42 Lancasters from 408, 419, and 428 were joined by 155 Halifaxes from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 431, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons on a number of attacks in the Caen and Mondeville areas. These attacks were made at dawn in direct support of the army. All the crews were over the targets from between 7,000 to 9,000 feet, unloading 1,750,000 lbs of ordinance. The German troops on the ground were hit hard and this was one of the best bombing raids that supported the army. A total of 6,800 tons of ordinance was dropped.
F/O A. Rokeby of 419 squadron had the
go u/s outbound, they bombed and returned safely on 3 engines.
Sgt. J. Tease of 420 squadron was hit
It was not serious.
P/O T. Kelly, RCAF, and crew of 427 squadron failed to return.
F/Sgt. V. Unruh, RCAF
F/O R. Blair, RCAF
W/O W. Haley, RCAF
Sgt. D. Carson, RCAF
Sgt. D. Willson, RCAF
F/Lt. C. Murphy of 428 squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the mid upper turret and no injuries were incurred
F/Lt. G. Gardiner, RCAF POW, of 429 squadron were hit by 2 falling bombs. One went through the fuselage near the mid upper turret and the other took off the stbd stabilizer.
F/O J. Brunet, RCAF--POW
F/O R. Ellis, RCAF
W/O1 F. McNiffe, RCAF--POW
Sgt. E. McGregor, RCAF--Evd
Sgt. W. Gillespie, RCAF
F/Lt. J. H. Cooper, RCAF, and crew from 432 squadron failed to return from this operation. They were hit by flak
Sgt. H. Oakeby, RAF--Evd
F/O R. Dryden, RCAF--POW
W/O2 A. Zacharuk, RCAF--Evd
P/O R. Burton, RCAF
W/O1 K. Elliott, RCAF--POW
F/O D. Best and crew took along group captain H. Routledge as the 2nd pilot.
Later on in the day 28 Halifaxes from 431 and 434 squadron attacked the rail yards at Vaires. This attack was made from between 12,000 and 13,500 feet. A total of 223,000 lbs of ordinance was dropped .
F/O D. Mawhinney of 431 squadron
as the port inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O J. Dunn, RCAF
Sgt. G. Jackson, RCAF
P/O D. Cooper, RCAF
Sgt. J. Williams, RCAF
F/Sgt. W. Young, RCAF
S/Ldr. C. Bull, RCAF and crew failed to return from this operation.
P/O W. Abbott, RAF
F/O F. Mitchell, RAF
P/O L Robin, RAF
Sgt. J. Lockett, RCAF
Sgt. J. Blasko, RCAF
P/O P. Alp, RAF
F/O G. Moore of 434 squadron landed at
due to a fuel shortage.
The Reesor Crew over Vaires, July 18, 1944. Graciously supplied by