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 caused.

    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
      F/O R. Quinney, RAF
      F/Sgt. R. Williams, RAF
      F/Sgt. H. Smith, RAF
      Sgt. L. Hanton, RCAF
      F/Sgt. R. Hiscock, RAF
    All were lost without a trace.

    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.

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