On Friday 03 November 1944, a member of the 153 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant C C Robertson, took off from Scampton 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 16:05.
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type III, serial PB639, code P4-I).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(IX Troop Carrier Command): In France, HQ 50th Troop Carrier Wing moves from Le Mans to Chartres; HQ 441st Troop Carrier Group and the 100th and 301st Troop Carrier Squadrons move from St Marceau to Dreux with C-47s.
(Ninth Air Force): In Germany, 140+ B-26s and A-20s hit a rail overpass at Kaiserslautern, and rail bridges at Neuwied-Irlich, Bad Munster am Stein, Morscheid and Konz-Karthaus; fighters fly armed reconnaissance, ground forces cover, attack railroads, bridge, and observation posts in W Germany, and escort 9th Bombardment Division aircraft.
In France, HQ 64th Fighter Wing moves from Dole to Ludres; HQ 50th Fighter Group and the 10th, 81st and 313th Fighter Squadrons move from Lyons/Bron to Toul/Ochey with P-47s; the 34th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, XII Tactical Air Command (attached to Provisional Reconnaissance Group), moves from Dijon to Azelot with F-5s.
Campaign report of the RAF:
2/3 November 1944
992 aircraft - 561 Lancasters, 400 Halifaxes, 31 Mosquitos - dispatched to Düsseldorf. 11 Halifaxes and 8 Lancasters were lost, 4 of the losses being crashes behind Allied lines in France and Belgium. This heavy attack fell mainly on the northern half of Düsseldorf. More than 5,000 houses were destroyed or badly damaged. 7 industrial premises were destroyed and 18 were seriously damaged, including some important steel firms. This was the last major Bomber Command raid of the war on Düsseldorf.
42 Mosquitos to Osnabrück and 9 to Hallendorf (only 1 aircraft reached this target), 37 RCM sorties, 51 Mosquito patrols. No aircraft lost.
Total effort for the night: 1,131 sorties, 19 aircraft (1.7 per cent) lost.
3 November 1944
1 Wellington flew an RCM sortie and returned safely.
3/4 November 1944
55 Mosquitos to Berlin and 9 to Herford but only 3 aircraft reached Herford. No aircraft lost.
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