On Tuesday 27 April 1943, a member of the 90 Sqdn, Sergeant J Wilson, took off from Ridgewell 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 separately mentioned as a mission. The plane left at 00:37.
He flew with a Short Stirling (type I, serial BF383, code WP-T).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
Campaign report of the RAF:
26/27 April 1943
Duisburg. 561 aircraft - 215 Lancasters, 135 Wellingtons, 119 Halifaxes, 78 Stirlings, 14 Mosquitos. 17 aircraft - 7 Halifaxes, 5 Wellingtons, 3 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings - lost, 3.0 per cent of the force. This heavy raid was a partial failure. The Pathfinders claimed to have marked the target accurately but daylight reconnaissance showed that most of the bombing had fallen to the north-east of Duisburg; the Main Force may have bombed too early or they may have been lured by early fires short of the target. However, Duisburg had more than 300 buildings destroyed and a death roll of between 130 and 207 (reports vary). 4 of the Mosquitos taking part in this raid were from No 2 Group; they bombed Duisburg 3 hours after the main raid, then dived hard and flew back to England at low level. Bombs hit 6 other towns in the Ruhr.
8 OTU aircraft dropped leaflets over France without loss.
27 April 1943
12 Venturas dispatched to attack a railway target at St Brieuc turned back because of l0/l0ths cloud.
27/28 April 1943
Minelaying: 160 aircraft - 58 Halifaxes, 46 Lancasters, 31 Wellingtons, 25 Stirlings - in the biggest minelaying operation so far mounted. 123 aircraft carried out their flights successfully, laying 458 mines off the Biscay and Brittany ports and in the Frisian Islands. 1 Lancaster lost.
4 OTU Wellingtons carried leaflets to France without loss.
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