had some time to look through information from the UK national archives, looking particularly at the RAF "Record of Events" and have been able to follow Lou's missions from August 15th 44 until the end of December when he completed his tour.
226 Squadron was used during this period for Ramrod Operations (Ramrod – short range bomber attacks to destroy ground targets)
Lou's crew from what I have found out so far, had one crash landing (on take-off) and also their Mitchell was damaged in the same bombing mission as the chap who sadly lost his life in the link I posted above.
During August Lou's crew was involved in bombing areas around the mouth of the Falaise Pocket, Troop, Transport and Tank concentrations, other missions later in the month included dropping flares on areas around/bridges across the Seine at Rouen for follow up Mosquito attacks. So 226 were on the heels of the retreating Germans
September continued with raids on Abbeville (troop concentration), rail centre at Givet, strongpoint at Boulogne (bombed numerous times this month), ferry at Breskens, Holland
also on the 17th they bombed Ede (Holland) in support of the "airborne invasion" which would be Market Garden. On the 25th they bombed mortar and gun positions near Arnhem itself.
Lou flew in different B25's on every mission, the biggest loss and damage was caused by Flak, there are some mentions of fighters but not directly in contact with any 226 Mitchells
Last edited by Jonhno on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:37 pm; edited 1 time in total