15.1.45 ATTACK AGAINST LANGENDREER – Rober Muser Benzol Plant

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

Lancaster Mk.III HK562
“L” for Love

1 x 4,000 H.C., 10 x 500 ANM., 2 x 500 M.C. 4 x 250 G.P.
Primary target Lengendreer.
Green puffs good, but did not lxxx xx long on blue.

Up 11.36 15th January
Down 17.09 15th January
Total Flight Time 6 hours 33 minutes

75 (NZ) Sqn RAF Operations Record Book (ORB)
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Langendreer. The aircraft captained by NZ427082 F/O D. Leadley failed to reach the target owing to starboard inner engine failing. No results were observed owing to ten tenths cloud. Flak was slight over the target. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Page 32, 1945. Form 540/ 541 AIR27/ 647  75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Mepal. National Archives.

Bomber Command War Diary
15 January 1945
82 Lancasters of No 3 Group attacked a benzol plant at Recklinghausen. The bombing appeared to be excellent. No aircraft lost.
63 Lancasters of No 3 Group carried out a G-H raid through thick cloud on the Robert Muser benzol plant at Bochum. No results known. No aircraft lost.
1 Hudson flew a Resistance operation.

Page 653, The Bomber Command War Diaries. 2011. Everitt Middlebrook. Midland publishing.

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