October 14, 1944

October 14th, 1944, sees the next attack of the Light Night Striking Force on Berlin – in the night to October 15th, a small force of only 16 Mosquitos is approaching the city. Amongst them aircraft from No. 139 Sqn., No. 571 Sqn., No. 608 Sqn., and No. 692 Sqn.[1]Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 602

Pilots of 10./JG 300 are not present in the Luftwaffe claim lists – but Uffz. Hans Dürrscheidt of 1./NJGr. 10 is – north of Duisburg, he is victorious over a Mosquito bound for Berlin.

1944-10-15 - MM184The Bomber Command Report on Night Operations briefly lists the attack of the 16 Mosquitos:

„16/16 Mosquitos bombed Berlin. The target was clear of cloud, except patches oft hin stratus. 3 of the 5 Y-aricraft [unreadable], and the bombing was confined in the marked area. Crews observes fires burning in both Brunswick and Hamburg as the returned home. One Mosquito was lost without trace.”[2]Bomber Command Reports on Night Operations, 14/15th October 1944 (AIR 14/3412)

The nights to come will not see the Mosquitos back over Berlin – the next raid will only take place October 23rd, 1944.

References   [ + ]

1. Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 602
2. Bomber Command Reports on Night Operations, 14/15th October 1944 (AIR 14/3412)
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