AIRCRAFT PROFILE

Aircraft:

JB410

Type:

Lancaster Mk. I

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AIRCRAFT HISTORY

Date

Event

Sqn Code

25 Nov 1943

Initial record to be updated when first event found

UL-H2

11 Nov 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-H

11 Nov 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-H2

11 Nov 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-H2

11 Nov 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-H2

11 Nov 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-H2

18 Nov 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-H2

576 Squadron OPERATIONS

Code

Date

Operation

Captain

Events

UL-H2

24 Sep 1944

CALAIS

Fg Off G.H. Hardman

Target: Enemy fortifications and heavy gun positions. Load: 13x 1000lb & 4x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

02 Nov 1944

DUSSELDORF

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: The northern built-up area of the city. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 6x 1000lb, 6x 500lb bombs. Possibly damaged by flak (tbc).

UL-H2

09 Nov 1944

WANNE-EICKEL

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Synthetic oil plant. Load: 1x 4000lb, 16x 500lb bombs. No.15 Base aircraft flew in in a loose but concentrated formation led by three aircraft in ‘V’ formation from the Sqn; H2 was one of those three. The formation broke up before bombing.

UL-H

11 Nov 1944

DORTMUND

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Hoesch Benzin GmbH synthetic oil plant. Load: 1x 4,000lb 'cookie', 6x 1000lb, 6x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

18 Nov 1944

WANNE-EICKEL

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Krupps synthetic oil plant. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 16x 500lb bombs. Most aircraft diverted to Bury St Edmunds or Tempsford due to poor visibility - only four Squadron aircraft landed at base. It is not known if the Acheson crew diverted or landed at Fiskerton.

UL-H2

27 Nov 1944

FREIBURG

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Troop concentrations in the built up area (flown in support of the French 1st Army) Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 5x 1000lb, 6x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

29 Nov 1944

DORTMUND

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Industrial and rail targets within the built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 5x 1000lb, 7x 500lb bombs. No.15 Base aircraft flew in in a loose but concentrated formation led by three aircraft in ‘V’ formation from the Sqn; H2 was one of those three. The formation broke up before bombing. Hit by flak. The Rear Gunner Lewis was possibly wounded during this operation - tbc. His turret was badly damaged, and he suffered a shrapnel wound to his leg. There is no report of damage to the aircraft in the F78, although JB410 did not fly on the next operation on 03 December.

UL-H2

06 Dec 1944

MERSEBURG/LEUNA

Fg Off I.R. Carter

IG Farbenindustrie synthetic oil refinery 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 12 x No.14 incendiary clusters and 120x 4lb incendiaries

UL-H2

17 Dec 1944

ULM

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Marshalling yards and the Magirius-Deutz & Kassbohrer lorry factories. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1604x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-H2

22 Dec 1944

KOBLENZ

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 6x 1000lb, 6 or7x 500lb bombs On return the whole Squadron were ordered to divert to Charterhall due to poor weather over most of England. Three aircraft landed elsewhere but H2 successfully landed at Charterhall.

UL-H2

28 Dec 1944

BONN

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 6x 1000lb, 8x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

29 Dec 1944

SCHOLVEN BUER

Fg Off I.R. Carter

Hydeierwerke Scholven synthetic oil refinery Load: 1x 4000lb, 16x 500lb bombs

UL-H2

31 Dec 1944

OSTERFIELD

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 6x 1000lb, 6x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

02 Jan 1945

NUREMBURG

Fg Off B.H. O'Neill

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 1x4000lb 'cookie', 14x 500lb bombs. Described by O'Neill as 'Target quiet. Fighters on homeward journey - 2 sighted'. Sighted FW190 - no combat

UL-H2

05 Jan 1945

ROYAN

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Enemy garrison & supply depot (flown in support of the Free French forces besieging the town). Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 16x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

16 Jan 1945

ZEITZ-TROGLITZ

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Braunkohle Benzin synthetic oil plant (low grade MT fuel). Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 12x 500lb bombs. Aircraft damaged by flak.

UL-H2

22 Jan 1945

DUISBERG

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Steelwork coking ovens & rolling mills in the Hamborn area of the city and a benzol plant in Bruckhausen. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 16x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

08 Feb 1945

POLITZ

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: The IG Farben synthetic oil plant at 5333.5N 01444.5E. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 10x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

14 Feb 1945

CHEMNITZ

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Operation THUNDERCLAP. Target: built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb, 1170x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-H2

20 Feb 1945

DORTMUND

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Rhenania Ossag oil refinery, in the Reisholz district. Load: 1x 2000lb bomb, 1846x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-H2

21 Feb 1945

DUISBERG

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Built-up area and docks. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 1770x 4lb incendiaries

UL-H2

23 Feb 1945

PFORZHEIM

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Operation THUNDERCLAP. Target: Built-up area and ball-bearing factory around 4852N 00842E. Load 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 2480x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-H2

02 Mar 1945

COLOGNE

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: The roads to the west of the Rhine leading to Hohenzollern Bridge. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 10x 500lb, 2x 500lb, 4x 250lb bombs.

UL-H2

05 Mar 1945

CHEMNITZ

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Operation THUNDERCLAP. Target: Built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1170x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-H2

07 Mar 1945

DESSAU

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1170x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-H2

11 Mar 1945

ESSEN

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Built-up area (flown in support of advancing Allied ground forces). Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 16x 500lb bombs.

UL-H2

12 Mar 1945

DORTMUND

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Built-up area (flown in support of Allied ground forces). Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 16x 500lb bombs. FIDO was deployed to disperse fog on return to Fiskerton.

UL-H2

15 Mar 1945

MISBURG

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Deurag oil refinery. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1320x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-H2

16 Mar 1945

NUREMBURG

Flt Lt J.W. Acheson

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 1470x 4lb incendiaries.

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