RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Laval Aerodrome

RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid chart - Laval Aerodrome

Code: P23576

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RAF Form 441.  Approximately 28 x 43.5cm (opened out).  Document relating to a Bomber Command raid to Laval Aerodrome, Normandy, France, by a Halifax crew of 158 Squadron on 9th June 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 0033hrs, sighting of the target at 0305hrs, bombs being dropped at 0307hrs, returning to base at 0547hrs.  Numerous entries and checks are recorded throughout and the sheets were annotated post raid by Flying Officer P Heaton in blue ink 'Average - Be more careful with your timing.  Be at the English Coast on time and then you should have no trouble getting to the target on time'.  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 401 aircraft of 1,4,6 & 8 Groups ordered to bomb various airfields south of the Normandy battle area in the week after D-day.  Two Halifaxes were lost on the Laval raid.  Scarce original documents that were actually completed on the bombing raid.  Stock code P23576.

1 sheet plus map section.