September 9, 1944

    105 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 431, and 432 squadrons were ordered to attack the port of Le Havre. All aircraft were recalled to base due to poor weather over the target.

    F/Lt. T. Rance of 425 squadron returned with the port outer u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.

    F/O J. Wilding RCAF and crew from 426 Squadron, flying Halifax VII   NP-681 coded OW-J, was returning when a fire broke out between the port engines. The fire was not put out and the wing burned off. 

      Sgt. J. Andrew, RAF
      F/O E. O'meara, RCAF
      F/Sgt. R. Irving, RCAF
      F/Sgt. R. Thompson, RCAF
      F/Sgt. G.  McCreary, RCAF
      F/Sgt. P. MacKay, RCAF
    Most of the crew were able to bail out except the pilot and Flt/engineer. The Halifax crashed near Oxford.