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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.
25 Wellingtons des escadrilles 420, 425, et 427 se joignirent à 13 Halifax des escadrilles 408 et 419 pour une mission de largage de mines au-dessus des îles de la Frise. Les équipages volèrent à une altitude variant de 500 à 1200 pieds, larguant 62 mines de 1500 livres.
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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.
MISSION D’UNE DURÉE DE QUATRE HEURES À BASSE ALTITUDE AU-DESSUS DE LA MER DU NORD…
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.
CINQ HALIFAX DE L’ESCADRILLE 419 PARTICIPENT À LA MISSION. UN NE REVIENDRA PAS.
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.
NEUF WELLINGTON III PARTICIPENT À LA MISSION. UN BOMBARDIER REBROUSSE CHEMIN… LE MOTEUR DROIT ARRÊTE DE FONCTIONNER TROIS MINUTES APRÈS LE DÉCOLLAGE. S’IL AVAIT LÂCHÉ LORS DU DÉCOLLAGE, TOUT L’ÉQUIPAGE AURAIT ÉTÉ TUÉ.
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.
LE SERGENT BROUSSEAU REVIENT À LA BASE SUR UN MOTEUR…
Sgt R. Lacerte and crew flying Wellington III X-3803 coded KW-H, landed at Topcliffe on return due to poor weather at base.
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.
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.
LES BOMBARDIERS DU 425 DOIVENT ATTERRIR À TOPCLIFFE. LA BASE DE DISHFORTH EST BOUCHÉE PAR LE BROUILLARD.
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.
LE BOMBARDIER WELLINGTON III DE JEAN-PAUL MICHAUD S’ÉCRASE. TOUT L’ÉQUIPAGE S’EN TIRE, SAUF L’AVION QUI EST UNE PERTE TOTALE.
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