The End of the War Approaches: Berchtesgaden Operation

On 25 April 1945, the Pathfinders, part of a force of 359 Lancasters and 16 Mosquitoes, attacked Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps, a command centre and the favourite resort of Nazi grandees including Hitler, whose Eagle’s Nest redoubt was targeted.

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635 Squadron played a major part in this raid, sending 16 aircraft amongst whom was the Master Bomber crew of Wing Commander J W Fordham. This was in addition to the 4 aircraft which the squadron sent on the Wangerooge operation of the same day.

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Horace Bennett of the Fordham Crew, Master Bombers on 25 April 1945 on the Berchtesgaden operation. Courtesy of Adam Morris.

See also, Horace Bennett with the CO of 635 Squadron: 635 Squadron – Tubby Baker

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