42 Lancasters from 408, 419, and 428 squadrons were joined by 111 Halifaxes from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, and 433 squadrons on an attack on the oil plant Wesseling. The crews were over the target at between 11,000 and 14,000 feet, releasing 1,286,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, the weather was clear and severe damage was done to this facility.
P/O W. Kasper from 408 squadron returned early after they were coned by search lites and forced to jettison the load.
F/Lt. G. Peck from 419 squadron returned early after they were coned
by search lites and attacked by an enemy aircraft. There was no claim or
damage but they were forced to jettison the load.
P/O V. Lacaille from 425 squadron returned early as the stbd outer caught
fire after takeoff. They returned safely to base on 3 engines.
Sgt. P. Kinnear RAF
P/O J. Dufour RCAF
Sgt. J. Arsenault RCAF–POW
P/O W. Watson RCAF
P/O J. Giroux RCAF
P/O N. Boucher RCAF
P/O P. Labelle from 426 squadron was attacked by a JU-88, there was
no claim or damage.
F/O R. Curtis from 428 squadron returned early as they were coned by
search lites and forced to jettison the load.
F/O L. Dimarco from 429 squadron returned early as the port inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O L. Friedman from 432 squadron returned early, as some instruments
P/O J. Monahan and crew from 433 Squadron flying Halifax III MZ-816
coded BM-W was fired upon by a Halifax, there was no damage.