February 23/24, 1945

    37 Lancasters from 419, 428, 431 Squadrons were ordered on an attack at Pforzheim. The crews were over the target at between 7,000 and 9,000 feet, releasing 148,000 lbs of high explosives and 162,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing was accurate, severe damage and a heavy loss of life occurred.

    F/Lt M. McLaughlin and crew from 419 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-866 coded VR-M, were attacked by a JU-88, strikes were seen and then it was seen to dive to the ground, the JU-88 was claimed destroyed after the gunners fired 2600 rounds.

    F/O G. Cox and crew from 428 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-820 coded NA-M, were attacked by an unidentified twin engine enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage.

    F/O P. Hurley from 431 Squadron landed at Manston on return.
    F/Lt B. Kaplansky and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-773 coded SE-P, had the port outer and rear turret u/s after takeoff. They were attacked 6 times by a JU-88. There were some strikes seen on the JU-88, it was claimed as damaged.

    F/Lt T. Buttle and crew from 434 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-824 coded WL-E, were attacked by an ME-210. The ME-210 had just shot down another Lancaster and now turned its attention the them. They were hit in the rear turret and stbd wing. There was also a large hole in the stbd elevator, the stbd outer engine caught fire and 6 feet of the stbd wing was shot off.  They were able to get away and returned safely to base. Some strikes were seen and the ME-210 broke off with the starboard engine on fire, it was claimed damaged.

    12 Lancasters from 424 and 433 Squadrons were ordered on a mining operation to Oslo. The crews were over the garden at 4,000 and 8000 feet, sowing 36@1500 lb and 36@1850 lb mines.

    All crews returned safely to base.