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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

An RCAF Flight Sergeant's Diary

From "My Diary of Ops" - the notebook of Flight Sergeant E. Burnett, 419 Squadron R.C.A.F.
(part of a series)

Tues July 28/42
19th trip

Took off from base with own crew at 2245 hrs in own aircraft.
Target Hamburg. Visibility was very bad but clear over target, went in and got caught in search lights dropped our load and done a lot of tall weaving to get out flak was very heavy and close. I could see six different A/C caught in cones of search lights and another hit the deck and burst into flames
It was a very bad show for the R.A.F. tonight as there wasn't no organization of any kind quite a few A/C had to turn back due to weather conditions others raided the alternative Bremen And the rest who did go to Hamburg caught hell.
We returned to Base at approx 0430 Every one happy
We lost our C.O. and his crew in this raid. he may be a prisoner of war
I reckon his absence will be missed by all, for he was highly thought of.

1 comment:

bfairey said...

Great stuff, keep it coming.