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Wuppertal
Lancaster ED625

P/O C T Anderson, Sgt R C Paterson, Sgt J P Nugent, Sgt W D Bickle, Sgt A W Buck, Sgt G J Green, Sgt E Ewan

T/o Fiskerton 2245 landing 0327 Target Duty Krefeld

Krefeld 0136 hrs. 21,000ft Little haze. No cloud. Target identifed visually and T.I.'s 1 red T.I. in bomb sight. Bursts to many to distinguish. P.F.F markers accurately timed appeared to be on target. Fires concentrated around red and green T.I.'s. Weather good.
Part of the station ORB for 24/25 June 1943
24/25 June 1943 Wuppertal

A force of 630 bombers, including 7 from 49 Squadron made a successful attack, after the PFF had accuratley placed their markers. Sgt pilots Jupp and Bull operated for the first time with their crews. non of the 34 aircraft lost were from Fiskerton, although Sgt Watson (JA691) and crew did not two combats with an enemy aircraft.. hits were observed striking the night-fighter, but results could not be confirmed. Seven Lancasters had landed safely back at Fiskerton by 04.29 hrs with the Waton kite sporting perforations in her port wing.
extract from
The Bomber Command War Diaries
By Middlebrook & Everitt
24/25 June 1943
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extract from
Beware Of The Dog At War
By John Ward
24/25 June 1943
Wuppertal

630 aircraft - 251 Lancasters, 171 Halifaxes, 101 Wellingtons, 98 Stirlings, 9 Mosquitoes. 34 aircraft - 10 Halifaxes, 10 Stirlings, 8 Lancasters, 6 Wellingtons - were lost 5.4% of the force.

This attack wa aimed at the Elberfeld half of Wuppertal, thr Barmen half of the town having been deverstated at the end of May. The Pathfinder marking was accurate and the main force bombing started well but the creepback became more pronounced than usual. 30 aircraft bombed targets in more western parts of the Ruhr; Wuppertal was at the eastern end of the area. Thesebombing failures were probably a result of the recent run of intensive operations incurring casualties at a hight level. however, much serious damage was again caused to this medium-sized Ruhr town. The post war British survey estimated that 94% of the Elberfeld part of Wuppertal was destroyed on this night and Wuppertal's own records show that more bombs fell in Elberfeld than had fallen in Barmen on the last raid. 171 industrial premises and approximately 3,000 houses were destroyed; 53 industrial premises and 2,500 houses, were severely damaged. Approimately 1,800 people were killed and 2,400 injured.

There was a dramatic incident in Gelsenkirchen, 20 miles north of Wuppertal, when an R.A.F. 4 engined bomber crashed into the hall of a building which had been taken over by the Wehrmacht. The bomber blew up 'with a terrible explosion'. A German officer, 13 soldiers, the caretaker of the building and 5 Dutch trainee postal workers were killed and 2 more soldiers died later.

Minor Operations: 4 Mosquitoes to Duisburg, 4 Stirlings minelaying in the River Gironde, 7 O.T.U. sorties. No losses.
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