On Sunday 12 May 1940, a member of the 103 Sqdn, Aircraftman 1st Class H B Sewell, took off from Betheniville in the France. 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 16:30.
He flew with a Fairey Battle (type I, serial L5512, code PM-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
Blenheim operations over Norway ceased on the 2nd as they were withdrawn in preparation for the imminent invasion of France. Limited operations by the medium bombers (Whitleys, Wellingtons and Hampdens) continued airfields and seaplane bases until allied forces were withdrawn from the country by the middle of May.
But it was to the south that the Germans now looked. The borders of Holland and Belgium were crossed with little opposition, and the famous Maginot Line was outflanked by airborne assault. In the face of these attacks, Bomber Command carried out remarkably few bombing missions, but Battle and Blenheim light bombers, under the control of the Advanced Air Striking Force (AASF), did attempt to halt the invasion. Both of these aircraft types suffered heavily in the daylight raids they were tasked with. Bridges, airfields and troop columns were their primary targets and the night operations were often carried out by single aircraft from their bases back in Britain. The second half of the month saw the first true attacks on German industrial targets, the Ruhr and oil installations being uppermost in the minds of the planners. But these raids were carried out by relatively small numbers of aircraft to multiple targets in the same night and damage was negligible.
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