May 22/23, 1944

    27 Lancasters from 408 and 419 Squadron were ordered on an attack at Dortmund. The crews were over the target at between 20,000 and 21,000 feet, releasing 104,000 lbs of high explosives and 51,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing fell into the south eastern sector with serious damage being caused.

    F/O A. Bryson from 408 Squadron returned early due to severe icing, they could not climb above 10,000 feet.
    F/Sgt E. Vaughan returned early as both port engines were u/s. They landed safely at base on 2 engines.
    P/O W. Kasper was attacked by an enemy aircraft over the target, they were also coned by search lights for 3-4 minutes. The fuselage was damaged and the mid upper gunner and wireless operator were injured. they landed safely at Woodbridge on return.
    F/O T. Sherrill RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster II DS-759 coded EQ-A, failed to return from this operation.

      Sgt H. Nightingale RAF
      F/O W. Rehkopf RCAF
      P/O C. Brown RCAF
      Sgt A. Campbell RAF
      P/O P. Kalyta RCAF
      P/O H. Cunningham RCAF
    All were killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

    W/Cdr D. Jacobs RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster II LL-723 coded EQ-H, failed to return from this operation.

      F/Sgt P. Young RCAF
      P/O M. Henderson RAF
      F/Lt T. McDougall RCAF
      F/O J. Dallyn RCAF
      F/O P. Hughes RAF
      F/Lt J. Hanson RCAF
      F/O L. Morgan RCAF
      F/O W. Philpot RAF
    All were killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.

    W/O1 D. Robson from 419 Squadron returned early as the oxygen system was u/s.
    P/O G. Patterson RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster X KB-717 coded VR-E, failed to return from this operation.

      F/O W. Mitchell RCAF
      P/O R. Wood RAF
      P/O W. Bailey RCAF
      P/O D. Derbyshire RCAF
      F/Sgt A. Chawanski RCAF
      F/Sgt O. Jones RAF
      W/O2 A. Beckett RCAF
    All were killed after being shot down by a Nightfighter.
     

    2 Halifaxes from 428 Squadron were ordered on a mining operation to St. Malo. The crews were over the garden at 8,000 feet, sowing 4@1500 lb mines.

    All crews returned safely to base.
     
     

    112 Halifaxes from 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, and 433 Squadrons were ordered on an attack of the rail yards at Le Mans. The crews were over the target at between 7,000 and 9,000 feet, releasing 826,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, bombing was accurate and severe damage was caused.

    F/O K. Kidd from 420 Squadron was attacked by an FW-190, there was no claim or damage.
    F/O H. Whittal was attacked by an ME-109, it was claimed damaged.
    W/O2 J. Ward returned without bombing as there were hit by another Halifax on the run up to the target. The port outer engine, mid upper turret, stbd fin and rudder, were damaged. They jettisoned the load and landed safely at Ford.

    P/O F. Dolter from 424 Squadron returned early as they were late getting away and could not make up the time.
    F/O E. Brown was attacked by an FW-190, there was no claim or damage.

    F/O W. Phelan from 425 Squadron had the stbd inner u/s on return. They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
    F/Sgt J. Lecaille was involved in a collision over the target. The tail wheel was torn off. On landing the wing hit the ground and they ground looped. There were no injuries to the crew.
    P/O E. Laporte RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LK-810 coded KW-Y, failed to return from this operation.

      Sgt N. Ward RAF
      F/O J. Tetrault RCAF
      F/Sgt J. Mallette RCAF
      W/O1 J. Laing RCAF
      Sgt J. Levasseur RCAF
      Sgt R. McGowan RCAFPOW
    6 crew were killed and 1 POW.

    F/Sgt R. Sellen from 426 Squadron returned early as they were unable to raise the under carriage.
    F/Lt R. Jarman returned early as the port inner was u/s. They landed safely at base on 3engines.
    P/O L. Mann just finished releasing the load and they collided with another Halifax, which came up from below. Their Halifax dropped from 7,500 to 3,000 feet before control was regained. The port inner caught fire and was put out by turning off the fuel, it was then noticed that the propeller was missing. The port rudder and elevator were also damaged. The Halifax stalled several times on the way home. They landed safely at Ford.  On inspection on the ground it was found that the stbd outer cowling was missing, mid under turret damaged, bomb doors torn off, port inner propeller missing and the port outer propeller was bent. The port rudder and elevator had been cut by a propeller, there was also a 303 caliber gun stuck through the floor of their Halifax.

    F/Lt T. Rawlinson from 429 Squadron returned early as they did not see any T.Is.
    F/O A. Brown RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III LV-989 coded AL-R, stalled and spun to earth on the way to the target.

      Sgt P. Vose RAF
      F/O W. Hunter RCAF
      F/O J. Leitch RCAF
      F/O J. Swordy RCAF
      Sgt L. Morris RCAF
      F/O W. Scott RCAF 
    All were killed except the wireless operator, who was able to bail out before the Halifax crashed.

    P/O W. Fernyhough from 432 Squadron returned without bombing as there were no T.Is.
    F/Sgt S. Kuleski RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-506 coded QO-X, failed to return from this operation.

      Sgt E. Horton RAF
      F/O W. Matthews RCAF
      F/Sgt B. Richmond RCAF
      W/O2 J. Desmarais RCAF
      Sgt E. Boutilier RCAF
      Sgt M. Wiwsianski RCAF
      Sgt W. Crum RCAF
    All were killed.

    F/Lt D. Brown from 433 Squadron was attacked by an enemy aircraft, there was no claim or damage.
     
     


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