The Canal Raids

The Calendar of Raids on the Canals in World War 2
 

Date

Target

Aircraft

Squadron

Comments

19-20th June 1940 M.25 & M.25A 18 Hampdens

7 x 61Sqn
11 x 144Sqn

Plus diversionary raids by 83Sqn
Positive reports but no damage done

21-22nd June 1940 Dortmund Ems 1 Hampden 61Sqn A reconnaissance flight - no damage reported to M.25 or M.25A
23-24th June 1940 Dortmund Ems 2 Hampdens 144Sqn One unable to find target, the other bombed barge targets
28-29th June 1940 M.25 8 Hampdens 6 x 61Sqn
2 x 144Sqn
Conventional bombs - no damage
29-30th June M.25 1 Hampden 49Sqn Results not observed
3-4th July 1940 M.25 2 Hampdens 61Sqn One couldn't locate target, the other bombed 'satisfactorily'
7-8th July 1940 M.25 2 Hampdens 144Sqn One 'M' bomb, the other conventional bombs - no results reported
25-26th July 1940 M.25 & M.25A 18 Hampdens 9 x 49 Sqn
9 x 83Sqn
4 x 49Sqn used a diversion
All canal attackers using 'M' bombs
29-30th July 1940 M.25 & M.25A 3 Hampdens 1 x 49Sqn
1 x 61 Sqn
1 x 144Sqn
All aircraft carrying 'M' bombs
No reported damage
12-13th August 1940 M.25 11 Hampdens 5 x 49Sqn
6 x 83Sqn
5 Hampdens attacked the aqueduct
6 Hampdens as diversion
M.25 breached
14-15th August 1940 Dortmund Ems 1 Hampden 1 x 83Sqn Photographing M.25 reported as unsuccessful
30-31st August 1940 Dortmund Ems 2 Hampdens 2 x 49Sqn Conventional bombs, no results recorded
19-20th September 1940 M.25 10 Hampdens 10 x 49Sqn Several a/c could not locate target - others report bomb bursts in area
20-21st September 1940 M.25A 6 Hampdens 6 x 83Sqn One a/c - F/O Gibson
Conventional bombs - no damage reported -several unable to locate
28-29th September 1940 M.25A 6 Hampdens 6 x 49Sqn

The final Hampden Raid
Target not located

15-16th September 1943

Dortmund Ems
(Ladbergen area)

8 Lancasters

5x 617 Sqn Lancasters lost

23-24th September 1944

Dortmund Ems
(Ladbergen area)

136 Lancasters
5 Mosquitoes

14 Lancasters lost

4-5th November 1944

Dortmund Ems
(Ladbergen area)

174 Lancasters
2 Mosquitoes

3 Lancasters lost

6-7th November 1944

Mittelland
(Gravenhorst area)

405 Lancasters
7 Mosquitoes

10 Lancasters lost

21-22nd November 1944

Mittelland
(Gravenhorst area)

138 Lancasters
6 Mosquitoes

2 Lancasters lost

21-22nd November 1944

Dortmund Ems
(Ladbergen area)

140 Lancasters
5 Mosquitoes

No losses

1st January 1945

Dortmund Ems
(Ladbergen area)

102 Lancasters
2 Mosquitoes

Daylight raid
2 Lancasters lost

1-2nd January 1945

Mittelland
(Gravenhorst area)

152 Lancasters
5 Mosquitoes

No losses

7-8th February 1945

Dortmund Ems
(Ladbergen area)

177 Lancasters
11 Mosquitoes

3 Lancasters
lost

20-21st February 1945

Mittelland
(Gravenhorst area)

154 Lancasters
11 Mosquitoes

Raid abandoned
due to cloud

21-22nd February 1945

Mittelland
(Gravenhorst area)

165 Lancasters
12 Mosquitoes

13 Lancasters
lost

24th February 1945

Dortmund Ems
(Ladbergen area)

166 Lancasters
4 Mosquitoes

Raid abandoned
due to cloud

3-4th March 1945

Dortmund Ems
(Ladbergen area)

212 Lancasters
10 Mosquitoes

7 Lancasters lost