On Friday 16 October 1942, a member of the 97 Sqdn, Warrant Officer Class 2 J T Ratcliffe, took off from Woodhall Spa 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 19:28.
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type I, serial W4170, code DF-K).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
15/16 October 1942
289 aircraft - 109 Wellingtons, 74 Halifaxes, 62 Lancasters, 44 Stirlings. 18 aircraft - 6 Wellingtons, 5 Halifaxes, 5 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings - lost, 6.2 per cent of the force.
This was not a successful raid. Winds were different from those forecast and the Pathfinders had difficulty in establishing their position and marking the target sufficiently to attract the Main Force away from a large decoy fire site which received most of the bombs. Cologne reports 1 'Luftmine' (out of 71 4,000 pounders carried by the bombing force), 3 other high-explosive bombs (out of 231) and 210 incendiary bombs (out of 68,590). 226 houses were damaged but only 2 of these received what was classed as 'serious damage'; 4 people were injured.
16 October 1942
6 Mosquitos bombed a factory at Hengelo. 6 Bostons attempted to reach Le Havre but were turned back by bad weather. No aircraft lost.
16/17 October 1942
Minor Operations: 23 Wellingtons and 11 Stirlings minelaying off Biscay ports, 5 OTU sorties. 2 Wellingtons and 2 Stirlings lost from the minelaying force.
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