Note concerning unidentified photograph of crew after returning from bombing Tirpitz

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Note concerning unidentified photograph of crew after returning from bombing Tirpitz

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States that photograph shows. Mentions first abortive attack on 29 October 1944, second cancelled for weather and the final successful attack on 11 November 1944.

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ROYAL AIR FORCE

No 5 GROUP BOMBER COMMAND

617 SQUADRON R.A.F STATION WOODHALL SPA

FLYING OFFICER KENNETH GILL DFC, CROIX de GUERRE.

THE PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS THE CREW OF LANCASTER I J
ON THEIR RETURN FROM BOMBING AND SINKING OF THE GERMAN BATTLESHIP "TIRPITZ" ON THE MORNING OF 12 NOVEMBER 1944.

THE CREW HAD FIRST ATTACKED THE TIRPITZ ON 29 OCTOBER 1944 FLYING FROM:-
WOODHALL TO LOSSIEMOUTH 28/10/44 2hrs 05min LOSSIEMOUTH-TROMSO-SKATSKA [deleted] (RUSSIA) [/deleted] 29/10/44 (RETURNING WITH THEIR TALLBOY) 12hrs
SKATSKA TO LOSSIEMOUTH 29/10/44 1hr 15min
LOSSIEMOUTH TO WOODHALL 30/10/44 2hrs 30min

THE SECOND ATTACK WAS PLANNED FOR THE 5 NOVEMBER 1944 BUT BAD WEATHER OVER THE TARGET PREVENTED THIS AND THE CREWS RETURNED TO WOODHALL FROM LOSSIEMOUTH.

FINALLY ON THE 11 NOVEMBER 1944 THEY TOOK OFF FROM WOODHALL:-
10-00hrs WOODHALL TO LOSSIEMOUTH 11/11/44 1hr 55min
02-15 hrs LOSSIEMOUTH-TROMSO FIORD-LOSSIEMOUTH 12/11/44 12hrs 15min (TIRPITZ SUNK)
15-00hrs LOSSIEMOUTH TO WOODHALL 13/11/44 1hs [sic] 40min

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“Note concerning unidentified photograph of crew after returning from bombing Tirpitz,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/35653.

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