The reports from Dusseldorf state that 24 buildings destroyed, 3,285 damaged - most of them superficial. 20 Industrial premises were also hit, with only 4 suffering serious loss of production. 16 people on the ground were killed.
Right: Sgt. Thomas Eric Judd (courtesy Paul Malone)
For Bomber Command the losses were extremely heavy with 34 aircraft lost, either on the operation or on return to their bases. 179 Crew were killed with 36 taken PoW.
Halifax JB843 was shot down by Hptm. Hans-Joachim Jabs (1) of 11./NJG1at 02.40 hrs at Breezand with combat taking place at 4,200 mtrs.
Left: Hptm. Hans-Joachim Jabs (courtesy Kracker Archives)
(1) This was the 36th claim for Hptm. Hans-Joachim Jabs. Both a night fighter and daytime ace with some 50 victories. He survived the war - died on the 28th October 2003, age 86.
Above: Bergen General Cemetery and Bergen-Op-Zoom Cemetery (courtesy CWGC)
Sgt. Kenneth Gore. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. Son of Adrian and Kate Muriel Gore, of West Bridgford, Nottingham, England.
Sgt. Thomas Mitchell Sugden. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. Son of Thomas Mitchell Sugden and Henrietta Sugden, of Cookridge, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. John Harold Wright. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. Son of Harold Frederick and Dorothy Laura Wright, of West Wickham, Kent, England.
Sgt. Thomas Eric Judd. Bergen-Op-Zoom Cemetery. Grave 30.A.6. Son of John William Judd and Alice (Alison) Judd (neé Pearce) of Coventry, England. Born in March 1921.
Sgt. Frederick Henry Mitchell. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. Son of John William and Maud Ellen Mitchell; husband of Elsie Caerys Mitchell, of Wallasey, Cheshire, England.
Sgt. David Albert Harris Gough. Bergen-Op-Zoom Cemetery. Grave 28.B.10. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Sgt. John Bartholomew Foskett. Bergen General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row C. Coll. Grave 1-3. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Researched and dedicated to Mrs. L. Geary, niece of Sgt. Gough and all the relatives of this crew with thanks to Paul Malone relative of Sgt. Judd, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.