648 aircraft (421 Lancasters, 224, Halifaxes, 3 Mosquitoes)
57 aircraft lost (22 Lancasters, 35 Halifaxes)

The was the first major raid on Magdeburg. The German controller tracked the bomber stream across the North Sea and many night-fighters were already in the stream before it reached the German coast (using the newly developed Tame Boar methodology). The controller was slow in identifying Magdeburg as the target but this was of little consequence as the fighters were able to stay in the stream for the duration of the approach. Despite the high loss rate, this was not a successful attack. Stronger tail winds than anticipated placed some of the stream over the target before Zero Hour and dropped their bomb load anyway, making the target marking much less effective. German decoy markers exacerbated the situation. No local report is available, but it is thought that most of the bombs fell outside of the city.

Berlin, 22 Lancasters and 12 Mosquitoes carried out a diversionary raid. 1 Lancaster lost.

Flying Bomb sites. 111 aircraft (89 Stirlings, 12 Lancasters, 2 Mosquitoes carried out raids on 6 sites in France without loss.

Minor Operations, 8 Mosquitoes to Oberhausen and 5 to Rheinhausen, 8 R.C.M. sorties, 5 serrate patrols, 8 Wellingtons minelaying off St-Nazaire, 16 O.T.U. sorties. No aircraft lost.


Total  843 sorties, 58 aircraft lost (6.9%) The number lost was the heaviest in any night of the war so far, by 2 aircraft.