L7545 KM-K from 44 Squadron

On 28th April 1942, the crew of Lancaster L7545 KM-K from 44 Squadron took off at 2055 hrs from RAF Lossiemouth on the North East coast of Scotland to participate in an attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz which was moored at the time in Fættenfjord in Norway.

Tirpitz was attacked at 0035 hrs from a height of 8,000 feet with one 4,000 lb HC bomb and the alternative targets, Prinz Eugen and Admiral Scheer at 0039 hrs with 4 x 500 lb GP bombs from the same height. The 4,000 lb bomb was seen to burst 150 yards to the North West of the bow of Tirpitz. Two of the 500 lb bombs were seen to burst. The Pilot observed that the main target was attacked in perfect visibility and that the 4,000 lb bomb was seen to burst an estimated 100-150 yards from Tirpitz. After turning right a bombing run was made with the four 500 lb bombs over the alternative targets who were sitting anchored mid stream in Lofjord. Two bursts were seen to burst between the two ships (Prinz Eugen and Admiral Scheer). Both attacks were carried out by making a shallow dive to 8,000 ft after which the bombs were released. Little heavy flak encountered and moderate amounts of light flak.

The aircraft and crew returned safely to RAF Lossiemouth landing at 0410 hrs on 29th April1942.

Force Crew Position Age
Home Town
W/C Wright Pilot Returned
Sgt Hogan 2nd Pilot Returned
P/O Evans Navigator Returned
F/Sgt Byrne W/Op Air Gunner Returned
F/Sgt Rowell Front Gunner Returned
F/Sgt Bickley Mid Gunner Returned
F/Sgt Gill Tail Gunner Returned

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