The Canal Raids

The Calendar of Raids on the Canals in World War 2
 

Date

Target

Aircraft

Comments

19-20th June 1940

Dortmund Ems

20 Hampdens

Münster bombed heavily

20-21st June 1940

Dortmund Ems

1 Hampden

No details

28-29th June 1940

Dortmund Ems

10 Hampdens

No details

29-30th June 1940

Dortmund Ems

2 Hampdens

Lock gates

3-4th July 1940

Dortmund Ems

18 Hampdens

Barges attacked

4-5th July 1940

Dortmund Ems

3 Hampdens

Canal harbours

5-6th July 1940

Dortmund Ems

3 Hampdens

No details

11-12th July 1940

Dortmund Ems

 3 Hampdens

No details

25-26th July 1940

Dortmund Ems

 17 Hampdens

Bypass Ems aqueduct holed

29-30th July 1940

Dortmund Ems

4 Hampdens

No details

3-4th August 1940

Dortmund Ems

6 Hampdens

No details

12-13th August 1940

Dortmund Ems

19 Hampdens

The Münster Aqueduct raid

14-15th August 1940

Dortmund Ems

1 Hampden

Reconnaissance

21-22nd August 1940

Mittelland Canal

21 Hampdens

Actual target unknown

26-27th August 1940

Dortmund Ems

2 Hampdens

No details

28-29th August 1940

Dortmund Ems

1 Hampden

No details

30-31st August 1940

Dortmund Ems

2 Hampdens

No details

2-3rd September 1940

Dortmund Ems

Hampdens

No details

5-6th September 1940

Dortmund Ems

2 Hampdens

No details

19-20th September 1940

Dortmund Ems

10 Hampdens

No details

20-21st September 1940

Dortmund Ems

6 Hampdens

No details

26-27th September 1940

Dortmund Ems

6 Hampdens

No details

28-29th September 1940

Dortmund Ems

6 Hampdens

The final Hampden raid

15-16th September 1943

Dortmund Ems

8 Lancasters

5x 617 Sqn Lancasters lost

40-24th September 1944

Dortmund Ems

136 Lancasters
5 Mosquitoes

14 Lancasters lost

4-5th November 1944

Dortmund Ems

174 Lancasters
2 Mosquitoes

3 Lancasters lost

6-7th November 1944

Mittelland

405 Lancasters
7 Mosquitoes

10 Lancasters lost

21-22nd November 1944

Mittelland 

138 Lancasters
6 Mosquitoes

2 Lancasters lost

21-22nd November 1944

Dortmund Ems

140 Lancasters
5 Mosquitoes

No losses

1st January 1945 

Dortmund Ems

102 Lancasters
2 Mosquitoes

Daylight raid
2 Lancasters lost

1-2nd January 1945

Mittelland

152 Lancasters
5 Mosquitoes

No losses

7-8th February 1945

Dortmund Ems

177 Lancasters
11 Mosquitoes

3 Lancasters
lost

20-21st February 1945

Mittelland

154 Lancasters
11 Mosquitoes

Raid abandoned
due to cloud

21-22nd February 1945

Mittelland Canal

165 Lancasters
12 Mosquitoes

13 Lancasters
lost

24th February 1945

Dortmund Ems

166 Lancasters
4 Mosquitoes

Raid abandoned
due to cloud

3-4th March 1945 

Dortmund Ems

212 Lancasters
10 Mosquitoes

7 Lancasters lost