|Coastal Command's Bristol Beaufort|
one had to come down to three hundred feet to put the mine down. Not only for accuracy but you had to come down to the level because if it was dropped too high the mine would disintergrate but at three hundred feet it would hit the water and settle softly to the bottom of the canal or sea. (1)
|Bomber Command's Hampdens|
The effect of our mining has been an outstanding contribution to our war effort. Had we the means it might have already proved a decisive factor in the Sea War. It may still do so. 2
In the rear both my bottom and top guns slid slowly over to the starboard side and I told Mac to take careful aim. Then counted slowly.
“one – two – Three,” and then yelled “Let him have it Mac!”
There was a quick staccato roar as all four guns belched out tracers and the Dornier dived to the ground with one engine on fire. (4)
We were caught in searchlights and flak started to burst around us as I set course on our timed run of exactly forty six seconds. “One, two, three” intoned Staff as the flak continued to rattle on the fuselage. He got to about twenty when he said “I’m not sure of the count, Skip, we had better go back and start again.” Came the roar from the experienced Les Boot “Carry on, it’s twenty nine, thirty,”… On “Forty-six taken up again by the navigator we dropped our mine. Euphoria We had struck our first blow against the Reich. (5)