On Tuesday 09 June 1942, a member of the 97 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant H Lawton, 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 23:49.
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type I, serial R5495, code OF-N).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
8 June 1942: US Army (ETOUSA) established by presidential directive. Major General James E Chaney is designated commander of all US forces of ETOUSA.
(8th Air Force): 9 June 1942. The second contingent of personnel for HQ 8th Air Force and subordinate commands, including the main body of the VIII Air Force Services Command, arrives in the UK. 15th Bombardment Squadron (Light), VIII Bomber Command, moves from Grafton Underwood to Molesworth, England with A-20s; first mission is 4 Jul. Ground echelon of 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, arrives at Goxhill, England from the US.
Campaign report of the RAF:
8/9 June 1942
170 aircraft - 92 Wellingtons, 42 Halifaxes, 14 Stirlings, 13 Lancasters, 9 Hampdens. 19 aircraft - 7 Wellingtons, 7 Halifaxes, 3 Lancasters, 1 Hampden, 1 Stirling - lost.
Yet again, this target was not identified accurately and bombing was scattered over a wide area. Essen suffered further light housing damage, 13 people killed and 42 injured.
Minor Operations: 19 aircraft to Dieppe, 6 Blenheim Intruders, 1 Stirling on a leaflet flight. No losses.
9/10 June 1942
Minelaying: 54 aircraft to the Frisian Islands and off Swinemünde in the Baltic. No aircraft lost.
With thanks to the RAF and USAAF.net!
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