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Left page title 'Targets'

Top left - a note 'got to here'. Top right - an aerial oblique view of a city-scape with some large buildings and some damage visible. Captioned 'Essen' on the reverse 'Essen'.

Middle - an aerial oblique view of a…

Shows several bomb loads with some crossed out. Details preselector settings and other information. Includes timings, route and marking method. On the reverse bombing instructions, oboe marking and mentions 617 Squadron dropping 12000 pound bombs. At…

A vertical target photograph of Munich being bombed. Much of the detail is obscured by anti-aircraft fire. Captioned '66 WS. 24/25.4.44 // NT8” 18500 [arrow] 026 0145 Munich.RD. A 6RS. 6JCL 29 SECS F/O KNIGHTS A 617.'

A target photograph of the…

The obituary of Flight Lieutenant Bob Knights. It details his raids on the Tirpitz, his early life, his training in Florida, his time with 617 Squadron and his role with BOAC after the war until his retirement in 1976.

Relates that in response to request from the Army a planned operation was cancelled at late notice and replaced by operation against the railway tunnel at Saumur. As accurate bombing was required it was decided to use the recently available 12,000…

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.

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…

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'.

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'.

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'.

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…

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'.

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…

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'.

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'.

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,…

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…

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'.

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…

Specifies date - 14/15 June 1944, target and zero hour 2235 hours. Lists crews with Wing Commander Cheshire leading along with two other markers flying Mosquito and 22 crews flying Lancaster all armed with one Tallboy bomb.

Account of operation against sheltered E-boats in Le Havre harbour. Tasks to assist Navy in their fight against E-boats who were operating against allied invasion forces. States pens would be invulnerable even to 12,000 lb bombs therefore, bombs…

Describes damage to E-boat pens mentioning some direct hits and definite damage to north-west corner. Mentions other hits and heavy damage to small craft, a floating dock, jetties and basins. Limited damage outside dock area.

Mentions two or three direct hits which penetrated the roof as well as some near misses. Describes damage to roof and foundations and subsequent collapse of the roof.

Target photograph showing harbour area on the left side with two bright marks centre and bottom left. Caption '126, WS 14/15.6.44, NT 8, Le Havre RD, F, 1 x 14000, F/O Stanford, F, 617'. On the reverse '1700, from Pens'.

Target photograph showing harbour area on the left with bright spots top left quadrant and centre left. Caption '128, WS 14/15.6.44, NT 82, Le Havre RD, F, 1 x 14000, F/O Stanford, F, 617'. On the reverse '51:93/9'.
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