RAF 10 squadron Navigator's Raid chart - Essen

RAF 10 squadron Navigator's Raid chart - Essen

Code: P27183-91

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RAF Form 441.  Approximately 28 x 43.5cm (opened out).  Document relating to the last heavy night raid by Bomber Command on Essen, Germany, by a Halifax crew of 10 Squadron on 12/13th December 1944.  This raid on the Krupps works was carried out by 540 aircraft including 349 Lancasters, 163 Halifaxes and 28 Mosquitoes of 1, 4 & 8 groups.  The raid was accurate but 696 houses were also destroyed and a further 1370 seriously damaged.  The chart doesn't name the crew's captain but the navigator was Flight Lieutenant Douglas Newham DFC.  It records details of the flight from take off in Halifax LV909 (RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire) at 1624hrs.  Numerous entries and checks are recorded throughout the sheets until the aircraft landed back at base at 2215hrs.  Signed off/annotated by P/O L. Cunningham with comments such as 'You are 4m late here with no I.A.S.', 'Still 4m late', 'Enter Bombs Gone', 'You could have cut corner at E to gain time!', 'It would appear you have gone for 50 minutes without a fix in area', 'A good 2nd tour 1st effort'.  Newham completed 2 tours of operational flights and was awarded the DFC in 1945.  Post WW2 he worked for BOAC and British Airways.  He died at the age of 100 in 2022 but fortunately there is good archive material about him available on the internet.  Scarce original documents that were actually completed by Newham on the first sortie of his second tour. Stock code P27183-91.