7 - 8 June 1944
337 Aircraft - 195 Halifaxes,
122 Lancasters, 20 Mosquitos - attacked railway
targets at Acheres, Juvisy, Massey-Palaiseau and
Versailles. Bombing conditions were better than
conditions on the previous night. All targets
were accurately bombed, and although no details
are available, it is probable that fewer
civilians were killed. The targets were mostly
more distant from the battle front than those
recently attacked and German night fighters had
more time to intercept the bomber forces. 17
Lancasters and 11 Halifaxes were lost 8.3 per
cent of the forces involved.
details from Bomber Command War Diaries -
Middlebrook & Everitt)
was involved in the attack on Versailles as
Deputy Master Bomber. Nothing was heard of this aircraft after it
answered the Master Bomber some minutes before
the Master Bomber dropped his bombs
The aircraft crashed at Les Mesnuls and the crew
were buried in the local
Pilot - Squadron Leader C. G.
Nav1 - Flight Lieutenant H. D.
Wop - Flight Lieutenant P. J.
F/E - Flight Sergeant
Nav2 - Flight Lieutenant W. M.
Vis - Flight Lieutenant
M/G - Warrant Officer A. R. P.
R/G - Sergeant
*** Flight Lieutenant R. B.
was the usual second navigator with this crew.
I believe I have read that he missed this
operation as he was on compassionate leave
attending his fathers funeral. On his death in
2005 he was buried in the same grave as his old
Summary provided by Master Bomber on this
Task. VERSAILLES-MATELOTS. Target attacked at
0225 from 6,000 ft. We descended below cloud. We
did not get positive identification but saw the
railway line. We instructed Main Force to come
below cloud. Green TI's were seen to fall at
0221 and 0222 hrs backed up in good
concentration. Instructing Main Force to wait,
we dropped our red TI's a little short. We
instructed the Main Force to bomb the centre of
all TI's with a one second overshoot. As bombing
seemed to be falling short we later instructed
Main Force to bomb with a second overshoot. At
0227 hrs red TI's fell in the centre of all TI's
visible. Bombing was accurate and concentrated
on the TI's. ** A cluster of Red TI's
which were genuine ones fell 5 to 7 miles South
of the target area at 0230 hrs. Moderate
L/F (Light Flak), accurate. One fighter
seen in the target area. One photo
attempted. Bomb Load 6 TI red LBA1, 10 x 500 GP.
** Were these perhaps from ND577, jettisoned as the result
of a fighter attack, or flak hit?
Aerial View of Crash Site
Les Mesnuls Churchyard
Individual Grave Panels
Crash Site Photos
Donor & Friend
All the Photos on this page and other grave site photos of this crew in the general
section were provided by Jerome LeBlanc.
Thanks Jerome for all your contributions.