Louvain, Edward King's 11th operation of his tour

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Title

Louvain, Edward King's 11th operation of his tour

Description

Three items, Edward's description of the operation against the marshalling yards, he describes the events, flak and conditions over the target. Edwards navigation plot, a newspaper clipping describes the allied air activity including against Louvain.

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Date

1944-05-11

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Format

Hand written document, navigation log, newspaper clipping

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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Identifier

SKingEJ182986v10050; SKingEJ182986v10051; SKingEJ182986v10052

Transcription

[underlined] Louvain [/underlined]
[underlined] Marshalling Yards. [/underlined]
[underlined] 11/7/44 [/underlined]

Airborne 2240.
[underlined] Landed 0125. [/underlined]

No moon.

Master searchlight caught us when crossing Dutch Islands but evaded it by means of a stall turn.

Flak seen Antwerp & Brussells.

Target – good T.Is. with neglible [sic] defences.

Ground rocket fired at us but turned starboard & evaded it.

MARSHALLING YARDS

[page break]

[map]
[inserted] [underlined] LOUVAIN. [/underlined] [/inserted]

[page break]

[newspaper cutting]

INVASION BLITZ AGAIN

RAILYARDS BY NIGHT

Boulogne and Louvain

The railway yards at Boulogne and Louvain, key points on the railways of North-West Europe, were among the targets attacked by Lancasters and Halifaxes of Bomber Command on Thursday night.

Both objectives were firmly identified and heavily bombed, said the Air Ministry.

Military objectives in France and Belgium were likewise hammered. A very violent explosion was the response to bombing made on one target on the French coast. Débris was thrown 1,000ft up. Several crews said they thought an ammunition dump had been blown up.

Some of the targets, both in France and Belgium, being near to built-up areas, a number of crews brought their bombs back, as visibility over the target areas was not good.

Bomber aircraft also laid mines in enemy waters. From these operations 16 aircraft are missing.

Citation

Edward King, “Louvain, Edward King's 11th operation of his tour,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 24, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/34394.

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