2 June 1944 - Wimereux - not attacked
An attack on coastal gun batteries near Calais, part of the deception around the location for the D-Day landings. ME699 was ordered not to attack when over target.
16 June 1944 - Beauvoir
Attack on V1 flying bomb supply site, part of Operation Crossbow.
21 June 1944 - Wesseling
Attack on the synthetic oil plant at Wesseling. German night fighters made contact with the bomber force and 37 Lancasters were lost, a casualty rate of 27.8% of the Lancaster force. 44 Squadron lost 6 aircraft. Despite all this KM-T seems to have had an uneventful trip.
In contrast, the commander of "B" flight, S/Ldr Cockbain, was almost the 7th 44 Squadron aircraft lost that night, as detailed in the ORB below.
24 June 1944 - Pommeréval
Attack on V1 flying bomb site Sgt Wainwright promoted to F/Sgt Wainwright.
27 June 1944 - Marquise
Attack on V1 flying bomb site.
The aircraft was diverted to RAF Wescott, in Buckinghamshire on return - Bob Routledge's Log Book.
4 July 1944 - St Leu d'Esserant
See a detailed description of this raid here. KM-T was shot down by a night fighter with the loss of six of the eight crew on its way home.
Bob Routledge's Log Book notes "Missing" in someone else's handwriting. It seems likely that this was written before someone realised he was not on board KM-T that night (Bob Routledge's Log Book). The 44 Squadron records still show as Bob being on the aircraft, as can be seen below.
The remaining operations flown by Bob Routledge to complete his tour of 30 operations are detailed in his own story.
The last mention of the crewmen that went missing on the 4th/5th July 1944 in the Squadron ORB is them being posted to WCAD, Uxbridge. This is the War Casualty Accounts Department.
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