On Friday 21 August 1942, a member of the 149 Sqdn, Sergeant C J Bond, took off from Lakenheath 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 20:45.
He flew with a Short Stirling (type I, serial R9329, code OJ-V).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(8th Air Force): At General Henry H "HAP" Arnold's request, Lieutenant General Dwight D Eisenhower gives Major General Carl Spaatz additional duties as Air Officer for the ETO and head of the air section of its staff, thus assuring active participation by the 8th Air Force in theater planning. Mission 4: 12 B-17s are dispatched to the bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, The Netherlands but the mission is aborted due to an attack by 25 Bf 109s and Fw 190s; the bombers claim 2-5-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 bomber is damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 5 WIA. Lack of proper coordination with the Spitfire escorts is a major factor in the failure of the mission. HQ VIII Ground Air Support Command moves from Bushy Park to Membury, England.
Campaign report of the RAF:
20/21 August 1942
Minelaying: 57 aircraft laid mines at many places from Brest to Danzig. 3 Stirlings and 3 Wellingtons lost. 5 Halifaxes made leaflet flights to France without loss.
21 August 1942
1 Mosquito bombed Chocques power-station and returned safely.
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