On Thursday 01 October 1942, a member of the unit an unknown, Leading Aircraftman A Torrance, took off from an unknown RAF station 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 A-20/Havoc/DB-7/Boston/P-70 (type III, serial W8297, code RH-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force:) HQ 350th Fighter Group and the 345th, 346th and 347th Fighter Squadrons are activated at Bushey Hall, England; the ground echelons of the squadrons are at Harding Field, Louisiana and will sail to North Africa for the invasion.
(Twelfth Air Force:) The 441st, 442d and 443d Bombardment Squadrons (Medium), 320th Bombardment Group (Medium), move from Hethel to Tibenham, England with B-26s.
Campaign report of the RAF:
1 October 1942
3 Mosquitos; 2 aircraft attacked a chemical works at Sluiskil and an oil depot at Ghent. No aircraft lost.
1/2 October 1942
3 small raids were initiated in difficult weather conditions and without Pathfinders.
78 Lancasters of 5 Group. Bombing was scattered. 2 aircraft lost.
27 Halifaxes of 4 Group. Good bombing results were claimed by 12 crews but 12 aircraft were lost, nearly half of the force.
25 Stirlings of 3 Group. Bombing was scattered. 3 aircraft lost.
Total effort for the night: 130 sorties, 17 aircraft (13.0 per cent) lost.
With thanks to the RAF and USAAF.net!
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