467 Postblog LXI: Friday 21 April, 1944

Good weather in the morning turned into a wet afternoon but, having operated the previous night, the Waddington crews were given today off. There was no local flying today, not even training flights.

Most of the rest of the Main Force was also rested on this night, but the Mosquitos were among the aircraft that were sent out over Europe. A small number went on intruder patrols or bombed airfields and 24 attacked Cologne again, a harassing raid designed to keep the sirens going in that city for the second night running after 379 aircraft had raided it last night.

Elsewhere, 15 OTU crews scattered leaflets over France, a small number of Halifaxes and Wellingtons carried out special sorties and 58 Stirlings and Halifaxes laid mines off the Frisians, the Dutch coast, Brest and Lorient. All aircraft involved in tonight’s operations returned safely to base.[1]

This post is part of a series called 467 Postblog, posted in real time to mark the 70th anniversary of the crew of B for Baker while they were on operational service with 467 Squadron at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire. See this link for an in-depth explanation of the series, and this one for full citations of sources used throughout it. © 2014 Adam Purcell


[1] Night Raid Report No. 583