Operations - Pardubice Oil Refinery

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Title

Operations - Pardubice Oil Refinery

Description

Operations Record Book of 37 Squadron detailing an operation to the Pardubice Oil Refinery, from Tortorella, Italy on 21/22 July 1944. Twelve Wellingtons took part and there are summaries of each aircraft's activity.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944-07-22

Contributor

Laura Morgan

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Three typewritten sheets

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Identifier

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Transcription

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK
OF NO. 37 SQUADRON R.A.F., M.A.A.F.
ITALY
TORTORELLA
21/22 JULY 1944

[Underlined] OPERATIONS – PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY [/Underlined]

THIS WAS THE SQUADRON’S /AND 205 GROUP’S (sic)/ FIRST VISIT TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA. TWELVE AIRCRAFT WERE DETAILED:
S/LDR. FORSYTH DID NOT OPERATE OWING TO A LEAK IN AN OVERLOAD TANK, AND SGT TAYLOR RETURNED EARLY OWNING TO A STOPPAGE IN OVERLOAD FEED SYSTEM. P/O NEWMARCH WITH F/LT VAIZEY, THE SQUADRON NAVIGATION OFFICER FLYING AS NAVIGATIOR, FAILED TO RETURN. NINE AIRCRAFT BOMBED ON T.I’S DROPPING 27X500LB MCTD. 025 AND 18X250LB GPTI AT 0034/0048 HOURS FROM 8000/9000 FEET. THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE GROUND HAZE, AND LITTLE RESULT WAS SEEN FROM BOMBING. PHOTOS ARE MOSTLY PLOTTED 2 MILES N.E OF TARGET /THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF PARDUBICE TOWN/, WHERE BOTH GREEN AND RED T.I’S WONT (sic) DOWN.
THERE WAS NO FLAK AT TARGET, BUT CONSIDERABLE SOARCHLIGHT (sic) AND FLAK ACTIVITY WAS ENCOUNTERED ON ROUTE, NOTABLY AT ZAGREE, MARIBOR, VIENNA AREA, BRNO AND GRAZ ON RETURN. MANY FIGHTERS OR FIGHTER FLARES WERE SEEN OR ENCOUNTERED FROM WELL SOUTH OF VIENNA, INTO THE TARGET AND BACK SOUTH OF VIENNA, AND IT IS PROBABLE THAT LOSSES WOULD HAVE BEEN HEAVIOR (sic) BUT FOR THE FACT THAT THE NIGHT WAS VERY DARK AND MOONLESS.
[Underlined] AIRCRAFT CREWS REPORT [/Underlined]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk.X – LP 257
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY. BOMBED TARGET ON TI/R, BUT NO RESULTS WERE SEEN, OWING TO CONSIDERABLE GROUND HAZE.

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[insert] J [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk. X –
DETAILED TO ATTACK THE OIL REFINERY AT PARDUBICE. TARGET BOMBED ON TI/R, AND BURSTS WERE SEEN. OTHER BOMBING REPORTED AS BOMBING HAPHAZARD.

[insert] H [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk. X – LN 855
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY. BOMBED TARGET ON TI/R, BUT NO RESULTS WERE SEEN, OWING TO CONSIDERABLE GROUND HAZE.

[insert] I [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.MK. X -
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARADUBICE OIL REFINERY. RETURNED EARLY OWING TO A STOPPAGE IN THE OVERLOAD FEED SYSTEM. BOMBS WERE JETTISONED BEFORE RETURNING TO BASE.

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[insert] B [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk. X - LN 799
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY. BOMBED TARGET ON TI/R, BUT NO RESULTS WERE SEEN. TWO FIRES WERE SEEN IN TARGET AREA.

[insert] C [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk. X - LN 800
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY. BOMBED TARGET ON TI/R, BUT NO RESULTS WERE ONSERVED. SMOKE WAS SEEN FROM THE TARGET AREA, BUT NO FIRES.

[insert] D [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.MK. X - LN 259
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY. BOMBED TARGET ON TI/R, BUT NO RESULTS WERE SEEN, OWING TO CONSIDERABLE HAZE. BOMBING REPORTED IN SAME AREA, BUT VERY SCATTERED.

[insert] E [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk. X - LN 521
DETAILED TO ATTACK THE OIL REFINERY AT PARDUBICE. THIS A/C FAILED TO RETURN FROM THIS OPERATION.

[insert] H? (sic) [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk. X -
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY. BOMBED TARGET ON TI/G, AND BURSTS SEEN ACROSS N.E CORNER. CREW REPORTED BIG RED GLOW AND MUCH SMOKE IN TARGET AREA.

[insert] F [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk. X - LN 989
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY. BOMBED TARGET ON TI/R, BUT NO RESULTS WERE SEEN, OWING TO CONSIDERABLE HAZE.

[insert] G [/insert]
V. WELLINGTON B.Mk. X - LN 502
DETAILED TO ATTACK PARDUBICE OIL REFINERY. BOMBED TARGET ON TI/R, BUT NO RESULTS WERE OBSERVED.

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Citation

Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Operations - Pardubice Oil Refinery,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 15, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/16397.

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