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    Default Attack on Westkappele October 3rd 1944, Master Bomber.

    Hi,

    Looking for details / photo's of the attack on Westkapple on October 3rd, also the name of the Master Bomber, code name Carter.

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    Steve
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    Steve - there were 8 waves that attacked every 15 minutes with H-Hours beginning at 13.00 and the 8th H-Hour was at 14.45. The Master Bomber was C/G Peter Cribb, 582 Squadron. If you google 'Westkapelle 1944" you can find lots of photos including some bombing photos.

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    Hi David,

    Thank you for the post, 3 Group attacked over the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th wave. I am interested in the time slot of 13:37hrs and 13:45 hrs. Would this still be G/C Peter Gibb ?

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    Steve - G/C Peter Cribb was Master Bomber for all 8 waves. Here are his observations for the 3rd wave (H=13:30) and 4th wave (H=13:45).
    "Third Attack.1324.30 hrs Basement 5000 feet. 1326.30 Red TIs fell - straddled aiming point / 1327.12 hrs. Bomb between Red TIs - repeated four times, until 1331.42 hrs. 1333.54 Deputy asked to remark. 1335 gave 'Bomb Starboard of windward edge of smoke'. 1335.12 hrs Red TIs fell. 1335.30 hrs gave 'Bomb Red TIs." 1336.30 hrs 'Bomb near edge of Reds" continued until 1340 hrs. Bombing moderate, craters to N of A/P, about 150 yards, were beginning to fill with water and decided therefore to use this AP.
    "Fourth attack. 1343 hrs gave Basement 5000 feet. 1344 hrs Red TIs fell in sea W of A.P. and went out.1345.42 hrs Deputy asked to re-mark, dropped another lot of TI Reds. 1346 hrs Deputy's Red TIs overshot real A.P.. Directed MF to undershoot by 3 TI widths in order to get attack on breach which we were establishing. Repeated until 1349.18 hrs. This attack was scattered with scarcely a bomb within 400 yards of the AP."
    The Deputy Master Bomber was W/C DM Walbourn on all eight waves..

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    Hi David,

    GREAT thank you so much. I have one last 'asked' :-)

    Who was the M/B and D/M/B against Saarbriucken 5/6th October 1944. There seems to have been some noticeable disagreement between both. I am after the 1st attack.

    Thanks again.
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    Master Bomber was S/L PH Swan, 635 Sqn. Deputy was F/L GW Johnson, 635 Sqn. The mission was abandoned at 2033

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    Steve I had a look at the ORBs for the Pathfinder heavy squadrons involved and I don't see any disagreements between the Master and Deputy. The marshalling yards were very hazy on the first attack and neither the Master or Deputy could recognize anything on the ground. Some crews reported difficulties in hearing the Master and Deputy, one referring to "jamming". The Master Bomber only gave one instruction which was to bomb some green TIs, the only thing they could see. He finally gave to code word MARMALADE, calling off the attack. The 8 Group ORB summed it up "Owing to weather conditions and poor illumination it was not possible to identify the Marshalling yard, despite the fact that both the Master Bomber and Deputy made several runs across the target down to 10,000 ft."
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    Hi David,

    This comment was taken from a diary of a 218 squadron pilot. Who says that the MB and DMD could not agree on the aiming point.

    Thanks again mate.

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    I didn't see anything like that but the 8 Group & 635 Squadron records show that neither the Master or Deputy could identify the AP. I guess it could be correct to say they couldn't agree on an aiming point when neither one of them could see it but there is no hint of a disagreement between them.

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    David,

    Like I say only an observation from one crew of 218.

    Regards

    Steve
    Last edited by Steve Smith; 30th August 2017 at 21:09.
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