Sortie 19


Date:  17th December 1944


Target:  Ulm


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


Aircraft:  PB364 (N)


Role:  Blind Illuminator 


Take Off: 16.04  Landing: 22.09


Crew Report:


35 Squadron ORB: 10 aircraft carried out a night raid against Ulm. Weather was 10/10ths cloud despite which TI’s could be seen. The raid appeared to be successful and there were several explosions.


Bomber Command:

Aircraft Used: 317 Lancasters and 13 Mosquitos of Nos 1 and 8 Groups.

Losses:  2 Lancasters lost.

Summary: This was Bomber Command’s first and only raid on Ulm, an old city but also the home of 2 large lorry factories – Magirius-Deutz and Kässbohrer – several other important industries and some military barracks and depots. 1,449 tons of bombs were dropped during the 25-minute raid, starting in the centre and then creeping back to the west, across the industrial and railway areas and out into the country. The Gallwitz Barracks and several military hospitals were among 14 Wehrmacht establishments destroyed.