Operational Log 31 Squadron. 11-8-41 to 31-8-45. Reproduced with the permission of the National Archives of Australia
Below are the operational logs that the commanding officer of the squadron signed. They are about the daily missions, operations, equipment, transport and the arrival and departure of the various airmen when they completed their tours of duty. From these pages you may be able to trace the start and finish of Pilots and Navigators who performed their tours of duty while they were with 31 Squadron. Unfortunately, the Groundcrews of the Squadron were not mentioned as the operational notes were mainly about the missions performed. It is interesting to note that from around February 1944 that the reports started to include the welfare of the Squadron as a whole. According to the reports the topics included Medical, Morale, Hygiene and Receational activities. Recreational activities ranged from Badminton, Football, Cards, Darts and Cricket. There was also swimming at local waterholes and Mindil Beach at Darwin and at Adelaide River. A small Cinema was provided at Coomalie around 1943 as was a Chapel for their spiritual needs. These pages cover the period from the formation of the Squadron, 11-08-1942 to the end of May 43. more to follow………..