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    Default Bomber Command Raid Billancourt 03 March 1942

    Can anyone tell me the approximate time that Billancourt was bombed on the night of 03 March 1942 please.

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    Andy

    144 Squadron flying 8 Hampdens arrived at Dieppe on the French coast at 20.00hrs, arriving early over Paris they circled the target. Their given time over the target was 21.00hrs. Most bombed at various low level altitudes between 21.00hrs and 21.15hrs. Little flak, visibility was clear allowing crews to observe aircraft from other squadrons making their bomb runs. All crews returned, P4347 had its starboard engine partially fail while still over France, they successfully crossed the Channel making a forced landing at Ford, their landing gear failed to lock and collapsed.

    I am familiar with this one, my father was pilot of Hampden AT157 on this raid.

    John

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    Hi John,

    Many thanks for the info.

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    Andy Fletcher
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    158sqdn aircraft bombed between 21.25 and 21.42.

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    The French book "Quand the Alliés bombardaient la France" (When Allied bombed France) has a full chapter dedicated to this raid (9 pages).

    He says that the raid was done in three waves. 223 of the 235 dispatched bombers bombed between 2110 hrs and 2315 hrs, setting a new record of concentration over the target (121 per hour, before this raid Bomber Command limited to 80 per hour) without any collision.

    Most of the chapter is about the damaged and casualties done, and the French reaction to the raid.

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the info. John and Alan: I assume the times you give are British times?; Laurent: Are the times you quote local or British?

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    The book does not say which time is used, but from the content of the text around these hours, I would say that this part is taken from RAF reports rather than local sources (that would not not the number and weight of bombs dropped and so on).

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    Hi Laurent,

    Thanks for that. The times you quote fit with the times quoted by John and Alan as being British time.

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