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  • Tags: bombing of the Boulogne E-boats (15/16 June 1944)

BCleggPVWilsonDv1.pdf
Biography of Squadron Leader David James Baikie Wilson, DSO, DFC and Bar (1917 - 1947). He flew operations as a pilot with 214, 196 and 617 Squadrons before becoming Head of Aerodynamic Development and Testing, and Test-Pilot at A V Roe & Co Ltd.…

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Reconnaissance photograph of the port of Boulogne. Numerous craters can be seen on land above the port entrance and around the dock area on the bottom of the image. Captioned 'Boulogne Sur Mer, K2494, scale 1:10,700'. On the reverse 'Date 11.7.44,…

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Reconnaissance photograph showing the town to the bottom right with port area in the top right quadrant. Many bomb craters can be seen around the port area. On the reverse 'Date 11.7.44, WS, G108, 51:04/5, photo 178'.

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Gives overall assessment and then detailed list of damage to E-boat pens, oil tanks, fuel storage, warehouses, huts, vessels, cranes, port facilities, public buildings, arsenal, other buildings in the town including the casino.

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Reports severe damage to shipping over the whole dock area. Describes hits on E-boat pens, with some craters visible on roof with no apparent damage. Three oil storage tanks destroyed, Describes other damage to port area and facilities. Mentions…

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Describes planned timing to attack at the same time as the main force. Reports that weather was unfavourable. After initially cancelling the operation leader checked out weather at low level but decided low visibility and target defences precluded…

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States date 15/16 June 1944, target, zero hour 2235. Shows Wing Commander Cheshire leader and marker in Mosquito and 22 crews flying Lancaster all armed with Tallboy bombs.

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Buff file cover lists contents: No photos - all failures, Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, interpretation report. crew list.

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Message is a copy of Headquarters Bomber Command signal congratulating crews that their attacks on Le Havre and Boulogne succeeded in virtually destroying German naval assets in those harbours.
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