12-18 April 1943


A week that demonstrates the variety of targets and locations attacked by Bomber Command – Stuttgart, La Spezia in Italy and the Skoda factory in Pilsen (Czech Republic). One aircraft and crew were lost in the operation to La Spezia and 3 aircrew bailed out from an aircraft during the attack on Pilsen, although the aircraft and the rest of the crew landed successfully at Wickenby – 2 evaded capture and made it to Gibraltar, the third became a POW due to a broken leg on landing. This crew were on their first mission and there was an order to bail out but it was later countermanded. Their stories are told in the annex to the Station Diary below.

Extract from Station Diary

Extract from Appendix to 12 Sqn Operational Record Book

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