July 1943

Blitz Week Baptism

Theoretically, July meant that summer had really arrived in East Anglia.  The first couple of days, however, were cold and damp.  Except for a scrubbed mission on the second, the 8th's activities for the first three days were relegated to fighter-sweeps.  But the heat . . . in every sense of the word . . . would come.  There'd be hot times for everyone; especially in the last week of the month.

A special effort to celebrate the Fourth of July resulted in a two-pronged attack.  Planes of the 1BW raided air industries around Le Mans and Nantes.  Simultaneously, we of the 4BW flew a long voyage down the west coast of France to important submarine yards.