On Wednesday 14 October 1942, a member of the 83 Sqdn, Sergeant A A Walker, took off from Wyton 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 18:40.
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type I, serial R5911, code OI-C).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force:) HQ 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) and the 322d, 323d, 324th and 401st Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy) move from Kimbolton to Bassingbourn, England with B-17s (first mission is 7 Nov).
Campaign report of the RAF:
13/14 October 1942
288 aircraft - 100 Wellingtons, 82 Lancasters, 78 Halifaxes, 28 Stirlings. 8 aircraft - 5 Wellingtons, 1 each of other types - lost, 2.8 per cent of the force.
A decoy fire site was operating and at least half of the bombing was drawn away into open countryside, but the rest of the attack fell on Kiel and its immediate surroundings. Casualties were 41 killed and 101 injured.
Some of the bomber force attacked Hamburg, either as an alternative target or in error. 2 large fires were started; 8 people were killed and 43 injured.
14/15 October 1942
5 Wellingtons minelaying in the Frisian Islands without loss.
With thanks to the RAF and USAAF.net!
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