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    Default Crossing the Battle lines, October 9, 1944

    I have been researching the details of the operations that my dad operations with 419 Squadron and came across this ORB entry for F/O Weir of 415 Squadron in Halifax LL593:

    http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...85/889?r=0&s=3

    It seems they were badly shot up crossing the “Siegfried Line” on the route to Bochum, October 9, 1944. They should have crossed into German territory approximately at Kalterherberg, south of Aachen. I am uncertain of the briefed height of the force, but believe it to be low-level, approximately 2,000. They would have been vulnerable to light flak at that height.

    I would be grateful if anyone can provide any insight into the German defenses that might have been responsible for this incident. Incidentally, there seems to have been 9 crew members on this a/c, possibly 2 additional from the RAF, in addition to the usual RAF engineer.
    Jim

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    I found this site quite useful when I was trying to understand the German defences during the early days of my research:

    https://www.gyges.dk/Himmelbett.htm

    I hope it is of use

    Regards

    Pete
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete: thanks for the website. It’s focus though is nachtjagd operations. I’m more interested in the composition of the battle lines ground at the pint where the force crossed over.

    Jim

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    Hello Jim

    I can help you with an allied map by October 9, 1944.

    HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map.

    https://www.loc.gov/resource/g5701sm.gct00021/?sp=126


    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Thanks so much Finn. I had found other maps but this one is much more useful.

    Jim

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