10/8/43 Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield RNZAF. Pilot
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy. Navigator
Sgt. Robert Douglas  Sommerville. Air Bomber
F/S J. Scarll. Wireless Operator
Sgt. A. Warburton. Flight Engineer
F/S D. Allen. Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. John Sebastian Hulena RNZAF. Rear Gunner

Striling Mk.III BF461 ‘B’ for Baker

Up 22.00 10th August
Down 05.50 11th August
Total Flight Time 7 hours 50 minutes

75 (NZ) Sqn RAF Operations Record Book (ORB)
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with indiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble, the remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds and some heavy explosions were also seen, indicating that the attack was a success. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but gave little trouble. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was poor at the target, 9/10ths cloud prevailing, which prevented identifcation  of detail. Navigation was very good. The aircraft captained by P/O C.C.Logan, owing to unserviceable navigation aids on return journey went off track and ran short of petrol. The crew prepared to abandon the aircraft but fortunately the petrol lasted and they landed at R.A.F. Marston, after being airbourne for 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Page 557, 1943. Form 540/ 541 AIR27/ 646  75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Mepal. National Archives.

Bomber Command War Diary
10/11 August 1943
653 aircraft – 318 Lancasters, 216 Halifaxes, 119 Stirlings to Nuremberg. The Pathfinders attempted to ground-mark the city and, although their markers were mostly obscured by cloud, a useful attack developed in the central and southern parts of Nuremberg. The Lorenzkirche, the largest of the city’s old churches, was badly damaged and about 50 of the houses in the preserved Altstadt were destroyed. There was a large ‘fire area’ in the Wöhrd district. 16 aircraft – 7 Halifaxes, 6 Lancasters, 3 Stirlings – lost, 2.5 per cent of the force.

Page 420, The Bomber Command War Diaries. 2011. Everitt Middlebrook. Midland publishing.

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