The Second Great War No. 64

Photo, llritlth O ljlclal: C ivicn Copyright L A N CASTERS ’DARING DAY LIGHT RAID O N L E C R SUE O TOn October 17,1942, Wing-Cora. C.L. Shee led 94 Lancasters in an unescorted 'hedge-hopping ’flight across France to the Schneider arms works at Le Creusot, some 170 miles south-east of Paris, and 12 miles from the boundary that then separated occupied from unoccupied France. A great weight of bombs was dropped on the 287 acres covered by the works in an attack concentrated into 7^ minutes. The Lancasters dropped their bombs singly instead of information, to reduce civilian casualties. The Henri Paul electrical transformer station, five miles away, which supplied power to the Schneider works, was also bombed. No German fighter opposition was met, and only one Lancaster was lost. The photograph, taken from one of the attacking bombers, shows part of the formation roaring at a low level across Montrichard, 19 miles south-west of Blois.
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