144 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 431, 432, and 434 squadron were ordered to attack the port city of Kiel. The crews were over the target at between 16,000 and 20,000 feet, releasing 310,000 lbs of high explosives and 545,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports the dock area and ship-building firms were damaged.
F/O T. Barber from 408 Squadron was hit by flak, port outer was u/s.
They returned safely to base on 3 engines.
Sgt W. Lane and crew from 415 Squadron, flying Halifax III NA-587 coded 6U-Q, was attacked by a JU-88. Strikes were seen and it was claimed damaged.
F/O K. Kidd from 420 squadron was on the return flight when an aircraft
cut in front of him. The pilot’s canopy was damaged, both port propellers
were bent and the stbd fin holed. They landed safely at Carnaby.
Sgt E. Proud RAF–POW
F/O F. Moffit RCAF
F/O D. Block RCAF
W/O2 D. Lorenz RCAF
P/O K. Boucock RCAF
P/O A. Roski RCAF
P/O C. Soules RCAF
F/O J. Keys and crew from 424 Squadron, flying Halifax III MZ-802 coded QB-G, was attacked by an unidentified enemy aircraft. It was claimed probably destroyed as it broke away in flames over the water.
P/O N. Muir from 429 Squadron was hit by flak. There were holes in the
fuselage and after landing, only then did Sgt E. Lefavre RCAF, the navigator
admit that he had been injured by flak.
F/O R. Tonnellier from 431 squadron returned early as the hydraulics
F/Lt H. MacAllister RCAF
F/O C. O’Donnell RCAF
P/O G. Germiquet RCAF
P/O J. Faragher RCAF
P/O D. Snell RAF
F/O W. Saye from 432 squadron returned early as the stbd inner was u/s.
They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O J. Wagman RCAF and crew from 434 squadron, flying Halifax III LK-786 coded WL-S, was hit by flak 5 miles short of the target. 2 fuel tanks were hit and leaking. About 28 miles short of Scarborough they ran out of fuel and ditched in the North Sea.
Sgt W. Odegaard RCAF
Sgt H. McMillan RCAF
Sgt H. Kaufman RCAF
F/Sgt D. Burke RCAF
F/Sgt J. Archibald RCAF
F/O H. Witwer from 419 squadron returned early as the stbd inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O T. Nichol-Carne from 428 squadron returned early as the stbd inner
was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O L. Brown RCAF
F/O H. Slater RCAF
P/O R. Boyce RCAF
F/O J. Srigley RCAF
P/O W. Lamb RCAF
While most of the group was off to Kiel and Stettin, 18 Halifaxes from 429 and 433 squadrons were ordered on a mining operation to Kiel Bay. The crews were over the garden at 14,000 feet, sowing 54@1500 lb mines.
P/O M. Lanin from 429 squadron returned early as the stbd inner was u/s. They landed safely on 3 engines.
F/O J. Hartley from 433 squadron returned early as the navigation aids
F/O H. Grimble RCAF
F/O J. Baillargeon RCAF
P/O B. Bercuson RCAF
P/O M. Fairall RCAF
P/O A. Drennan RCAF
F/Lt J.Valk RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-863 coded BM-I, failed to return from this operation.
P/O J. Tolmie RCAF
F/O G. Scott RCAF
F/O J. Sprott RCAF
P/O T. Baker RCAF
F/O M. Fleming RCAF
F/Lt J. Morgan RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-808 coded BM-P, failed to return from this operation.
F/O G. Gill RCAF–POW
F/O J. Clerc RCAF
F/Sgt C. Stewart RCAF
F/Sgt J. Moffat RCAF
F/O P. Marchildon RCAF–POW