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    Default The attack on Bergen 4th October 1944

    Hello to all.

    On 4th October 1944, No. 6 Group Bomber Command attacked the u-boat bunker "Bruno" and the dock area in Bergen harbour. One squadron equipped with Mosquitos did the target marking. Is there any one who has any information about what Mosquito equipped unit participated in this attack?

    Many thanks in advance,
    Bengt

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    The Mosquitoes were not markers, they were 100 Group Mosquitoes flying as fighter escort. 23 Squadron contributes 5 aircraft and 515 Sqn 7 aircraft flying from the advanced base at Dallachy

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    Bengt,

    This is an anecdote about the raid, rather than adding to Chris' reply to your post.

    I have a friend in Bergen who was a Sgt in the NAF, but working in the Central Forecast Office at Dunstable (aka ETA) during the war. Because the weather affected the RAF's operations so much, several of those working at ETA knew quite a lot about the operations - possibly even before the aircrew themselves.

    The raid was actually planned for the 2nd October, and you can imagine how my friend felt when he learnt his home was the target. This operation was cancelled when a reconnaissance aircraft reported extensive low cloud over the target. In the event the raid took place on the 4th, and although the target was Bergen harbour, 194 civilians lost their lives, including 61 school children.

    Apologies if you were already aware of this.

    Brian

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    Thanks, Chris and Lyffe!
    Yes. I'm aware of the catastrophic hit on the school building and the loss of life on the ground.
    Mosquitos from No. 100 Group was new information for me.
    Again, thank you both.

    Bengt

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