On Sunday 03 August 1941, a member of the 7 Sqdn, Pilot Officer C I Rolfe, took off from Oakington 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 22:18.
He flew with a Short Stirling (type I, serial N3663, code MG-H).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
The month was marked by poor weather hampering Bomber Command's operations over Germany. In the early days of August, only on two nights did 200 or more aircraft operate (289 was the highest during 5th/6th August) and crews frequently returned bemoaning the cloud which frequently interfered with their work. A special daylight raid was made on the 12th by 54 Blenheims on power stations at Knapsack and Quadreth near Cologne. Ten Blenheims were lost to flak during the low-level attacks which were designed to help the Russians by drawing fighters back from the Eastern Front. Many diversionary attacks were made by bombers and fighters to support the Blenheims, resulting in the loss of two further aircraft. That night, a Wellington carrying out one of the initial trials of 'GEE', a new navigation aid for the bomber crews, was lost over Hannover, but the new equipment was not discovered by the Germans. Seventy aircraft were also sent to Berlin during the night. Two nights later, over 300 aircraft were involved in operations, with Hannover (152 aircraft), Brunswick (81) and Magdeburg (52) the main targets. In a daylight mission over France on the 18th, a Blenheim of No 18 Squadron dropped a spare artificial leg to Wing Commander Douglas Bader, the famous fighter pilot, who had crashed and been taken prisoner. At the end of the month, the first Bomber Command operations in support of Resistance groups in occupied countries were flown by the newly-formed 138 Squadron from its base at Newmarket. These operations often involved parachuting supplies or agents in to pre-determined locations or picking up packages and people and used a number of different aircraft types.
August also saw the publication of the infamous Butt report into the success (or failure) of Bomber Command's raids on Germany.
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