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Saturday, May 29, 2010

An RCAF Flight Sergeant's Diary

From "My Diary of Ops" - the notebook of Flight Sergeant E. Burnett, 419 Squadron R.C.A.F.
(part of a series)

Friday May 29/42>
Third Trip

Took off from Base at 22 00 hrs with bomb load of two ton as rear gunner in own aircraft A. X3404 Wellington Skipper P/O Higham. Wire less op. Sgt. Svinson, Nav. Sgt. Lee, Front Gunner Sgt. Loach Target:- Dock area of Cherbourg on North West coast of france. Intense cloud of 10/10 over target area there fore was unable to see objective. Navigator forgot to switch off I.F.F. and Jerry could detect our position reception was very hot with heavy flak coming close all around us. Skipper took full evasive action and we got away. Returned to Base with full bomb load at 0200 hrs. No damage done, and a close shave was considered to have been had by all concerned?

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