144 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, and 433 squadrons were joined by 46 Lancasters from 419, 428 and 431 squadrons on an attack at Karlsruhe. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 19,000 feet, releasing 854,000 lbs of high explosives and 678,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing was accurate with severe damage being caused. Among the factories destroyed was the important Durlacher Machine-tool building.
F/O W. Dunwoodie from 408 squadron returned early as the radios were u/s.
F/O W. Mitchell from 415 Squadron was hit by flak, there were holes
in the rudders, elevators, and fuselage.
F/Lt R. Charlton from 429 squadron was attacked by an ME-109, there
was no claim or damage.
F/O F. Jeffery from 432 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
F/O N. Mara from 433 squadron returned early, as the stbd inner was
u/s. They landed at base on 3 engines.
F/Lt T. Coghlan from 434 Squadron returned early as the stbd inner was
u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.