June 21, 1944

    66 Halifaxes from 420, 425, 426, and 432 squadrons were joined by 39 Lancasters from 408, 419 and 428 squadron on an attack on a V-1 site at St.Martin LíHortier. The crews were over the target at between 15,000 and 17,000 feet, releasing 830,000 lbs of high explosives. The target was cloud covered at the time of the attack.

    W/O2 C. Reid from 408 squadron returned early as the bomb sight was u/s.
    F/O J. Faulder returned early as the stbd outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
    W/O2 W. Cooke had the stbd inner go u/s outbound. They bombed and returned safely on 3 engines.


    F/O W. Chalcraft from 419 squadron returned without bombing as no T. Iís were seen.
    F/O J. Tees was hit by flak, not serious.

    F/O K. Kidd from 420 squadron returned without bombing as no T. Iís were seen.

    P/O G. Webb from 432 squadron returned early as the port inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
    P/O R. Anthony returned early as the stbd outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
     

    While some of the group was attacking St. Martin LíHortier , 84 Halifaxes from 424, 427, 429, 431, 433, and 434 squadrons were ordered to attack a V-1 site at Oisemont-Neuville. The crews were over the target at 17,000 feet, releasing 124,000 lbs of high explosives. The target was cloud covered and the master bomber sent most of the crews home.

    All the crews from 424 squadron were sent home without bombing.

    Only 7 of 17 crews from 427 squadron bombed the target.

    F/O J. Lasek from 429 squadron had an engine fail on takeoff. The brakes would not stop them and they went off the end of the runway, damaging the propellers and under carriage. The crew was uninjured.
    Only 5 of the 17 crews bombed the target.

    F/O R. Harrison from 431 squadron returned early as the stbd outer and port outer quit after takeoff. They returned safely to base on 2 engines.
    Only 1 of the 16 crews bombed the target.

    F/O J. Valk from 433 squadron returned early as the port outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
    All the crews returned to base without bombing.

    Only one crew of 15 from 434 squadron bombed the target.
     


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