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[Home] [Articles and Misc] [Ostend docks and barges 22 December 1940]

Operation - Ostend docks and barges - 22 December 1940

First 103 Squadron Wellington Operation

Ostend barges 1940

Ostend docks 1940. Invasion barges clearly visible

103 Squadron was placed on operational duties with their new Vickers Wellington bombers from the 22 December 1940 when 4 machines operated in co-operation with 150 Squadron attacking docks, shipping and invasion barges at Ostend. Machines took off at 0445 hours and bombed with 5 x 500 lb GP and 2 containers of incendiaries. All pilots found their targets releasing their bombs between 11000 ft  and 8000 ft. Small fires were observed to start. Two machines report negligible flak encountered and one remaining machine reported concentrations of searchlights on the coast and on flak ships up to 5 miles to sea.

F/L DDA Kelly did not take off due to engine trouble

22-Dec-40 – Ostend - Shipping and barges – Wellington – T2610 – F/O RD Max

22-Dec-40 - Ostend - Shipping and barges - Wellington - R1043 – Sgt Elliot

22-Dec-40 - Ostend - Shipping and barges - Wellington - T2617 – S/L CER Tait

22-Dec-40 - Ostend - Shipping and barges - Wellington - N2770 – F/L DDA Kelly – Did Not Take Off - Engine unserviceable

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103 Squadron Vickers Wellington 1940

103 Squadron Vickers Wellington 1940/41 vintage

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