112 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 427, 429, and 432 Squadrons were ordered on an attack of the oil refinery at Monheim. The crews were over the target at between 14,000 and 16,000 feet, releasing 698,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, bombing was accurate and severe damage was caused.
F/O G. Lareau and crew from 425 Squadron flying Halifax III MZ-845 coded KW-J were attacked by an ME-210, some strikes were seen and it was claimed damaged.
F/O D. Weicker from 426 Squadron was attacked by an ME-110, there was no claim or damage.
F/O J. Mulholland from 427 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
F/O G. Mann RCAF–POW
F/O E. Essenburg RCAF
W/O2 E. Perdue RCAF–POW
F/O A. Breault RCAF–POW
P/O J. Wallace RCAF
F/O R. Jones from 429 Squadron returned early as the port outer was
u/s. They landed safely at Manston on 3 engines.
F/Lt E. Maguire and crew from 432 Squadron, flying Halifax VII RG-451
coded QO-D, were attacked by an unidentified enemy aircraft, possible rocket,
it was claimed damaged.
F/O G. Henson RCAF–POW
F/O A. May RCAF–POW
P/O F. Daley RCAF–POW
F/Sgt J. McIntosh RCAF–POW
P/O W. Mendenhall RCAF
While the Halifaxes went to Monheim, 82 Lancasters from 419, 424, 428, 431, 433, and 434 Squadrons were ordered on an attack at Dortmund. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 20,000 feet, releasing 231,000 lbs of high explosives and 579,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing was accurate and severe damage was caused.
F/Lt H. Metivier and crew from 419 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-866
coded VR-M, were attacked by an ME-109, there was no claim or damage.
P/O D. Hanna RCAF
F/O P. Owen RCAF–POW
P/O A. Kindret RCAF–POW
F/Sgt L. Nozzolillo RCAF–POW
P/O R. Althan RCAF–POW
P/O W. Church and crew from 424 Squadron, flying Lancaster I NG-280
coded QB-U, were attacked by an unidentified enemy aircraft, there was
no claim or damage. They were also hit by flak, there were holes in the
stbd fin and rudder.
F/O G. Ree RCAF
F/O H. Rubenstein RCAF
Sgt J. Butler RCAF–POW
Sgt A. Skett RCAF–POW
Sgt E. Rhodes RCAF
F/Lt R. Hay and crew from 428 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-747 coded
NA-X, were attacked by an unidentified twin engine enemy aircraft, there
was no claim or damage.
F/Lt B. Kaplansky from 431 Squadron was attacked by a JU-88, the JU-88
exploded in mid air after both gunners fired upon it. A short time later
they were attacked again by a JU-88. It was hit and part of the wing and
tail broke off. It spun to the ground. Both were claimed destroyed.
F/O I. MacCugan RCAF–POW
W/O2 F. Lehman RCAF–POW
P/O L. Hoffman RCAF
F/Sgt H. Dailey RCAF–POW
P/O F. Newman RCAF
F/O J. Farrell and crew from 433 Squadron, flying Lancaster I PB-903
coded BM-F, were attacked by an unidentified twin engine enemy aircraft,
there was no claim or damage.
F/Lt I. Andres and crew from 434 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-880
coded WL-N, were attacked 3 times by JU-88's, possibly the same one. There
were strikes seen on all encounters.