Air/Gnr: Sgt. Gordon C. Tisbury R.A.F.V.R. POW No: 70 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug and Stalag Kopernikus
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Joseph Wendelin Kucinsky R/141400 R.C.A.F. Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 22.46 hrs from R.A.F. Gransden Lodge to attack Wuppertal on the Ruhr.
630 aircraft taking part in this operation, which devastated the Elberfeld region of the city. 171 industrial buildings and around 3,000 houses were destroyed, a further 53 industrial and 2,500 houses severely damaged. Deaths on the ground amounted to 1,800 people killed and 2,400 injured. The attack was made with incendiary bombs totalling some 330,000 and 815.7 tons of high explosive. Flak was heavy over the target and night fighters were also encountered.
The attack was considered to be very successful despite 34 aircraft failing to return.