On Wednesday 05 August 1942, a member of the 44 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant G A Firman, took off from Waddington 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 an unknown time .
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type I, serial R5603, code KM-D).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(8th Air Force): VIII Fighter Command dispatches its first mission-11 Spitfire Mk Vs of the 31st Fighter Group on a practice run over France.
Campaign report of the RAF:
4/5 August 1942
38 aircraft dispatched encountered severe icing and only 18 aircraft bombed in the Essen area. 1 Lancaster lost.
45 aircraft minelaying in the Frisians and off Brest, Lorient and St Nazaire. 2 Wellingtons lost.
5 August 1942
3 Mosquitos to Germany, only 1 bombed. No aircraft lost.
5/6 August 1942
25 aircraft, 17 to Essen and 8 to Bochum. The intention was to reach the target area by Gee and then to bomb visually through gaps in the cloud. Only 3 aircraft bombed at Bochum and only 1 at Essen. 5 aircraft - 3 Halifaxes, 1 Lancaster and 1 Wellington - were lost and a further aircraft crashed in England.
Minor Operations: 57 aircraft minelaying off France, Holland and Germany, 14 aircraft on leaflet flights. 1 Wellington minelayer lost.
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