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    Default The last of many.

    Picked this question up on another forum and it got me thinking......

    What was the very last bombing raid the RAF carried out in WW2?

    I'm quite sure someone will have the correct answer.

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    110 Squadron Mossie bombers attacked some Japanese troops who wouldn't surrender in Burma on the 29th August 1945, along with support from 17, 42 and 79 Squadrons.

    So maybe the last bombing attack by the RAF

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    The last mission for 6 Group RCAF was on April 25,1945 against coastal batteries on Wangerooge, in the Frisian Islands. Seven of the 482 crews dispatched were lost, five of them Canadian, the latter all through a chain reaction of collisions caused when one Lancaster, catching the slipstream of another, rammed into a third. Forty-one airmen died, 28 of them Canadian.

    There were also the food drops to the Dutch (Operation Manna, Groups 1, 3 and 8) between April 29 to May 7.

    (From The Crucible of War, Greenhous et al)

    The 6 Group site also mentions that on May 3/4 33 Lancasters from 424, 427, 429, and 433 Squadrons were ordered on a mining operation to the Kattegat. All crews were recalled to base.
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    Default Last bombing carried out by RAF WWII

    On August 16, 1945 110 Hyderabad (RAF) Squadron moved to Hmawbi airfield in the area of Rangoon. On that day news was received that Japan had surrendered. The only operation carried out from this airfield was on August 20 when a request was received for air support. Japanese troops were threatening Britainís guerilla troops in the Tikeda area. Eight aircraft took part in this operation, the last offensive action by the RAF before the Japanese signed the surrender documents at Tokyo Bay on September 2nd. Thus, 110 Hyderabad (RAF) Squadron has the unique distinction of carrying out the first and last RAF offensive operation of the Second World War.

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    Believe 4 Group may have been the same as 6 Group. From my grandfathers Logbook,

    25th April 1945 - Halifax VI "E" - Ops Wangerooge Coastal Guns and Naval support 4.10hrs

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    Coastal lays claim to being the last to drop ordinance on, and damage an active Kreigsmarine vessel.

    A Catalina of No.210 Sqn carried out a depth charge attack on the U-320 in the North Sea west of Bergen on 8th May 1945.

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