November 16, 1944


    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. C. Thompson was hit by flak, there were holes in the rear turret.
    F/O D. McTaggart was hit by flak, there were holes in the stbd wing and fuselage.

    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, not serious.
    P/O L. Simonson was hit by flak, there were holes in the port wing.
    F/O E. Watson was hit by flak, there were holes in the bomb doors and the hydraulics were u/s.
    F/O S. Young landed at Linton on Ouse.

    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 A. MacKie was hit by flak, there were holes in the windscreen.
    F/O H. LeFebvre was hit by flak, there were holes in both wings and the stbd rudder.
    F/O H. Cowan had a hydraulic line break on return. The under carriage and flaps came down. They landed safely at Woodbridge due to a fuel shortage.

    F/O E. Baillie from 425 squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage.
    F/O J. Poirier was hit by flak, not serious.
    F/O J. Brassard had a 1000 lb bomb fall through the bomb doors on landing, damaging them.

    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.
    W/O1 D. Murray was hit by flak over the target. Both the port outer and stbd outer were u/s, port aileron, mid-upper turret and port flap were holed. They landed safely at Woodbridge on 2 engines.

    P/O G. Sherlock from 432 squadron returned early as the hydraulics were u/s.
    F/O F. Jeffery was hit by flak, not serious.
    F/O N. Patterson was hit by flak, the belly was damaged and port wing holed.

    F/O J. Egger from 433 squadron had a 1000 lb bomb fall through the bomb doors, damaging them.
    F/O A. Heathcote had the stbd outer go u/s on return. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.

    F/Lt J. Parrott from 434 squadron returned early as the stbd inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
    W/O1 C. Ferris returned without bombing as the load hung up over the target.
    P/O B. Peterson was hit by flak, there were holes in the stbd wing.
    F/Lt. T. Buttle was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage.
    F/O T. Kowalchuk had both the port outer and stbd inner go u/s on return. They landed safely at Woodbridge on 2 engines.

    Photo: 432 Squadron over Julich West, 15,500 ft. Graciously supplied by Ian--57 Rescue