RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Cherbourg

RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Cherbourg

Code: P23571

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RAF Form 441.  Approximately 28 x 43.5cm (opened out).  Documents relating to a Bomber Command raid on flying bomb launch sites in France, by a Halifax crew of 158 Squadron on 1st July 1944.  It names the aircraft captain Squadron Leader Thomas Lindsey Parry (DFC/bar, 106234), Navigator, Sergeant Eric Geoffrey Huband (DFC, 184967), gives the weather forecast and details the flight from take off at 2306hrs, bombs being fused at 0046hrs., sighting of the target at 0110hrs, bombs being dropped at 0111hrs, returning to base at 0328hrs.  Numerous entries and checks are recorded throughout.  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 307 Halifaxes of 4 & 6 Groups, 15 Mosquitoes and 6 Lancasters of Pathfinder Force.  The targets were under 10/10 cloud and no results were observed at the time. The raid sheet was annotated afterwards 'Careless errors in computing and in additions of variations'.  Huband made a second copy of this sheet post-raid which comes with this lot so you get the scarce original documents that were actually completed on the bombing raid plus a period copy.  Stock code P23571.

2 sheets plus map section.

Some raid details sourced from The Bomber Command War Diaries - Middlebrook & Everitt.