On Monday 30 November 1942, a member of the 75 Sqdn, Sergeant K J S Smith, took off from Newmarket Heath in the United Kingdom. His mission is mentioned elsewhere on Back to Normandy. You can find the other details of this mission by searching here. Training and cargo flights are not seperately mentioned as a mission. The plane left at 00:05.
He flew with a Short Stirling (type I, serial BK609, code AA-R).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): In a meeting at the Air Ministry a joint decision is made on the allocation of responsibility, with the RAF to provide aerial defense of sectors in which US airfields are located while the VIII Fighter Command operates principally as escort for bomber strikes against the Continent.
Campaign report of the RAF:
29/30 November 1942
29 Stirlings and 7 Lancasters of 3 Group and the Pathfinder Force dispatched, with the Fiat works as their main target. Weather conditions were poor and only 18 aircraft - 14 Pathfinders and 4 Stirlings of 3 Group - are known to have definitely crossed the Alps and bombed Turin. 2 further Stirlings were lost. Turin reported only that 16 people were killed and 15 injured.
6 Mosquitos to Belgium to seek targets of opportunity. This was the first Mosquito night operation of the war. Railway yards at 5 places in Belgium were bombed and the Mosquitos all returned safely.
30 November/1 December 1942
6 Wellingtons of 3 Group laid mines at La Pallice without loss.
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