24 Lancasters from 408 and 419 squadrons were joined by 90 Halifaxes from 420, 425, 426, 428, 429, and 433 squadrons on an attack of the rail yard at Ghent. The crews were over the target at between 9,000 and 11,000 feet, releasing 957,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, this attack was successful.
P/O G. Holmes from 419 squadron overshot the landing on return and damaged Lancaster X KB-704 coded VR-Y beyond repair. The crew was not injured.
F/Sgt C. Selfe from 425 squadron was attacked by a JU-88, this aircraft was shot down and claimed destroyed.
W/O2 A. Clibbery RCAF, from 427 squadron, flying Halifax III LV-986 coded ZL-V was attacked by a Nightfighter. The Halifax was severely damaged and the crew managed to landed at Woodbridge safely without injury.
W/O2 W. Stewart from 429 squadron returned without bombing as the load
hung up over the target.
W/O2 H. McVeigh from 433 squadron was attacked by an enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage.
Also on this night, 11 Halifaxes from 424 squadron were ordered on a mining operation to Brest and Heligoland. The crews were over the gardens at between 8,000 and 15,000 feet, sowing 22@1500 lb mines.
F/O T. Millman RCAF
and crew, flying Halifax III HX-314 coded QB-C, failed to return from this