RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Calais

RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Calais

Code: P23583

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RAF Form 441.  Approximately 28 x 43.5cm (opened out).  Document relating to a Bomber Command raid to bomb German defensive positions at Calais, Normandy, France, by a Halifax crew of 158 Squadron on 25th September 1944.  It names the aircraft captain Squadron Leader Thomas Lindsey Parry (DFC/bar, 106234), Navigator, Pilot Officer Eric Geoffrey Huband (DFC, 184967), gives the weather forecast and details the flight from take off at 0812hrs, the bombs being fused at 1026hrs, bombs being made safe (jettisoned) at 1048hrs and returning to base at 1245hrs.  Numerous entries and checks are recorded throughout and the sheets were annotated post raid in blue chinagraph pencil - 'A big improvement, reset your API more frequently by A/A'.  Comes with the section of plotting map used on the raid.  The route to and from the target has been marked in pencil with times recorded at various points.  This raid was comprised of 872 aircraft but heavy cloud over the target meant that only 287 aircraft managed to drop their bombs through breaks in the cloud.  The remainder, including Halifax Z-2, jettisoned their bombloads on the return journey before landing back at base.  Scarce original documents that were actually completed on the bombing raid.  Stock code P23583.

1 sheet plus map section.