Alexander Lamb's Operational Diary

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Alexander Lamb's Operational Diary

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An unofficial diary kept by Alexander from March 21st, 1945 to May 2nd 1945.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1945

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One book with eight handwritten sheets

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YLambAM1827673v10001, YLambAM1827673v10002, YLambAM1827673v10003, YLambAM1827673v10004

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1827673
SGT. LAMB.
AIR. GUNNER.

R.A.G.S. BRIDGNORTH,
7 A.G.S.
14 O.T.U.
AIRCREW SCHOOL
1654 H.C. UNIT.
15 SQUADRON.
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OPERATIONAL DIARY.

[underlined] STARTED:- MARCH 21ST. [/underlined]

MARCH 21st. 1945.

MUNSTER TARGET I MARSHALLING YARD. II TOWN OF MUNSTER.

[underlined] BOMB LOAD. [/underlined] 1 x 4000lb H.C. 14 x 500lbs g.p.s.

[underlined] TYPE OF ATTACK. [/underlined] POOR ATTACK FLAK MADE FOR POOR FORMATION FLYING on TARGET I. TARGET II GOOD ATTACK.

[underlined] OUR ERROR:- [/underlined] 400 YRDS. BOMB FELL ACROSS RAILWAY LINES S.E. from MUNSTER

[underlined] LOSSES:- [/underlined] 15 SQDN. NIL: 622 SQDN. NIL:- MAIN FORCES 5 A/C:- 3 by FLAK: 2 by Falling BOMBS.

[underlined] A/C INVOLVED [/underlined] On both targets 175: 3 Group Effort

[underlined] OPPOSITION [/underlined] VERY HEAVY ACCURATE FLAK. (VISUAL).

[underlined] INT [/underlined] SAW 5 CHUTES going down over target.

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MARCH 22nd. 1945.

BOCHOLT. TARGET: TROOP CONCENTRATIONS GOODS. SUPPLIES.

[underlined] BOMB LOAD. [/underlined] 1 x 4000lb H.C. 12 S.B.C. 4lbs INCEDIARIES [sic].

[underlined] TYPE OF ATTACK. [/underlined] G.H. (FOLLOWER) DAYLIGHT.

[underlined] EFFECT. [/underlined] WELL CONCENTRATED AND ACCURATE ATTACK

[underlined] OUR ERROR [/underlined] : NIL: AIMING POINT PHOTOGRAPH.

[underlined] LOSSES: [/underlined] 15 SQDN. – 1 on take off (W) 622 SQDN: NIL MAIN FORCE 1

[underlined] A/C INVOLVED [/underlined] 100. 15 SQDN 14 A/C.

[underlined] OPPOSTION [sic]: [/underlined] MEAGRE ACCURATE FLAK (VIS) ONE ACCURATE BURST & SALVO FROM ARNHEM.

[underlined] INT:- [/underlined] SAW MONTGOMERY’S SMOKESCREEN. MILES OF TANKS & TRANSPORT MOVING UP TO FRONT BEHIND IT.

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APRIL 13th 14th 1945.

KEIL TARGET. DEUTSCHE WERKE YARDS.

[underlined] BOMB LOAD. [/underlined] 1 x 4000lb. H.C. 12 x 500lb G.P.s

[underlined] TYPE OF ATTACK. [/underlined] T.I.S. BURSTING AT 9,000 [underlined] NIGHT. [/underlined]

[underlined] EFFECT:- [/underlined]GOOD ATTACK. MANY FIRES.

[underlined] OUR ERROR:- [/underlined] BOMB JETTISONED NEAR TARGET AREA.

[underlined] LOSSES. [/underlined] 3 A/C.

[underlined] A/C INVOLVED. [/underlined] 15 SQDN. 16 A/C 622 SQDN. 16 A/C. 3 GROUP.

[underlined] OPPOSITIION [/underlined] [underlined] FLAK [/underlined] AT 16,000 ACCURATE – MODERATE TO SEVERE. ROCKET FLAK & TRACER.
[underlined] SEARLIGHTS [sic]:- [/underlined] PLAYED ON BASE OF CLOUD FOR FIGHTER AID
[underlined] FIGHTERS. [/underlined] ALTHOUGH CREWS SAW SEVERAL A/C WITH LIGHTS BURNING NONE CAN BE DEINATELY CLAIMED AS FIGHTERS I SAW [underlined] “SCARECROW” [/underlined] ON LEAVING TARGET.
[underlined] NB [/underlined] On crossing enemy coast port outer had to be feathered W/T RX-TX. WAS U/S. Radar equipment U/S. Lights failed temporarily. Rear turret U/S and DR compass. As we steadily lost height pilot decided to jettison 4000lbs HC. This was done at 16,000 over German territory south of FLEANSBURGH [sic]. At this point we were still losing height & target not visible we jettison rest of load and made for base.

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APRIL 18th 1945.
HELIGOLAND. TARGETS I. AIRFIELD on DUNE ISLAND. II BARRACKS on North of ISLAND. III Dock INSTALLATIONS on SOUTH

[underlined] BOMB LOAD. [/underlined] 10 x 1000lbs M.C. & 4 x 500lbs GPs

[underlined] EFFECT. [/underlined] PERFECT ATTACK WHOLE OF TWO ISLANDS UNDER RED SMOKE PALL. SAW DENSE COLUMN OF OIL SMOKE ON TARGET 3, IMMEDIATELY AFTER BOMBING. MANY E-BOATS and G.MTB’s SHOT UP BY MUSTANG ESCORT WHILST TRYING to ESCAPE TO HAMBURG VIA ELBE ESTUARY.

[underlined] OUR ERROR. [/underlined]

[underlined] LOSSES:- [/underlined] NIL

[underlined] A/C INVOLVED. [/underlined] 15 SQDN 18 MAINFORCE 973.

[underlined] OPPOSITION:- [/underlined] FLAK. NO HEAVY AT ALL, but small stuff was observed – probably firing at master bomber.

[underlined] TYPE OF ATTACK. [/underlined] ALL A/C BOMBED on YELLOW T.I.s or MASTER BOMBERS INSTRUCTION. (DAYLIGHT)

[underlined] INT:- [/underlined] SAW AIRBOURNE LIFEBOAT DROPPING FROM WARWICK TO MEN IN DINGY. [underlined] POSN:- [/underlined] 0440E 5405N (APPROX)

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APRIL 22nd. 1945.

BREMEN. TARGET:- TROOP CONCENTRATIONS AND DEFENCES in SOUTH BREMEN.

[underlined] BOMB LOAD: [/underlined] 1 x 4000lbs M.C. 10 x 500lbs G.P.s. 4 x 500lbs MC.

[underlined] EFFECT: [/underlined] GOOD ATTACK.

[underlined] LOSSES: [/underlined] 15 SQDN NIL 622 SQDN 1 A/C

[underlined] A/C INVOLVED: [/underlined] 600-700 MAINFORCE of which [indecipherable word] 3 Group actually bombed.

[underlined] OPPOSITION: [/underlined] MODERATE TO SEVERE HEAVY FLAK: ACCURATE: OWN A/C HIT IN STARBOARD INNER NACELLE. FLAK DEFENSES [sic] AT WILHENSHAVEN [sic] PARTICULARLY ACCURATE & ACTIVE

[underlined] TYPE OF ATTACK:- G.H. (FOLLOWER) DAYLIGHT.

INT:- SAW 6 BALE OUT OF GI. “T”. Plane last seen circling & losing height.

[underlined] NB [/underlined] The A/C on which we were supposed to bomb had U/S Equipment & consequently overshot. Bomb Aimer noticed this & brought back load with exception of 1 x 4000lbs H.C. which was jettisioned [sic] in N. Sea jettison AREA.

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[underlined] APRIL 30th 1945. [/underlined]

[underlined] SUPPLY DROPPING. [/underlined]

ROTTERDAM.

[underlined] LOAD:- [/underlined] FLOUR, CHEESE, DRIED EGGS, PEAS & CARROTS CIGERRETTES [sic].

AREA:- TWO AND A HALF MILES NE ROTTERDAM CENTRE.

[diagram] [underlined] EFFECT:- [/underlined] WELL CONCENTRATED RELEASES NO CONGESTION OVER A/P.
THERE were crowds of Dutch women and children in the dropping area dispite [sic] the fact that the Germans have threatened to shoot people for this offence.
[underlined] INT. [/underlined] P.F.F. pranged a house north of the square of water, with T.I.s. House appeared to be well alight The Dutch people in all area which we flew over gave us a tremendous reception. Over one roof I saw two large allied flags Stars & Stripes & Union Jack.

Saw coastal defences [indecipherable word] over Flackle.

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MAY 2nd 1945.

[underlined] SUPPLY Dropping. [/underlined]

[underlined] THE HAGUE. [/underlined]

[underlined] LOAD:- [/underlined] SAME AS FOR ROTTERDAM 30-4-45 only decreased.

[underlined] AREA:- [/underlined] SPORTS TRACK 2 MILES NORTH of THE HAGUE CENTRE.

[underlined] EFFECT:- [/underlined] WELL CONCENTRATED RELEASES. NO CONGESTION OVER A/P. DROPPING WELL DISPERSED.

[underlined] INT [/underlined]
In Rotterdam area British & Dutch flags in greater evidence than a previous trip. Less Germans observed than on sortie of 30.4.45.

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Alexander Lamb, “Alexander Lamb's Operational Diary,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 18, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20770.

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