1 Sqn 15.6.40:
The day although seeming very hectic, was really spent quietly settling in to the wood with the Wing. There was plenty of work for all of the aerodrome crews as the aircraft were almost operating continuously. All of the available guns were dispersed in the surrounding fields as protection against possible attacks from the parachutists and any other form of attack that might have appeared imminent.
73 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Nantes
142 Sqn(Battle I) moved to Waddington
150 Sqn(Battle I) moved to Abingdon
1 Sqn 16.6.40:
The morning opened much the same as the previous day but there was a feeling that in the a.m. there would be another movement in some direction, as yet unknown. At about 10.00 hours orders were received from the Wing Commander that all personnel that could be spared were to leave for St. Nazaire immediately. Accordingly, F/Lt. Barber with almost 250 men left in lorries with just the kit they could carry left at about 11.30, and eventually proceeded to Brest and thence to Plymouth. Activities at the aerodrome increased in intensity and arrangements were being made for the move of the remainder of the Unit to operate from an aerodrome at La Rochelle, from which port the last of the ground personnel were to escape to England. During the moving the ground party of No. 7 Squadron arrived but they left almost straight away for Brest.
12 Sqn(Battle I) moved to Finningley
103 Sqn(Battle I) moved to Honington
1 Sqn 17.6.40:
During the night there had been a terrible thunder storm and most people awoke rather damp but spirits were still high. Arrangements were still being made for the move to La Rochelle but at midday orders were received for all but about 16 ground staff to move to La Rochelle for embarkation, the remainder were to stay on the aerodrome and eventually to leave by Bombay when the last of the B.E.F. had been evacuated. The journey to La Rochelle was made without incident of note and at 19.00 hrs. the party of 2 officers and 42 men embarked with 2,000 other troops on ten colliers, one of which was still loaded wtih coal. At midnight the strange vessels moved off from the quay whilst German aircraft flew overhead, and we said good-bye to La Belle France after 9 1/2 months from the day of landing.
13 Sqn(Lysanders) moved to Speke
17 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to the Channel Islands
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