24 Lancasters from 408 and 426 squadrons were joined by 94 Halifaxes from 420, 424, 425, 429, 431, 432, and 433 Squadrons on an attack at Essen. The crews were over the target at between 20,000 and 24,000 feet, releasing 71,000 lbs of high explosives and 500,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, the weather was clear and severe damage was caused.
P/O N. Sutherland from 408 squadron returned early
as the port inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
1St/Lt F. Shove USAAF
W/O2 G. Butson RCAF
W/O1 J. Potter RCAF
P/O R. Hendry RCAF
P/O D. Greatrex RCAF
F/Sgt G. Pritchard did not bomb as the load hung up over the target.
F/O E. Kirk from 425 squadron returned early as
the under carriage was u/s.
P/O D. Berry from 426 Squadron had the stbd outer go u/s outbound. They bombed from 17,000 feet and returned safely to base on 3 engines.
W/O2 L. Mitchell from 429 Squadron returned early as the stbd outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
P/O A. Tinmouth from 431 Squadron returned early
as the oxygen to the rear gunner was u/s.
F/O H. Smith from 432 squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
F/Sgt G. Hall from 433 Squadron returned early
as the oxygen system was u/s.
While part of the group attacked Essen, 47 Halifaxes from 419, 427, 428, and 434 Squadrons were ordered on an attack of the rail yards at Villeneuve St. Georges. The crews were over the target at between 10,000 and 11,000 feet, releasing 426,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, the attack was successful.
F/O W. Barclay from 419 squadron did not bomb as there were no T.Iís.
P/O H. Frith from 434 Squadron returned without
bombing as they were too late at the target.
6 Halifaxes from 434 Squadron were ordered on
a mining operation to Texel.