Sortie 24

Date:  2nd January 1945               

Target:  Ludwigshafen

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

Aircraft:  PB343(M)

Role:  Blind Secondary Marker  

Take Off: 15.46  Landing: 21.43

Crew Report:

35 Squadron ORB: 13 aircraft took off for a night attack on Ludwigshafen whilst three others bombed Nuremburg. Conditions were good and both targets were heavily bombed.

Bomber Command:

Aircraft Used:  389 aircraft – 351 Halifaxes, 22 Lancasters, 16 Mosquitos – of Nos 4, 6 and 8 Groups.

Losses: 1 Halifax which crashed in France was the only loss.

Summary:  The aiming point for this raid was the area of the two IG Farben chemical factories. The bombing was accurate, with severe damage to the main IG Farben factory and to the same firm’s factory at nearby Oppau. Estimated totals of 500 high-explosive bombs and 10,000 incendiaries fell inside the limits of the 2 factories, causing much damage. 10 large, 30 medium and 200 small fires were recorded at the main factory. Production failure at both plants was complete because of ‘loss of power’. 13 other industrial firms and several railway installations were also hit; the train of a railway repair unit was destroyed