On Saturday 15 May 1943, a member of the 107 Sqdn, Sergeant W C Truxler, took off from Great Massingham 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 15:40.
He flew with a A-20/Havoc/DB-7/Boston/P-70 (type IIIa, serial BZ260, code OM-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 57: 113 B-17's are dispatched against various targets in Germany as well as airfield and naval installations on Helgoland Island and the naval base and submarine construction works at Wilhelmshaven; 76 bomb the targets at 1050-1055 hours local; we claim 29- 20-30 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed; we lose 5 B-17's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 26 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 7 WIA and 51 MIA. 80 B-17's are dispatched against the U-boat yard, marshalling yard and airfield at Emden, Germany; 59 bomb at 1056-1103 hours local; they claim 14-3-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 1 B-17 and 9 others are damaged; casualties are 10 MIA. 116 P-47's are dispatched on a high altitude sweep of the Amsterdam/Rotterdam area prior to the bombing raids; they claim 2 Luftwaffe aircraft damaged; 1 P-47 is lost and the pilot is listed as MIA. The 109th Observation Squadron, 67th Observation Group, with Spitfire VB's, transfers from Atcham, England to Membury, England.
Campaign report of the RAF:
14/15 May 1943
5 OTU Wellingtons dropped leaflets over France without loss.
15 May 1943
24 Bostons and 12 Mitchells to various targets. 12 Bostons and 6 Mitchells were recalled but 12 Bostons bombed Poix airfield and 6 Mitchells attacked an industrial target at Caen. No aircraft lost.
15/16 May 1943
3 Mosquitos to Berlin, 16 OTU sorties. No aircraft lost.
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