August 8, 1944

    43 Lancasters from 408, 419, and 428 Squadrons were joined by 148 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 427, 429, 431, 432, 433, and 434 Squadrons on an attack of a fuel and oil storage site at Foret De Chantilly. The crews were over the target at between 15,000 and 17,000 feet, releasing 1,616,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, bombing was accurate and it was left burning.

    P/O J. Harpwood from 408 Squadron returned early as the bombsight was u/s.

    F/Lt H. Barnes from 415 Squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the nose and stbd wing.

    P/O T. Fredrickson from 426 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
    P/O S. Simmons was hit by flak, the fuselage and port outer was damaged. The port outer seized up and a safe landing was made at base on 3 engines.

    W/O2 W. Tynan from 428 Squadron was hit by flak, both wings were holed, stbd fuel tanks leaking and plane was damaged.
    P/O W. Hall was hit by flak, there were holes in both wings and fuselage.
    F/O W. Fairgrieve was hit by flak, there were holes in the stbd wing and fuselage.
    W/Cdr A. Hull was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage and bomb bay doors.
    W/O2 A. Jakeman was ill on the return trip. The bomb aimer, F/O D. Brown RCAF, flew the Lancaster back from the French coast and then W/O2 A. Jakeman landed at base.

    F/Lt D. Hall RCAF and crew from 429 Squadron, flying Halifax III LW-132 coded AL-H, was seen to catch fire outbound. It was seen to descend to about 5,000 feet and explode.

      P/O H. Glass RCAF
      F/Sgt R. Harrod RCAF
      F/O T. Jackman RCAF
      P/O D. Murray RCAF
      P/O L. Syme RCAF
      P/O W. Phillips RCAF
    Only the navigator survived.

    P/O M. McMillan from 431 Squadron was hit by flak, one engine was u/s and the fuel tanks were holed. They landed safely at Honeybourne on 3 engines.

    P/O R. Anthony from 432 Squadron landed at Ludlow on return.