On Wednesday 10 March 1943, a member of the 103 Sqdn, Sergeant J Smith, took off from Elsham Wolds 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 20:08.
He flew with a Avro Lancaster (type I, serial W4860, code PM-).
Campaign report of the USAAF:
(Eighth Air Force): The 4th Fighter Group flies 32 uneventful sorties during the day, 14 in P-47's. Aircraft-to-aircraft communication proves impossible because of VHF radio malfunctions in the Thunderbolts.
Campaign report of the RAF:
9/10 March 1943
Raid by 264 aircraft - 142 Lancasters, 81 Halifaxes, 41 Stirlings - on Munich. The wind caused this raid to be concentrated on the western half of Munich rather than on the centre of the city, but much damage was caused. The most serious industrial damage was at the BMW factory where the aero-engine assembly shop was put out of action for 6 weeks. Many other industrial concerns were hit, including 141 small, back-street-type workshops which were destroyed. 8 aircraft - 5 Lancasters, 2 Halifaxes, 1 Stirling - lost, 3.0 per cent of the force.
8 Mosquitos to the Ruhr, 62 aircraft minelaying off Kiel and in the Frisians, 4 OTU sorties. 3 Wellington minelayers lost.
10/11 March 1943
2 Mosquitos to Essen and Mulheim, 20 Lancasters and 15 Stirlings minelaying over a wide area from Biscay to Swinemünde in the Baltic, 5 OTU sorties. 2 Lancaster minelayers lost.
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