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01:28 Last RAF bomber lands

01:28 Lancaster Mk536 of 463 sqaudron, 5 Group, lands back at base.  Piloted by Sgt Bowman their flight time was 6:41 hours.

23:35 First RAF bomber to complete the operation returns to base

23:35 An 8 Group Lancaster from 97 squadron ND452 OF-E piloted by Flying Officer R.O. Ellesmere is the first to return after bombing the target at 23:35 a total flight time of 4:45 hours.

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.

21:44 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’.

21:27 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.

21:18 Nachtjagd claim their first victory of the night

21:18 Lancaster shot down

Ofw. Rudolf Frank of 3./NJG 3  shoots down a 4-motor Fluzg at GR-2 from 6.000m.

It was Lancaster ME578 VN-K of 50 Squadron.  6 were killed and 2 PoW.  It crashed near Campemoor not far from Neuenkirchen-Vörden in Lower Saxony, Germany.

ME578 was probably the first aircraft claimed by enemy action that night. Interestingly it had an 8 man crew that night 18% (6/33) of a/c lost that night had 8-man crews. Most were in the first wave, either Path Finder Force (PFF), PFF supporters or special duties e.g. reporting wind conditions. German night fighter tactics were to disrupt the front of the bomber stream as much as possible.

At the time 3/NJG3 were flying Bf 110G-4s and it was while flying the Bf110 that Rudolf Frank claimed most of the 45 night victories with which he was credited.


19:52 ED317 abandons

19:52 Lancaster ED317 of 625 Sqn. abandons.
Port inner engine problems

18:25 First RAF bombers take off

RAF Lancasters from 1 Group 12 and 101 squadrons are the first to take off at 18:25