La mission du 5-6 janvier 1945

January 5/6, 1945

133 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, and 433 squadrons were joined by 57 Lancasters from 419, 428, 431, and 434 squadrons on an attack at Hannover. The crews were over the target at between 18,000 to 20,000 feet, releasing 1,587,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, bombing was scattered through out the city.

425 Alouettes

F/Sgt. J. Cauchy, RCAF–POW and crew from 425 squadron, flying Halifax III MZ-860, coded KW-E, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt. E. Faulkner, RCAF–POW
F/O J. Lesperance, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Piche, RCAF
Sgt. R. Cantin, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Lamarre, RCAF
F/Sgt. J. Cote, RCAF–POW
2 crew were killed and 5 were POWs.

F/O J. Seguin, RCAF–POW and crew flying Halifax III NR-178, coded KW-J, failed to return from this operation.

P/O G. Noonan, RAF
F/O J. Bilodeau, RCAF–POW
Sgt. J. Cantin, RCAF–POW
P/O J. Lapierre, RCAF–POW
F/Sgt. J. Huet, RCAF–POW
Sgt. B. Simonin, RCAF
2 crew were killed and 5 were POWs.


2 thoughts on “La mission du 5-6 janvier 1945

    Military Branch:Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) Manufacturer:Handley Page Model:Halifax Type: Serial Number:NR178 Identifier:KW-J Nickname: Command:Bomber Command Squadron:No. 425 Squadron RCAF (Alouette) Comment:Serial Range NR169 – NR211. 33 Halifax Mk.111. Part of a batch of 200 HP Halifax Mk.B.111. NP930-NP976; NP988- NP999; NR113-NR156; NR169-NR211; NR225-NR258; NR271-NR290. Delivered by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) between 15Oct44 and 4Nov44. NR178 was one of three No.425 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. See: MZ860; NP999. Airborne 1624 5Jan45 from Tholthorpe. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed 1918 some 2 km E of Schneeren, a village N of the Steinhuder Meer and 9 km WNW from Neustadt am R_benberge. Those killed are buried in Hannover War Cemetery. F/O J.W.A.Seguin RCAF PoW Sgt G.B.Noonan KIA F/O J.A.M.Bilodeau RCAF PoW also initialled J.A.H.Bilodeau. Sgt J.G.A.B.Cantin RCAF PoW P/O J.M.R.Lapierre RCAF Inj F/S J.J.G.Huet RCAF PoW Sgt B.G.Simonin RCAF KIA F/O J.A.M Bilodeau RCAF was interned in Camp L1 with F/O J.W.A.Seguin, Sgt J.G.A.B.Cantin and F/S J.J.G.Huet. No PoW Nos P/O J.M.R.Lapierre was confined in Hospital due injuries until Liberation. No PoW No. . “

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