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The briefing

On arrival at RAF Bicester the mystery thickened. Here they met more 'civilians', pilots, navigators, observers and wireless operator/gunners, all, it seemed, fully trained on the Bristol Blenheim; all were perplexed.

This feeling deepened, as without further explanation the men were issued with passports, correct in detail, but showing each man's photograph as a civilian and 'Occupation or Profession' as a wide variety of jobs, from engineer to salesman, nothing of a military nature at all.

Each Blenheim carried a crew of three and when the 36 men reported next morning, their excitement rose as there in the aircraft hangar waited twelve Blenheims. In those early days of 1940 these young men had already flown into enemy territory and death was all too familiar, but on this occasion so was the feeling that an adventure was close.

The hangar doors rolled back and their briefing was short and succinct.
"These twelve light bombers gentlemen are to be delivered to the Finnish Air Force. On board are route details and an itinerary. Acquaint yourselves with them. Take-off is 6 am tomorrow morning prompt."

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Detail map of first part of route

Detail map of first part of route
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Detail map of second part of route

Detail map of second part of route
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A Blenhiem in Finnish markings

A Blenhiem in Finnish markings
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