Lancaster pilot determined to attack
3rd November 1943: Two attacks by night fighters, wounded and with multiple casualties among his crew do not deter William Reid, who is awarded VC
The unrelenting bombing of Germany continued, the USAAF by day, the RAF by night. On the night of 3/4th November 589 aircraft, including 344 Lancasters and 233 Halifaxs, attacked Dusseldorf It was not the first time the industrial city had been targeted, and it would not be the last.
It is very difficult to ascertain the true impact of the raid because German records were deteriorating due to the intensity of the bombing. The first record mentioned 23 dead, later revised to 118. However, the postwar United States Bombing Survey put the figure at 622 dead and 942 injured1.
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