September 12/13, 1944
12 Halifaxes from 427 and 429 squadrons were ordered
on a mining operation to the Oslo area. All crews returned early as the
weather over the garden was poor.
F/O D. Gillis from 429 squadron returned early
. The stbd outer was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O R. Kingsland RCAF and crew, flying Halifax
III MZ-864 coded AL-B, was hit by flak. Both outer engines were u/s. Returning
to base, over the North Sea the stbd outer propellor came off hitting and
damaging the stbd inner engine, going over the top and removing the port
fin and rudder. The crew was forced the ditch in the north sea.
Sgt. D. Russell, RAF
All of the crew were able to get into a dinghy.
F/O R. Thorne, RCAF
Sgt. R. McCalum, RCAF
P/O J. Courtois, RCAF
Sgt. J. Deniey, RCAF
Sgt. P. Nabozniak, RCAF