On Thursday 18 December 1941, a member of the 7 Sqdn, Flight Sergeant W M Baker, took off from Oakington 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 9:48.
He flew with a Short Stirling (type I, serial W7436, code MG-D).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
Operations continued at a very slow pace. The highest number of sorties for a single night during December was 251 during7th/8th December when Aachen and Brest were the two main objectives. The Brest attack marked the operational debut of Oboe when Stirlings from Nos 7 and 15 Squadrons used the device on this raid. The remaining days and nights passed fairly quietly, but Brest was the recipient of repeated attacks, and on the 18th, a daylight raid reported that, at long last, the Gneisenau, still harboured in the port, was hit during an attack by 47 aircraft. No 2 Group's Blenheims, joined by Hampdens from No 5 Group, took part in the first combined operation of the war. While a force of Commandos was landed on the island of Vaagsö off the Norwegian coast, the Blenheims made diversionary attacks on shipping off the coast and enemy-held airfields. The Hampdens meanwhile, attempted to lay down a smoke-screen for the landing and bomb gun positions. Although the raid was deemed a success, 8 aircraft of the 29 despatched were lost (27.5%). The Blenheims also undertook a new kind of operation - night intruder attacks - on German airfields before the end of the month, successfully striking Soesterberg airfield in Holland with bombs and attacking 2 German bombers in the air with guns. The final bombing raids of note were made during the night of 28th/29th December when 217 sorties were flown with Wilhelmshaven, Hüls and Emden the main targets.
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