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09:00 Morning planning meeting – RAF Bomber Command headquarters

SECRET SIGNAL

From: Headquarters, Bomber Command.

A/C. 828

Confirming telephone conversations. the following are for operations night 22nd March 1944.  Targets and aircraft allotted thereto are given under the usual headings.

Grp. (1)

No. of A/C.

(2)

Primary Target.

(3)

Alt. Target.

(4)

Last

Resort

Target.

(5)

P/T

Area

No. 2.

(6)

Alt. T.

Area

No. 2.

(7)

Last

Resort T.

Area No. 2.

1

194

FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

3

71

FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

4

100

FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

5

215

FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

6

24

FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

6

70

FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

8

49

Markers on FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

8

26

Markers on FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

8

37

FRANKFURT A.M. ‘C’

8

12

BERLIN

8

12

FRANKFURT A.M.

8

7

HANNOVER

8

20

Enemy fighter airfields

8

2

DORTMUND (Blast Furnace & Steel Wks)

8

2

BRERHAUSEN

 

Note 1. Waves.

1st 34 of 1 Gp. 14 of 3 Grp. 20 of 4 Gp. 37 of 5 Gp. 14 Hx. and 5 L of 6 Gp. TOT Z to Z + 3M
2nd

Ditto

TOT Z + 2M to Z + 5M
3rd

TOT Z + 5M to Z + 8M
4th

TOT 8 + 2M to Z + 11M
5th

34 of 1 Gp. 15 of 3 Grp. 20 of 4 Gp. 37 of 5 Gp. 14 Hx. and 4 L of 6 Gp.

TOT Z + 10M to Z + 13M

Note 2.

Bomb load: Arson

Note 3.

Route: Base – 5405N 0400E – 52220N 0845E – Target – 4948N 0830E – 4945 0710E – 0240E – Base.

Note 4.

Zero hour: 2150 hrs.

Note 5.

30 A/C of 5 Gp. to act as supporters to the P.F.F. Bomb load 100% H.E. Details of TOT etc., to be arranged direct between A.O.C. 5 Gp. and A.O.C. P.F.F.

Note 6.

An analysis of the last attack on this target shows that the planned times over target were very greatly exceeded. Crew to be warned at briefing of the vital importance of adhering strictly to the times over target laid down in the orders.