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warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (11/30/2019 4:51:48 AM)

87 Sqn 30.11.39:

Four machines of "A" Flight detached. "B" Flight at readiness.

87 Sqn 1.12.39:

Four machines of "A" Flight returned from La Touquet. "B" Flight 15 minutes available.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/2/2019 4:49:32 AM)

87 Sqn 2.12.39:

"A" Flight 15 minutes available. "B" Flight 30 minutes available.

Squadron Leader J.S. Dewar posted to command the Squadron from R.A.F. Thorney Island.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/3/2019 4:56:42 AM)

87 Sqn 3.12.39:

"A" Flight 30 minutes available. "B" Flight 15 minutes available.

Three machines from "B" Flight on patrol CALAIS - DUNKERQUE refuelling at ST.INGLEVERT.

Two of "A" Flight on patrol over CALAIS.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/4/2019 5:14:20 AM)

87 Sqn 4.12.39:

"A"Flight released. "B" Flight readiness.

No operational flying - thick haze.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/5/2019 4:58:00 AM)

87 Sqn 5.12.39:

"A" Flight readiness. "B" Flight 15 mins. available.

Rehearsal for visit of H.M. King.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/6/2019 5:14:42 AM)

87 Sqn 6.12.39:

"A" Flight 30 mins. available. "B" Flight released.

Visit of H.M. King. Hurricanes L1613, L1614 and L1628 lined up on tarmac and Squadron Leader Dewar and Flight Lieutenants Colmore and Jeff and Sergeant Thurgar presented to the King. The King arrived at 1120 accompanied by the Duke of Gloucester and Viscount Gort. The Royal Party alighted at the Guard Room and walked past contingents of British troops towards the hangars. Stopping at "B" Flight, His Majesty spoke to Pilot Officer David who wasn't at readiness with his Flight. On arrival at the tarmac Squadron Leader Dewar was first presented to the King, then Flight Lieutenant Colmore, Sergeant Thurgar and Flight Lieutenant Jeff in each case, after shaking hands, His Majesty stopped and said a few words. After presentations the King visited the Operations Room and ordered one of the readiness flights in to the air, eventually leaving the camp at 1205.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/7/2019 4:58:47 AM)

87 Sqn 7.12.39:

"A" Flight 15 mins. available. "B" Flight 30 mins. available.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/8/2019 5:14:19 AM)

87 Sqn 8.12.39:

"A" Flight released. "B" Flight at readiness.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/9/2019 5:13:49 AM)

Run Forest, run! 87 Sqn 9.12.39:

"A" Flight readiness. "B" Flight 15 minutes available.

Six machines of "B" flight detached to Le Touquet and three at St. Inglevert.

Sgt. Howell while collecting a new machine from GLISY force landed near CAMPAUN some 300 yards over the Belgian Frontier. When he landed, owing to haze and failing light, he was uncertain of his position, on being told of his whereabouts by a peasant, he collected his maps and parachute and ran back over the frontier to France.





warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/10/2019 4:52:47 AM)

87 Sqn 10.12.39:

Six machines of "B" Flight returned from Le Touquet. "A" Flight at 30 minutes.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/11/2019 5:00:32 AM)

87 Sqn 11.12.39:

"A" Flight at 15 minutes available. "B" Flight at readiness.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/12/2019 4:57:11 AM)

87 Sqn 12.12.39:

"A" Flight released. "B" Flight at 15 minutes available.

Three machines from "A" Flight practicing low flying attacks on tanks.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/13/2019 5:00:45 AM)

87 Sqn 13.12.39:

Six machines of "A" Flight detached to Le Touquet. "B" Flight 15 minutes available.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/14/2019 5:25:03 AM)

87 Sqn 14.12.39:

"B" Flight released. Two machines of "A" Flight on patrol from Le Touquet.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/15/2019 5:33:59 AM)

87 Sqn 15.12.39:

"B" Flight at readiness. Two machines of "A" Flight on patrol from Le Touquet.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/16/2019 5:08:30 AM)

87 Sqn 16.12.39:

Visit to the station by the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Neville Chamberlain. Procedure was the same as the visit of H.M. the King on Dec. 6th. Squadron Leader Dewar, Pilot Officer Glyde and Sgt. Howell being presented to P.M.

"B" Flight at 15 minutes available. "A" Flight at Le Touquet - three patrols.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/17/2019 5:36:05 AM)

87 Sqn 17.12.39:

"B" Flight at 15 minutes available. Seven patrols by "A" Flight at Le Touquet.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/18/2019 5:11:41 AM)

87 Sqn 18.12.39:

"B" Flight readiness. "A" Flight detached at Le Touquet.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/19/2019 4:54:55 AM)

87 Sqn 19.12.39:

"B" Flight at readiness. Three machines of "A" Flight returned from Le Touquet.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/20/2019 5:03:44 AM)

87 Sqn 20.12.39:

"B" Flight 15 minutes available. "A" Flight released.

Two machines of "A" Flight returned from Le Touquet, leaving one detached.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/21/2019 5:31:33 AM)

87 Sqn 21.12.39:

"A" Flight readiness. "B" Flight released.

Practice night flying by 4 machines from "B" Flight and 2 of "A" Flight.

One machine of "A" Flight at Le Touquet.

Party of 80 Officers and men visited LENS for a show "Me and My Girl" with Lupino Lane and Teddy St Dennis.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/22/2019 4:07:07 AM)

87 Sqn 22.12.39:

"A" Flight at 15 minutes available. "B" Flight at readiness.

No flying - thick fog.

One aircraft detached at Le Touquet.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/23/2019 2:56:05 AM)

87 Sqn 23.12.39:

"A" Flight released. "B" Flight at 15 minutes.

No flying - thick fog.

One machine detached at Le Touquet.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/24/2019 6:15:25 AM)

87 Sqn 24.12.39:

"A" Flight readiness. "B" Flight released.

Thick fog.

One aircraft detached Le T.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/24/2019 6:35:00 PM)

87 Sqn 25.12.39:

Both flights at 30 minutes available on account of fog.

According to custom the Officers Mess invited the Sergeants Mess to drink the loyal toast and afterwards both Officers and N.C.O.'s served the mens' Xmas dinner.

26.12.39:

"A" Flight at 15 minutes available. "B" Flight at readiness.

Fog and later in the evening snow.

27.12.39:

"A" Flight released. "B" Flight at 15 minutes available.

Snow and fog.

28.12.39:

"A" Flight 15 minutes available. "B" Flight at readiness.

Co-operation with Blenheim aircraft for practice of fighter attacks and training of air gunners.

29.12.39:

"B" Flight 15 minutes available. "A" Flight at readiness.









warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/30/2019 8:57:00 AM)

87 Sqn 30.12.39:

"A" Flight 15 minutes available. "B" Flight readiness.

One machine still detached at Le Touquet.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/30/2019 2:02:41 PM)

87 Sqn 31.12.39:

"A" Flight at readiness until 12OO hours, then 15 minutes available.

"B" Flight at 15 minutes available. "B" Flight arrived a.m. at LE TOUQUET.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (12/31/2019 3:19:55 PM)

87 Sqn 1.1.40:

Le Touquet - Eight pilots and seven machines of "B" Flight detached.

Five patrols carried out on 'B' Line (ten miles N.W. from a point six miles west of Calais) and then GRIZ-NEZ to Calais.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (1/2/2020 8:01:09 AM)

87 Sqn 2.1.40:

Seclin - Four Pilots, three machines and crews proceeded to ROSIERES on detachment and four pilots, three machines and crews proceeded to POIX - all from "A" Flight.

Le Touquet - Eleven patrols carried out over 'B' Line at 10,000' and GRIZ-NEZ at 20,000.




warshipbuilder -> RE: Action This Day (1/2/2020 4:07:49 PM)

87 Sqn 3.1.40:

Rosieres - Three machines on affiliation exercises with Blenheim bombers of 18 & 57 Squadrons.

Le Touquet - Fourteen patrols carried out over 'B' Line and GRIZ-NEZ.

F/O Joyce in Hurricane N2353 accidentally selected 'wheels up' instead of 'flaps up' on landing and damaged propeller tips and mainplane.




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