24 Boston’s, 12 of 88 squadron and 12 of 342 Squadron with 88 leading, were detailed to attack the rail bridge at ROERMOND (E775994)
Bomb Load: 4 x 500lbs. M.C.T.D. 0.025 Bombs
6 aircraft of 88 squadron attacked from 10,000 feet heading 100 with 24 x 500lb M.C.T.D .025 bombs through a small gap in the cloud for this reason the results were on observed.
The first box of 6 aircraft did not bomb warning to the target being obscured by cloud and brought their bombs back to base. Aircraft X crash landed at base owing to trouble with the undercarriage due to being hit by flak. Crew unhurt.
Time Up: 13.06
Time over target: 14.05
Time down: 15.00
Flak: accurate heavy flak over target
Enemy Aircraft: NIL
Weather :- Over target-route 8/10 Strara Cu. 7-8,000ft tops
Vis very bad owing to rain
Nine aircraft of 88 squadron led by Squadron leader R.A. Bance DFC., in the company with nine aircraft of 342 Squadron, 342 leading were again detailed to attack the rail bridge to north of ROEMOND(K775934) with 36 x 500lbs.M.C.T.D 0.025 Bombs. All aircraft took off at 1439 and reached the target area at 1533 when they abandoned the task owing to ten tenths cloud at 7000 feet. To within 15 miles of the target they experienced only 5/10ths cloud but it closed right in at the last moment. All aircraft landed a base at 1628. No flak was experienced on this trip.
At 0720 12 aircraft of 88 squadron and 12 aircraft of 342 Squadron led by Wing Commander GORRI of 342 Sqn attacked the railway bridge at DEVENTER (E 913076) from 10500′ at 0902 bars with 44x500lbs M.C.T.D 0.025 bombs. The first box undershot by 200x on the riverbank and in the river. Aircraft U did not take off and H landed at Lille Vandeville on that return owing to bad weather. There was no flak over the target but considerable heavy accurate flak was experienced 8 miles north east of NIJMEGAN and several aircraft were hit. Aircraft J returned to base early and lead was taken over by aircraft V. Weather at 3 tenths St. Cu. tops at 5000 feet over target area
Luckier today. 12 Boston’s of 88 squadron 12 Boston’s 342 Squadron led by Squadron leader Navarre with 88 SQN led by Flight Lieutenant’s Simpkins DFC were dispatched to attack railway centre at UTRECHT (E302905). 16 aircraft attacked at 1633/40 hours from 12/13,000 feet with 80x500lbs. M.C.T.D 0.025 sec bombs. Bomb bursts were across tracks to North East and North North West on the buildings by the box led by Flight Lieutenant Niven. Six aircraft of 88 squadron did not bomb due to cloud and haze obscuring the target area. Aicraft V of 88 squadron returned early owing to u/s turret and because the pilot could not catch up with the main formation due to a `taking of late due to a technical hitch and aircaft G returned early owing to generators being U/S. Meagre inaccurate heavy flak was experienced in the target area. Weather 6 to 7/10 at 8/10,000 feet with visibility approximately 10 miles. Several are craft were tested during the day
No flying during the morning but an operation was laid on in the afternoon 24 Boston’s, 12 of 342 Squadron and 12 of 88 Squadron were despatched to attack troop concentrations site east ARNHAM (p.p. E786657) 23 Boston’s reached the target area but did not bomb owing to 10 tenths cloud. Weather 10 tenths at 3000 ft. with a second layer 10/11000′. No flak was experienced
12 Boston’s of 88 Squadron and 12 Boston’s 342 Squadron, led by Squadron Leader Bance of 88 squadron were despatched to attack five road rail crossings in EMMERICH (E973604). Nine aircarft of 88 squadron and 11 aircarft of 342 Squadron attacked the primary target at 1700 or is from 11,500/13,500 feet with 73x500lbs. M.C.T.D 0.025 bombs. Bombs from 88 squadron fell to the N.W. of the main point with the majority overshooting. Moderate accurate heavy flak was included in the target area and six aircraft received minor damage one navigator was slightly wounded.Aircarft V of 88 squadron did not attack the primary target as the crew did not hear the leaders bombing run and they bombed the villageat Dormek. Aircraft S and Q did not attack at all all bombs hung up whether 5/10 at 7000 feet with visibility 15/20 miles
24 Boston’s of 88 and 342 squadrons, led by Flight Lieutenant Soufflet of 342 Squadron were dispatched to attack the bridge at GOCH. The primary traget that was obscured by cloud and 8 aircraft of 88 Squadron attacked various road and rail bridges to the east of the target area 32X 500lbs. M.C.T.D 0.025 bombs were dropped from 11 to 13,000 feet at 1934/37 hours with unobserved results. All bombs hung up on aircraft C and Q and O and H did not bomb owing to not finding a suitable target. Meagre in accurate heavy flak was encountered in the target area. Weather 10/10ths. cloud with a few small breaks and the tops between 6000 to 7000 feet.
In the afternoon 18 Boston’s, led by Squadron leader Garston of 88 Squadron were detailed to attack the road rail bridge at CLEVE (E 903559). Al 88 Squadron box attacked, dropping 24×500 lbs. M.C.T.D 0.025 bombs from 12,400 feet at 17:27 hours. A thick cloud of smoke over the target area and made photographic assessment impossible, but the bombs were believed to be slightly undershot at the aiming point to the south-west. Intense heavy flak was seen, but it was not near any of the Boston boxes. Whether one to 2/10ths. at 6000 to 7000 feet, visibility 10 to 15 miles with haze.
24 Boston’s 342 and 88 Squadron’s, led by W/C Gorri of 342 Squadron took off to attack Fort at BRESKENS is in Holland. 10 Boston’s of 88 Squadron dropped 40×500 l.b.s Bombs from 11,000 to 11,500 feet at 1010 Hrs. Scattered bursts were seen signs of the target area, were the other is to the south west. Aircraft K and P did not bomb due manipulation failure. Moderate and heavy like flak was encountered in the target area, and aircarft of 88 Squadron received minor damage. Weather was 4/10 at 7000 to 8000 feet with about 15 miles visibility.
24 Boston’s, 12 of 88 Squadron and 12 of 342 Squadron, led by W/C D.J. Evans.D.F.C , were dispatched to attack the road and rail crossing over the Dyke West of WOENSDRECHT (D560200) All aircraft attacked from 12,500 feet at 12:11 hours with 48×500 lbs. Bombs were seen to straddle the target, mostly to the north of the railway track. Weather was;- no cloud but with very poor visibility. Photographs taken later by reconnaissance aircraft show the bombing was very effective — the railway and road had been both ” out” in several places