On Saturday 13 February 1943, a member of the unit an unknown, Pilot Officer D R Reed, 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 separately mentioned as a mission. The plane left at an unknown time .
He flew with a Oxford (type I, serial V3948, code -).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4th Fighter Group fly 24 sorties on shipping patrols. One aircraft is lost and the pilot was killed.
Campaign report of the RAF:
12/13 February 1943
2 Mosquitos bombed Düsseldorf and Rheinhausen, 38 aircraft minelaying off Heligoland and in the Frisians, 5 OTU sorties. There were no losses.
13 February 1943
34 Venturas and 22 Bostons were sent in 5 different raids to attack Ijmuiden steelworks (the Venturas) and ships at Boulogne and the lock gates at St Malo (the Bostons). 41 aircraft bombed successfully and none were lost.
13/14 February 1943
466 aircraft - 164 Lancasters, 140 Wellingtons, 96 Halifaxes, 66 Stirlings - carried out Bomber Command's heaviest attack on Lorient during the war. The ordinary squadrons of Bomber Command, not reinforced for a 1,000-bomber type raid, dropped more than 1,000 tons of bombs on a target for the first time. The raid was carried out in clear visibility and considerable further damage was caused to the already battered town of Lorient. 7 aircraft - 3 Wellingtons, 2 Lancasters, 1 Halifax, 1 Stirling - were lost, 1.5 per cent of the force.
2 Mosquitos to Duisburg and Essen, 17 OTU sorties. No losses.
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