COLLEY RJ
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COLLEY, RONALD

Aircraft Information
Aircraft Halifax III
Serial Number LV778
Markings C6-B
Memorial information
Burial/Memorial Country Germany
Burial/Memorial Place Durnbach War Cemetery
Grave Reference 9. E. 22.
IBCC Memorial Information
Phase 2
Panel Number 146
Enlistment information
Service Number 1802370
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 4
Squadron 51
Trade Flight Engineer
Country of origin if different United Kingdom
Last Operation information
Start Date 24-Feb-1944
End Date 25-Feb-1944
Takeoff Station Snaith
Day/Night raid Night
Operation Schweinfurt- the first raid on this particular target (the centre of ball-bearing manufacture in Germany). 734 aircraft, 33 losses (4.5%). A new tactic was introduced where the bomber force was split into two waves separated by two hours. The first wave Lost 22 aircraft (5.6%) but the second Lost only 11 (3.2%) of which only 4 were shot down. Poor PFF target marking led to local reports quoting 'nominal damage'. Note that there had been a raid comprising 266 8th Air Force B-17s the night before so it is difficult to attribute damage levels.
Reason for Loss