On Tuesday 30 March 1943, a member of the 431 Sqdn, Warrant Officer D T Dudley-Jones, took off from Burn in the United Kingdom. His mission is mentioned elsewhere on Back to Normandy. You can find the other details of this mission by searching here. Training and cargo flights are not seperately mentioned as a mission. The plane left at 19:50.
He flew with a Vickers Wellington (type X, serial HE182, code SE-A).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
29/30 March 1943
Berlin attacked by unsuccessfully by 329 aircraft - 162 Lancasters, 103 Halifaxes, 64 Stirlings. Weather conditions were difficult, with icing and inaccurately forecast winds causing most of the bombs to fall in open countryside 6 miles south-east of Berlin. 21 aircraft - 11 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes, 3 Stirlings - lost, 6.4 per cent of the force.
8 Oboe Mosquitos and a 'Main Force' composed of 149 Wellingtons also visited Bochum. This raid was another failure. The night was moonless and cloudy and the Mosquitos were not able to adhere to their timetable and there were long gaps in the skymarking. 12 Wellingtons lost, 8.0 per cent of the force.
1 Mosquito to Dortmund and 7 Stirlings minelaying in the Frisians without loss.
Total effort for the night: 494 sorties, 33 aircraft (6.9 per cent) lost.
30 March 1943
10 Mosquitos bombed the Philips works at Eindhoven but could only hit the corner of the factory. No aircraft lost.
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