On Wednesday 01 March 1944, a member of the 78 Sqdn, Flying Officer R D Holland, 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 22:15.
He flew with a Handley Page Halifax (type III, serial LK762, code EY-Z).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): HQ and HQ Squadron, VIII Air Force Services Command is redesignated as HQ and HQ Squadron, Air Service Command, US Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF), after functioning as such during Jan and Feb 44 while redesignation was being authorized.
8th Strategic Air Depot Area is redesignated VIII Air Force Services Command.
Mission 243: 5 of 5 B-17s drop 250 bundles of leaflets on Brest, Tours, Lorient, Nantes and Reims at 2005-2115 hours without loss.
During Mar, HQ 491st Bombardment Group (Heavy) and 852d, 853d, 854th and 855th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy) move from North Pickenham to Metfield, England with B-24s; first mission is 2 Jun.
(Ninth Air Force): IX Troop Carrier Command establishes a Pathfinder school to provide pre-invasion training in all navigational aids.
Moves in England: HQ 71st Fighter Wing from Greenham Common to Andover; HQ 366th Fighter Group from Membury to Thruxton; 12th and 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, from Aldermaston to Chilbolton with F-6s; 390th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, to Thruxton from the US with P-47s (first mission is 14 Mar); 402d and 485th Fighter Squadrons, 370th Fighter Group, from Aldermaston to Andover with P-38s (first mission 1 May).
Moves in England during March: HQ 438th Troop Carrier Group and 87th, 88th, 89th and 90th Troop Carrier Squadrons from Welford to Greenham Common with C-47s.
Campaign report of the RAF:
29 February/1 March 1944
15 Mosquitos to Düsseldorf and 1 to a flying-bomb site at Sottevaast, 20 OTU sorties. 1 OTU Whitley lost.
Day Operations, 1-16 March 1944
On 5 days during this period, 2 Bomber Command Oboe Mosquitos acted as 'formation leaders' for bomber units of the Second Tactical Air Force attacking flying-bomb sites. The formation bombed as soon as it saw the bombs of the Oboe Mosquito being released. There were no losses from the 10 Bomber Command sorties flown in this period.
1/2 March 1944
Stuttgart: 557 aircraft - 415 Lancasters, 129 Halifaxes, 13 Mosquitos. Thick cloud on the routes to and from the target made it difficult for the German fighters to get into the bomber stream and only 4 aircraft - 3 Lancasters and 1 Halifax - were lost, 0.7 per cent of the force.
18 Mosquitos to airfields in Holland, 11 Mosquitos on a diversion raid to Munich, 6 RCM sorties, 10 Serrate patrols. No aircraft lost.
1 Mosquito to a flying-bomb site, 10 Halifaxes and 1 Stirling on Resistance operations, 16 OTU sorties. No losses.
Total effort for the night: 630 sorties, 4 aircraft (0.6 per cent) lost.
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