WAR CABINET. SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS OF BOMBER COMMAND FOR FORTNIGHT ENDING 1200 HOURS, SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 1943.

Source : National Archives UK – WP (43) 142

Le’ Mans.—Photographs show that as the result of the attacks on the 4th and 9th March one of the Steam and Electric Locomotive Sheds in the Marshalling Yard has been severely damaged and the other has a large hole in the middle of the roof. The Wagon Paint find Repair Shops have sustained severe roof damage and two direct hits on railway lines have caused blast damage to trucks.

In the Renault works a 6-bay building has extensive roof damage, with particularly severe damage to the east end caused by one or more direct hits.

A 19-bay building has been severely damaged over an area of 2,360 square yards, and a 10-bay building has roof damage over 6 bays. Two more 6-bay buildings have also sustained roof damage.

NOTE.—Renault at Le Mans is the shadow factory for Billancourt. Much of the activity of Billancourt was transferred to Le Mans while Billancourt was out of action. Le Mans produced M.T., A.F.V. and aero-engines.

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