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    Default Cologne, March 2, 1945. Film footage of the raid.

    On March 2, 1945 Bomber Command undertook a daylight raid to Cologne. Dad was on this raid. 5-Group's only participation was to send a film unit Lancaster on the raid. The film footage is a classic daylight raid. At the 6:06 minute mark in the film, a "Scarecrow" explodes over the target area. Also, the film shows a load of 1 X 4,000 lb and 16 or so 500 lb bombs going down at the 10:20 mark. Dad carried an identical load to the target.

    https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/33469

    The Film Unit Lancaster was PD.337 'JO-V', of No. 463 Squadron RAAF, Waddington. Skipper F/Lt. Skelton, Camera crew, F/O Rogers and Sgt. Pearce. They bombed just after the raid started at 10:00. It was already well in progress as the smoke was beginning to cover the target area. The comment in the ORB: Main stream a/c still do not adhere to flight planning heights. At the end of the film, a 346 French Squadron a/c H7-E is shown leaving the target. Unfortunately, the ORB entries for the day provide only the serial number of the a/c so we cannot identify the pilot and crew!

    Incidentally, 3-Group went the same day to Cologne but only 15 aircraft bombed due to a failure of the GH system. Does anyone have information as to when this force went to the target?

    Jim

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    Default Re: Cologne, March 2, 1945. Film footage of the raid.

    Jim,

    No.3 Group were over the target between 16:00hrs - 16:12 hours. The 15 a/c only bombed is incorrect.

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    Steve
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    Default Re: Cologne, March 2, 1945. Film footage of the raid.

    Thanks for those times, Steve. I should have added "Cologne" to my 2nd to last sentence: "only 15 aircraft bombed the specified Target Area in Cologne due to a failure of the G-H system in England." I was lazy and sourced my comment from Middlebrook and Everitt. The Bomber Command day-raid sheet records 15 a/c bombed "A" Cologne, 41 bombed "B" with 19 these bombing S of Cologne. There were 99 abortive sorties. The day raid table is a bit cryptic but in order to make the "math" work, 155 were despatched, 15 bombed Cologne, 41 bombed "B" and 99 abortive. I don't have the Form "B"s for this operation, nor do I have the Group ORBs and I have not examined the squadron ORB's in detail. Overall the raid probably was not considered a success.

    Jim
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