Lt D.W. Gay's War Effort - Raids 1, 2 and 3

Lt D.W. Gay's War Effort - Raids 1, 2 and 3

This page from Lt D.W. Gay's 'War Effort' includes his notes on his first and second raids and the start of his notes on his third raid, along with an explanation of the fruit based code used to describe the success or failure of his raids.

His first operation was an attack on Axis strongholds within the Gothic Line on 5 September 1944, and was a success with no aircraft damaged or lost.

His second operation was another attack on the Gothic Line on 18 September 1944 and was a 'lemon' despite limited flak.

His third operation was an attack on twenty field guns to the north of Rimini on 19 September, and on the next page was recorded as an 'Apple'. This was also the first raid to see effective anti-aircraft fire, with seven aircraft hit (but none lost) and one navigator wounded.

Many thanks to Martin Hampton, the son in law of Lt. Gay, for sending us this material. These pages come from Gay's own private notebook which began with similar infomation to his flight log, but became more detailed, and also included a number of interesting items that had been pasted in.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (3 January 2020), Lt D.W. Gay's War Effort - Raids 1, 2 and 3 , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_war_effort_004.html

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