Immediate interpretation report no. K.1665, locality Limoge Gnome and Rhone and Ataliers Industrels de l'air'

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Title

Immediate interpretation report no. K.1665, locality Limoge Gnome and Rhone and Ataliers Industrels de l'air'

Description

Mentions photographs taken the day after the attack by bomber command on 8/9 February 1944 do not permit detailed assessment. Damage is seen to south west half of the works and more than half the main machine shops have been destroyed. States that 544 squadron took photographs on 13 February 1944 and gives details. On the reverse '16/17 IX, 11/12, X1'

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944-02-14

Contributor

Margaret Carr
David Bloomfield

Rights

This content is property of the Leonard Cheshire Archive which has kindly granted the International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive a royalty-free permission to publish it. Please note that it was digitised by a third-party which used technical specifications that may differ from those used by International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive. It has been published here ‘as is’ and may contain inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate references that do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of Lincoln or the International Bomber Command Centre.

Format

One-page typewritten document

Language

Identifier

MCheshireGL72021-181210-100001, MCheshireGL72021-181210-100002

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Transcription

[underlined] British SECRET equals U.S. SECRET [/underlined]
14 Feb, 44

[underlined] IMMEDIATE INTERPRETATION REPORT NO. K.1865 [/underlined]

LOCALITY: LIMOGES (Soc. Gnome and Rhone and the Ateliers Industriels de l'Air)

[underlined] PERIOD UNDER REVIEW [/underlined]

These photographs were taken following the attack on the night of 8/9 Feb. 44 by aircraft of Bomber Command.

[underlined[] PROVISIONAL STATEMENT ON DAMAGE [/underlined]

These photographs, which show most of the target through a gap in the clouds and are of a quality and scale not permitting any detailed assessment, show severe damage by fire to Soc. Gnome and Rhone and the Ateliers Industriels de l'Air, a modern factory specialising in repairs to aero-engines.
The large fire seen on the night photographs has destroyed most of the S.W. half of the works. More than half of the main machine shops of Ateliers Industriels de l'Aire have been destroyed and the stores of Soc. Gnome and Rhone are probably damaged, while there is possibility of damage to other buildings.
(2053 to 2055)
[underlined] [/underlined]
This report is subject to correction and amplification from a more detailed assessment. [underlined] [/underlined]

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY: 544 Squadron.
MEAN TIME OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND DATE: 1330 A hours on 13 Feb.44.
SORTIE: J/307
SCALE: 1.25,700 (F.L.14")
COVER AND QUALITY: The works is covered on the 14" photographs of fair quality, but is partly cloud obscured. The whole of the works can be seen, however, except the S. corner ad [sic] the N.E. end. The target is not covered on the 36" photographs.
No print distributed.
Plan used: Target Illustration/4.

[underlined] DISTRIBUTION NO. 22 [/underlined]
E: 123
I: [underlined] 25 [/underlined]
148

[underlined] SECRET [/underlined]
R.A.F.STATION,
[underlined] MEDMENHAM [/underlined]
TAHM/BWH/A

Collection

Citation

“Immediate interpretation report no. K.1665, locality Limoge Gnome and Rhone and Ataliers Industrels de l'air',” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 15, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/16680.

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