Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Sψren C. Flensted

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NO. 1 Group. (AIR 25/13)

Target Stettin to destroy the town.

Route to target and back:
Bases-Mablethorpe-5530N 0500E-5650N 0810E-5626N 1235E-5518N 1445E-5340N 1508E-Target-5320N 1420E-5330N 1400E-5430N 1400E-5615N 1250E-5620N 0800E-5520N 050E- Mablethorpe-Bases.
 

Tactics.

A: Fly below 2000 ft at 170 ras as far as 0700E on the outward journey. Navigation light might be left on as far as 0500E in order to reduce the risk of collision.
B: From 0700E on track climb at 155 ras to be at 10/12000 ft by pos 5643N 0200E.
C: Maintain that height as far as posn 5518N 1445E at 160 ras.
D: From that position climb at 155 ras to 16/18000 ft.
E: Maintain that height to target and for bombing flying at 160 ras.
F: After bombing loose height and gain speed down to 10/12000 ft by pos 5400N on track at 200 ras.
G: Maintain that height at 170 ras as far as 0800E on the return journey.
H: From 0800E loose height at 190 ras to be at 4/6000 ft by 0500E on track.
I: Maintain that height to bases at 180 ras.


Bomb load.

MK I and III: 50 % of a/c to carry 1x4000 lb H.C. / 5x150x4 lb Incend./ 7x12x30 Lb Incend.
Remaining 50% to carry 1x4000 lb H.C. / 7x150x4 lb Incend / 7x12x30 lb Incend.

Y a/c and ABC: 50 % of a/c to carry 1x4000 lb H.C. / 4x150x4 lb Incend / 1x60x4 lb Incend / 5x12x30 lb Incend.
Remaining a/c to carry: 1x1000 lb MC/GP fused TDO 025 Secs. / 1x500 lb MC/GP fused. LD up to 144 Hrs for preference, otherwise Td. 0.025 Secs. Plus 7x150x4 lb Incend / 7x12x30 lb Incend.


Combat.

Ground defences at target put up moderate heavy flak and nine aircrafts sustained damage. Enemy fighters were active, particularly on the approach over Denmark and 24 of our aircrafts had combat.
14 on the outward route, 5 in the target area and 5 on the homeward route. Claims are 1 ME 110, 1 FW 190 destroyed and a HE 177 and 2 FW 190 damaged.

 
Aircrafts.

Detailed 189 lancasters. Took off 188 Lancasters. Successful A 167 Lancasters. Abortive O.E.T 4 Lancasters, Abortive N.O.E.T. 2 Lancasters. Missing 15 Lancasters.



Missing.

1. 460/F2 F/O Humpfries 8. 101/D P/O Piprell
2. 460 E/2 F/O Aldred 9. 101/F F/O Foster
3. 103/E F/L Forbes 10. 12/H F/O Spurrs

P/O Gorak

11. 626/B2 P/O Hawkes
4. 103/D F/O Nixon

F/O McPhail

5. 576/W2 F/O Thime 12. 300/M F/L Wasik
6. 166/S F/O Dunton 13. 300/R P/O Lupton
7. 101/W F/L Steward 14. 300/W F/O Jones

P/O Pecock

15. 559/C W/O Ansell

 


No. 3 Group. (AIR 25/78+Steve Smith)

110 aircrafts to Stettin.
12 aircrafts to garden Privet and Spinach.
8 Aircrafts on Special Ops.
15 Sqn, 75 Sqn, 90 Sqn, 115 Sqn, 218 Sqn, 514 Sqn, 622 Sqn.


Losses.

115 Sqn: G F/L Chatterton,, W F/O Berkeley.
514 Sqn. B F/S Chalton.
75 Sqn. G F/S King.
 



No 4 Group. (AIR 25/104)


76 Sqn. 2 aircrafts.
51 Sqn 1 Aircraft.
1652 Sqn. 5 Aircrafts.
1658 Sqn. 7 Aircrafts.
1663 Sqn. 2 Aircrafts.
466 Sqn. 2 Aircrafts.
102 Sqn. 3 Aircrafts.
346 Sqn. 2 Aircrafts.
347 Sqn. 2 Aircrafts.

Route: Base-Cromer-5420N 0600E-5430N 0600E-Cromer-Base.W/T silence is to be maintained until crossing coast on return journey. Training is to be carried out at A.O.C.`s discretion after Cromer on return route.


No 5 Group. (AIR 25/123)


155+ Main Force a/c of 5 Grp, assisted by marking a/c of 54 base. Will attack the target to destroy the enemy port and industrial centre.
Route to target: Base-5610N 0630E (A)- 5650N 0814E (B)- 5626N 1235E (C)- 5450N 1820E (D)- 5430N 2010E (E)- Target- (C)- (B)- Base.



No 6 Group (AIR 25/142)
19 aircrafts of 419 Sqn and 17 aircrafts of 428 Sqn to Stettin.


Bomb load: Lancaster X: 50 % of a/c: 1 x 4000 H.C., 4 x S.B.C. 16 x 30, 5 x S.B.C. 150 x 4.
1970 gallon petrol=9270 LBS.
Remainder of a/c: 1 x 2000 H.C, 4 S.B.C. 16 x 30, 2 S.B.C. 12 x 30, 7 S.B.C. 150 x 4.
1970 gallon petrol = 9220 LBS.

Route: Base -5530N 0500E - 5650N 0814E - 5626N 1235E - 5518N 1445E - 5340N 1508E – Target - 5320N 1420E - 5330N 1400E - 5430N 1400E - 5615N 1250E - 5629N 0800E - 5520N 0500E - Base.
 


91 Group (AIR 25/755)
Special combined command diversionary Bullseye.

Course: Base – Position A – Cromer – Position B 5420N 0600E – Position C 5430N 0600E – Position D – Cromer – Base.




92 Group (AIR 25/766)
11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 29, 84 and 85 O.T.U`s.
Special combined command diversionary Bullseye.
Route: Base – Northampton – Cromer – 5420N 0600E – 5430N 0600E – Cromer – Northampton – Base.

H Hour at position 5420N 0600E is 00:10 Hrs. Stations to spread aircrafts evently over periode H to H+ 6 MTS.
Aircraft to be at 16.000 ft at Cromer and full operational height by 03:30 E. 14000 to 16000 feet to be avoided over the sea.



93 Group (AIR 25/775)
18, 27, 28, 83, 86 O.T.U`s.
Special combined command diversionary Bullseye.
Route: Base - Wisbeck – Cromer – 5420N 0600E – 5410N 0620E – Cromer – Wisbeck – Base.

A/c from 86 O.T.U. reported being intercepted by an u/i e/c at 00:25 hours in position 5405N 0555E 17000 ft. E/a was sighted at 250 yds range on starboard quarter above and came straight. The a/c (H) carried out a corkscrew to port which e/a followed. The reat gunner of the a/c (H) fired 2 short bursts at 400 yards range. No strikes were observed. E/a did not return fire but broke away and was lost.
A/c (A) from 18 OUT and one a/c from 28 OUT both report a midair explosion at approximately 5310N 0143E.




100 Group (AIR 25/781)
Squadrons required for operations: 23, 36, 141, 169, 192, 199, 214, 239, 515.

8 a/c of 199 Sqn and 4 a/c of 36 Sqn to carry out Mandrel Jamming.
6 a/c of 199 Sqn, 2 a/c of 192 Sqn and 4 a/c of 214 Sqn to carry out Window patrol.
6 a/c of 214 Sqn on Jostle operations.
10 a/c of 169 Sqn, 6 a/c of 239 Sqn, 12 a/c of 141 Sqn on Serrate patrols.
5 a/c of 515 Sqn, 15 a/c of 23 Sqn on Intruder patrols.




10 Group Pathfinders (AIR 25/165)
Markers: 5Y/139
Bombers: 3/139, 6/571, 3/608, 4/692.

Route: Base – 5300N 0100E – 5530N 0500E – 5650N 0814E – 5626N 1235E – 5518N 1445E – 5345N 1510E – Target – 5320N 1420E – 5330N 1400E – 5430N 1400E – 5614N 1250E – 5620N 0800E – 5520N 0500E – Cromer – Base.


 

Night of 29/30 August 1944

Groups

Squadrons

Combats

Lancaster I PA163 crashed into Lovns Bredning bay 29/8 1944

Lancaster I LM184 crashed Aalestrup 29/8 1944

Lancaster III PB202 crashed at Fψrby Hede heath 30/8 1944

Lancaster X KB709 crashed in the sea of Kattegat 6 miles off the island of Anholt 30/8 1944

Lancaster III PB143 crashed at Ingerslev / Estruplund 30/8 1944

Lancaster III NE144 ditched in the sea of Kattegat off the island of Anholt 30/8 1944

Lancaster III EE193 crashed in the sea of Kattegat 30/8 1944

Lancaster I ME718 crashed at Ove 30/8 1944

Lancaster III PB436 crashed Gunderup 30/8 1944

Lancaster I LM116 crashed near Karup 30/8 1944

Lancaster III LM479 crashed Dejbjerg 30/8 1944

 

 

 

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