ROYAL AIR FORCE Bomber Command

 

Night: 28 February 1943/1 March 1943

Raid: SAINT-NAZAIRE, Brittany, France

 
(06h25pm to 02h00am, good weather)
     
R.A.F. Group
Squadron
Aircraft
Total
Comments
Lost
P.F.F.
No.83
Lancaster
19
In Saint-Nazaire, the alarm is given at 
1
(Pathfinders)
No.35
Halifax II
8
08h25pm ('German' time). A 83 Squadron's
1
No.7
Stirling
2
Lancaster crashes in area. A 35 Squadron's 
No.109
Mosquito
2
Halifax crashes on return at Harrowbeer.
Burnings in the town are seen from 40 Miles
around.
No.1 Group
No.12
Lancaster
10
67 No.1 Group's aircraft:
No.101
Lancaster
11
- 45 Lancaster drop 44 bombs of 4000 lb,
No.103
Lancaster
11
1440 of 30 lb inc., 3060 of 4 lb & 2250 of
No.166
Wellington
7
4 lb type X inc.
No.199
Wellington
8
- 22 Wellington drop 4 bombs of 4000 lb,
No.300
Wellington
4
7 of 500 lb, 1 of 250lb, 408 bombs of 30 lb inc.
No.301
Wellington
4
8610 of 4 lb inc., 510 of 4 lb type X.
No.305
Wellington
3
(from 09h06pm to 09h56pm).
No.460
Lancaster
13
Most of crews estimate to have bombed the
target.
No.3 Group
No.115
Wellington
4
Saint-Nazaire is reported as 'a mass in
No.15
Stirling
13
flames'.
No.75
Stirling I
6
Only 11 No.15 Squadron's Stirling reach
No.90
Stirling
9
Saint-Nazaire (2 Stirlings have technical
1
No.149
Stirling
12
problems and return to Base).
No.214
Stirling
11
A No.90 Squadron's Stirling (P/O SPAIN,
No.218
Stirling I
9
R9349/U) crashes near Avranches on return.
1
No.149 Squadron's crews report that their
bombs were dropped in the town centre.
A No.218 Squadron's Stirling crashes on
take-off (Downham Market).
No.4 Group
No.51
Halifax
71
A Halifax crashes in a bus on landing (Snaith)
1
No.429
Halifax
No.196 Squadron: Mission from 06h04pm to
No.196
Wellington
13
01h10am. Altitude of the drop: 13500 ft.
No.5 Group
No.49
Wellington
33
A No.49 Squadron's aircraft (mission: mine-
1
No.44
Lancaster I
87
laying) crashes in the sea. The crew is buried
1
No…
in Escoubiac.
A No.44 Squadron's aircraft crashes on
return in England.
86 Lancaster attack with success. Clear
weather. A few fog. Flak (not strong) is
reported.
No.6 Group
No.408
Halifax
21
- 21 Halifax from Nos.408 & 419 Squadrons.
No.419
Halifax
A No.419 Squadron's Halifax has to return to
No.420
Wellington
64
base early (DT-699 VR-'L', one engine u/s).
No.424
Wellington
- 64 Wellington from Nos.420, 424, 425, 426,
No.425
Wellington
427, 428 & 429 Squadrons.
1
No.426
Wellington
One No.425 Squadron's aircraft crashes on
No.427
Wellington
take-off (BJ-918 KW-'F', the starboard
2
 
No.428
Wellington
 
engine lost power).
 
No.429
Wellington
One No.426 Squadron's aircraft returns to
   
base early (hydraulics are u/s).
2 No.427 Squadron's aircraft crash (one on
     
return to England, X-3563 ZL-'T', crew
 
     
interned in Ireland) & one in the sea near
 
     
the target (BK-343 ZL-'V', 5 killed, one
 
     
PoW: Sergeant E. Allison).
 
       
2 No.428 Squadron's aircraft return to
 
       
base early (first has the port engine u/s,
 
       
the second has the starboard engine u/s).
 
       
One No.429 Squadron's aircraft returns to
 
       
base early (fire in the bomb bay).
 
       
Altitude over the target between 12000 and
 
       
20000 ft. Serious damage to the dock area
 
       
and portions of the town.
 
           
TOTAL
437
409 aircraft have reached the target and
bombed the harbour works. 552 tons of
bombs have been dropped.
60% of the town is destroyed.
Firemen from Pouliguen and Nantes come.
39 persons are dead, 36 are wounded.
After this raid, on 1st March, it is decided to
evacuate the population (4194 persons are
evacuated).
The waves of aircraft are seen over
Quimperlé, alarm from 08h50pm to 10h30pm
(local time).
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