Thursday, 9 October 1941

RAF Newmarket Heath

P/O Leo Anderle arrives with his Czech crew from No. 10 OTU, Abingdon. His is the first Czech crew to be allotted to 138 Sqn for Special Duties work. There are also three Polish crews under training for SD work, and they will be converted to the Halifax. Bohemia, the western part of Czechoslovakia, is within the Whitley’s operating range, but Operation ADOLPHUS had shown the impracticability of using a Whitley for Polish operations. In 1939 the western border of Poland was considerably further east than it is now – much of what is now western Poland was then part of Germany.