World War 11 Casualties
Potter Keith George
We would like to thank Laurie Woods for the following information
*Emmerich, 7th October 1945, 14:01 1/2 hours, 17,250 feet.*
*Log book states* - Bomb load: 1 x 4,000 pounder, 6 x 750 cluster, 6x 500 cluster, 2 SBC 60 x 4. An escort of 21 Squadron Spitfires and 7 Squadron Mustangs.
A description of the raid as appearing in the Bomber Command War Diaries, M. Middlebrook, C. Everitt :-
/"340 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of 1, 3
and 8 Groups carried out an even more accurate attack on Emmerich. 3
Excerpt from "Flying into the Mouth of Hell", Laurie Woods :-
Following the parachuting of the British Parachute Regiment known as the "red devils" into the Arnhem Gap Bomber Command was detailed on 7 October to attack five nearby targets where the supplies were getting through to the German forces.
On a Saturday afternoon Flying in K2 "Killer" in a force of 340 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of 1, 3, & 8 Groups we carried out a very successful raid, on Emmerich an important road and rail centre, on the Rhine River.
From a maximum effort on this raid 460
Squadron out of the 31
Greenacre, DFC. who was on the fourth trip of his second tour, having completed his first tour on 460 Squadron in 1943. He was quite a long way south of the target when they were hit.
We saw only five parachutes blossom, just
before the plane nose dived to the ground. The Germans took the crew
members prisoner. When released Eric Greenacre and a few others had
difficulty in getting back to
Flying /Officer D.K.Gratton in PB254 AR-K was hit by incendiaries over the target causing a serious fire in the Wireless/Operator's compartment. Gratton gave the order to bale out, and three baled out.
The Wireless/Operator grabbed the
incendiary in his jacket and threw it out down the photo flash tube, and
managed to put the fire out. On their return to England Gratton made a
crash landing at Hawkinge in
From reports on the squadron after the
raid some of the crew members who baled out were shot by ground fire as
they came down on their parachutes. The navigator W/O K.G.Potter, from
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