On Sunday 13 June 1943, a member of the 101 Sqdn, Warrant Officer N H Lavin, took off from Holme on Spalding Moor 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 Avro Lancaster (type III, serial ED987, code SR-A).
Chris Gadd: I believe that my Father’s cousin was aboard this flight as a tail gunner. Flight Sergeant Ronald V Fielding RAF Service No. 1383094. Ronnie was the son of my Great Aunt Jessie (my Grand Father’s sister) who was married to Edgar Fielding, station master at Neasden Station, London. Because he was reported missing, presumed dead, she never fully got closure and even shortly before her death aged 99 still wondered if he would ever come back. Family members say that Ronnie was a charming, kind and thoughtful guy who was tragically taken aged 27.
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 63: 151 B-17's are dispatched against the Bremen, Germany U-boat yards; 122 hit the target claiming 2-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4 and 31 are damaged; casualties are 8 WIA and 32 MIA. A smaller force of 76 B-17's is dispatched against the Kiel, Germany U-boat yards; 60 hit the target and claim 39-5-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 22, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 23 are damaged; casualties are 3 KIA, 20 WIA and 213 MIA.
Heaviest fighter attacks to date against Eighth Air Force accounts for 26 B-17's, mostly of the force attacking Kiel. HQ 13th Bombardment Wing (Medium) transfers from Marks Hall, England to Camp Blainey, England.
The 331st, 332d, 333d and 410th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 94th Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfer with B-17's from Earls Colne, England to Bury St Edmunds, England. The 338th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 96th Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfers with B-17's from Great Saling, England to Snetterton Heath, England.
Campaign report of the RAF:
12/13 June 1943
503 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 167 Halifaxes, 11 Mosquitos to Bochum.
This raid took place over a completely cloud-covered target but accurate Oboe skymarking enabled the all Lancaster/Halifax Main Force to cause severe damage to the centre of Bochum. 14 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes lost, 4.8 per cent of the force.
Minelaying: 34 Wellingtons to the Frisians, Lorient and St Nazaire. No losses.
13/14 June 1943
13 Mosquitos - 6 to Berlin, 4 to Düsseldorf and 3 to Cologne - but all targets were cloud-covered and only estimated positions were bombed. 18 Wellingtons and 12 Stirlings were sent minelaying off the Biscay ports and there were 8 OTU sorties. 1 Wellington minelayer lost. With thanks to the RAF and USAAF.net!
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