April 20/21, 1943

     21 Halifaxes from 408 and 419 Squadrons were ordered on an attack at Stettin. The crews were over the target at between 13,000 and 18,000 feet, releasing 30,000 lbs of high explosives and 53,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, this attack was very successful with severe damage being caused.

    F/O W. Keddie from 419 Squadron returned early as the rear turret was u/s.
    P/O B. Heintz and crew flying Halifax II JB-900 coded VR-E were attacked by unidentified twin engine aircraft, there was no claim or damage.
    F/O J. Tyler landed at Annan on return.
    P/O T. Jackson RCAF–POW and crew, flying Halifax II  JB-912 coded VR-B, failed to return from this operation.

      Sgt J. Westerman RCAF–POW
      Sgt C. Sebastian RCAF–POW
      F/Sgt J. Carlton RCAF–POW
      P/O J. Fry RCAF–POW
      Sgt T. Crandell RCAF–POW
      F/Sgt D. Watkins RAF
      Sgt E. Jury RAF–POW
    7 crew were POWs and 1 killed after they were shot down by a Nightfighter.

    While the Halifaxes went to Stettin, 6 Wellingtons from 429 Squadron were ordered on a mining operation to Brest. The crews were over the garden at between 600 and 800 feet, sowing 10@1500 lb mines.

    F/Sgt R. Conroy returned early as they were unable to find the pinpoint.
    Sgt R. Ellison and crew, flying Wellington X  HE-414 coded AL-H, had the port engine catch fire over the garden, this was extinguished. On landing at Exeter on one engine, the Wellington swung off the runway and crashed into a gully were the Wellington burst into flames. 

      Sgt W. Bailey RCAF
      Sgt H. Horton RAF
      Sgt E. Nicholson RAF
      Sgt W. Mullaney RCAF
    The crew escaped unharmed.