6/3/45 ATTACK AGAINST SALZBERGEN – Wintershall oil refinery

6 mar salzbergCrew
F/S Vernon John Zinzan. Pilot
P/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
F/Sgt. Herbert Steele. Rear Gunner

Lancaster Mk.I NG449
“T” for Tare

Bomb Load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 13 x 500 ANM.,
Formation appeared to all drop together. Two large mushroom patches appeared through cloud

Up 08.32 6th March
Down 14.17 6th March
Total Flight Time 5 hours 45 minutes

75 (NZ) Sqn RAF Operations Record Book (ORB)
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Page 125, 1945. Form 540/ 541 AIR27/ 647  75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Mepal. National Archives.

Bomber Command War Diary
6 March 1945
19 Lancasters of No 3 Group carried out a G-H attack through cloud on the Wintershall oil refinery at Salzbergen. 1 lost.
48 Mosquitos of No 8 Group attacked Wesel, which was believed to contain many German troops and vehicles. The target had been cloud-covered for several days. Oboe Mosquitos provided the marking. 1 aircraft lost.

Page 675, The Bomber Command War Diaries. 2011. Everitt Middlebrook. Midland publishing.

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