THE AUGSBURG RAID: THE STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC AND DANGEROUS RAIDS EVER MOUNTED BY RAF BOMBER COMMAND.

Currie, Jack, DFC.


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1st ed., 1987. 144 pp., photo-plates + plan. Pict., boards, 20 x 13cm. Nr.FINE. The Augsburg Raid was one of RAF Bomber Command's most daring attacks of World War II. Twelve Lancasters, six from No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron based at Waddington and six from No. 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, based at Woodhall Spa, were ordered to carry out a low-level raid on the M.A.N. diesel engine factory at Augsburg in Southern Bavaria. This round trip of 1000 miles took place on 17th April 1942, a long and arduous flight hedge-hopping over enemy territory at 50ft. Four Lancasters were shot down en route, three were lost over the target and only five returned safely to base. No fewer than 37 aircrew were lost, 12 became POW's and 36 returned. A V.C. was awarded. This is the definitive work on the raid revealing important new information and examining the enigmas which continue to obscure the facts about this extraordinary operation.


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