8/9 June 1944 - Rennes
Last ops of the Coman crew's tour, taken from the ORB
5/6 June 1944 - St Pierre du Mont
ND740F F/L L.J.Comans, F/Sgt K.Randle, F/L D.Bowes, S/L P.A.Stevens (Aus 415190), F/Sgt R.Woollford, F/Sgt G.Widdis, F/Sgt D.Bolland. Up 0300 Down 0703. 11 x 1000lb MC, 4 x 500lb GP. Layers of cloud at 10,000' and 7,000'. Vis moderate. Target identified by red and green TI. Descended 2,000' where red and greens were already down. Red TIs appeared 600 yards to starboard of two green TIs. Aircraft bombed latter. Visibility not good enough to see results and assessment not heard. API unreliable.
6/7 June 1944 - Argentan
ND740F F/L J.W.Comans, F/Sgt K.Randle, F/L D.Bowes, F/L K.H.H.Cook, F/Sgt R.Woollford, F/Sgt G.Widdis, F/Sgt D.Bolland. Up 2327 Down 0314. 9 x 4.5" clusters, 4 x 500lb MC, 3 x red TI, 3 x 4.5 reco flares. 10/10ths cloud, tops 9000', base 5000'. Below was a layer of veil stratus cloud. Located target by Gee, glow of yellow TI (Oboe). Marking was fairly quick, backing up of flares was called for but was done by others. Satisfactory trip though obliged to land at Bourn because of 10/10ths cloud at 10,000'. Haze made it impossible to assess result of raid.
ND740F F/L J.W.Comans, F/Sgt K.Randle, F/L D.Bowes, F/L K.H.H.Cook, F/Sgt R.Woollford, F/Sgt G.Widdis, F/Sgt D.Bolland. Up 2301 down 0342. 2 x green/red stars, 8 x 7" clusters, 2 x TI yellow, 2 x TI green, 2 x TI red (No 16s), 3 reco flares. Weather clear, slight haze. Cloud 10/10ths above, base 11,000'. Target identified by H2S. Released flares on box as briefed at 0135 hours. Controller requested (on VHF) to mark RSF with green TI, other RSF already having been cancelled by yellow. Marked to Controller's satisfaction. More flares descended at 0142 hours, supplied at 0143 hours, waited until 0147 hours when ordered home. Heavy flak encountered on bombing.
15/16 June 1944 - Chateaurault
12/13 June 1944 - Caen
(Controller W/C Jeudwine of 83 Sqn in Mosquito aircraft).
ND740F F/L J.W.Comans, F/Sgt K.Randle, F/L D.Bowes, F/L K.H.H.Cook, F/Sgt R.Woollford, F/Sgt G.Widdis, F/Sgt D.Bolland. Up 2358 Down 0422. 2 x TI red, 2 x TI green, 2 x TI yellow No 16s, 8 x 1000lb MC, 2 flares green/red stars. 8/10ths cloud tops 4000', thin stratus, vis good. Target identified by H2S and Gee. Oboe down on time at 0212 hours. Target well illuminated. Considerable delay in marking target. At 0214 hours Controller advised Main Force to orbit. I personally saw two RSF approx 100 yards apart and heard one of the Markers say that wrong spot fire was no longer burning (approx 0215 hours) and that remaining RSF was about 200 yards overshot. At about 0217 hours Controller called in Main Force to bomb. Controller then reported engine failure and handed over to Deputy 1. At 0223 hours asked Deputy 1 if he wanted RSF backed up; he did not. Then went in and bombed and again contacted Deputy 1 who instructed to leave target area and at the same time stopped bombing at 0229 hours.
ND740F F/L J.W.Comans, F/Sgt K.Randle, F/L D.Bowes, F/L K.H.H.Cook, F/Sgt R.Woollford, F/Sgt G.Widdis, F/Sgt D.Bolland. Up 2131 Down 0320 (Upwood). 2 x TI red, 2 x TI green, 2 x TI yellow No 16s. 9 x 7 x 4.5" clusters, 3 x 4.5" reco flares. (Seputy Controller 2). No cloud. Vis good. Location by H2S. Dropped flares on box as briefed at 0047 hours. Markers said they had marked and Controller went in to assess. Within 3 minutes Controller had assessed and called for deputies 1 & 2 to back up existing RSF with green TI (0050 hours). This was done and an order to bomb given 0051 hours. Onorbiting target again I noticed that bombing was particularly concentrated, also large fires, one big explosion and much smoke. Controller again called on Deputies 1 & 2 at 0101 hours to back up existing reds and greens with red TI, which was immediately carried out. These remained burning until order to cease bombing. The illuminating was excellent, marking prompt, the aiming point kept marked throughout attack and bombing concentrated. Good H2S picture. Model attack.