RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid log chart - Chemnitz

RAF 158 Squadron Navigator's raid log chart - Chemnitz

Code: P23600

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RAF Form 441.  Approximately 28 x 43.5cm (opened out) x 3.  Documents relating to a Bomber Command raid on Chemnitz, Germany as part of Operation Thunderclap, by a Halifax crew of 158 Squadron on 14th February 1945.  It names the aircraft captain Squadron Leader Reynolds, Navigator, Pilot Officer Eric Geoffrey Huband (DFC, 184967), gives the weather forecast and details the flight from take off at 1712hrs, fusing and selection of the bombs at 1839hrs, master bomb switches turned on at 2000hrs, Red Target Indicators seen at 2010hrs, the starboard outer engine 'packed up' at 2035hrs, the target sighted at 2103hrs and bombs being dropped at 2106hrs, returning to base at 0115hrs.  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 499 aircraft of 1,3,4,6 & 8 Groups and took place in two phases set three hours apart.  There was cloud cover over the target and although much of the city was hit many bombs also fell in the surrounding countryside.  Scarce original documents that were actually completed on the bombing raid.  Stock code P23600.

3 sheets plus map section.