November 23/24, 1943
19 Lancasters from 408 and 426 squadrons were ordered on an attack at
Berlin. The crews were over the target at between 20,000 and 21,000 feet,
releasing 68,000 lbs of high explosives and 55,000 lbs of incendiaries.
According to reports, the target was cloud covered with more damaged being
F/Sgt. R. Lloyd from 408 squadron was hit by flak, there were holes
in the fuselage and bomb doors.
F/O W. Stewart returned early due to severe icing and frozen controls.
They landed safely at Sculthorpe.
F/O D. Bell, RAF
and crew, flying Lancaster II LL-623 coded EQ-U, failed to return
from this operation.
Sgt. R. Shea, RAF
All were lost without a trace.
F/O R. Quinney, RAF
F/Sgt. R. Williams, RAF
F/Sgt. H. Smith, RAF
Sgt. L. Hanton, RCAF
F/Sgt. R. Hiscock, RAF
P/O W. Griffin from 426 squadron returned early due to severe icing.
S/Ldr. A. Hughes returned early due to severe icing.
P/O D. De Bloeme, flying Lancaster II LL-629 coded OW-G, was
hit by flak, the stbd outer was u/s. On return they crashed into high ground
near Maldon Yorkshire, killing the bomb aimer, F/O G. Huffman, and rear
gunner F/Sgt. C. Manders.