This history is chronological so “Flying Log Books” may not be in sequence.
I noticed Dad and I would imagine his crew had a months break between missions, I have tried to find out why, so far no reason found, perhaps it was due to the loses sustained during their mission on the 3rd of October.
One thing I noticed was that when they weren’t on a bombing mission they were also out training, whether these training flight included unlisted missions I’m not sure. As I have mentioned previously often they did smoke screen and reconnaissance flights?
Original “Observer’s and Gunner’s Flying Log Book” image at the bottom of the page!
Mois de Novembre
II, 3, 4, 5 & 6 – These are completed Ops (Missions)
Summery of November
Unit . 342 Sqd “Lorraine”
Total Ops. 5. = 8hrs 45
Date 31 DECEMBER 1943
Signed Marcel Langy …… O/C “B” Flight
O/C . 342 Sqd.
The mission #6 that Dad flew with S/Lt Ratisborne on the 26th of November 1943 (B.BZ 318) bombing North Cherbourg also had Flight Lieutenant Pierre Mendès France as Navigator.
POST WAR: Pierre Isaac Isidore Mendès France, known as PMF, was a French politician who served as President of the Council of Ministers for eight months from 1954 to 1955.
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