On Saturday 12 December 1942, a member of the 78 Sqdn, Sergeant T R Galbraith, took off from Linton on Ouse 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 16:36.
He flew with a Handley Page Halifax (type II, serial W7764, code EY-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): During Mission Number 25, 90 bombers are dispatched to bomb two targets in France; 78 aircraft are dispatched to the Rouen-Sotteville Marshalling Yard; 17 attack the target with the loss of two aircraft. A diversion is flown against the Abbeville/Drucat Airfield by 12 aircraft but the target is overcast and the aircraft return without attacking.
Campaign report of the RAF:
11/12 December 1942
82 aircraft of 1, 4 and 5 Groups and the Pathfinders - 48 Halifaxes, 20 Lancasters, 8 Stirlings, 6 Wellingtons - were dispatched but more than half of the force turned back before attempting to cross the Alps, because of severe icing conditions. 28 crews claimed to have bombed Turin but the city reports only 3 high-explosive bombs and a few incendiaries, with no casualties. 3 Halifaxes and 1 Stirling lost.
Minor Operations: 26 Wellingtons minelaying off Biscay ports and in the Frisians, 4 OTU sorties. No losses.
12/13 December 1942
Because of bad weather, no major night raids were possible for the remainder of this diary period. On this night, 15 Wellingtons of 1 and 3 Groups were sent minelaying in the Frisian Islands without loss.
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