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 u/s.
    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
      Sgt E. Hurd RCAF
      F/O S. Dempsey RCAF
      P/O G. Butchart RCAF
      Sgt S. Campbell RCAF
      Sgt K. Davison RCAF
    All the crew landed safely but one civilian on the ground was killed when the Lancaster came to earth.

    F/Sgt A. Olsson from 426 squadron returned early as the oxygen system was u/s.
    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 this operation.

      F/Sgt F. Neal RCAF
      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
    6 crew were killed and 2 evaded capture.

    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 away.
    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. 

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