September 13, 1944

    100 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 431, and 432 squadrons were ordered on an attack at Osnabruck. The crews were over the target at between 16,000 and 19,500 feet, releasing 851,000 lbs of high explosives and 105,000 lbs. of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing was accurate and damage was caused to the rail system. 

    F/Lt J. Hovey from 415 squadron was hit by flak, the port tail plane, fuselage and rear turret were damaged.

    F/O G. Jones from 420 squadron was hit by flak, the rear gunner was injured. they landed at Rackheath.

    F/O H. Gregson and F/O N. Streight from 425 squadron were hit by flak, not serious.
    F/Lt J. Y. Cote was hit by flak, there were holes in the port wing and stbd rudder.
    F/O A. Hutcheon was hit by flak. A fragment entered the port fuselage, hit an ammo box, ricocheted out through the fuselage and exploded outside.

    7 Halifaxes from 429 squadron were sent on a sea search for F/O R. Kingsland.

    F/Lt D. Hendrickson returned early, unsuccessful.
    F/Lt J. Morris and crew found the Kingsland crew in a dinghy and radioed the other crews for help. They were able to drop a lindholme boat, which the crew was able to get into. All the crews circled around the site until a launch came to rescue the down airmen. Only then did the crews return safely to base. 

    Photo:  Sheridan crew over the rail yards at Osnabruck. Graciously supplied by N. Bodnar