On Wednesday 09 September 1942, a member of the 78 Sqdn, Flying Officer R E Atkinson, took off from Middleton St George 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 20:16.
He flew with a Handley Page Halifax (type II, serial W1252, code EY-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(8th Air Force): The 423d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrives at Thurleigh, England from the US with B-17s (first mission is 9 Oct).
Campaign report of the RAF:
8/9 September 1942
249 aircraft of 5 types. 5 Wellingtons and 2 Halifaxes lost, 2.8 per cent of the force.
The Pathfinders were unable to locate Frankfurt accurately and most of the bombing fell south-west of the city and in the town of Rüsselsheim, 15 miles away. Frankfurt reports only a few bombs - approximately 6 aircraft loads - with minor damage, 1 person dead and 30 injured. Bomber Command documents state that the Opel tank factory and the Michelin tyre factory were damaged.
9 September 1942
6 Mosquitos attacked Münster, Osnabrück and Bie1efeld without loss.
9/10 September 1942
Minelaying: 34 aircraft to many places from Denmark to Biscay. 1 Lancaster lost.
With thanks to the RAF and USAAF.net!
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