Date: 16th January 1945
Crew: AE Johnson, GB Thomas, H Coulton, RM Jenkins, R Neale, DF Hadland, CA Butler
Role: Blind Marker
Take Off: 18.46 Landing: 00.29
35 Squadron ORB: 7 aircraft set off to attack Magdeburg whilst a further 7 bombed synthetic oil installations at Zeitz. 1 of the former returned early through unserviceable instruments. Clear weather conditions indicated successful attacks.
Aircraft Used: 371 aircraft – 320 Halifaxes, 44 Lancasters, 7 Mosquitos – of Nos 4, 6 and 8 Groups
Losses: 17 Halifaxes lost, 4.6 per cent of the total force, 5.3 per cent of the Halifax force.
Summary: This was an area raid. Bomber Command claimed that it was successful, with 44 per cent of the built-up area being destroyed. No local report is available.