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    Default RAF bombing ops on 15/08/1944

    Hi ,

    On august 15 1944 the RAF bombed during daylight several airfields in Holland and Belgium . Two off the airfields in Belgium were Tirlemont and St-Trond ( homebase off IV./NJG1 ). Who can help me with information on this operation ?

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    Hello Alain
    127 Squadron sent 12 Spitfires to escort the bombers on this op.
    The ORB reads ' 12 Aircraft took off from base at 0720 and landed at Bradwell Bay at 0800. Took off from Bradwell Bay at 1055 - RAMROD1203 - Escort Lancasters bombing Tirlemont and St-Trond. 1 A/C returned early owing to mech. trouble. Landed at 1250. Remainder completed the mission landing back at base at 1330. Uneventful. Good results observed Tirlemont and St-Trond. Intense Flak aimed at bombers to, from and over target. Visability good.

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    Hello Andy ,

    Thank you very much for this information. i know that this asking much , but do you know wich pilots flew this escort.
    Anaway thanks once more for the help.

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    No trouble
    Sqd Ldr CF Bradley - Spitfire NH583 9N A
    Flt Lt EO Doyle - Spitfire NH533 9N U
    Flt Lt P Hillwood - Spitfire NH430 9N T
    Flt Lt DJ McNally - Spitfire NH596 9N E
    Flt Lt AG Richardson - Spitfire NH495 9N K
    Flt Lt J Whittington - Spitfire NH436 9N R
    F/O AK Asboe - Spitfire NH427 9N F
    F/O GW Davies - Spitfire NH526 9N G
    F/O VM Jack - Spitfire NH554 9N S
    F/O RO Lloyd - Spitfire PT649 9N B
    W/O R Eckert - Spitfire NH294 9N P
    Flt Sgt G Butcher - Spitfire PL326 9N C

    Not sure which A/C returned early as it is not recorded in ORB
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    Chaps,

    No.3 Groups effort for the day.

    Tuesday 15th August 1944 : St.Trond Airfield

    Daylight

    100 Avro Lancasterís detailed.


    115 Sqdn (19) 514 Sqdn (12) 75NZ Sqdn (19) 622 Sqdn (14) 15 Sqdn (14) 90 Sqdn (19) 218 Sqdn (3)

    Cancelled : 0
    Abortive : 1
    Missing : 0

    A very successful attack carried out in ideal conditions from 17000ft. Bombing was concentrated and accurate. Opposition, flak from Brussels area on way home. No enemy fighters seen.

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    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
    No.623 squadron Research

    ~~IN TIME ~~

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    Hello gentleman ,

    Thanks for the great help.

    Alain

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    Hi Alain

    78 Squadron were told to provide aircraft for this operation in the early hours of the morning and commited 20 aircraft against Tirelmont, two aborted the op; one with starboard outer engine failure the other with port inner engine problems. Take off began at 0944 and the crews bombed between 1202 and 1203 hours. Weather was good with visibility of 10 miles. Bombing took place at heights between 14,000 and 15,500 feet, all crews commented on the good marking of red TI's and thought that the attack was very concentrated with bursts seen on the airfield, dispersals and the surrounding buildings. There was no flak from the target area but some heavy flak was encountered at Brussels and Le Culot, no enemy aircraft were encountered. One crew attacked the airfield at Le Culot by mistake. All a/c returned safely, last one landed at 1400 hrs. The target is also referred to as Gossencourt in the Station ORB.

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    Last edited by 78SqnHistory; 25th January 2009 at 16:50. Reason: more information

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    Default 578 Squadron: 15 of August 1944

    Hello,

    Here's what I've found on http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/categories/c1183

    578 Squadron of Burn (Yorkshire): Squadron Target No 85: Tirlemont
    By: Frederick Charles Blackmore MBE

    Twenty five aircraft were detailed for this attack, all airborne 09.46 to 10.17 and all returned to Burn between 13.34 to 14.29 hours. The attack was carried out in perfect bombing conditions - no cloud and good visibility. the target indicators were well placed and received a good pounding. Defences were nil and one of our Squadron aircraft descended to 5,000 feet to describe the damage to the North West portion of the airfield. No enemy aircraft were seen but LK S reported parachutes in the Oxford area on the way home.
    I flew with Maxi Baer on this his last operation before being screened on our return. We beat up the airfield and flew below the control tower roof level up the main runway and were surprised to see that some other aircrew had hoisted Maxi's Austin Seven onto the roof of the tower.

    Greetings,

    Alexander

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    Default 578 Sqn: mission of 15 of August 1944

    Hello,

    I also asked the 578 Sqn association some information about the operation of the 578 Sqn on the 15 of August 1944 and received the next info from them:

    Bomber Command tasked 1003 aircraft ( 599 Lancasters, 385 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos) on 9 airfields in Holland and Belgium in a successful daylight operation. Three Lancasters were lost. 578 operated 25 Halifaxes Mk 3 that day, all returning safely. The raid was a prelude to the Allied break out from Normandy, and the day of the invasion of S. France.

    Can't give you more about the 578 sqn....
    Regards,

    Alexander

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