On Tuesday 12 March 1940, a member of the 61 Sqdn, Aircraftman 1st Class H S Burke, took off from an unknown RAF station 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 an unknown time .
He flew with a Avro Anson (type I, serial N9824, code QR-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
Following a German attack on British warships in Scapa Flow during the night of 17/18 March, when 1 civilian was killed and 7 injured, a reprisal raid was ordered against German seaplane bases for the night of 19/20 March. Such was the concern that civilian casualties were to be avoided (still a major consideration when any bombing operations were planned) that the remote base at Hörnum of the island of Sylt was chosen. 30 Whitleys and 20 Hampdens were allocated 6 hours to carry out the attack (the bomber stream was a thing of the future) and over 40 crews claimed to have hit the target and only 1 Whitley was lost. Photographic evidence of the target, although not obtained until 6th April, showed otherwise.
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