Sortie 15


Date:  5th December 1944


Target:  Soest


Crew:  AE Johnson, GB Thomas, H Coulton, RM Jenkins, R Neale, DF Hadland, CA Butler


Aircraft:  PB366 (N)


Role:  Supporter              


Take Off: 18.40  Landing: 23.36


Crew  Report:


35 Squadron ORB: 15 aircraft set out to attack the town of Soest. Ground haze prevailed over the target with the result that bombing, although heavy, had a tendency to be scattered.


Bomber Command:

Aircraft Used: 497 aircraft – 385 Halifaxes, 100 Lancasters, 12 Mosquitos – of Nos 1, 4, 6 and 8 Groups

Losses:  2 Halifaxes lost.

Summary: This was a successful raid, with the local report confirming that most of the bombing was in the northern part of the town where the railway installations were situated.