152 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons were joined by 42 Lancasters from 419, 428, and 431 squadrons on an attack at Soest. The crews were over the target between 17,000 and 19,000 feet, releasing 1,348,000 lbs of high explosives and 335,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports there was severe damage in the northern part of the town that contained the rail yards.
F/Lt. W. Smith from 408 squadron was hit by flak, the stbd fuel tank was hit and leaking.
P/O W. Lane from 415 squadron returned early as the port outer was u/s
and the port inner was running poorly. They landed safely at Hardwick on
3 engines due to a fuel shortage.
F/O G. Sheahan from 419 squadron was hit by flak, the stbd outer was
u/s and port elevator damaged. The landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O E. Watson from 420 squadron returned early as the hydraulics were u/s.
F/O D. Saunders from 424 squadron landed at Horham on return due to a fuel shortage.
P/O G. Chabot from 425 squadron landed at Old Buckenham due to a fuel shortage.
F/O R. Brodie from 426 Squadron landed at Shipdam due to a fuel shortage.
F/O C. Shipman, RCAF--POW
F/O P. Harris, RCAF--POW
Sgt. D. McLaren, RCAF--POW
P/O J. Knoke, RCAF
F/Sgt. J. Popadiuk, RCAF--POW
F/O A. Carter RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII LW-200 coded OW-N, were involved in a mid-air collision with a 428 squadron aircraft.
F/O A. Downing, RCAF
P/O E. Harwood, RCAF
F/O R. Dowding, RCAF
P/O W. Murrell, RCAF
P/O I. Myron, RCAF
F/Lt. J. Murphy from 427 squadron returned early as the oxygen system
F/Lt. H. Shewfelt, RCAF and crew from 428 squadron were involved in a mid-air collision with a 426 squadron aircraft.
F/O J. Reid, RCAF
F/O S. Pechet, RCAF
P/O J. Virag, RCAF
P/O A. Baxter, RCAF
F/O E. Cooper, RCAF
F/Lt R. Kingsland from 429 squadron was hit by flak. The hydraulics
F/O E. Tuckey from 431 squadron had the stbd outer go u/s on return.
They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O G. Peaker from 432 squadron returned early as they could not raise
the under carriage.
F/Lt. R. Paterson and F/Lt. D. Rogers from 433 squadron landed at Horham due to a fuel shortage.
F/O T. Kowalchuk, RCAF and crew from 434 squadron failed to return from this operation.
F/O R. Christian, RCAF
P/O V. Prouse, RCAF
P/O D. Lavallee, RCAF
P/O G. Coughlin, RCAF
P/O J. de Macedo, RCAF