Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sausage side

5th January 1945
The bald statistics;
Hannover: 664 aircraft - 340 Halifaxes, 310 Lancasters, 14 Mosquitos - of Nos 1, 4, 6 and 8 Groups. 23 Halifaxes and 8 Lancasters lost, 4.7 per cent of the force. This was the first large raid on Hannover since October 1943.
131 Lancasters and 9 Mosquitos of No 5 Group attacked Houffalize, a bottleneck in the German supply system in the Ardennes. The target was bombed with great accuracy. 2 Lancasters lost.
69 Mosquitos to Berlin, 8 to Neuss and 6 to Castrop-Rauxel, 58 RCM sorties, 55 Mosquito patrols. 4 Mosquitos lost, 2 from the Berlin raid and 2 from No 100 Group.
Total effort for the night: 1,000 sorties, 37 aircraft (3.7 per cent) lost.
Last Monday was the 75th anniversary of that mission to Hannover, one in which my Grandfather was killed by his aircraft being hit by a night fighter.
10 years ago my mother and I visited, this year she was too ill so with my sons we drove over and stayed for 2 nights.
It was a chance to lay a wreath at the graves of my Grand father, his crew mates Eddie Rhind and Jim Clarke.
 




The graves below were all shot down on the same night;
















It was a sobering time, me introducing my sons to their great Grand father and a good amount of Kultur being taken in;