37 Lancasters 408, 419, and 428 squadrons were joined by 101 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 431, 432, and 434 squadrons on an attack at an oil depot at La Pallice. The crews were over the target at between 9,000 and 11,000 feet, releasing 1,053,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, and judging by the lower photo, the attack was successful.
P/O G. McKean and F/O B. Roberts from 415 Squadron returned early as
they didnít see any T.Iís.
F/O J. Bell from 419 Squadron returned early as the compasses and stbd
outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
P/O E. Johnston from 420 squadron returned early as one engine was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
P/O L. Terroux from 425 squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the port fin and rudder.
F/Lt G. Gonyou from 428 Squadron had one engine u/s outbound. They bombed
and returned safely to base on 3 engines.
F/O L. Browning from 434 squadron returned early as they were late taking
off and could not catch the gaggle.
This is a picture graciously supplied by Walter Poynter, showing the aftermath of the attack on the oil storage site at La Pallice.