April 10/11, 1943
24 Halifaxes from 405, 408, and 419 Squadrons were joined by 94 Wellingtons
from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, and 431 Squadrons on an attack
at Frankfurt. The crews were over the target at between 12,000 and 20,000
feet, releasing 120,000 lbs of high explosives and 189,000 lbs of incendiaries.
According to reports, the target was cloud covered and the attack was scattered.
Sgt J. Phillips from 405 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
Sgt D. Crockatt and crew flying Halifax II JB-920 coded LQ-F were attacked
by an ME-109, there was no damage or claim.
P/O L. Ainsworth and crew from 419 Squadron flying Halifax II DT-672
coded VR-D were attacked by an ME-109, there was no claim or damage.
P/O T. Jackson and crew flying Halifax II JB-912 coded VR-B were attacked
by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage.
F/Sgt R. Taylor from 420 Squadron returned early as the over load tank
P/O B. Campbell returned early as the port engine was u/s. They landed
safely on one engine at West Malling.
Sgt J. Easson returned early as the stbd engine was u/s. They landed
safely at base on one engine.
Sgt L. Horahan returned early as the rear gunner was sick.
F/O R. Gourlie landed at Ridgewell on return.
Sgt G. Hall landed at West Malling on return.
P/O C. Jackson RCAF
and crew, flying Wellington X HE-422 coded PT-Q, bailed out on return.
Sgt H. Elhorn RCAF
All landed safely except the pilot, who drowned.
Sgt A. MacDonald RCAF
Sgt J. Kydd RAF
Sgt K. Allan RCAF
Sgt J. Ryan from 424 Squadron returned early as the rear turret was
F/Sgt G. Leddy returned early as the fuel cap was off the port wing.
W/O2 R. Buie RCAF
and crew, flying Wellington X HE-159 coded QB-P, had some serious engine
P/O R. Thompson RAF
The rear gunner was able to bail out at 600 feet and the rest of the crew
were killed when they crashed near Rolvenden.
P/O L. Taylor RCAF
F/Sgt A. Kimmerly RCAF
Sgt A. Lees RCAF
Sgt S. Atkinson landed at Exeter on return.
Sgt L. Wilson landed at Dishforth on return.
Sgt F. Turcotte from 425 Squadron landed at West Malling on return.
Sgt P. Bujold landed at West Malling on return due to a fuel shortage.
F/O J. Michaud and crew flying Wellington X HE-423 coded KW-A were
attacked by an unidentified twin engine enemy aircraft, there was no claim
S/Ldr F. Parker from 426 Squadron returned without bombing as they did
not see any T.I’s.
P/O L. Merrifield was hit by flak, not serious.
P/O J. Sammet RCAF
and crew, flying Wellington X HE-652 coded OW-H, failed to return from
P/O J. Hehir RCAF
All were killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.
Sgt D. Weller RAF
Sgt G. Levins RAF
P/O J. Budreau RCAF
Sgt A. Rodwell and F/Lt C. Taylor from 427 Cquadron returned early as
their rear turrets were u/s.
F/Sgt F. Higgins was hit by flak, there were holes in the wings and
Sgt W. Harris from 428 Squadron returned early as the pilot was sick.
P/O D. Ferry RCAF, the bomb aimer flew the Wellington back and landed at
Sgt D. Shears returned early as the stbd engine was u/s. They landed
safely at base on one engine.
W/O2 D. Thompson returned early as the electrical system was u/s. They
landed at Downham Market.
Sgt R. Parkinson, Sgt M. Chepil, W/O1 A. Harrison, Sgt T. Sylvester
and F/Lt D. Morgan landed at West Malling on return.
Sgt C. Whitfield landed at Middle Wallop on return.
Sgt A. Hatch landed at Bradwell Bay on return.
Sgt S. Bruce from 429 Squadron returned early as the port engine was
u/s. They landed safely at base on one engine.
F/Sgt G. Kilburn and crew flying Wellington III BK-162 coded AL-B were
attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damage.
Sgt R. Ellison and F/Sgt T. Heyes landed at West Malling on return.
F/Sgt K. Mills and crew flying Wellington X HE-160 coded AL-R were
attacked by an ME-109, there was no claim or damage. They landed Farnborough
W/O D. Jefferis RAF
and crew flying, Wellington X HE-636 coded AL-Q, failed to return from
P/O L. Knott RAF
All were killed.
W/O S. Beckett RAF
F/Sgt A. Lewis RAF
F/Sgt K. Franklin RAF
F/O H. Wilkinson from 431 Squadron returned early as the stbd engine
was u/s. They landed safely at base on one engine.
Sgt J. Parker returned early as they were unable to maintain height.
Sgt R. Barclay had the hydraulics go u/s on return. They landed safely
Sgt G. Wood returned early after they were hit by flak, there were
holes in the tail, fuselage and wings.
Sgt R. Sullivan landed at Hurn on return.
Sgt W. Bidmead RAF–POW and crew, flying Wellington X HE-213 coded SE-F,
failed to return from this operation.
Sgt A. Holden RAF
Sgt E. Odling RAF–POW
Sgt L. Bolke RAF–POW
F/Sgt G. booth RCAF
3 crew were POWs and 2 killed after ditching near the Channel Islands.