On Sunday 03 May 1942, a member of the 106 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant W H Fixter, took off from Coningsby 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 22:20.
He flew with a Avro Manchester (type I, serial R5840, code ZN-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
2 May 1942:
(8th Air Force): Major General Carl Spaatz is designated 8th Air Force commander.
Campaign report of the RAF:
2/3 May 1942
Minelaying: 96 aircraft of 3 and 5 Groups carried out extensive minelaying from Germany to Brittany. 2 Manchesters lost. 11 aircraft made leaflet flights to France without loss.
3 May 1942
6 Bostons bombed Dunkirk docks without loss.
3/4 May 1942
On the 100th anniversary of a great fire in Hamburg, Bomber Command sent a comparatively small force of aircraft to attack this city after receiving an unfavourable weather forecast. 81 aircraft were dispatched: 43 Wellingtons, 20 Halifaxes, 13 Stirlings and 5 Hampdens. 3 Halifaxes and 2 Wellingtons were lost.
Hamburg was found to be completely cloud-covered and only 54 aircraft bombed on to its estimated position. Despite these unfavourable circumstances, a success out of all proportion to the numbers of aircraft involved was achieved. 113 fires were started in Hamburg, of which 57 were classed as large. The total casualty list in Hamburg on this night was 77 killed, 243 injured and 1,624 bombed out.
Minor Operations: 9 aircraft to St Nazaire, 4 Blenheim Intruders, 2 aircraft minelaying off Heligoland, 8 aircraft on leaflet flights to France. No losses.
With thanks to the RAF and USAAF.net!
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