Tiré du site de Richard Koval – La mission dans la nuit du 9 et 10 janvier 1943

January 09/10, 1943

25 Wellingtons from 420, 425, and 427 Squadrons were joined by 13 Halifaxes from 408 and 419 Squadrons on a mining operation to the Frisian islands. The crews were over the garden from between 500 and 1,200 feet, sowing 62@1500 lb mines.

Eight crews from 408 Squadron departed base at between 16:34 and 16:40, they were over the garden at between 18:35 and 19:08, returning to base at between 20:48 and 21:31.

Five crews from 419 Squadron departed base at between 16:30 and 16:35, they were over the garden at between 21:13 and 21:50.
F/O C. Porter and crew flying Halifax II DT-616, coded VR-K, had his rear gunner fire at 2 flak ships, no damage was seen.
P/O M. Frederick and crew flying Halifax II  DT-639, coded VR-B, landed at Croft on return.

W/O2 F. Barker RCAF and crew, flying Halifax II  W-7857 coded VR-O, failed to return from this operation.Sgt R. Sackville-Golden, RAF 
F/Sgt H. Dunn, RCAF 
F/Sgt V. Hugli, RCAF 
W/O2 D. Watson, RCAF 
Sgt W. Cameron, RCAF 
F/Sgt W. Murphy, RCAF All were killed.

Nine crews from 420 Squadron departed base at between 16:37 and 16:43, they were over the garden at between 18:49 and 19:17, returning to base at between 20:33 and 22:06.
F/Sgt P. Townsend and crew, flying Wellington III X-3926 coded PT-A, returned early at 17:08, as the stbd engine quit 3 minutes after take off. They jettisoned 300 gallons of fuel and returned safely to base.

F/Sgt H. Kennedy and crew, flying Wellington III  X-3800 coded PT-Z, returned without mining as they could not find the pinpoint.

Nine crews from 425 Squadron departed base at between 16:43 and 16:51, returning at between 20:36 and 21:45.
Sgt J.  Brousseau and crew, flying Wellington III  X-3872 coded KW-A, returned early at 17:32 as the stbd engine was u/s. They landed safely at base on one engine.

crew Brousseau

Sgt R. Lacerte and crew flying Wellington III  X-3803 coded KW-H, landed at Topcliffe on return due to poor weather at base.


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The R. Lacerte Crew of 425 Squadron

Left to Right: Sgt W. Brislan, Rear gunner; Sgt L. French, Navigator,
F/O V. Shaw, Bomb aimer; Sgt F. Wright, Wireless operator; P/O R. Lacerte, Pilot

 

F/Sgt A. Jackson and crew, flying Wellington III  X-3648 coded KW-R, landed at Topcliffe on return due to poor weather at base.

crew Jackson


P/O R. Clinton and crew flying Wellington III BJ-652 coded KW-E landed at Topcliffe on return due to poor weather at base.
F/Lt R. Brinton and crew, flying Wellington III  BK-539 coded KW-S, landed at Topcliffe on return as weather was bad at Dishforth.
Sgt J. Michaud and crew, flying Wellington III BJ-605 coded KW-J, crashed on landing, writing off their aircraft. The crew was not injured.

crew Michaud

Seven crews from 427 Squadron departed at base at between 16:47 and 17:00, returning at between 20:55 and 21:55.
Sgt G. Gagnon and crew flying Wellington III Z-1626 coded ZL-G, returned at 21:55 without mining as they could not find the pinpoint due to poor weather.
F/Lt D. Shedd and crew, flying Wellington III  Z-1676 coded ZL-S, returned at 21:44 without mining as they could not find the pinpoint due to poor weather.
Sgt E. Williams and crew, flying Wellington III  BK-343 coded ZL-V, returned at 21:32 without mining as they could not find the pinpoint due to bad weather.

 

Sgt J. Michaud and crew, flying Wellington III BJ-605 coded KW-J, crashed on landing, writing off their aircraft. The crew was not injured.

crew Michaud

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