10/3/45 ATTACK AGAINST GELSENKIRCHEN-BUER – Scholven synthetic oil refinery

10 mar gelsinkirchenCrew
F/S Vernon John Zinzan. Pilot
W/O James Sydney George Coote. Navigator
F/O Robert Douglas Sommerville. Air Bomber
Sgt. Miles Parr. Wireless Operator
Sgt. A. Ackroyd. Flight Engineer
Sgt. H. Hutchinson. Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. Frank Watts. Rear Gunner

Lancaster Mk.I RF127
“W” for William

Bomb Load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 14 x 500 ANM.,
Gelsenkirchen Buer
Formatting good. G.H. Pulses synchronised with Leader.

Up 12.22 10th March
Down 17.35 10th March
Total Flight Time 5 hours 13 minutes

75 (NZ) Sqn RAF Operations Record Book (ORB)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. Aircraft bombed in light formation and all bombs were dropped together. Cloud was ten tenths. Slight H/F was encountered.

Page 136, 1945. Form 540/ 541 AIR27/ 647  75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Mepal. National Archives.

Bomber Command War Diary
10 March 1945
155 Lancasters of No 3 Group carried out a G-H attack on the oil refinery at Scholven/Buer. Photographs taken later showed this to have been a very accurate and effective raid. No aircraft lost.

Page 678, The Bomber Command War Diaries. 2011. Everitt Middlebrook. Midland publishing.

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