On Wednesday 18 November 1942, a member of the 158 Sqdn, Squadron Leader P De G H Seymour, took off from Rufforth 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 17:18.
He flew with a Handley Page Halifax (type II, serial W7863, code NP-V).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): Mission 21: 65 bombers are dispatched to hit targets against U-boat bases in France; 1 bomber is lost:
1. 13 of 13 B-24s hit Lorient; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 3 are damaged; 5 airmen are KIA and 8 WIA.
2. 19 of 21 B-17s hit St Nazaire; 15 B-17s are damaged and 3 airmen are WIA.
3. 21 of 34 B-17s hit La Pallice; 1 B-17s is lost and 9 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 3 WIA.
4. 20 B-17s and 6 B-24s fly diversions for the above missions.
Campaign report of the RAF:
17/18 November 1942
Minor Operations: 43 aircraft minelaying from Lorient to the Frisian Islands, 14 aircraft on leaflet flights to France. 1 Halifax lost on the leaflet operation.
18/19 November 1942
77 aircraft dispatched. Many fires were started in the city-centre area. Hits were also achieved on the Fiat motor factory. Turin records show that 42 people were killed and 72 injured.
5 OTU aircraft took leaflets to France without loss.
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