October 7/8, 1943
28 Lancasters from 408 and 426 squadrons were ordered on an attack at
Stuttgart. The crews were over the target at between 20,000 and 21,000
feet, releasing 96,000 lbs of high explosives and 45,000 lbs of incendiaries.
According to reports, various parts of Stuttgart were damaged.
P/O J. White from 408 squadron returned early as the rear guns were
F/Sgt J. Harvey RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster II DS-724 coded EQ-C,
had the controls jam after takeoff. After much difficulty the Lancaster
was abandoned north of Thirsk.
Sgt H. Branton RAF
All the crew landed safely but one civilian on the ground was killed when
the Lancaster came to earth.
Sgt E. Hurd RCAF
F/O S. Dempsey RCAF
P/O G. Butchart RCAF
Sgt S. Campbell RCAF
Sgt K. Davison RCAF
F/Sgt A. Olsson from 426 squadron returned early as the oxygen system
S/Ldr A. Hughes returned early after he was injured by a stray bullet
from another Lancaster.
F/Sgt W. Griffin landed at Boscombe Down on return.
P/O M. Summers RCAF
and crew, flying Lancaster II DS-689 coded OW-S, failed to return from
F/Sgt F. Neal RCAF
6 crew were killed and 2 evaded capture.
Sgt C. Bettesworth RAF–Evd
F/O J. Beaton RCAF–Evd
P/O J. wilde RCAF
P/O G. Davies RAF
Sgt G. Aldous RAF
P/O P. Newland RAF
While the Lancasters went to Stuttgart, 10 Wellingtons from 432 squadron
were ordered on a mining operation to Heligoland. The crews were over the
garden at between 4,000 and 6,000 feet, sowing 10@1500 lb mines.
P/O L. Legace, F/O I. Beckwith, F/Sgt D. Palmer and F/Sgt H. Whaley
returned without mining as they could not find the pinpoint.
Sgt D. Maddock returned without mining as they were too late getting
F/Sgt P. Dennis was attacked by an ME-110, there was no damage, but
the enemy aircraft was shot down and exploded. They were then attacked
by another ME-110, there was damage to the flaps, hydraulic system, stbd
elevator, and wing.