159 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons were joined by 45 Lancasters from 419, 428, and 431 squadrons on an attack at Julich in support of the American army. The crews were over the target between 15,000 and 17,000 feet, releasing 1,708,000 lbs of high explosives and 236, 000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, this town was severely damaged.
F/Lt. J. Little from 415 squadron returned early
as the stbd outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/Lt. J. Tees from 419 squadron returned early as they would have been late over the target.
F/Lt. T. Dailey from 420 squadron was hit by flak,
F/O D. McCullough from 424 squadron had the stbd
outer go u/s outbound. They bombed from 13,500 feet and returned safely
to base on 3 engines.
F/O E. Baillie from 425 squadron was hit by flak,
there were holes in the fuselage.
P/O A. Hutchins, RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII LW-205 coded OW-Y, from 426 squadron returned early as they could not raise the under carriage. Then they couldnít get them locked down. They crash landed at base without injuries.
W/Cdr. V. Ganderton from 427 squadron did not bomb as there were late taking off and no T. Iís were seen.
F/Lt. D. Berry from 428 squadron returned early with a mechanical problem.
P/O W. Weitendorf from 431 squadron was hit by
flak, there were holes in the fuselage.
P/O G. Sherlock from 432 squadron returned early
as the hydraulics were u/s.
F/O J. Egger from 433 squadron had a 1000 lb bomb
fall through the bomb doors, damaging them.
F/Lt J. Parrott from 434 squadron returned early
as the stbd inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
Photo: 432 Squadron over Julich West, 15,500 ft. Graciously supplied by Ian--57 Rescue