RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Duisburg

RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Duisburg

Code: P23590

RESERVED

RAF Form 441.  Approximately 28 x 43.5cm (opened out) x 2.  Document relating to a Bomber Command raid to Duisburg, Germany, by a Halifax crew of 158 Squadron on 18th December 1944.  This was part of a 523 strong aircraft raid with 418 Halifaxes, 81 Lancasters and 24 Mosquitoes of 4, 6 and 8 Groups.  It names the aircraft captain Flight Lieutenant William McLennan (DFC, 158314), Navigator, Pilot Officer Eric Geoffrey Huband (DFC, 184967), gives the weather forecast and details the flight from take off at 0323hrs, sighting of the target at 0624hrs, bomb doors being opened at 0629hrs, bombs being dropped at 0631hrs and further bomb jettisoning in the Wash (presumably some were stuck/failed to drop) at 0908hrs,  before landing at Spilsby at 0910hrs.  They later flew back to base.  Numerous entries and checks are recorded throughout and the sheets.  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.  Scarce original documents that were actually completed on the bombing raid.  Stock code P23590.

 2 sheets plus map.