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    Default Bombing of Bristol 28 Aug 1942 from 35,000 ft.

    Thanks to Jeff Beaumont's efforts in transcribing the ORB for 263 Sqn (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/laurieburley/jeff/index.html), I now have this incident to study involving my subject Edgar Brearley.

    The entry says the enemy a/c, believed to be HE177s were flying at 35,000 feet and that when the squadron's Whirlwinds tried to find them, they couldn't get up higher than 24,000 feet.

    Two questions:

    1. Could the HE177 fly that high?
    2. Does anyone have a reference to the incident in Bristol, which apparently was quite damaging as the bomb hit a crowded area with buses.
    David

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    David,

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/2049583079/

    Photographs of the damage of said raid, as well as other German raids on Bristol, with an amazing description by the writer.

    Various websites state the HE177 had a ceiling of 30,000 ft.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hi Dave
    From a Putnam book-German Aircraft of the Second World War by J R Smith and Anthony Kay there is mention that He177A-1's were delivered in July 1942 to 1/KG40 at Bordeaux/Merignac for operational trials, during one of which,28/8/42, one of them dropped a single 250kg bomb on the Broad Wier district of Bristol killing 45 and injuring a further 66-the worst single bomb incident suffered by the city in WW2.. The service ceiling is mentioned as 26,248 ft but it is not clear what variant this figure applies to.
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    Hello All,

    28 August 1942.

    The German bomber* left behind in Bristol terrible scenes of death and destruction. The single bomb had fallen in Broad Weir, a busy street near the city centre, where three double- decker buses were destroyed. The casualties - 48 killed, 26 seriously injured and 30 slightly hurt - included many women and children, some of whom were trapped in the burning buses. It was Bristol's worst single bomb incident of the entire war.

    See:
    The Blitz Then and Now. Volume 3.
    Ramsey,Winston G.(ed.)
    London:Battle of Britain Prints Ltd.,1990
    pp.158-9

    *
    The aircraft involved was a Junkers Ju86R, of Hohenflugkommando Beauvais, piloted by Fw Horst Gotz, with Lt Erich Sommer as his Beobachter (Observer).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 12th September 2009 at 13:26. Reason: minor correction

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    Hi
    For bristol raids you can't beat the fishponds site.

    28/29: Target - Bristol. Höhenkampfkommando der Versuchsstelle für Höhenflüeg, Beauvais, 1 Ju 86R monitored 08.10 - 09.37 hrs. Bristol 09.21 hrs 1 250 kg HE. Crew - Fw. Horst Götz (F); Ltn. Erich Sommer (B).

    http://fishponds.org.uk/luftbri7.html

    an excellent site, and a wealth of information.

    cheers
    Jerry

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    Thanks all, I am due for some fishing about now!
    David

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