Wing Commander Reg Reynolds, led famous 1943 raid on Berlin – obituary

Wing Commander RW Reynolds (right) with his navigator, Flight Lieutenant EB Sismore, and a Mosquito at Marham, Norfolk, at the time of the Jena raid, 1943 Credit: MOD courtesy of Air Historical Branch, Royal Air Force

Wing Commander Reg Reynolds, who has died aged 98, was one of the RAF’s outstanding low-level attack pilots; he flew 89 bombing operations and was decorated for gallantry four times.

In a remarkable career, one of his most effective raids was the bombing of Berlin during the morning of January 30 1943, just as Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, was due to address a mass rally as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of Hitler’s coming to power. Goering’s speech was to be broadcast to the nation.

Early that day, three Mosquitos of No 105 Squadron, led by Reynolds and his long-serving and brilliant navigator Ted Sismore, took off from their base in Norfolk on the RAF’s first daylight bombing attack on Berlin, a round trip of 1,150 miles. Their explicit task was to drop bombs on the capital at exactly 11 am, the time at which Goering was to begin his address....

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