February 20/21, 1943

    20 Wellingtons from 424, 425, and 426 Squadrons were ordered on a mining operation to the Frisian Islands. The crews were over the garden at between 500 and 1,000 feet, sowing 38@1500 lb mines.

    Sgt I. Baulf, RNZAF and crew from 424 Squadron, flying Wellington III BK-435 coded QB-U, failed to return from this operation.

      F/O W. Pleasance, RCAF
      Sgt B. White, RAF
      Sgt L. King, RAF
      Sgt F. Skeeles, RAF
      F/Sgt J. Arpin, RCAF
    They were shot down by a Nightfighter into the North Sea, all were killed.

    Sgt D. Turenne from 425 Squadron returned early as the port engine was u/s. They landed safely at base on one engine.