1/2/45 ATTACK AGAINST MUNCHEN-GLADBACH

 1-feb-munchenCrew
F/S Vernon John Zinzan. Pilot
P/O James Sydney George Coote. Navigator
F/Sgt. A. Griffiths*. Air Bomber
Sgt. Miles Parr. Wireless Operator
Sgt. A. Ackroyd. Flight Engineer
Sgt. H. Hutchinson. Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. Herbert Steele. Rear Gunner

* A rather anonymous start to Bob’s second tour with the Squadron – The ORB has the A/B incorrectly listed as a Flight Sergeant  A. Griffiths……

Aircraft
Lancaster Mk.I HK601
“D” for Dog

Remarks
Bomb load 1×4,000 H.C., 6×750 No. 15 clusters 2×500 No 17 clusters 2×500 No 14 clusters 1x Can 150 by 4 type. 1 Munroe.
Primary target Munchen Gladbach.
Nothing seen.

Flight
Up 12.56 1st February
Down 18.41 1st February
Total Flight Time 5 hours 45 minutes

75 (NZ) Sqn RAF Operations Record Book (ORB)
1/2/45
Operations. 
Seventeen aircraft bomber Munchen Gladbach. No results were observed owing to cloud being ten tenths over the target.

Page 53, 1945. Form 540/ 541 AIR27/ 647  75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Mepal. National Archives.

Bomber Command War Diary
1 February 1945
160 Lancasters of No 3 Group attacked the general town area of Mönchengladbach through 8-10/10ths cloud, using G-H. The results of the raid are not known. 1 Lancaster crashed in France.
1 Halifax flew an RCM sortie.

Page 657, The Bomber Command War Diaries. 2011. Everitt Middlebrook. Midland publishing.

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