21 Halifaxes from 408 and 419 Squadrons were joined by 64 Wellingtons from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, and 429 Squadrons on an attack of the docks at St. Nazaire. The crews were over the target at between 12,000 and 20,000 feet, releasing 175,000 lbs of high explosives and 148,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports there was serious damage to the dock area and portions of the town.
Sgt J. Palmer from 419 Squadron returned early as one engine was u/s.
They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
Sgt P. Cozens, Sgt G. Cooke, P/O S. Dunn, Sgt J. Kennedy, and Sgt C.
Tucker from 420 Squadron landed at Pershore on return.
Sgt L. Wilson from 424 Squadron landed at Boscombe Down on return.
Sgt J. Brousseau RCAF and crew from 425 Squadron, flying Wellington III BJ-918 coded KW-F, crashed on takeoff after the stbd engine lost power.
Sgt. J. Fontaine, RCAF
P/O D. Hodgetts, RCAF
Sgt. H. Marceau, RCAF
P/O T. Irwin, RCAF
Sgt L. Thompson from 426 Squadron returned early as the hydraulics were
Sgt G. Southwood RAF and crew from 427 Squadron, flying Wellington III X-3563 coded ZL-T, strayed west and the crew bailed out over Ireland
F/Sgt J. Grover, RCAF
F/Sgt A. Puffer, RCAF
Sgt J. Blue, RCAF
Sgt W. Chalk, RCAF
W/O2 W. Hartney, RCAF and crew, flying Wellington III BK-343 coded ZL-V, failed to return from this operation.
F/Sgt D. Ferguson, RCAF
Sgt R. Radford, RAF
Sgt E. Allison, RAF–POW
F/Sgt J. Ward, RCAF
Sgt W. Harris from 428 Squadron returned early as the port engine was
u/s. They landed safely at base on 1 engine.
Sgt E. Willey from 429 Squadron returned early. There was a fire in
the bomb bay. They landed safely at Abington.