On Thursday 15 January 1942, a member of the 207 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant J Mercer, took off from Bottesford 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 17:09.
He flew with a Avro Manchester (type I, serial L7309, code EM-O).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
14/15 January 1942
95 aircraft with shipyards and an airframe factory as targets. 2 Hampdens and 2 Wellingtons lost. Only 48 aircraft claimed to have bombed Hamburg, which reports Altona station hit and 12 fires - 7 large, with 6 people killed and 22 injured - but no other major incidents.
Minor Operations: 18 aircraft to Emden, 11 aircraft to Rotterdam, 17 Blenheim Intruders to Dutch airfields, S Hampdens minelaying off Kiel and Warnemunde. 1 Intruder lost.
15/16 January 1942
96 aircraft. 52 of them claimed to have bombed in difficult visibility. Hamburg reports 36 fires - 3 large, 3 people killed and 25 injured - but no major incidents. 3 Wellingtons and 1 Hampden were lost and 8 further aircraft crashed in England.
50 aircraft; claimed many fires. 1 Wellington and 1 Whitley lost.
Minor Operations: 5 Blenheims and 4 Wellingtons Intruding and bombing Dutch airfields, 3 Hampdens minelaying in the Frisians. No losses.
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