Captain Ouellette and crew took off from Tempsford sometime
between 23:00 and 00:30 hours on the night of Wednesday,
8 November 1944 together with 16 other Stirling aircraft from 138 Squadron.
Left: Louis Alexander Ouellette holding my dad, in Windsor, before he was shipped off for training at camp Borden (courtesy Troy Ouellette)
Under various code names, the aircraft were
dispatched to drop supplies to members of the Norwegian resistance.
Ouellette’s mission was code named “Puffin 2” with
the object of dropping 12 containers and 6 packages at a pre-determined rendezvous
point somewhere in Norway.
Although the local weather at take off was far from
ideal with cold winds and rain, it was forecasted to improve enroute. However,
out over the North
deteriorated further forcing the crews to abandon the operation and return to
All but two of the aircraft returned safely to
for Harry and M for Mike, flown
by F/L Frederick Ford, were not heard from again. Both aircraft and the 14 crew
members all lost without trace. Also lost from Ford’s aircraft were two
Norwegian agents, Peter Deinboll and Arne Gjestland.
Upon their return to Tempsford, the crew of U for Uncle reported that their Stirling had been struck by lightning. Such
was the intensity of the flash it temporarily blinded the pilot, S/L Brogan,
requiring the Bomb Aimer to take over the controls.
P/O Louis Alexander
Ouellette. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United
Panel 252. Son of Philias Peter and Charlotte Amanda (nee Maheux) Ouellette of Windsor, Ontario,
Arthur John Jeffery Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United
Panel 232. Home town and next of kin unknown.
Lloyd William Nelson Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 252. Of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Next of kin unknown.
Sidney Harry Sharpe Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 209. Son of Harry Ernest and Eva Ellen (nee Lane)
Sharpe of Sydenham, London.
Alexander Frederick Birdseye Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United
215. Son of Priscilla Birdseye of Maldon, Essex.
Robert Augusta Best Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 254. Son of Edward and Dorothy (nee Bullard)
Best of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Peter Barnicke Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 249, Son of Harry and Lucy Barnicke of Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Researched and written by Colin Bamford for
Aircrew Remembered and dedicated to the families of the crew of Stirling LK198.
Operations Record Book RAF 138 Squadron AIR/27/956.