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    Default Chatellerault SS Chateau attack

    August 1944 107 Squadron Mosquitoes attached a reported SS HQ in Chatellerault France. This appears to be excluded from within the well documented raids undertaken my Mosquitoes on such targets. Has anyone any understanding of this particular raid at all, any information will be much appreciated.

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    The 17th SS Panzer Grenadier Division seems to have been based in Chatellerault when it conducted a massacre of civilians on the 25th of that month.

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    Hello,

    Two similar operations were mounted the next day (1 August, 1944), in one case on a chateau south of Chatellerault to which SS troops concerned in atrocities to P.O.W.s and civilians had moved after being attacked at Bonneuil Matours on July 15 when 150 were killed. Eighteen Mosquitoes of 138 Wing were to take part because the chateau was of solid construction and it was decided to scatter the attacks to the fringe of a surrounding wood in which the enemy was also camping. At least 28 bombs hit the building, cine shots confirming success. A further eight Mosquitoes of 138 Wing attacked a chateau north of Le Mans known to house a sabouteurs' school. Results were unseen because of smoke, but the raid was highly successful.

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    2 Group R.A.F./Bowyer (1979) p.383

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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 2nd June 2012 at 08:48.

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    Thank you for that, this raid was in the first week of the month, I found a reference on the IWM site of 107 Sqd attacking Chateau fe Fou in or close to Chatellerault.

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