On Friday 12 November 1943, a member of the 78 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant A Berry, took off from Breighton 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 18:02.
He flew with a Handley Page Halifax (type II, serial LW321, code EY-T).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Ninth Air Force): HQ Ninth Air Force issues Tables of Organization for the IX Fighter Command, authorizing 2 air support divisions, 5 fighter wings, 1 reconnaissance group, 21 fighter groups, and 65 fighter squadrons. 3 combat wings are activated for the IX Bomber Command: the 97th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium) at Marks Hall which will control light bomber groups; the 98th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium), formerly the 3d Bombardment Wing, at Earls Colne; and the 99th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium), formerly the 44th Bombardment Wing (Heavy), at Great Dunmow.
Campaign report of the RAF:
11/12 November 1943
In another attack on the French transport system, 124 Halifaxes and 10 Lancasters of 4,6 and No 8 Groups to bomb marshalling yards at Cannes and railway installations on the main coastal line to Italy. 4 Halifaxes lost.
The night was clear and the Pathfinders marked the target from 5,000ft but the railway yards were not hit at all and the railway workshops suffered only blast damage.
No 617 Squadron resumed operations after its period of high-level training with the new 'Stabilizing Automatic Bomb Sight'. 10 Lancasters each dropped one 12,000lb bomb on the railway viaduct at Anthéor but no hits were recorded
29 Mosquitos to Berlin, Hannover and the Ruhr, 45 aircraft minelaying from Brest to the Frisian Islands, 6 OTU sorties. 1 Halifax and 1 Wellington lost from the minelaying force.
12/13 November 1943
7 Mosquitos attacked Düsseldorf, Essen and Krefeld without loss.
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