96 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 426, 426, and 432 Squadrons were ordered to attack the oil refinery at Wanne-Eickel. The crews were over the target at between 18,000 and 20,000 feet, releasing 562,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, bombing was scattered with little damage.
P/O A. Brown from 408 Squadron returned early as the hydraulics were
W/O1 L. Russell from 415 Squadron returned early as the port outer was
u/s. They tried to feather the propeller and the engine burst into flames
and the propellor flew off. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/O P. Mikalchuk RCAF–POW
F/Sgt J. Marshall RCAF–POW
F/Sgt J. Horrigan RCAF–POW
F/Sgt W. Johnston RCAF–POW
F/Sgt J. Aicken RCAF–POW
F/O D. Hill from 420 Squadron was hit by flak, there were holes in the fuselage.
F/Lt R. Archambault from 425 Squadron had the hydraulics u/s on return.
They landed safely at Woodbridge.
P/O R. Daniels RCAF
F/O W. Wotherspoon RCAF
F/Sgt W. Ketcham RCAF
P/O A. McLean RCAF
F/Sgt H. Sanderson RCAF
F/Sgt A. Alger RCAF
F/O A. Davies from 426 Squadron returned early as there was icing inside
the windshield and heavy exhaust fumes in the cockpit.
F/Sgt G. Fetherston RCAF
F/O G. Cahoon RCAF
F/Sgt M. Grant RCAF
P/O J. Laing RCAF
P/O C. Houston RCAF
F/Lt E. Garrett had the port outer go u/s on return. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/Sgt R. Bradley from 432 Squadron returned early as the port inner
was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.