Stirling Mk. IV
16 Stirlings took off at 1300 hrs to drop 384 Containers and 64 Panniers in the Arnhem area. Very heavy flak was encountered and many aircraft returned damaged. W/O Pelletier WOP in F/O Pascoes crew was wounded in the schoulder also one despatcher.
F/S Coeshott did not return and there was no news of his aircraft.
S/L Gilliard failed to return. Whilst over the D.Z. his aircraft was hit by two shells severing the controls. The order to bail out was given and S/L Bantoft who was Second Pilot - F/O Cullen, Bomb Aimer and F/O Lawton, Navigator, the F/E F/S Byrne & 1 Despatcher baled out. It is thought that the WOP. F/O Lane baled out but no confirmation. It is believed that S/L Gilliard did not bale out and that F/O McEven was also probably lost. F/O Cullen and F/O Lawton landed behind enemy lines and eventually reached Britain. F/S Byrne was seen in Arnhem hospital by F/O Cullen and is believed to be a prisoner of war.
- CAN, F/S Herger, R. B., Pilot
- F/O Thornington, 2/Pilot
- CAN, F/O Antoft, O.H., Nav.
- CAN, F/O. MacDonnell, J.K., A/B
- CAN, F/S. Whitlock, L.I., W/Op.
- Sgt. Hillyard, L.G. F/E
- CAN, F/S. Thomas, J.C., A.G.