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C.O of the 439th Troop Carrier Group,LT Col Charles H Young pictured(right) with his brother Captain John N Young who was a B17 pilot with the 34th Bombardment group based at Mendlesham in Suffolk.
Although not 100% sure this particular photo was taken at RAF Balderton (USAAF STATION -482 ) in September 44, I thought I would share it because I know Col young and his brother did spend time together at RAF Balderton when his brother was on leave early in September 1944.🇺🇸
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U.S. service personnel pictured at RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482) in 1944.🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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USAAF personnel pictured along with Waco gliders at RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482) in 1944. 🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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An amazing job done for us by Andy Ward can’t wait to get her back ... See MoreSee Less

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Map done now we are ready for the open day ... See MoreSee Less

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The last of the 20 boards done, now for the map ... See MoreSee Less

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We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who as contributed photos and stories to the group over the past 3 years. There are far to many to name but there are some who keep giving us little gems you know who you are and we are always excited to see them, they all add to the fantastic display we are able to put on. For the open day I have been able to fill twenty display boards on both sides for the first time ever. We will endeavour to take the display as it is to all the events we are attending this year. As you know we are only a small group with a great following, and we stand in awe of all those brave men and women who served at RAF Balderton. Don’t forget to listen to Radio Newark on Monday evening when Colin and I will be updating everyone with our plans for the coming year ... See MoreSee Less

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RAF Balderton Research Group would like to wish Ken Fawcett a former 227 Squadron Mid upper gunner who was stationed at RAF Balderton 1944/45 a very Happy Birthday. 🎁🎉🎈 ... See MoreSee Less

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439th Done now for 227 Squadron ... See MoreSee Less

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408 Squadron boards done ... See MoreSee Less

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Big Thankyou to James Phipps for sending across the wonderful images of 227 Squadron skipper Freddie Hulance and crew possibly pictured at RAF Balderton.
James was a family friend of Ken Buxton who was the navigator of the crew pictured.
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While searching Canadian records I came across this it was amongst 408 Squadron pilot Richard Lawrence Gordon’s files. Any ideas anyone ... See MoreSee Less

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A massive thank you to James Phipps for posting this photo of 227 Squadron veteran Ken Buxton, it was taken in 2012 and sadly Ken as passed on. Ken was navigator on Freddie Hulance’s crew ... See MoreSee Less

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Airfield boards done both sides ready for our open day on the 6th April at St Giles Church hall Main Street Balderton ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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75 years ago today . Ng 170 . ... See MoreSee Less

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RAF Balderton Research Group are pleased to Announce ... See MoreSee Less

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I now have four of these bricks ... See MoreSee Less

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Thankyou to former (227 squadron) mid upper gunner Ken Fawcett for sharing this wonderful photo of himself along with 2 members of his crew and 3 ground crew and most definitely 100% at RAF Balderton in 1945. ... See MoreSee Less

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Photo of the Ground Crew possibly RAF Balderton or RAF Strubby in 1944 /45.
Thankyou Peter Allam.
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The Belvoir Brick ... See MoreSee Less

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I was called up to the School building site this morning to look at some foundations that they had unearthed just of Cross Lane and I believe that they could have found the foundations to Hanger 1 looking at the size and location there is nothing else in that area it is likely to be. Opinions on the Photos please In the first two pictures you have the edge of the foundation nearest to Cross lane the second and third are of large concrete pads going south west the fourth shows the distance to the spoil heap from the edge of the trench and this is the area the foundations were found and the area is similar to the size of a T2 hangar about 73mts X 35mts. Picture five shows the edge of the trench picture six is strange it is wire cable with a rope centre picture seven is more rubble pictures eight and nine are of a land drain in the big trench. The rest are just general photos of the site and the last one is of the spoil heap on the west side of the A1 created by Gypsum ... See MoreSee Less

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The group now has Fridge Magnets for sale at £2.00. If you would like one then please let me know ... See MoreSee Less

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Isobel & Joyce Strong(sisters) with May ?? in the middle. ... See MoreSee Less

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Back Row left to right Lofty, Ginger, Wally Lancaster, ??
Front Row Casey, ??, Arnold Dale (Isobels friend).
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Coming along nicely still a bit to do ... See MoreSee Less

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Anyone any ideas how I can make those engine tents have tried several different things but nothing looks right ... See MoreSee Less

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Can we say a big Thank You to Ian Bennett for sharing this wonderful photo of his grandad Donald Bennett, and his 227 Squadron crew.
Thought it deserved pride of place on our main Facebook page.
Thank you Ian.
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This wonderful drawing by former (227 Squadron) Mid upper Air Gunner sergeant Donald Bennett showing the nose art that adorned the front of there Lancaster (9J-R) hence the jolly Roger.The aircraft was skipperd by flying officer German pictured on the previous post . ... See MoreSee Less

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F/O German and crew (227 Sqn) pictured beside there Lancaster 9J-R (Jolly Roger) at RAF Strubby shortly after moving from there former base RAF Balderton in April 1945. ... See MoreSee Less

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A Massive Thank you to Michael Jeans for this information on F/O J M Johnston and the Fate of 227 Squadron Lancaster NG170 9J-S ... See MoreSee Less

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Nelson Binch The Father of Victor Hugh Binch Lost on the 4th March 1945 in Lancaster NG170 9J-S ... See MoreSee Less

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Today I have spoken to the site manager of the new school build on airfield he is very interested in what we are doing and has promised to contact me if they find anything unusual/interesting. He is also interested in seeing what we have regarding the History of RAF Balderton. The school is been built on the northern edge of the airfield ... See MoreSee Less

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Reichsweld Forest War Cemetery
The final resting place of four of the crew from Lancaster NG170 9J-S
Side by Side for Eternity
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2 months ago

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Big Thankyou to Peter Allam for sharing this photo of 227 Squadron pilot F/O Johnston (RAAF) who along with 3 other members of his crew were sadly killed on operations to DORTMUND-ELMS CANAL (LADBERGEN) on the 3/4 March 1945 in Lancaster NG170 (9J-S) flying from RAF Balderton. THE Lancaster was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Altenberge in Germany, the surviving 3 members of the crew became prisoners of war.
LEST WE FORGET.
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NG170. 9J-S flying officer J M Johnston and crew we think lost on the night of the 3/4th March 1945 on a raid over Ladburgen ... See MoreSee Less

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227 Squadron Lancaster Bomber. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lancaster PA280 pictured on the production line at Vickers-armstrong (Chester) factory in early 1945.
Subsequently PA280 was delivered to 227 Squadron RAF Balderton in March 1945 taking squadron code (9J-P), before moving with the squadron in April 1945 to RAF Strubby from where she remained till the war finally ended. PA280 was then transferred to No.115 squadron in September 1945 then finally 22 maintenance unit before finally being scrapped 1947/48
The bottom photo is of PA280 (9J-P) with 227 commanding officer wing commander Millington David Balme and crew in April 1945
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U.S Glider pilots pictured together at RAF Balderton (U.S AAF STATION 482) in 1944.
Thankyou to Kim Chamberlain for letting us share this great photo of which includes her late father Ed Friedland.
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I’m sorry to have to report the passing of another former member of 227 Squadron. F/O Howard’s Bomb Aimer Richard Lawrence died on December 19th, aged 95 in Dorset. The photo shows Richard receiving the Legion of Honour back in 2015. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

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On the night of the 1st/2nd January 1945 227 Squadron committed 16 Lancaster’s on a raid to bomb Gravenhorst. 15 aircraft completed this raid and returned safely, 5 diverted to Milltown, 1 to Marston Moor and the other 9 diverted to Dallachy. The 16th aircraft flown by F/O Allen abandoned the mission early due to electrical problems. There were no operations for 408 Squadron for these dates in 1942. ... See MoreSee Less

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Pete and Carol would like to wish Leighton, Debbie, Colin and the rest of our wonderful BRG Followers a Very Happy New Year and let’s hope the we can fulfil all our hopes for 2019 ... See MoreSee Less

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On the night of the 30th/ 31st December 1944 227 Squadron committed 12 Lancaster’s on a bombing raid over Houffalize. All 12 aircraft returned safely to base.
No operations for 408 Squadron for these dates in 1941.
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It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the passing of 227 Squadron veteran Cliff Watson, he served with 150 and 227 Squadrons as a Rear Gunner on Wellingtons, Sterling’s and Lancaster’s and completed an amazing 76 Ops
He joined up in September 1940 and was demobbed on the 8th June 1946 and rose to the rank of Flying Officer.
We all thank you for your service and bravery during those dark years.
Per Ardua Ad Astra
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On the night of the 28/29th December 227 Squadron committed 5 Lancaster’s on a raid to bomb shipping at Horten all 5 returned safely to base.
408 Squadron RCAF Committed 13 Hampden’s on a raid to bomb the Synthetic Rubber plant at Hulls. 12 returned safely to base but Hampden P1165 EQ-B flown by P/O Brackenbury failed to return. Sergeants Thane, Williams and Isaac were all killed and are buried in Winterswijk Cemetery Netherlands. P/O Brackenbury survived the crash and was taken prisoner
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On the night of the 27/28th December 1941 408 Squadron committed 14 Hampdens on bombing raids over enemy territory 12 to bomb the marshalling yards at Düsseldorf and 2 to bomb the docks at Boulogne Two of the Düsseldorf aircraft returned early due to engine problems. All other aircraft returned safely.
No operations on the 27th for 227 Squadron in 1944
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On the afternoon of the 26th December 1944 227 Squadron commented 7 Lancaster’s on a bombing raid over St Vith all aircraft returned safely 5 landing at Chivenor 1 at Binbrook and 1 at Knettishall.
No operations for 408 Squadron for the 26th in 1941
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Wishing all of our followers a very Merry Christmas, Happy New year and a big Thank You for your continued support. Best wishes from the RAF Balderton Research Group. 🎅🎄🎁⛄ ... See MoreSee Less

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On the night of the 23rd/24th December 1941 408 Squadron committed 5 Hampdens on Gardening operation in the Kiel Fiord, 2 on a gardening operation off the Frisian Islands and 6 on a bombing raid over Cologne.
All aircraft returned safely to base
No operations for 227 Squadron in 1944.
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On the night of the 21st / 22nd December 1944
227 Squadron committed 13 Lancaster’s on a bombing raid over Politz.
11 of the 13 aircraft bombed the target, 2 returned early, F/L Kilgore’s aircraft had the outer port engine u/s and F/O Lupton’s aircrafts undercarriage would not retract.
No operations for 408 Squadron in 1941
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Big Thankyou to former (227 Squadron) mid upper gunner Ken Fawcett who was stationed at RAF Balderton 1944/45,for sending this photo of himself with his crew and ground personnel in 1945 ... See MoreSee Less

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On the night of the 18/19th December 1944 227 Squadron committed 16 Lancaster’s on a raid to bomb Gdynia. Lancaster PM723 9J-W failed to return, six of the crew were killed and are buried in Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Poland. The pilot F/O A J R Wilson was taken prisoner. All other aircraft returned safely to base.
No operations for 408 Squadron in 1941 until 23/24th December.
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On the night of the 17/18th December 1941 408 Squadron committed 9 Hampden’s on a raid to bomb the Battleships in Brest, all aircraft returned safely to base.
On the night of the 17/18th December 1944 227 Squadron committed 16 Lancaster’s on a raid to bomb Munich, all aircraft returned safely to base.
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Sorry these are late.
On the night of the 16/17th December 1941 408 Squadron committed 3 Hampden’s on a raid to bomb the Docks and Shipping at Dunkirk, all 3 aircraft returned safely to base.
No operations for 227 Squadron
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Still time for you to get that last minute Christmas present ... See MoreSee Less

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408 Squadron had no operations until the night of the 16/17th December 1941.
227 Squadron had no operations until the night of the 17/18th December 1944.
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On the 11th December 1944 227 Squadron committed 16 Lancaster’s on a daylight bombing raid to Heinbach. All aircraft returned safely to base. ... See MoreSee Less

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On the night of the 11/12th December 1941, 408 squadron committed 15 Hampden’s for various operations. 6 on a gardening op over Kiel, 1 to bomb the Aerodrome at Leeuwarden, 1 to bomb Emien, 2 to bomb Cologne and 5 to bomb the docks at Le Havre. Hampden AE267 EQ-B flown by Pilot Officer W F Hull failed to return.
Pilot Officer Hull and the rest of the crew are buried in Odense (Assistens)Cemetery Denmark This was the Squadrons first loss from RAF Balderton
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227 Squadron had no operations on the 9/10th December 1944
On the 10th December 1941 408 Squadron committed two Hampden’s on daylight raids one to bomb the Aerodrome at Leuuwarden and the other to bomb Emiem both aircraft returned safely to base.
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Lt Harris in the cockpit of his C-47 (Sultry Sally). ... See MoreSee Less

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1st Lt Harris' C-47(Sultry Sally) on there way back home to RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482) following a drop over Holland (Operation Market Garden) in September 1944. ... See MoreSee Less

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1st Lt.Henry L.Harris of the 91st troop carrier squadron of the 439th Troop Carrier Group.Lt Harris took part in operation market garden in September 1944 operating from RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482). ... See MoreSee Less

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On the 8th December 1944 227 Squadron committed 14 Lancaster’s on a daylight attack on Heinbach. Squadron Leader Meagher and Wing Commander Millington where both on this operation.
408 Squadron RCAF had no operations on this date in 1941 due to the move from Syerston to Balderton
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On the night of the 7/8th December 1941 408 (Goose) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force committed 6 Handley Page Hampdens on a mission to bomb the Nazi headquarters at Aachen.
All aircraft returned safely back to base.
This operation took place while the squadron was in the middle of moving from RAF Syerston to RAF Balderton.
227 Squadron had no operations on the same night in 1944
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On the night of the 6/7th December 227 squadron committed 18 Lancaster’s on a bombing raid on Geissens. Of these 2 Lancaster’s failed to return they were PB646 9JP Flight Lieutenant London and crew and Flying Officer Peel and crew.
Lancaster PB690 9JV also lost her rear gunner Sergeant Bartle who was hit by flak over the target and killed instantly
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The group would like to announce that the first meeting of 2019 will be on Saturday 12th January at Newark Air Museum
1100hrs
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I would like to thank Barry Hope for his hospitality this afternoon, and to be allowed into his inner sanctum was a great privilege. 408 squadron book purchased for the group and looking forward to the others he is doing ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a catch up before the festive season really hits us.
Today Leighton and I went to a meeting of the Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire group at the Petwood hotel in Woodhall Spa. And as a result of that meeting the group will become affiliated with AHL in the New Year. This opens up many more opportunities for us and allow us to gain more experience in running our small group. We came away with lots of great ideas and made a lot of new contacts. We will hold our next meeting in early January to plan our way forward in 2019 with the proposed memorial taking centre stage. We will be looking to do different events but will still support Newark air museum and East Kirkby at the events we feel will be best for us. We are looking forward to 2019 and we hope that it will be even better than this year which as been amazing Leighton,Debbie,Colin and myself would like to thank everyone of you for making 2018 so special
We would not be where we are without all of your input. The book sales have been incredible and a big thank you to everyone who has bought one or more (we still have plenty in stock). So on behalf of the group I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I know this is a little early but if I don’t post it now when these things are fresh in my mind at my age they go and hide in little dark corners 🙃🙃⛄️❄️⛄️❄️⛄️❄️⛄️🎅🏼🎅🏼
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The group has a small stock of the Station of Nations the History of RAF Balderton 1941-1954
Please inbox me if you would like a copy
£17 plus postage
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Another wonderful photo sent by Susan Bilton of her nephews and niece on part of RAF Balderton perimeter track taken 50 years ago. Thankyou Susan. ... See MoreSee Less

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Big Thankyou to Susan Bilton for sharing this wonderful photo of her brother ploughing on what was RAF Balderton, in the background is one of the former aircraft hangars. ... See MoreSee Less

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Whilst the rest of the group were at the airfield entrance this morning I was at the Museum this afternoon with Rob and Helen Mather ... See MoreSee Less

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Remembering today all who served and were lost at RAF Balderton.
We will remember them.
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RAF Balderton Research Group will be displaying this Saturday 3rd November at East Kirkby for the fireworks event.
This marks our final display for 2018,
We will be in the hangar so if attending please come across to meet the group and see our wonderful display.🤗
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This 1940,s sidcot flying suit belonged to Sgt. Pilot C.W. 'Freddie' Hulance, a 227 Squadron Lancaster pilot who flew from RAF Balderton in1945 and also has a small leather patch with a cartoon illustration of a dog 'Binder'. ... See MoreSee Less

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RAF Balderton Research Group would like to say big Thankyou for all you're continued support for the group.🤗 ... See MoreSee Less

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On the 13th/14th February 1945 796 Lancaster’s and 9 Mosquitos dropped 1478 tons of high explosives and 1182 tons of incendiary bombs on Dresden of these 796 Lancaster’s where 17 from 227 squadron. One of the pilots was Flight Lieutenant Freddie Hulance
He had this to say about the raid. As far as we were concerned it was just another routine operation. There was no briefing about the industries in Dresden, about which all I knew was that they made fine porcelain. It was a long trip, about 10 hours, but everything worked that night. The weather was very good, there was a real lack of fighter interference, the marking was magnificent, and frankly we were winning. I have to say I never felt any remorse at all about it afterwards, because it was always them or us.
The notoriety came along afterwards. Years later the BBC brought me in to pursue this agenda, but there I met a displaced person from Dresden who had survived the rai. He may have been Jewish but he was destined anyway the day after the raid to be shipped to a Nazi death camp. As a result of the bombing he was able to get away, and he wanted to shake me by my hand for giving him the rest of his life .
Taken from The Lancaster and the Tirpitz by Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC
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