Date: 14th January 1945
Crew: AE Johnson, GB Thomas, H Coulton, RM Jenkins, R Neale, DF Hadland, CA Butler
Role: Blind Secondary Marker
Take Off: 20.13 Landing: 03.42 (Exeter)
35 Squadron ORB: 13 aircraft took part in an attack on Merseburg / Leuna. Though conditions were difficult, the attack seemed most effective. All the aircraft were diverted to Exeter owing to bad weather over the base.
Aircraft “B” was hit by a bomb from a friendly over the target area; the rear turret was smashed and later broke away taking with it, the body of the rear gunner F/O RT Salvoni, who, it is believed, was probably killed by the impact of the bomb.
Aircraft Used: 573 Lancasters and 14 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 5. 6 and 8 Groups
Losses: 10 Lancasters lost.
Summary: Carried out two attacks, 3 hours apart, on the synthetic oil plant at Leuna. The attacks caused severe damage throughout the plant. Albert Speer, in his post-war interrogations, stated that this was one of a group of most damaging raids on the synthetic-oil industry carried out during this period.