Sortie 12

Date:  2nd November 1944

Target:  Dusseldorf (Ruhr Valley)

Crew:  AE Johnson, GB Thomas, H Coulton, RM Jenkins, R Neale, DF Hadland, CA Butler, J D Crombie (2nd A/B)

Aircraft:  PB199(N)

Role:  Supporter              

Take Off: 16.49  Landing: 21.05

Crew Report:

35 Squadron ORB: 16 aircraft formed part of a force which carried out what appeared to be a heavy and well directed attack on Dusseldorf. All returned safely to base.

Bomber Command:

Aircraft Used: 992 aircraft – 561 Lancasters, 400 Halifaxes, 31 Mosquitos.

Losses: 11 Halifaxes and 8 Lancasters were lost, 4 of the losses being crashes behind Allied lines in France and Belgium.

Summary: This heavy attack fell mainly on the northern half of Düsseldorf. More than 5,000 houses were destroyed or badly damaged. 7 industrial premises were destroyed and 18 were seriously damaged, including some important steel firms. This was the last major Bomber Command raid of the war on Düsseldorf.