On Thursday 06 August 1942, a member of the 207 Sqdn, Sergeant J Forbes, 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 Avro Manchester (type I, serial L7385, code EM-U Bar).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
5/6 August 1942
25 aircraft, 17 to Essen and 8 to Bochum. The intention was to reach the target area by Gee and then to bomb visually through gaps in the cloud. Only 3 aircraft bombed at Bochum and only 1 at Essen. 5 aircraft - 3 Halifaxes, 1 Lancaster and 1 Wellington - were lost and a further aircraft crashed in England.
Minor Operations: 57 aircraft minelaying off France, Holland and Germany, 14 aircraft on leaflet flights. 1 Wellington minelayer lost.
6 August 1942
3 Mosquitos to Germany but only 1 aircraft bombed, at Hannover. No losses.
6/7 August 1942
216 aircraft of 5 types. 5 aircraft - 2 Halifaxes, 2 Stirlings, 1 Wellington - lost.
Most of the bombs fell in open country west of the target. Duisburg reports 18 buildings destroyed, 66 seriously damaged and 24 people killed.
Minor Operations: 5 aircraft to Le Havre but this force did not bomb, 3 Blenheim Intruders, 1 Lancaster minelaying in the Frisians. No losses.
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