Operations against Tirpitz, Ijmuiden and Bielefeld: Vielesible Viaduct

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Operations against Tirpitz, Ijmuiden and Bielefeld: Vielesible Viaduct

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Description of three (one aborted due to weather) operations against Tirpitz, photograph of crew on return from sinking Tirpitz, poor photocopy of target photograph of attach on Tirpitz. Account of operation on E & R boat pens at Ijmuiden along with target photograph and two photographs showing pens before and showing craters produced by 10 ton bomb. Account of operations against Vielesible Viaduct. Target photograph of attack on viaduct.

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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(RUSSIA) 29/10/44
(RETURNING WITH THEIR TALLBOY) 12hrs
SKATSKA TO LOSSIEMOUTH 29/10/44 1hr 15min
LOSSIEMOUTH TO WOODHALL 30/10/44 2 hrs 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 40min

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CREW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

SID GRIMES – WIRELESS OPERATURE
KEN GILL – NAVIGATOR
CHARLIE RANDON – BOMB AIMER
JACK PENSWICK – GUNNER
EDDY BARNETT – ENGINEER
BARNEY GUMBLEY – PILOT

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PHOTO TAKEN FROM AIRCRAFT
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IJMUIDEN:-

No 617 SQUADRON RAIDS TOOK PLACE ON THE 15/12/44 AND 30/12/44.
BELOW IS THE TARGET MAP OF THE PORT AND TWO PHOTO'S OF BOMB DAMAGE, ONE SHOWING E & R BOAT PENS BEFORE COMPLETE DEMOLITION AND THE OTHER SHOWING A CRATER PRODUCED BY A TEN TON BOMB.

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BIELEFELD : VIELESIBLE VIADUCT

No 617 SQUADRON RAIDS TOOK PLACE ON THE 6/02/45, 14/02/45, 22/02/45, 13/03/45 AND THE VIADUCT WAS FINALLY DESTROYED ON 14/03/45.

THE PHOTO BELOW WAS TAKEN BY F/O GILL'S LANCASTER ON 22/02/45 IT SHOWS THE IMPACT OF TALLBOY BOMBS DROPPED FROM 13700FT.
ON THIS RAID TWO PIECES OF THE VIADUCT WERE DESTROYED, BUT TOTAL DESTRUCTION WAS NOT ACHIEVED UNTIL 14/03/45.

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“Operations against Tirpitz, Ijmuiden and Bielefeld: Vielesible Viaduct,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/35936.

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