DV275) piloted by Flying Officer Hall bombs the target from 22,000ft on bearing 100 with an indicated air speed of 155 mph.

22:12 100 Sqn. Lancaster HW-T (JB289) piloted by Sergeant Fairbairn is the last to bomb.
He bombs the centre of a group of red target indicators and reports that the target area is well ablaze and building could be distinguished.

21:49 RAF Mosquitoes attack Berlin

21:49 to 21:58 11 RAF Mosquitoes of 8 Group Light Night Striking Force attack Berlin from 25,000feet

21:44 Squadron Leader Dennis is the first to bomb the target.

At 21:44 Squadron Leader Dennis flying Lancaster MG-R of 7 Sqn.  Path Finder Force (8 Group) is the first to bomb.

21:35 Lancaster ME618 lands at base after abandoning

21:35 101 Squadron Lancaster III ME618 piloted by Canadian Sgt G.J.Harnish lands safely at base. They abandoned the mission at 51:13N 03:38E with an unserviceable starboard inner engine due to an oil leak. The bomb load was jettisoned ‘safe’.

21:35 RAF Mosquito attacks Oberhausen

21:35 One RAF Mosquito of 8 Group Light Night Striking Force attacks Oberhausen from 30,000 feet.

21:27 Lancaster JB290 reports combat with Ju.88

21:27 630 squadron Lancaster LE-D JB290 reports combat with Ju.88
Heading south with 170km to the target, the Lancaster was hit by cannon shell and machine gun bullets from somewhere astern down. Sgt. Juckes, the rear gunner, stood up in his turret and on looking down sighted a Ju.88 port quarter down range 300 yards passing to starboard. Lancaster corkscrewed starboard and Juckes opened fire with a four second burst holding this as the enemy aircraft broke away to starboard quarter up range 150 yards.
The mid-upper gunner, Flight Sergeant Guy’s turret was rendered unserviceable as a result of the enemy aircraft burst but managed to get in a short burst by operating the guns and turret manually.
Both gunners observed strikes on the Ju.88 and claim to have damaged it.
They had fired 400 rounds with no stoppages.

21:20 207 Sqn EM-K combat with FW.190

21:20 Lancaster EM-K of 207 Squadron  reports combat with FW.190 just before the second turning point above the village of Hille.
The FW.190 was spotted on the port quarter below at 800 yards range.
The enemy aircraft crossed from port to starboard quarter with the range closing to 600 yards. Flying Officer McIntosh, the Rear gunner, opened fire and the enemy aircraft immediately broke away to starboard beam, down, without opening fire and was not seen again. No evasive action was necessary because the enemy aircraft had not commenced his attack.

21:20 RAF bomber stream reach 2nd turning point

21:20 RAF bomber stream reach 2nd turning point 52.12N,8.67E near Herford between Osnabruck and Hannover, Germany.
The main force turn south toward the target Frankfurt am Main.

Lanc LL685 turns back due to technical or combat problems

Somewhere near of Osnabruck Lancaster LL685 turns back due to technical or combat problems.