23 Lancasters from 408 and 419 squadrons were joined by 97 Halifaxes from 420, 425, 426, 429, 431, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons in attacking the road/rail junction at Acheres and the rail yards at Versailles. The crews were over the targets at between 3,000 and 7,000 feet releasing 930,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, these targets were accurately bombed.
F/Lt. J. Easton from 408 squadron was
by an ME-410 over the target. They crashed landed at base with no
to the crew.
P/O J. Inverarity, RCAF
P/O D. Flitton, RAF
P/O R. Griggs, RAF
P/O R. Lowrey, RAF
F/O R. Rolph, RCAF
P/O D. Skingle, RCAF
F/O W. Anderson from 419 squadron was
by a JU-88. The 2 gunners were able to shoot the fighter down.
F/O H. Whittal from 420 squadron was
by another Halifax. There was minor damage to the stbd wing and
the crew returned safely.
F/O D. Norton, RCAF
F/O F. Tilt, RCAF
P/O J. Yates, RCAF
Sgt. J. Hampson, RAF
P/O D. Sammon, RCAF
P/O G. Tanuck, RCAF
F/O E. Kirk from 425 squadron was
2 enemy aircraft. One was claimed destroyed.
F/O A. North from 426 squadron was
an ME-110. There was a cannon shell hole in the stbd inner.
F/Lt. W. Moseley-Williams from 427
without bombing as they were crowded off the bomb run.
F/O G. Waddell, RCAF--Evd
F/O T. Farr, RCAF--Evd
Sgt. E. Carter-Edwards, RCAF--POW
Sgt. C. Ford, RCAF--POW
Sgt. N. Donnan, RCAF--Evd
S/Ldr. W. Anderson, RCAF from 429 squadron was hit by flak. The pilot was severely injured and the bomb aimer, F/Sgt. A. Capuston, RCAF (Evd), navigator Sgt. L. O'Leary, RCAF (POW) and wireless operatorW/O1 J. Banning, RCAF (POW) bailed out. The Flt/engineer Sgt. G. Steere, RAF, with the help of the two gunners, Sgt. J. Mangione, RCAF, and Sgt. G. Ritchie, RCAF, were able to fly the Halifax back to England. The crew bailed the injured pilot out on a static line and then bailed out themselves. The crew landed safely except the pilot who died of his injuries. The Halifax crashed near the Benson airfield. The 3 crew members who brought the Halifax back to England were decorated for this brave act.
P/O J. Artyniuk, RCAF and crew from 431 squadron failed to return from this operation.
F/O H. Morrison, RCAF
F/O P. Gandy, RCAF
F/Sgt. D. Flett, RAF
P/O G. Curtis, RAF
P/O B. Jose, RCAF
P/O W. Mullin, RCAF
F/O W. Lekis from 432 squadron
due to a technical malfunction.
F/O E. Watson, RCAF--POW
F/O C. Hoffman, RCAF--POW
F/O L. O'Grady, RCAF--Evd
Sgt. H. Beauchesne, RCAF--Evd
P/O F. Layton, RCAF
P/O W. Watson, F/Sgt. F. Devine, and
F/O W. Baird
from 433 squadron landed at Topcliffe on return.
While the above crews were attacking
Versailles, 8 Halifaxes from 424 squadron were ordered on a mining
to Lorient. The crews were over the garden at 15,000 feet, sowing
lb mines. All crews returned safely to base.