February 24, 1945


    110 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, 427, 429, and 432 Squadrons were ordered to attack the oil refinery at Kamen. The crews were over the target at between 15,000 and 18,000 feet, releasing 820,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, the target was cloud covered and bombing was scattered. 

    F/Lt A. Cruikshank from 415 Squadron was damaged by an exploding bomber, it was not serious.
    P/O L. Russell RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III NP-936 coded 6U-P, failed to return from this operation.

      F/Sgt L. Trowsdale RAF
      P/O J. Gallagher RCAF
      F/O P.Pokryfka RCAF
      P/O C. Craigie RCAF
      P/O R. Brown RCAF
      P/O W. Jones RCAF
    All were killed when their Halifax blew up over the target.

    F/Lt T. MacKinnon from 425 Squadron was hit by flak, not serious.

    P/O J. Whipple and F/O R. Swift from 426 Squadron were hit by flak, not serious.
    P/O J. MacFarland was hit by flak, there were holes in the port fin and rudder.
    F/O L. Deryckere was hit by flak, F/Lt P. Deane RCAF, the navigator, was slightly injured.

    W/Cdr V. Ganderton from 427 squadron returned early as one engine was u/s. They landed safely on 3 engines at Carnaby.

    F/Lt J. Wallace from 432 Squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage.
    F/Lt W. Miller was hit by flak, the pilotís escape hatch was damaged.
    F/Lt W. Mennie landed at Woodbridge on return as the hydraulics were u/s.
     
     

    4 Lancasters from 424 and 433 Squadrons were sent on a Sea Search. All crews returned safely to base, but unsuccessful.