On Thursday 06 January 1944, a member of the 97 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant W H Dunnett, took off from Bourn 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 seperately mentioned as a mission. The plane left at 23:36.
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type III, serial JB191, code OF-A).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): Lieutenant General James H Doolittle assumes command, replacing Lieutenant General Ira C Eaker who will go to Italy as Commanding General Mediterranean Allied Air Force (MAAF). Mission 177: During the evening, 5 B-17's drop 984,000 leaflets on Amiens, Lille, Valenciennes, Cambrai and Reims, France without loss.
(Ninth Air Force): HQ 436th Troop Carrier Group and 79th, 80th, 81st and 82d Troop Carrier Squadrons arrive at Bottesford, England from the US with C-47's.
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(USSAFE): General Carl Spaatz assumes command and names Major Generals Frederick L Anderson and Hugh J Knerr as Deputy Commanding Generals for operations and administration.
Campaign report of the RAF:
5/6 January 1944
348 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes in the first large raid on Stettin since September 1941. The Mosquito diversion at Berlin successfully kept most of the German fighters away from the main force of bombers. 16 aircraft - 14 Lancasters, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 4.5 per cent of the force.
13 Mosquitos to Berlin and 25 to four other targets, 1 Mosquito RCM sortie, 1 Beaufighter Serrate patrol, 6 Lancasters minelaying off Swinemünde. No losses.
The Beaufighter sortie on this night was the last Serrate flight by this type of aircraft; all later Serrate patrols were carried out by Mosquitos.
6/7 January 1944
Mosquitos: 16 to Duisburg, 2 to Bristillerie and 1 each to Dortmund and Solingen, 57 aircraft minelaying off Biscay ports, 10 OTU sorties. No losses.
With thanks to the RAF and USAAF.net!
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