92 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 425, 426, and 432 squadrons were joined by 100 Lancasters from 419, 424, 427, 428, 429, 431, 433, and 434 squadrons on an attack of the coastal guns at Wangerooge.
The weather was clear and the crews were over the target at between 10,000 to 12,000 feet, releasing 2,100,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports the target area was well cratered. This operation proved to be the last over enemy territory after two and a half years of effort. The 6 Group crews would not be asked to carry bomb loads over enemy held territory. As well as this being the last operation, the group suffered its final casualties, but not at the hands of the enemy. Sadly the 4 crews that failed to return were all due to mid-air collisions.
F/Lt. A. Ely, RCAF, and crew from 408 squadron, flying Halifax MK VII NP-796, coded EQ-M, failed to return from this operation.
P/O J. Brambleby, RCAF
F/O J. Stanely, RCAF
F/O A. Boyd, RCAF
P/O A. Rutter, RCAF
P/O V. Hovey, RCAF
F/O D. Mullin from 424 squadron had one engine
go u/s outbound. They bombed and returned safely on 3 engines.
P/O J. Tuplin, RCAF, and crew from 426 squadron, flying Halifax VII NP-820, coded OW-W, failed to return from this operation.
F/O J. Ross, RCAF
W/O R. Evans, RAF
P/O R. Curzon, RCAF
P/O E. Hicks, RCAF
P/O S. Teskey, RCAF
F/O D. Walsh of 428 squadron saw 2 Lancasters from 431 collide. The crew saw 5 or 6 parachutes open.
F/Lt. J .Elliott from 431 squadron returned without
bombing as the load hung up over the target.
F/Lt. R. Stingle, RCAF
F/O W. Hanna, RCAF
W/O2 C. Mark, RCAF
Sgt. D. Faulkner, RAF
F/Sgt. R. Mellon, RCAF
F/O D. Baker, RCAF, and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-822, coded SE-W, failed to return from this operation.
F/O J. Cruickshank, RCAF
F/O L. Amos, RCAF
W/O2 P. Henrichon, RCAF
F/Sgt. J. Roy, RCAF
F/Sgt. L. Hiatt, RCAF
F/O S. Raymond from 432 squadron was hit by flak,
Photo: 432 Squadron over Wangerooge, 10,800 ft. Graciously supplied by Ian-57 Rescue