18 Halifaxes from 408 and 419 Squadrons were joined by 49 Wellingtons from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, and 428 Squadrons on an attack at Lorient. The crews were over the target at between 13,000 and 19,000 feet, releasing 102,000 lbs of high explosives and 162,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, there was serious damage to the town and harbour.
W/O2 D. Smith, RCAF and crew from 408 Squadron, flying Halifax II HR-655 coded EQ-S, failed to return from this operation.
F/Sgt J. Sayers, RCAF
Sgt R. Salt, RAF
F/Sgt W. Cowan, RAF
F/Sgt W. Lough, RCAF
F/Sgt J. Giguere, RCAF
S/Ldr D. Kenney from 419 Squadron returned early
as the rear turret was u/s.
F/Sgt W. Horborenko from 420 Squadron returned
early as the navigator was sick.
Sgt D. Parker from 424 Squadron was hit by flak,
there were holes in the fuselage and stbd tail plane. They landed safely
at Moreton Vallance on return.
F/Sgt A. Jackson from 425 Squadron returned early
as the port engine was u/s. They landed safely at base on one engine.
P/O J. McNeill from 426 Squadron returned early as the radios were u/s.
Sgt L. Williamson from 428 Squadron returned early
as the port engine was u/s. They landed safely at Dalton on one engine.