5/1/45 ATTACK AGAINST LUDWIGSHAVEN – Railway Yards

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

Aircraft
Lancaster Mk.I LM733
“R” for Roger

Remarks
Bomb Load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 12 x 500 G.P.
Primary Target Ludwigshaven
LS/P ( maybe F) bombed undershoot.

Flight
Up 11.26 5th January
Down 17.36 5th January
Total Flight Time 5 hours 10 minutes

75 (NZ) Sqn RAF Operations Record Book (ORB)
5/1/45
Operations.
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshaven in daylight. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Page 16, 1945. Form 540/ 541 AIR27/ 647  75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Mepal. National Archives.

Bomber Command War Diary
5 January 1945
160 Lancasters of No 3 Group attacked the railway-yards at Ludwigshafen. 2 Lancasters lost.
1 Hudson flew a Resistance operation.

Page 648, The Bomber Command War Diaries. 2011. Everitt Middlebrook. Midland publishing.

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