October 18/19, 1943

    26 Lancasters from 408 and 426 Squadrons were ordered to attack Hannover. The crews were over the target at between 19,000 and 21,000 feet, releasing 120,000 lbs of high explosives and 64,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, the target was cloud covered and bombing was scattered.

    F/Sgt. R.Young from 408 squadron returned early as the oxygen system was u/s.
    F/Sgt L. Hansen RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster II DS-717 coded OW-T, borrowed from 426 Squadron, ran out of fuel and ditched 3 miles off shore near Aldeburgh on return. 

      Sgt B. Capel RAF
      F/Sgt C. Spencer RCAF
      Sgt S. Dawson RAF
      F/Sgt J. Earle RCAF
      W/O1 J. Cameron RCAF
      F/Sgt H. MacLennan RCAF
    All were able to board a dinghy, which floated ashore.

    F/Sgt. L. Griffiths from 426 Squadron returned early as the electrical system was u/s.
    F/Sgt. W. Griffin landed at East Moor on return.

    6 Wellingtons from 432 Squadron were ordered on a mining operation to Den Helder. The crews were over the garden at between 2,500 and 4,000 feet, sowing 12@1500 lb mines.

    All crews returned safely to base.

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