After a few days of absence from “the target” – Berlin – the Light Night Striking Force is back the night of October 11th, 1944 to October 12th, 1944. This time, a total of 46 MosquitosMiddlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 599 are approaching the German capital – the Luftwaffe may have been up to intercept them but there are no claims made.
An entry in one of the Records of Events, the one of No. 139 Sqn., indicates the presence of night fighters: Mosquito KB162, flown by F/LT Howard and F/LT Cooper, was attacked by a Junkers Ju 88 night fighter but managed to evadeNo 139 Sqn. Records of Events, October 1944 (AIR 27/961) .
The Bomber Command Report on Night Operations for October 11th/12th, 1944, says:
„Berlin: 38/46 Mosquitos attacked Berlin in cloudless but hazy weather. Only one of the seven Y-aircraft dropped markers, and most crews bombed on D.R. The attack was rather scattered. Seven aircraft bombed alternative targets at Hannover, Cologne and Coblenz; one was abortive and one was lost.
Enemy Defences: slight heavy flak at Berlin, although searchlights were active. A Mosquito was attacked by a fighter on the way home, but escaped.
Casualties: One Mosquito was lost without trace on Berlin.”Bomber Command Reports on Night Operations, 11/12th October 1944 (AIR 14/3412)
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|1.||↑||Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 599|
|2.||↑||No 139 Sqn. Records of Events, October 1944 (AIR 27/961)|
|3.||↑||Bomber Command Reports on Night Operations, 11/12th October 1944 (AIR 14/3412)|