99 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 429, and 432 Squadrons were ordered to attack the oil refinery at Hemmingstedt. The crews were over the target at between 8,000 and 13,000 feet, releasing 594,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, bombing missed the target.
F/Lt C. Pitu from 408 Squadron had the port outer go u/s outbound. They
bombed the target and returned safely to base on 3 engines.
W/O2 B. Patterson RCAF–POW
F/O S. Lasko RCAF–POW
P/O A. Allen RCAF
P/O R. McManus RCAF
W/O2 N. Baird RCAF
F/Lt R. Close from 420 Squadron was coned by searchlights and hit by flak, damage was not serious.
F/O M. Chappel from 425 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.
P/O J. Hickson RCAF
F/O V. McAllister RCAF
P/O G. Ware RCAF
P/O J. Morin RCAF
P/O L. Parent RCAF
F/Lt H. Barr and crew from 429 Squadron, flying Halifax III LV-941 coded
AL-V, were attacked by an unidentified single engine enemy aircraft, there
was no claim or damage.
While the Halifaxes went to Hemmingstedt, 81 Lancasters from 419, 424, 428, 431, 433 and 434 Squadrons were ordered on an attack at Dessau. The crews were over the target at between 14,000 and 16,500 feet, releasing 214,000 lbs of high explosives and 326,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing was accurate and severe damage was done.
F/Lt J. Watts from 419 Squadron landed at Ford on return due to a fuel
F/O W. Short RCAF
P/O E. Beach RCAF
F/Sgt H. Cole RCAF–POW
F/Sgt D. Jamieson RCAF–POW
P/O R. Mitchell RCAF
F/Lt D. Sanders, P/O R. McInroy, F/O G. Reynolds, F/O K. MacDonald,
F/O E. Skene, P/O J. Emmerson, F/Lt J. Matheson, F/Lt C. Walker, P/O D.
Saunders, and F/O H. Cowan from 424 Squadron landed at Ford on return due
to a fuel shortage.
F/Sgt G. Laut RCAF
F/Sgt P. Davies RCAF
F/Sgt P. Yanai RAF
F/Sgt J. Allan RCAF
F/Sgt D. Bellantino RCAF
F/O T. Foley RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster I NG-457 coded QB-C, failed to return from this operation.
F/O D. Robinson RCAF
F/O D. Standfield RCAF
F/O T. Lawrence RCAF
F/Sgt S. Rosu RCAF
Sgt K. Seaman RCAF–POW
F/Lt J. Hadley from 428 Squadron had one engine go u/s outbound, they
returned safely to Juvincourt on 3 engines.
F/Lt R. Haw from 431 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious. They landed
at Boscombe Down on return due to a fuel shortage.
P/O J. Farrell and crew from 433 Squadron, flying Lancaster I NG-493
coded BM-M, were attacked by a JU-88, there was no claim or damages. They
landed at Ford on return due to a fuel shortage.
F/Lt R. Fern and crew from 434 Squadron, flying Lancaster X KB-834 coded
WL-Y, were attacked by a JU-88, it was claimed damaged after the gunners
fired 700 rounds. They landed at Thorney Island due to a fuel shortage.