On Tuesday 25 May 1943, a member of the 90 Sqdn, Sergeant F Sanders, took off from Ridgewell 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 10:15.
He flew with a Short Stirling (type I, serial BK626, code WP-W).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
25 May 1943
12 Mitchells attempted to raid Abbeville airfield but cloud over the target and flak disrupted the attack and only 5 aircraft bombed dispersal buildings near the airfield. 2 Mitchells were lost. 12 Bostons on a raid to Cherbourg abandoned the operation.
25/26 May 1943
Düsseldorf: 759 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 169 Halifaxes, 142 Wellingtons, 113 Stirlings, 12 Mosquitos. 27 aircraft - 9 Lancasters, 8 Stirlings, 6 Wellingtons, 4 Halifaxes - lost, 3.6 per cent of the force. This raid was a failure. There were two layers of cloud over the target and the Pathfinders experienced great difficulty in marking it. It is believed that the Germans were also operating decoy markers and fire sites. The result was that the Main Force bombing was scattered over a wide area.
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