On Saturday 27 February 1943, a member of the 166 Sqdn, Sergeant L Gregory, took off from Kirmington 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 an unknown time .
He flew with a Vickers Wellington (type III, serial BJ961, code AS-M).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): VIII Bomber Command Mission 38: 63 B-17s of the 1st Bombardment Wing and 15 B-24s of the 2d Bombardment Wing are dispatched against the U-boat pens, port and naval facilities at Brest, France; 46 B-17s and 14 B-24s drop 155 tons of bombs on the target between 1455 and 1500 hours local; 2 B-24s are damaged; there are no casualties. Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4th Fighter Group fly 40 uneventful sorties; 16 on shipping patrols and 24 as part of an escort for RAF Venturas bombing Dunkirk, France.
Campaign report of the RAF:
26/27 February 1943
427 aircraft - 145 Lancasters, 126 Wellingtons, 106 Halifaxes, 46 Stirlings, 4 Mosquitos - bombed Cologne. Most of the bombs from this large raid fell to the south-west of the city and 10 aircraft - 4 Wellingtons, 3 Lancasters, 2 Halifaxes, 1 Stirling - lost, 2.3 per cent of the force.
2 Mosquitos to Aachen, 21 aircraft minelaying in the Frisians, 4 OTU sorties. No losses.
Total effort for the night: 454 sorties, 10 aircraft (2.2 per cent) lost.
27 February 1943
24 Venturas attacked ships at Dunkirk without loss.
27/28 February 1943
Minelaying: 91 aircraft to the Frisian Islands and Texel. 1 Halifax was lost.
6 Mosquitos to the Ruhr, 2 OTU sorties. No losses.
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