On Friday 20 October 1944, a member of the 9 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant C D Richards, took off from Bardney 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 17:23.
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type III, serial LM715, code WS-C).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Ninth Air Force): In the Netherlands, the 9th Bombardment Division hits the Geertruidenberg/Parenboom and Moerdijke rail bridges; attacks on other targets are aborted because of bad weather.
Fighters fly armed reconnaissance over E France and widespread areas of W Germany, attack railroads and various military targets, and support US Third and Seventh Armies' elements in E France.
Campaign report of the RAF:
19/20 October 1944
Stuttgart: 565 Lancasters and 18 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3, 6 and 8 Groups in 2 forces, 4½ hours apart. 6 Lancasters lost. The bombing was not concentrated but serious damage was caused to the central and eastern districts of Stuttgart and in some of the suburban towns. Among individual buildings hit were the important Bosch factory.
263 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitos of No 5 Group dispatched to Nuremburg. 2 Lancasters lost. This was only a partial success for the No 5 Group method and the knock-out blow on Nuremberg, which had eluded Bomber Command for so long, was not achieved. The target area was found to be almost completely cloud-covered. The aiming point is believed to have been the centre of the city but the local report says that the bombing fell almost entirely in the southern districts, but this was the industrial area of Nuremberg.
48 Mosquitos to Wiesbaden and 6 to Düsseldorf, 49 RCM sorties, 82 Mosquito patrols. 1 Mosquito Intruder was lost but other Mosquitos claimed 2 Ju88s, 1 Ju188 and 1 Me110 destroyed and 3 other night fighters damaged, a better-than-average night's success.
Total effort for the night: 1,038 sorties, 9 aircraft (0.9 per cent) lost.
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