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  • Tags: Bombing of the Saumur tunnel (8/9 June 1944)

Five Group Newsletter, number 23, June 1944. Includes a foreword by the Air Officer Commanding, and features about gunnery, air bombing, navigation, armament, navigation training, public relations, signals, gardening, equipment, air sea rescue,…

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Account of repairs to tunnel which was attached by Bomber Command on 8/9 June 1944 which is still not open to traffic. Describes damage and provides account of repairs to craters. railway tracks and hole in the roof of tunnel.

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Reconnaissance photograph showing entrance of railway tunnel one quarter way down in centre with large crater to right of entrance. Other craters to the left of entrance. three roads join top slightly left and run to left and right sides. On the…

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Reconnaissance photograph showing entrance of railway tunnel with large crater just above. Two other craters on approach line with others to the left and right. On the reverse '8.7.44, W.S. G94, 51:92/20'.

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Reconnaissance photograph showing road running top to bottom on the right side. To the right a river. Top right a railway bridge with rail line running into a tunnel just left of road. To the left of the road a built up area. A crater is visible on…

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Reconnaissance photograph showing river running top to bottom on right and rail bridge running from right to left with entrance to tunnel top left. A road runs down the riverbank from top to bottom. Large crater visible on road just below bridge.…

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Reconnaissance photograph showing mostly open countryside. Bottom right shows entrance to railway tunnel with large crater and other craters to the right. On the reverse '15.6.44, WS, G79, 51:92/20'.

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Reconnaissance photograph showing open countryside with road running top left to right and another from bottom left to right. On the reverse '15.6.44, WS G 80, 51:92/25'.

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Reconnaissance photograph of Saumur tunnel entrance and surrounding area taken on 9 June 1944 after attach with 12,000 lb bombs. Description notes direct hit on roof of entrance to tunnel and two other 100 foot craters on the approach to tunnel. On…

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Target photograph showing bridge over river in top left. Bomb explosion on lower bank to the right bridge. Caption '2377, Con, 8/9.6.44, NT 8", 7000, 260, 0220, Sp[ecial Rd, 5 x 1000, 9CP3.18 secs, W/O Erritt, Q, 88'. On the reverse '51@92/18, 1 1/2…

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Target photograph showing open countryside with railway line running from top left towards centre. Caption 'W.S., 8/9.6.44,,NT 8", 285 degrees, 0213, Special Target, Z, 1 x 14000, 15 secs, F/O Ross, Z, 617'. On the reverse '51:02/16'.

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Target photograph showing open countryside with rali line running top centre to centre. Bomb explosion centre slight below middle to the left of rail line. Caption '100, w.s., 8/9.6.44, NT 8", 312, 0214, Special Target, W, 1 x 14000, 15 secs, S/Ldr…

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Target photograph showing open country. Railway line runs top centre curving to bottom centre. Bomb explosion right middle to the right of railway line. Caption '92, W.S., 8/9.6.44, 9,300, 080, 0211, Special Target, V, 1 x 14000, 15 secs, P/O Cheney,…

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Target photograph shows bomb explosion left centre. Caption '107, W.S., 8/9.6.44, NT. 8", Special Target, U, 1 x 14000, F/Lt Keans, U, 617'. On the reverse '51:92/13'.

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Target photograph shows open countryside. Railway line runs from top centre to middle right. Caption '101, W.W., 8/9.6.44, NT8", 324, 0230, Special Target, T, 1 x 14000, 15 secs, F/O Willsher, T, 617'. On the reverse '51:92/12'.

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Target photograph shows open countryside with line feature running top centre to bottom right. Bomb explosion centre left with tracer tracks along the bottom. Caption 'W.S., 8/9.6.44, N.T. 8, Special Target, Q, 1 x 14000, S/Ldr McCarthy, Q, 617'. On…

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Target photograph showing blurred open countryside. Caption ' 102, W.S. 8/9.6.44, N.T. 8, 10500, 329 degrees, 0217, Special Target, Q, 1 x 14000, 15 secs, S/Ldr McCarthy, Q, 617'. On the reverse '51:92/10'.

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Target photograph showing open countryside. On the left a road runs top to bottom with buildings along both sides. Tracer shown middle right. Caption '96, S.W1, 8/9.6.44, N.T. 8850, 226 degree, 0212, Saumur, P, 1 x 14000, 15 sec, F/O Kell P, 617'. On…

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Target photograph showing open country with tracer emanating from centre right. Caption '110, W.S. 8/9.6.44, NT 8", 320,0245, Special Target, K1. 1 x 14000, 15 secs, F/Lt Wilson N, 617'. On the reverse 51:92/8'.

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Target photograph showing open country with a railway line running from top left to bottom right. There are lines of tracer on top and bottom left. Caption '119, W.S. 8/9.6.44, NT 8", Special Target, K.6 x 1000. 6x7FL, F/O Carey K, 617.' On the…

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Target photograph shows bomb explosion in centre of image. Caption ' 114, W.S, 8/9.6.44, N.T. 8", Special Target, H. 1 x 14000, F/Lt Clayton H, 617''. On the reverse '51:92/6'.

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Target photograph showing open countryside with railway line running from top left to middle right. Caption '19, W.S 8/9 6.44, NT 8", 0'5 0223, Special Target A. 1 x 14000, 15 secs, F/O Knight'. On the reverse '51:92/5'.

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Target photograph shows bomb explosion left side half way up. Tracer tracks across image. On the reverse '51:92/17'.

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Provides date - night 8/9 June 1944, target- railway tunnel and bridge, Saumur, zero hour - 0200. Leader and marker no 1 - Wing Commander Cheshire flying Mosquito. Lists pilot and navigator of two other markers flying Mosquito. Lists 25 other crews…

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Concentration of craters at south end of target area, severe damage to tracks and embankment. Notes direct hit in roof of tunnel a few feet from south entrance and lists six other areas of damage.
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