The Raid was commanded by an officer from 12 Commando, 10 men from No1 Troop and 2 men of the SBS, as follows:
- Lt Ambrose McGonigal * 12 Commando
- Sergeant Pierre-Charles Boccador * (Translator) 10 Commando
- Sergeant Paul Briat (Radio Operator) 10 Commando
- Local Sergeant Andre Dignac * 10 Commando
- Corporal Robert Bellamy * 10 Commando
- Corporal Pierre Vinat (Medical Orderly) 10 Commando
- Lance/Corporal Yves Quentric 10 Commando
- Private Marius Pizzichini 10 Commando
- Private Jean Gay 10 Commando
- Matelot Joseph Nicot * 10 Commando
- Matelot Maurice Le Floch * 10 Commando
- Captain David Smee * (Dorey Skipper) SBS
- Corporal J Right * (Dorey Engineer) SBS
Of the above men not all went ashore, as the Dorey capacity was 8. Men marked with * were in the Dorey the remainder stayed on the MGB.
Dignac (Nicknamed ‘Tarzan’ for his climbing ability) led the climb but was unable to make the final ascent and at 02.15 gave up the attempt. Back on the Dorey, McGonigal and Boccador decide to survey the beach of Derrible Bay and the cliff of the Hog’s Back, they encountered and brought back a mine. They returned to the MGB at 04.10 and headed back to Dartmouth. On arrival they are given permission to try again and planned another raid for the 27/28 December.
Sark 27/28 December 1943
MGB (ML) 322 (took part in the Jersey raid) was their boat for the raid and left Dartmouth at 16.00. This time the Commandos landed from Dixcart Bay onto the Hog’s Back at 22.20 and the same men go ashore again, with Dignac leading the climb and paying out a rope for the others to use.