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    On 22 April 1945 Lancasters of 3 Group carry out a 'G-H attack' on Bocholt. Spitfires of No. 1 Squadron take part as cover. But what is the meaning of G-H?

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    I think that this was an advanced form of Gee equipment, which was used at the end of the war, which basically turned the Gee receiver into a transmitter whose signals were reflected by a ground station thus allowing the crew to accurately pinpoint their position. I've read something about this recently, I'll see if I can find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikkel Plannthin View Post
    On 22 April 1945 Lancasters of 3 Group carry out a 'G-H attack' on Bocholt. Spitfires of No. 1 Squadron take part as cover. But what is the meaning of G-H?

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    Mikkel,

    No.3 Group attacked Bremen on the 22nd April, see below.

    22nd April 1945 : Bremen (Factory Strong Point, Army support)

    Day

    196 Avro Lancasterís Dispatched

    115 Sqdn (21) 514 Sqdn (21) 75 NZ Sqdn (21) 622 Sqdn (14)
    15 Sqdn (14) 90 Sqdn (14) 138 Sqdn (14) 149 Sqdn (21)
    186 Sqdn (14) 195 Sqdn (21) 218 Sqdn (21)



    Time Over Target : 1829hrs-1847hrs
    Bombing Height : 16,000ft-21,000ft
    GH Aircraft : Not Recorded
    Damaged by Flak : 80
    31 Base : 21
    32 Base : 30
    33 Base : 29
    Damaged by Fighters : 0
    Miscellaneous damage : 1 (Engine fire)
    Cancelled : 1
    Abortive : 4
    Lost : 1 (Flak)
    Tons dropped : 925.4

    A normal GH attack for No.3 Group and PFF marking for No.1 & 6 Group. A reasonable GH attack, flak on run up made the formation spread slightly. A good concentration of bombs were observed just north of the aiming point.No.3 Group was the only group to attack this target, the other groups brought their bombs back.

    Flak was heavy and accurate on the bomb run, and all the way from Wilhemshaven. No fighters seen.
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    Sorry Steve, my fault the Bocholt attack was 22 March 1945.

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    Mikkel,

    Not a problem, I will send you the GH gen by email. Details taken via No.3 Group Records Book.

    Thursday 22nd March 1945
    Bocholt (Troop concentration & Supplies)

    Day

    100 Avro Lancasterís Dispatched


    622 Sqdn (14) 15 Sqdn (14) 90 Sqdn (11) 218 Sqdn (13) 149 Sqdn (18) 186 Sqdn (14) 195 Sqdn (16)

    Time Over Target :1403hrs-1408hrs
    Bombing Height :16,000ft-20,000ft
    GH Aircraft :39
    32 Base :24
    33 Base :15
    Damaged by Flak :3
    Damaged by Fighters ` :0
    Miscellaneous damage :engine failure XV Sqdn
    Cancelled :0
    Abortive :1
    Lost :0
    Tons dropped :unknown

    Marking by GH emergency skymarker puffs. Weather conditions clear, enemy defence negligible. A very good attack, the centre of the town was completely wiped out.
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    Thank you Daz and Steve. I had not been thinking along the Gee lines, but you are right
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee-H_(navigation)

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