RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Essen

RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Essen

Code: P23591

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RAF Form 441.  Approximately 28 x 43.5cm (opened out).  Documents relating to a Bomber Command raid on airfields at Lohausen and Mullheim (Dusseldorf/Essen) in Germany, by a Halifax crew of 158 Squadron on Christmas Eve, 24th December 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 1124hrs, sighting of the target at 1430hrs, bombs being dropped at 1435hrs, returning to base at 1636hrs.  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 strength was 338 strong with 248 Halifaxes, 79 Lancasters and 11 Mosquitoes of 4, 6 and 8 Groups.  It is thought that the intention was to disrupt the movement of military supplies from the Ruhr to the Ardennes area and the Battle of the Bulge.  Bombing is recorded as accurate.  6 aircraft failed to return.  Scarce original documents that were actually completed on the bombing raid.  Stock code P23591.

2 sheets plus map section.

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