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Mission Notes: Caulonvilliers

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Operation Summary:
Only 79 out of 777 aircraft (none from 115 Squadron) were able to bomb the planned V weapon targets due to heavy cloud cover.

Planes from 115 Squadron: 15

Planes lost from 115 Squadron: None

Johnston’s Plane: KO-T (T.PB 127)

Take-off: 4:04 pm

Landing: 7:20 pm

Round trip time: 3 hrs 16 mins

Bombing Height: No bombs dropped


RAF Bomber Command, 115 Squadron at Witchford, near Ely

Op - Operational mission

“T” for Tommy - Lancaster bomber, with “T” as the final code letter

Scrubbed - Planned flights were cancelled

Master bomber - Specific bomber that remained over the target area advising crews exactly which previously dropped marker flares to bomb, and which German decoy flares to ignore

Caulonvilliers - Small French town near the English Channel, 100 kms north of Paris

Abbeville - French city 125 kms north of Paris near the English Channel

Rocket bombs - German V2 rocket-propelled missiles with 2,200 lb warheads

Searston - Flight Officer in 115 Squadron at Witchford

Bob - Livingstone, Johnston’s bomb aimer

August 1, 1944 (Tuesday)

Operation # 14 - Caulonvilliers

Eighteen 500 pound bombs

Did an op in “T” for Tommy this afternoon. Scrubbed by the master bomber when we were about five miles from the target. Brought everything back.

The boys had a bet with the bus driver that we’d be in the first three back – so of course I couldn’t let them down (we landed second).

Place was Caulonvilliers just east of Abbeville – a construction site for these rocket bombs. Had F/O Searston as bomb aimer in place of Bob. Went to see him in hospital today, and his back isn’t much better.

V2 Launch

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