By Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas
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Nonetheless, Flak again took its toll, two French-flown Spitfires of 345 Squadron, a Spitfire FRXIV of2 Squadron, a 268 Squadron Mustang, Tempests from 3 and 486 Squadrons, and several Typhoons all being lost during the day. One of the latter, a 609 Squadron aircraft, suffered engine failure and was down to ground level when the engine picked up, enabling the pilot to climb away; unfortunately he was unable to avoid the surrounding trees entirely and was eventually obliged to bale out of his crippled aircraft into Allied territory.
The Squadron claimed to have damaged 11 trains during the day. Woolfries of 274 Squadron, was also obliged to force-land north-east of Arnhem, and like Thiele, went "into the bag". Cole, DFC, was promoted and posted to take Thiele's place at the head of 3 Squadron. Bruce Cole had served in the Western Desert as a Tomahawk pilot earlier in the war Late in 1944 he joined 274 Squadron as a flight commander on Tempests and when 3 Squadron's Sqn Ldr Keith Theile. DSa, DFC & Bar, become a PoW on 10 February 1945 Cole was promoted to take his place.
A maximum number of cameras were to be carried to record results, the two latter Wings being accompanied by PR Mark IV aircraft for this purpose. Notably, compared with most operations flown by these units, the raids were to be made by day. Mitchell and Boston crews were instructed to bomb from between 6,000-10,000 feet if possible. If conditions prevented accurate target identification, the Mitchells could go down to 4,500 feet, but should conditions still be unsuitable, they were to return to base.
2nd Tactical Air Force, Vol. 3: From the Rhine to Victory, January to July 1945 by Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas