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    Default Leipzig 10/4/45

    Can anbody assist with

    1. Details of the route taken by Bomber Command a/c from Nos 5 & 8 Groups and 100 Gp

    2. The Squadrons who took part and are missing from this list of Sqns (extracted from BCL)
    44, 83, 207, 462, 619 and 630

    3. How many a/c from each squadron took part

    Many thanks

    Eddie

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    Default Leipzig April 10/11,1945

    Eddie.. Route was Base-Reading-(50:10N-03:00E)-(50:22N-07:20E)-( 51:30N-11:00E)- (51:38N-12:08E)- Target-(51:12N-12:10E)- (51:05N-10:15E)- (50:22N-07:20E)- (50:10N-03:00E)-Reading-Base.

    Mosquitos= Base- Bergen en Zee- (52:36N-12:00E)-target- (51:36N-12:00E)- Bergen en Zee- Base.
    Richard

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    Eddie,
    57 Squadron from East Kirkby sent 18 aircraft all of which returned safely. 630 squadron, also from East Kirkby, sent 11 aircraft of which two failed to return.
    Bill.

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    There were actually two separate targets at Leipzig on that date.
    The first was the Englesdorf marshalling yards and the Oboe marking was done by 2 Mosquitoes of 105 Squadron and 4 from 109 Squadron for 106 Lancasters. Marking was from 30,000 feet with red TIs and H-Hour was about 17:58. 582 Squadron sent 4 Lancs. on this one.

    The second attack was on the Wahren marshalling yards. 4 Oboe Mosquitoes from 109 Squadron and 4 from 105 Squadron marked from 30,000 feet using yellow TIs for 66 Lancasters. That H-Hour was 22:48.
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    Dave Wallace
    Last edited by David Wallace; 11th April 2009 at 13:34.

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    Eddie Fell Guest

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    Thanks All

    It was the raid on the Wahren yards I was looking at so all responses are useful.

    Just one cheeky question - how do I tranlate the references into physical locations (appreciating that the turning points may be in the middle of nowhere). The only 'coordinates translator' I know of doesn't seem to cater for this sort of reference (Northings and Eastings) which is the only sort I've come across)

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    Eddie, I think they are longtiudes and latitudes. You can type them into the "fly to" box in Google Earth, or look them up in an atlas.

    Google Earth is picky about format, using one of the references above, 50:10N-03:00E, you should enter 50 10' N, 3 00' E . This puts you in north-eastern France, for example.

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    Eddie Fell Guest

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    Thanks Bill

    I'll give it a go

    Cheers

    Eddie

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