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;








3 comments:

Hippo said...

Sad to see only, 'An Airman... known unto God' on a headstone. Poor sods, all of them.

Bambibasher said...

Looking at the bald statistics and wondering how much would it cost to narrow down to narrow down the possible numbers and then do a DNA test amongst the expected surviving descendants!
Really is it only will power lacking?

Hippo said...

Given that they knew he was an airman and were confident enough of the date of his death to have it carved on a headstone,I would have thought the field had been narrowed considerably. How many could there have been who were posted as missing after that raid and whose whereabouts remain unknown?