Sortie 5

Date:  6th October 1944

Target:  Sterkrade (Ruhr Valley)

Crew: AE Johnson, GB Thomas, H Coulton, G Holland for RM Jenkins, R Neale, RW Garrard for DF Hadland, CA Butler

Aircraft:  PB197(O)

Role:  Supporter              

Take Off: 15.12  Landing: 18.27

Crew Report:

35 Squadron ORB: 4 aircraft took off to bomb an industrial plant at Sterkrade. The target was easily identified and accurately bombed.

Bomber Command

Aircraft Used: 320 aircraft – 254 Halifaxes of No 4 Group and 46 Lancasters and 20 Mosquitos of No 8 Group – attacked the synthetic oil plants at Sterkrade and Scholven/Buer.

Losses: 9 aircraft were lost – 4 Halifaxes and 2 Lancasters at Scholven and 3 Halifaxes at Sterkrade.

Summary: Both raids took place in clear conditions and the bombing was considered to be accurate.