Augsburg Raid 70th Anniversary Talk – A great success!
Seventy years to the day after the daring low level daylight bombing raid on the MAN diesel factory in Augsburg, Southern Germany was mounted by Bomber Command; Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) hosted a talk at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincs.
Aviation historian Robert Owen gave an illuminating and detailed overview of how the raid was mounted; the rationale behind it; and the lessons learnt about that type of low-level daylight raid.
Around one hundred and fifty (150) people gathered at the Petwood Hotel, very close to one of the two Lincolnshire RAF bases from where the raid was mounted on an important factory in the German U-Boat production programme.
Special guest for the evening was Patrick Dorehill, a former member of 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron; and Patrick flew as Squadron Leader John Nettleton's second pilot on the raid. Squadron Leader John Nettleton's grandson James Nettleton was also a special guest of AHL, along with several other World War II veterans.
The Augsburg Raid was mounted by a combined force of 12 Lancaster aircraft operating from Lincolnshire with 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron at RAF Waddington and 97 Squadron at RAF Woodhall Spa; with significant diversionary tactics being deployed by several other RAF squadrons. The raid helped shape Bomber Command's future operations; helped prove the viability of the Avro Lancaster as a main force RAF bomber; and resulted in the award of the Victoria Cross to the raid's leader Squadron Leader John Nettleton, plus several other awards including DFCs, DFMs and a DSO
Proceed from the talk are being donated to the 'Flights for Life' charity, which is based in Lincolnshire.