June 24/25, 1944
38 Lancasters from 408, 419 and 428 squadrons were joined by 65 Halifaxes
from 420, 425, 426, and 432 squadrons on an attack of a V-1 launching site
at Bameries. The crews were over the target at between 11,000 and 13,000
feet, releasing 860,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, it
was a clear night with accurate bombing.
P/O T. Bailey from 408 squadron returned early as the port outer was
u/s. They landed safely at East Moor on 3 engines.
P/O C. Reid had the stbd outer u/s on return, they landed safely at
base on 3 engines.
P/O W. Kasper had a tire blow on takeoff and damage a flap. They bombed
the target and returned safely to Carnaby.
W/O2 J. Jean from 425 squadron had the port outer go u/s on return.
They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O J. Langlois and crew saw many V-1s while flying near Hastings.
Also on this night, 6 Halifaxes from 428 squadron were ordered on a
mining operation to Brest and St. Nazaire. The crews were over the garden
at 12,000 feet, sowing 24@1500 lb mines.
All crews returned safely to base.