F/O J. Baird RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VIII serial NP-757 coded EQ-B, from 408 squadron had the stbd outer go u/s outbound at 17,000 feet. They could not maintain height so the engine was restarted. The engine had to be shut down again and this time it could not be feathered and caught fire. The crew bailed out safely and the Halifax crashed at North Whitham airfield with a full bomb load.
F/O J. Black RCAF
F/O E. Kapanauik RCAF
W/O2 W. Hudson RCAF
F/Sgt R. Hughes RCAF
F/Sgt W. Baty RCAF
W/O1 A. McDiarmid from 415 squadron was hit by flak, there were holes
throughout the fuselage.
P/O J. Menary from 420 squadron landed at Manston on return.
F/O J. Desbeins from 425 squadron returned early as the stbd inner was
u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O D.Weicker from 426 squadron returned early as the rear turret was
F/O J. Styles RCAF
F/O S. Arlotte RCAF
W/O2 S. McAllister RCAF
F/Sgt J. Chisamore RCAF
F/Sgt A. Bradley RCAF
F/Lt A. Lock from 427 squadron swung on takeoff. The Halifax was slightly
damaged and the crew were unhurt.
F/Lt K. Powell from 429 squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
P/O R. Proud from 432 squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in
the stbd wing and fuselage.
F/O H. Bloch RCAF
F/O J. Robinson RCAF
W/O2 A. Jones RCAF
Sgt R. Vallier RCAF
P/O W. Haryett RCAF
While the Halifaxes from 6 group attacked Wanne-Eickel, 65 Lancasters from 419, 424, 428, 431, 433, and 434 squadrons were ordered on an attack at Weisbaden. The crews were over the target at between 12,000 and 20,000 feet, releasing 368,000 lbs of incendiaries and 248,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, bombing took place through heavy cloud with serious damage being done.
F/Lt J. Barlow from 419 squadron was attacked by a JU-88, there was
no claim or damage.
F/O R. Hogdson RCAF
F/O J. McDonald RCAF
F/Sgt P. English RCAF
F/Sgt R. Nisbet RCAF
F/Sgt W. McTaggart RCAF–POW
F/O J. Fache from 424 squadron returned early due to severe icing. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/Lt V Gaskin RCAF and crew from 428 Squadron, flying Lancaster KB-725 coded NA-L, had the port outer go u/s after takeoff, the both inner engines were running poorly. The flaps were u/s and they overshot the base on a landing attempt. The crew was ordered to the crash positions. They crash-landed at Sandy Tees. The 2 gunners were killed and Flt engineer was seriously injured. The rest of the crew were ok.
P/O J. Keating RCAF
F/Lt C. Ordin RCAF
P/O F. Hogan RCAF
F/O C. Walford RCAF
P/O K. Hammond RCAF
P/O C. Roche RCAF–POW
F/Lt S. Sorenson from 431 squadron returned early as the stbd inner
was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.