February 19/20, 1943

    25 Halifaxes from 408 and 419 Squadrons were joined by 66 Wellingtons from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, and 429 Squadrons on an attack at Wilhelmshaven. The crews were over the target at between 12,000 and 19,000 feet, releasing 213,000 lbs of high explosives and 154,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, the attack was scattered with very little damage.

    P/O T. Kaye and crew from 408 Squadron flying Halifax II DT-679 coded EQ-Q were attacked by a ME-109, there was no claim or damage.
    P/O M. McLaughlin from 419 Squadron returned early as the intercom was u/s.

    F/Sgt R. Taylor and crew from 420 Squadron flying Wellington III DF-637 coded PT-F were attacked by an ME-110 and hit by flak. Some strikes were seen. The Wellington was heavily damaged by flak, and the port engine quit after the fighter attack. Sgt G. Beresford RCAF bailed out. They landed safely at Coltishall on one engine.

    Sgt J. McGavock from 426 Squadron returned early as the rear turret was u/s.Sgt H. Rands and crew flying Wellington III BK-142 coded OW-A were attacked by a FW-190, there was no claim or damage.
    F/Sgt J. Gauthier, RCAF and crew, flying Wellington III BJ-919 coded OW-P, failed to return from this operation.

      F/O C. McKinnon, RCAF
      W/O2 R. Ferrier, RCAF
      Sgt H. Bailey, RCAF
      F/Sgt F. Ruzycki, RCAF
      F/Sgt R. Ramsay, RCAF
    All were lost without a trace.

    F/Lt F. Bowden from 428 Squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the tail plane.