55 Halifaxes from 419, 427, 428, and 434 squadrons were joined by 8 Lancasters from 426 squadron on an attack at Leverkusen. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 21,000 feet, releasing 154,000 lbs of high explosives and 185,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, the target was cloud covered and bombing was scattered.
Sgt K. White from
419 squadron returned early as the stbd outer was u/s.
They landed safely at base on 3 engines.
F/Lt A. Hughes from
426 squadron was attacked twice by a JU-88, there was no
claim or damage.
Sgt H. Holland from
427 squadron returned early, as the rear guns were u/s.
P/O R. Eaton from
428 squadron returned early with a technical problem.
O. Lytle from 434 squadron returned early as the port
outer was u/s due to a glycol leak. They landed safely at
base on 3 engines.
All were killed
after being shot down by a Nightfighter.