On Sunday 22 June 1941, a member of the 90 Sqdn, Flight Lieutenant J B W Humpherson, took off from West Raynham 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 14:30.
He flew with a B-17 Flying Fortress (type I, serial AN522, code WP-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
On the 2nd, Blenheims attempting to block the Kiel Canal bombed several ships and succeeded in cutting off the page of vessels through the waterway for about 10 days. Towards the middle of the month, the night raids had increased again as the moon period worked in Bomber Command's favour. During 11th/12th June, 241 sorties were flown against Dusseldorf, Duisburg and Boulogne and on Gardening sorties. Unfortunately, a thick haze over Dusseldorf affected the accuracy of the attack, whilst the 80 aircraft sent to Duisburg managed to find a target of sorts. The following night saw a total of 339 sorties, mainly against railway yards; 91 Hampdens to Soest; 80 Whitleys and 4 Wellingtons to Schwerte; 82 Wellingtons to Hamm; 61 Wellingtons to Osnabrück and 11 Halifaxes and 7 Stirlings to a chemical works at Hüls with the balance of sorties being flown to Rotterdam and Emden. The first two targets were obscured by cloud and haze but the crews sent to Hamm and Osnabrück reported good bombing. The 4 Wellingtons despatched to Schwerte were from No 405 (Vancouver) Squadron and were the first operational flights by a Canadian squadron during the offensive. The first reports of intensive night-fighter activity were made during a raid on Bremen on the night of 27th/28th June. Almost a third (11 out of 35) of the Whitleys involved were shot down along with 3 Wellingtons. Many of the bombers however, appear to have found Hamburg by mistake (a 50-mile error). During the second half of June, the Blenheims resumed their Circus operations with airfields, factories and power stations in France coming under repeated attack.
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