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8/9.11.1944 No.138 Squadron Stirling IV LK198 NF-H P/O Louis A. Ouellette

Operation:  Puffin 2 Special Operations Executive (SOE)

Date:  8/9 November 1944

Unit:  No.138 RAF Squadron

Type:  Short Stirling IV

Serial:  LK198

Code:  NF-H

Base:  Tempsford, Bedfordshire

Location:  Unknown, probably North Sea

Pilot:  P/O Louis Alexander Ouellette, J/92633 RCAF Age 22. MiA.

Flt. Eng:  Sgt. Arthur John Jeffery, 1835953 RAFVR Age ? MiA

Navigator:  P/O Lloyd William Nelson, J/95449 RCAF Age 22 MiA

Air Bmr:  F/O Sidney Harry Sharpe, 153234 RAFVR Age 23 MiA

W. Op:  F/Sgt. Alexander Frederick Birdseye, 1395146 RAFVR Age 20 MiA

Air/Gnr:  F/Sgt: Robert Augusta Best, R/221087 RCAF Age 19 MiA

Air/Gnr:  P/O Peter Barnicke, J/92693 RCAF Age 19 MiA


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 Sea, it deteriorated further forcing the crews to abandon the operation and return to base.

All but two of the aircraft returned safely to Tempsford.

Ouellette’s H 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.

Burial Details:

P/O Louis Alexander Ouellette. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 252. Son of Philias Peter and Charlotte Amanda (nee Maheux) Ouellette of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. Arthur John Jeffery Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 232. Home town and next of kin unknown.

P/O Lloyd William Nelson Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 252. Of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Next of kin unknown.

F/O Sidney Harry Sharpe Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 209. Son of Harry Ernest and Eva Ellen (nee Lane) Sharpe of Sydenham, London.

F/Sgt. Alexander Frederick Birdseye Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 215. Son of Priscilla Birdseye of Maldon, Essex.

F/Sgt: Robert Augusta Best Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 254. Son of Edward and Dorothy (nee Bullard) Best of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

P/O 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

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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