Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: RAF raid on Berlin 17/18-4-41

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Posts
    3,519
    Thanks
    20
    Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts

    Default RAF raid on Berlin 17/18-4-41

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask how many planes RAF despatched to Berlin this night, how many of them reached the target and how many (according to my information 11) were lost?

    TIA

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Peterborough UK
    Posts
    381
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Pavel,
    According to the War Diaries (Middlebrook & Everitt), 118 aircraft went to Berlin.
    50 Wellingtons, 39 Hampdens, 28 Whitleys and 1 Stirling. A total of 8 aircraft were lost but three Wellingtons from another raid on Cologne also failed to return. This would give your 11 losses.
    Merry Christmas,
    Bill

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Posts
    3,519
    Thanks
    20
    Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts

    Default

    Thanks a lot Bill, much appreciated.
    Any chance to find out how many of them really reached the target?

    From unverified sources I have following info:

    There were altogether 81 A/C. over Berlin that night – 14 Wellingtons of 1 Group, 27 Wellingtons and 1 Stirling of 3 Group, 17 Whitleys and 23 Hampdens.

    But I can not be sure..

    TIA

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Huddersfield UK
    Posts
    433
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hello Pavel
    BCL 1941 has 12 losses for the 17/18 April.
    10 A/C lost on the raid to Berlin (2 of these crashed on return to the UK & 1 ditched in the North sea)
    2 A/C lost on the raid to Cologne.
    Regards
    Andy

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •