440 & 442 attacks

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440 & 442 attacks - Ottawa Airmen . . Blast Huns Br ALLAN...
Ottawa Airmen . . Blast Huns Br ALLAN NICKLESON. AN R.CA,F. AIRFIELD IN BRITAIN, June 28. (CP) Canadian Typhoon fighter-bomber squadrons, winding up a week of . widespread . smashes at - German , supply , columns, buzz-bomb bases and communications centres, dive-; bombed enemy strongpoints con- fronting the Allied lines near . Caen during the week-end. Several squadrons, including the City of Ottawa and pity of Montreal outfits, slanted, down 500-pound high explosives in close support of army units which had dropped red smoke . shells '.. to. mark the targets enemy positions within a mile of the Allied lines. There was no doubt where we had to bomb", said Fit. Lt. Hal Gooding, 19 Morris street, Ottawa. "The army really laid smoke shells right on the spot and marker smoke could be seen for miles." City of Montreal Squadron ; pilots said a great blast of flame and smoke leaped from the . ground as - they pulled ' away . zrom one target ana me general beliez was that some bombs struck an ammunition dump . or oil tank. ' In another week-end operation City of. Ottawa flyers cut off the retreat route of some Ger-' man troops In the area north of - Caen by destroying one end of a concrete bridge with 1,000-ponnd bombs. During the week the Ottawa . squadron carried out hundreds of ; sorties against bridges, railway tunnels and pilotless plane installations in the Pas de Calais district These buzz-bomb hideouts are hard to find", said Gooding, who led the Ottawa squadron on a " day in which it flew three operations from one coast airfield in search of bases of the new Nazi weapon and a fourth sortie from its own base to attack a railway tunnel. " Gooding believed that the squadron's bombs put a number of pilotless plane bases out of commission. . Fltj Lt. Cliff Hicks, Winnipeg, led the squadron in an attack with 500-pound bombs on a tunnel at Lassard. near .Mozidon. The-Typhoons attacked at a height of only 15 feet an4 the bombs were released a couple of hundred feet from the tunnel mouth. ' They were set with delayed - action fuses and hit around . the mouth of the tunnel or skidded "Inside", said Hicks. Railway yards south of Tilly were another objective, with Sqdn. Ldr. W. H. Pentland of Calgary lending a formation which included FO. Ronald Doidge, La Salle. Ont: FO. Robert; Battie. Ca!edoniaN.S., and FCUDonald W right, Trenton, Ont. In addition, long range recon naissance flighty deep behind the German lines saw the Canadian pilots i strafe various types of ground targets. of J.

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 27 Jun 1944, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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