Objective: Saint Leu D'Esserent.
Apres moi, le deluge
I have very little information
on this raid.
See Steve Darlows book
"Sledgehammers for tintacks" page 102.
17 Lancasters, 1 mosquito
and 1 mustang bombed the site with their Tallboys. This was carried out by
617 Squadron Only 11 Lanc's dropped their load. "Operations record book states"
Extensive flying training programme carried out. Seventeen Lancaster, one
Mosquito and one Mustang aircraft were detailed for operations. All took off
safely. The target was an Area Dump at Creil, near Paris.
The operation was successful,
and all aircraft returned safely. The weather at base was cloudy with continuous
rain. (This raid was to a V1 parts store situated in a series of chalk caves
and which was to be followed up by the main force.) One Mustang, one Mosquito
and seventeen Lancasters were detailed to take part in an attack on the Flying
Bomb Storage Dumps in the Creil Area. The Squadron was to have its own aiming
point which was to be marked with red spot fires by the Squadron Commander
flying the Mustang. It was hoped that the 12,000 lb bombs carried by the Squadron
would cause the roof of the cave, in which the flying bombs were stored, to
collapse. Both the P.F.F. area markers and the flares were accurate. The Squadron
Commander dropped his red spot fires and although he did not see them other
aircraft reported that they were accurate. The marking for the Main Force
spread over some 600-700 yards. During the course of the attack there was
a direct hit on the red spots and may have extinguished them or they may have
become obscured by the spread of the Main Force marking. In any case they
were not seen again. Eight of the Lancasters bombed on the red spots, three
judging their aiming point from the position of the Main Force Markers and
the remaining Lancaster, unable to pick out the aiming point, brought their
bombs back to Base.
"... You could hear a constant rumbling overhead, and began to feel that the very mountain was on the move and might collapse at any moment. It was asking too much of any man's nerves to expect him to hold out in caves like that"
Colonel Eugen Walter (The Mare's Nest by David Irving)
Mustang III Pilot:
W/C G.L Cheshire
Target indicators 2 x
Mosquito VI NT205
(L) F/L G.A. FAWLE Pilot.
F.O T.A. BENNETT Nav. B.
F/L D.J.B. WILSON Pilot.
F/S CHERRINGTON A. F/Eng. AUS. F/O J.K. STOTT Nav. CAN. F/O E.W. FINLAY A/B
AUS W/O JORDON A.J. W/Op. F/S GRIFFITHS L.D. MU/Gunner. F/S VAUGHAN M.D. R/Gunner.
Lancaster I ME557 (S)
F/L C.J.G. HOWARD, Sgt.
HAWKINS A.W, F/O C.A. MACDONALD, F/S HARTLEY L, F/S LUCAN C, W/O WOODS J,
F/S CLARKE J.
Lancaster I. ME559 (Y)
F/O G.S. STOUT, P/O J.R.
GURNEY, F/O P. INGLEBY, CAN. F/O W.A RUPERT, F/S NUTTALL A, F/O H.W. CORNISH-UNDERWOOD
W/O SMITH R.
I DV391 (O)
F/L A.F. POORE, F/S JOHNSON
J, F/O R.A. ROBERTS, F/O R.J. ELSEY F/S THOMPSON J.T, F/S TOOKEY W., F/S CASTLEMAN
I ME560 (H)
P/O I.S. ROSS AUS, Sgt.
WALTER W, F/O T. O’BRIEN, F/S TILBY E.G. F/S JENKINSON K.,Sgt. KING C.T.,
P/O MCKELLAR A.F.
I ME561 (R)
LT. KNILANS H.C. USA.,
P/O K.J.RYALL, CAN. P/O L.H.GELLER, F/O C.G. ROGERS, F/O C.L.KNELL, CAN. Sgt.
MCNALLY A.F. AUS. P/O R.A. LEARMONTH
Lancaster I ME555 (C)
F/O W.A. DUFFY CAN, Sgt.
BENTING A.W., CAN. F/O A.BELL, CAN. F/O R.E.WOODS, CAN. F/O D.R.PEARCE, CAN.
W/O PORTER K.R. CAN. P/O W.G.EVANS
Lancaster I DV385 (A)
P/O J.A.SANDERS, Sgt. NUTLEY
T.H., F/S BARRON J.B., CAN. W/O ALLEN H.G., Sgt. WARD A., Sgt. MACHIN R.,
Sgt. BRIARS R.A.
III ED763 (D)
P/O F.H.A.WATTS, Sgt. LUCK
H., F/S HOUSDEN C.H., F/S MCKAY M.L. Sgt. COOPER D., P/O R.HEGGIE, Sgt. MATTHEWS
I DV393 (T)
F/O E.WILLSHER, Sgt. HURDISS
J., F/O T.H.J.PLAYFORD, P/O R.C.EVERETT P/O F.W.BELL, F/S SALTER A.,
Lancaster III EE131 (B)
F/L J.E.R.WILLIAMS, Sgt.
SOILLEUX J., F/O A.J.TALBOT, F/O A.B.WALKER F/S POTTER.A.E., F/S BLAGDON A.,
F/S MCLEAN T.J.
Lancaster III JB139 (V)
F/O W.R. LEE. AUS, Sgt.
MASON W., F/S MCKIE A.M., F/S HOYLAND G. F/S RICHARDS F., Sgt. THOMAS D.G.,
F/S HUNNISETTE R.W.
Lancaster I DV402 (P)
F/O A.E.KELL. AUS., P/O
G.W.CLARK, AUS. F/O J.L.HAGER AUS. F/O R.MORIESON, AUS. F/O A.L.EVANS, AUS.
P/O A.W.SNELL AUS. P/O K.S.JEWELL
Lancaster I ME562 (Z)
F/L H.J.PRYOR, P/O R.J.A.TELFER,
CAN. F/O R.L.PINDER CAN. F/O C.P.PESME, F/S HEPWORTH A., F/S COLYER A.J. P/O
Lancaster III LM489 (L)
P/O J.GINGLES, Sgt. GALLAGHER
A., F/O G.G.BEALE, F/S HAZELL L W/O RILEY J, F/L R.F.SCOTT-KIDDIE, AUS. F/O
Lancaster III LM482
(W) S/L J.L.MUNRO NZ.,
F/L F.G.RUMBLES, AUS. F/L C.K.ASTBURY F/O A.J.WARD, F/L A.R.POOLE, CAN. F/O
Lancaster III LM492 (Q)
S/L MCCARTHY USA, F/O
W.G.RADCLIFFE, CAN. F/O D.A.MCLEAN CAN. F/O W.A.DANIEL, W/O EATON L, W/O BATSON
R. CAN. F/L D.RODGER