On Wednesday 29 July 1942, a member of the 1651 CU Unit, Pilot Officer J D McGregor, took off from Waterbeach 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 23:25.
He flew with a Short Stirling (type I, serial N6069, code -G).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(8th Air Force): 28th Troop Carrier Squadron, 60th Troop Carrier Group arrives at Podington, England from the US with C-47s.
Campaign report of the RAF:
28/29 July 1942
256 aircraft - 165 from 3 Group and 91 OTU aircraft - dispatched. A much larger force had been detailed for this raid but bad weather over the bases of 1, 4 and 5 Groups prevented their participation. The force which took off comprised 161 Wellingtons, 71 Stirlings and 24 Whitleys. The weather worsened and the OTU aircraft were recalled, although 3 of them went on to bomb Hamburg. The remaining bomber force became very scattered; many more aircraft turned back and only 68 bombed in the target area. Hamburg suffered 13 people killed and 48 injured with 56 fires, 15 of them large.
Bomber casualties were heavy. 16 Wellingtons and 9 Stirlings were lost from 3 Group, 15.2 per cent of those dispatched by the group. 4 OTU Wellingtons were lost and a Whitley crashed in the sea.
30 Bostons and 13 Blenheim Intruders were dispatched. 2 Bostons and 1 Blenheim lost.
29 July 1942
3 Mosquitos to Düsseldorf, Münster and the village of Oberlahnstein in the Westerwald where a railway traffic centre was the target. All 3 aircraft could only bomb approximate positions through cloud. No Mosquitos lost.
29/30 July 1942
291 aircraft of 5 types on the first large raid to this target. 9 aircraft - 3 Wellingtons, 2 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings - lost.
The defences at the target were not expected to be strong and crews were urged to bomb at lower than normal altitudes. 248 aircraft reported accurate bombing, three quarters of them doing so from below 10,000 ft. Bomber Command claimed severe damage to 2 industrial targets, an ironworks and an engineering works. Saarbrücken's records show severe damage and casualties in the centre and north-western districts. 396 buildings were destroyed and 324 seriously damaged, with 155 people being killed.
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