15 Lancasters from 408 Squadron were joined by 42 Halifaxes from 420, 425, and 426 Squadrons on an attack of the coastal guns at Merville-Franceville. The crews were over the target at between 7,000 and 8,500 feet, releasing 318,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports there was haze over the target and bombing was scattered.
P/O W. McIntyre from 408 Squadron had all the engines cutting out to
and from the target.
P/O E. Hempel from 420 Squadron returned early. The starboard outer was u/s, the starboard inner was running rough, and the port outer was throwing sparks and vibrating. They returned safely to base on three engines.
F/O W. Phelan from 425 Squadron landed at Westcott on return.
58 Halifaxes from 427, 429, 432, and 433 Squadrons were ordered to attack the coastal guns at Le Clipon. The crews were over the target at between 8,000 and 10,000 feet releasing 451,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports there was haze over the target and the results were unknown.
All crews from 427 Squadron landed away on return due to poor weather at base.
All crews from 429 Squadron landed at Newmarket, Tuddenham, Peplow, or Wyton on return, due to poor weather at base.
All crews from 433 Squadron landed at Wyton or Graveley on return due
to poor weather at base.
4 Halifaxes from 424 Squadron were ordered on a mining operation to
St. Malo and Morlaix. The crews were over the garden at 8,000 feet sowing
8 @ 1,500 lb mines. All crews returned safely to base.