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RE: Action This Day - 8/10/2020 3:40:02 AM   
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401 Sqn 10.8.40:

Squadron proceeded to Northolt and returning the same day, practice attacks were delivered under the instruction of W/C Vosse and S/L Campbell.

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RE: Action This Day - 8/11/2020 4:42:12 AM   
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74 Sqn 11.8.40:

Squadron engaged enemy aircraft (see Combat Report overleaf). P/O. Cobden and Smith reported Missing from combat with enemy. Nothing further to record.



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RE: Action This Day - 8/12/2020 4:37:58 AM   
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610 Sqn 12.8.40:

Red, Yellow, Blue and Green Sections ordered to intercept enemy raid approaching DUNGENESS. 9 E/A were sighted over NEW ROMNEY in a very tight vic formation in sections of 3, of same formation. 12 escorting M.E.109's came diving to attack & a general engagement took place. F/Lt. Smith was hit by two cannon shells in the cockpit, and baled out over the Channel, burnt about the face & neck. He was picked up by a motor boat & landed at DOVER. F/O/ Gardiner was wounded slightly in the left leg by a cannon shell, his left aileron, wing & petrol tank being also damaged.

Enemy casualties - 2 M.E.109s confirmed
- 6 M.E.109s unconfirmed
- 2 M.E.109s probable, 1 damaged

Our casualities - 2 pilots wounded, 1 A/C Cat3, 4 A/C Cat2

Base Changes

12 Sqn(Battle I) moved to Eastchurch
142 Sqn(Battle I) moved to Eastchurch
266 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Eastchurch


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RE: Action This Day - 8/24/2020 6:17:04 PM   
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WSB, you run out of material? Missing my daily dose of 'action'!

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RE: Action This Day - 8/24/2020 10:21:02 PM   
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ORIGINAL: mark dolby

WSB, you run out of material? Missing my daily dose of 'action'!

He's been officially off the grid for a while...

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RE: Action This Day - 8/28/2020 4:01:44 AM   
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Ok Mark just for you.

151 Sqn 13.8.40

Today the Squadron encountered a large formation of Do-215’s. F/Lt. Smith shot one down in flames using the Cannon Hurricane. F/O. Milne shot two down, one of which broke up in the air the other crashing in the vicinity of Christchurch. Sgt. Savill also shot one down in to the sea. Sgt. Atkinson was shot down but he bailed out and was picked up in the sea and is at the moment in hospital suffering from shock.

Base Changes

57 Sqn(Blenheim IV) moved to Elgin
234 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Middle Wallop

151 Sqn 14.8.40

S/Ldr. Gordon, Sub-Lt. Beggs, and P/O. Johnston engaged a large formation of Me.109’s. Both S/Ldr. Gordon and Sub-Lt. Beggs accounted for one and each saw his Me.109 crash. P/O. Johnston certainly severely damaged his victim but lost it in a cloud.

Base Changes

16 Sqn(Lysander II) moved to Weston Zoyland
74 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Wittering
145 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Drem
238 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to St. Eval
249 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Boscombe Down
266 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Hornchurch

First and Last Operational Missions

80 Sqn(Amriya Egypt) flew its last OM in the Hurricane I

151 Sqn 15.8.40

Today the squadron had a busy day. At 1445 hours the squadron took off from Rochford and ran into a formation of Me 109’s a few miles west of Dover. P/O. Debenham followed one Me 109 and it crashed in France. P/O. Ellacombe and P/O. Rozwadoski both shot one down, P/O. Ellacombe’s in flames and the other into the sea. F/O. Milne also succeeded in bringing one down. Shortly afterwards about 50 Do 215’s and Me 110’s escorted by Me 109’s in large numbers made their appearance. F/O. Blair and P/O. Smith made one attack on the bombers but were unsuccessful owing to the unwelcome attention of the 109’s. There were no casualties but P/O. Debenham’s aircraft was shot up a bit. At 6.45p.m. the Squadron again took off to intercept enemy aircraft west of Dover. A large force of Me 109’s was again encountered. In this action we faired badly, P/O. Johnston, Sub/Lt. Beggs, P/O Ellacombe and P/O Rozwadoski being shot down. Johnson was later picked up in the area but he was dead. Sub/Lt. Beggs and P/O Ellacombe are in hospital but not seriously injured. P/O Rozwadoski at the moment is still missing. S/Ldr Gordon was peppered with shrapnel from a cannon shell and was slightly wounded in the back of the head and leg. He is however, quite O.K. P/O Smith is certain he got a 109 as it was spinning at something over 400 m.p.h. at 5,000’ when he broke off the engagement, having run out of ammunition.

Base Changes

75 Sqn(Wellington IA/IC) moved to Mildenhall
257 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Debden

151 Sqn 16.8.40

Today the Squadron took off on several attempts to intercept enemy aircraft, but were unable to locate them owing to poor visibility. F/Lt. Smith’s section did however, intercept a Ju.88 but it evaded him and escaped into the clouds. P/O Ellacombe returned to the squadron, not having been shot down as previously reported, but having force landed owing to engine failure.

401 Sqn 17.8.40

Weather generally fine, small amounts of cloud early morning, wind calm or light westerly, visibility poor during the morning, good in the evening. Pilots spent day in readiness, rest of squadron moved to Northolt, Croydon again bombed.

151 Sqn 18.8.40

In the morning the Squadron went to Rochford and a few convoy patrols were carried out also a patrol of Rochford and North Weald aerodromes. At 1700 hours the Squadron which had returned to North Weald <unreadable> readiness. We took off to intercept a large force of enemy aircraft which were obviously heading for North Weald. The interception was a success and we met the enemy as they came through the clouds a mile east of Chelmsford. The raiding force consisted of Ju.88’s, Heinkle(sic) 111s followed by Me.110s and a screen of Me.109s well above. F/O Blair shot one down (110)and left another one with black smoke pouring from its starboard motor. F/O Milne shot at a Ju.88 and it blew up in the air. P/O shot down an Me.110 in flames into the sea. P/O Czajkowski shot down a Me.110 into the sea about 30 miles off the coast. Wing/Com. Beamish was shot about a bit but he severely damaged a Ju.88 – he left it with white smoke pouring from it. S/Ldr. Gordon’s machine caught fire and he bailed out. He is in Rochford hospital but he is quite O.K. P/O Ramsay is missing.

Base Changes

46 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Duxford

First and Last Operational Missions

401 Sqn(Hurricane I) flew its first OM of the war


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RE: Action This Day - 8/28/2020 5:42:45 AM   
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Hurrah!!
The world is back to a semblance of normality.

Thanks.

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RE: Action This Day - 8/29/2020 4:08:29 AM   
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602 Sqn 19.8.40

1407 - B Flight ordered to patrol base, sighted one JU.88 which was destroyed.
1449 – P/O Moody’s Spitfire was set on fire and he was compelled to bale out. Incurring some burns on the hands. This was the second time in two days this Pilot had been shot down.
1644 – A Flight ordered to patrol BASE and was vectored to
1715 – ST. CATHERINE’S POINT where one JU.88 was attacked and destroyed. Three operational patrols were flown and the SQUADRON destroyed the only two enemy casualties in 11 Group today.

Base Changes

17 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Tangmere
46 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Digby
64 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Leconfield
85 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Croydon
111 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Debden

First and Last Operational Missions

218 Sqn(Oakington) flew its first OM in the Blenheim IV

615 Sqn 20.8.40

Twelve aircraft left Kenley at 14.15 hours to patrol Tenterden and intercepted Do 17’s at Herns Bay. S/L. Kayll attacked a DO 17 and Pilot Officer Young finished it off. The enemy crashing near Eastchurch. F/O Eyrs attacked a third Dornier and the crew were seen to bale out by P/O Hone. F/O Lofts brought down one ME 109.
Results – 3 DO 17’s, 1 ME 109 (All later confirmed by Observer Corps)
Our Casualties – Nil.
L.A.C. Turner died of his injuries at Purley Hospital.
Duke of Kent and Inspector General RAF visited Kenley.

First and Last Operational Missions

274 Sqn(Amriya Egypt) flew its first OM in the Hurricane I.

401 Sqn 21.8.40
Cloudy weather continued today, only one scramble occurred. No interceptions were made.

Base Changes

74 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Kirton-in-Lindsey
266 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Wittering

54 Sqn 22.8.40

1124 – Signs that the enemy was collecting his forces near Calais and so the Squadron patrolled Manston. No Results.
1234 – A convoy off Deal was being shelled from France and enemy “spotted planes” had
1346 – been sent over. “B” Flight was, therefore, sent to dispose of the enemy aircraft that might arrive. 30 Me 110.s (Jaguar) and 20 Me 109.s duly came, and were sent back again – except for three which found our shooting a trifle to accurate. Sgt. Newell at “home” again with his 109’s, destroyed one, P/O Hopkin attacked a Me 110 (Jaguar) head on and destroyed it and F/Lt Cribble (one Me 109 probable) left a 109 in a somewhat unenviable position – trying to do a flick stall at 500 feet. The action was marred by the loss of Sgt Collett – missing. He is believed to have went down with his aircraft which sank off Deal. “B” Flight were the only friendly aircraft present during this action; not only did they cause greatly superior numbers of enemy aircraft to depart hurriedly out they also saved the convoy from being bombed. “A” Flight leaving Manston only 11 minutes after “B” Flight found the sky cleared of the enemy when they arrived over the convoy.

Base Changes

264 Sqn(Defiant I) moved to Wittering


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RE: Action This Day - 8/30/2020 4:15:05 AM   
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401 Sqn 23.8.40

A Met Test was made and a patrol carried out without incident.

Base Changes

253 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Prestwick

151 Sqn 24.8.40

In the morning the Squadron operated as usual from Rochford and intercepted approximately 12 ME.109s with a few HE.113s thrown in for good measure. F/O Blair and F/Lt. Smith fired but were unsuccessful. P/O Smith’s aircraft was shot up and he went home. Sgt Clarke and P/O Debenham are missing. In the afternoon, seven of the Squadron intercepted 150 plus enemy aircraft west of North Weald. The enemy formation consisted of ME.109s, ME.110s, Heinkles<sic> 111s and DO215s. S/Ldr. King probably destroyed a Dornier 215, Wing Commander Beamish a Me 110, F/O. Blair a Heinkel 111, P/O. Smith a Heinkel 111, F/Lt. Smith a Me 109 and P/O. Ellacombe had a confirmed Heinkel 111. We had no casualties to personnel but Squadron Leader King had his <unreadable> shot off by cannon fire and force landed on the aerodrome and P/O. Smith’s aircraft was holed in the tank. A portion of the enemy aircraft got through to North Weald and bombed the aerodrome but did very little damage.

17 Sqn 25.8.40

Various interceptions were ordered between 0945 and 1945 hours and at 1745 (1650?) hours the Squadron took off to patrol base and intercepted a number of Me.109 and Me.110 approaching from south. Squadron went into attack, and S/Ldr. Williams was seen to go down after his port mainplane had been shot away by cannon shell. The Me.110 he had attacked head-on went down after a further attack by P/O. Pittman. F/O. Count Czernin attacked a bunch of Me.110s head-on and destroyed three of them. F/O. Hanson damaged an Me.109 but did not see it crash. He also probably destroyed a Me.110 with a head-on attack. P/o. Pittman attacked an Me.109 did not see it crash. F/Lt. Bayne and Blue 2 attack and destroyed an Me.109. F/Lt. Bayne was shot down, but later reported baled out and picked up. Blue 2 also attacked one of 15 Me.110’s, but did not see it crash. F/O. Bird-Wilson attacked and destroyed an Me.109. P/O. Leary saw Me.110s bombing and was attacked by 2 Me.109s, one of which he shot down into the sea. The Squadron claimed the following Enemy Casualties: 1 Me.110 destroyed by S/Ldr. Williams and P/O. Pittman. 3 Me.110 destroyed by F/O. Czernin. 1 Me 110 destroyed by F/O. Bird-Wilson, DFC. 1 Me.110 probable by F/Lt. Bayne and P/O. Vissler. 1 Me.110 probable by F/Lt. Bayne. 1 Me.110 probable by P/O. Vissler. 1 Me.109 destroyed by P/O. Leary. 1 Me.109 probable by Sgt. Sewell. 1 Me.109 probable by F/O. Hanson, and 1 Me.110 damaged by F/O. Hanson.
A message of congratulations was received from the Group Commander. “Warm congratulations on their grand results this afternoon.”

Base Changes

102 Sqn(Whitley V) moved to Leeming

401 Sqn 26.8.40

The Squadron was ordered to North Weald in the morning to relieve another squadron. On arrival a scramble took place but the squadron pancaked without interception taking place. Shortly after 15.00 hrs the Squadron was again ordered on patrol and after several vectors a formation of 25 to 30 Dornier 215’s were sighted at 15,000 feet. A formation of escorting German fighters was drawn off by a Spitfire squadron. In the ensuing battle our squadron accounted for six Dorniers, three destroyed and three severely damaged. They were credited to the squadron as a whole. Heavy cross-fire was experienced and three of our aircraft were shot down, two of which force landed safely with S/L McNab and F/O Dealoges but the third crashed with F/O Edwards and he was killed. The Squadron returned to Northolt at Dusk.

401 Sqn 27.8.40

Weather unsuitable for extensive flying operations, a couple of test flights were carried out.

Base Changes

79 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Biggin Hill
264 Sqn(Defiant I) moved to Rochford


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RE: Action This Day - 8/31/2020 4:20:58 AM   
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264 Sqn 28.8.40 (End of the line for the Defiant)

At 0830 hours 12 machines were sent to patrol Dover at 12,000 ft. 20 He.111’s were engaged near FOLKESTONE heavily escorted by German Fighters. The Squadron attack but was split up by the Me.109’s and crossfire from the HEINKELS. One of the He.111’s was destroyed by P/O CARNABY, his first engagement and one by SGT LAURIER. S/L GARVIN had a fuse blow in his turret and whilst F/L Ash was replacing it his aircraft was hit by a cannon shell and caught fire. Both baled out but F/L ASH was dead when found. S/L GARVIN suffered minor injury. P/O WHITLEY and SGT TURNER one of the most successful crews in the Squadron were both killed when their machine crashed and burst in to flames. P/O’s KENNER and JOHNSON crashed and were killed. P/O Bailey made a force landing when shot down by a Me.109. Both he and his gunner SGT. HARDY were unhurt. Eight machines returned to HORNCHURCH. Only three were serviceable. At 1800 hours we were ordered to return to KIRTON-IN-LINSEY.

Base Changes

32 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Acklington
65 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Turnhouse
75 Sqn(Whitley V) move to Linton-on-Ouse

501 Sqn 29.8.40
The Squadron was released until 1200 hours. The Squadron left for Hawkinge at 1255. One patrol was carried out from 1545 to 1630. No interceptions were made. The Squadron again set out at 1800 to patrol Gravesend at Angels 15. Over Hawkinge the Squadron were <unreadable> by 9 Me.109’s out of the sun. F/Lt. J.A.A. Gibson baled out after his aircraft had been shot up, and Sgt. Lacey shot down the Me 109, Sgt. Gibson also baled out and was picked up near Hawkinge. The Squadron victories were two Me.109s’s destroyed.

Base Changes

151 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Stapleford Tawney
222 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Hornchurch
253 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Kenley

242 Sqn 30.8.40

Squadron ordered to proceed to Duxford. Operations from Duxford. 12 enemy planes shot down north of London without any loss to the Squadron. 4 E/A attacked and probably shot down. Signal received from A.O.C. 12 Group congratulating the Squadron on its achievement. The above brings the Squadron total bag for the month to 14 certainties and 5 probable’s.
Signal from A.O.C. Group read “Heartiest congratulations on a first class show. Well done 242”
Signal received from the Chief of the Air Staff which read “Magnificent Fighting. You are well on top of the enemy and obviously in the fine Canadian traditions of the last war are safe in your hands.”
Signal received from the Under Secretary State for Air congratulating Squadron.

Base Changes

141 Sqn(Defiant I) moved to Turnhouse

401 Sqn 31.8.40

Two interceptions were made by the Squadron today. The first scramble came about 08.30 hours and the Squadron was vectored over Dover at 22,000 feet. While patrolling the coast a number of Me.109s attacked out of the sun. Only two of our aircraft managed to bring their sights on the enemy for quick bursts but no claims were made. Flt.Lt. Corbett and F/O’s Hyde and Sprenger all baled out safely. Flt.Lt. Corbett and F/O Hyde were burnt about the face and hands and legs but F/O Sprenger escaped injury. At 17.30 hrs. another scramble took place and the Squadron intercepted about 50 bombers escorted by a large number of fighters. The battle took place near Gravesend and our attack was hampered by A/A fire but was met with a certain amount of success. Two Me.109’s were destroyed by F/O’s Christmas and Little and one damaged by F/O Smither while one Do.215 was destroyed by F/O Kerwin and one damaged F/O Russell. F/O Dealogue baled out with quite severe burns about the face, hands and legs.

Base Changes

72 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Biggin Hill
80 Sqn(Gladiator I/II) moved to Sidi Haneish South Egypt
145 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Dyce


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RE: Action This Day - 9/1/2020 4:07:43 AM   
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401 Sqn 1-9-40

There was only one scramble during the day. A raid consisting of 20-30 bombers with a large fighter screen was intercepted at 14.15 hours over Biggin Hill at 18,000 feet. The Squadron attacked and 1 Do 215 was destroyed and one damaged by F/L MacGregor and and three others damaged by F/O’s Peterson, Christmas and Kerwin. F/O Kerwin also damaged an Me 110 but in turn was shot down and bailed out with face and hand burns. All other aircraft returned to Northolt but one was category 3 and another category 2.

Base Changes

25 Sqn(Blenheim IF) moved to North Weald
46 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Stapleford Tawney
56 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Boscombe Down
102 Sqn(Whitley V) moved to Prestwick and was transferred to Coastal Command
151 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Digby
249 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to North Weald

First and Last Operational Missions

106 Sqn(Finningley – Hampden I) flew its first mission of the war


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RE: Action This Day - 9/2/2020 3:59:01 AM   
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222 Sqn 2-9-40

Nine aircraft patrolled Chatham, Hawkinge and Manston during the morning, and during the afternoon two patrols were made and contact was made with enemy aircraft who were bombing home base. F/Lt. Robinson shot down one M.E.109 and while engaged with a M.E.110 was attacked from the starboard and was obliged to land. The petrol tanks punctured and the engine of his aircraft had stopped. One ME.110 was probably destroyed by Sgt. Baxter who also reports he damaged one DO 17 and one ME.110, and Sgt Chipping damaged one ME.110. Sgt Scott damaged a DO 17. The Squadron landed at Rochford. Our casualties – F/Lt. Robinson slightly wounded and three aircraft damaged.

Base Changes

3 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Castletown
17 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Debden


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RE: Action This Day - 9/3/2020 3:12:00 AM   
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249 Sqn 3.9.40

Squadron at readiness, dawn to mid-day. Available to mid-day to 2115. <Unreadable> hours Squadron ordered to patrol Chelmsford, Hornchurch, nothing seen, ordered to land by sections after one hour’s patrol, and immediately after refueling the Squadron was ordered off again to intercept a large formation of enemy aircraft approaching from the N.E. Owing to <unreadable> ordered off to late, the Squadron was unable to gain height to intercept this force, and we all had the most unsatisfactory experience of seeing NORTH WEALD being heavily bombed and being unable to do anything about it. The enemy carried out a pattern bombing from approximately 15,000 feet, which was very accurate, but it is interesting to report that although between 200 and 300 bombs were dropped on the buildings area and part of the aerodrome, there were only four fatal casualties, and the damage to the Buildings etc. did not in any way hinder operations of the Squadrons from NORTH WEALD. From the air this attack appeared far more effective than it actually was and no doubt the enemy pilots reported, quite justly, they had knocked out NORTH WEALD. The Squadron brought to readiness in the afternoon, patrolled EASTCHURCH, CANTERBURY and DOVER. 3 Heinkels were seen well above but they sheared off for France. We were fired at by A.A. from the Dover guns and Sgt. Howell’s aircraft was apparently hit. He was unaware of this however, until his aircraft caught just before he landed on returning to NORTH WEALD. He was alright, concussed but otherwise uninjured. The Squadron remained at readiness until dusk, no night available section required.

Base Changes

26 Sqn(Lysanders) moved to Gatwick
41 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Hornchurch
54 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Catterick
66 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Kenley
85 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Castle Camps
111 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Croydon
112 Sqn(Gladiator I) moved to Sidi Barrani Egypt

First and Last Operational Missions

237 Sqn(Nairobi Kenya) flew its last OM in the Audax


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RE: Action This Day - 9/4/2020 3:12:47 AM   
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401 Sqn 4.9.40

A visit was paid to the Squadron by Canadian press men and Wing Command Foss at noon, today, and while they were looking at dispersal a scramble came in at 13.00 hours. The Squadron was vectored onto a formation of 12 or 15 Me 110’s or Jaguars at 15,000 feet near East Grimstead. The enemy formed a defensive circle bur our height advantage enabled us to position ourselves before attacking with the result two enemy aircraft were destroyed by F/O’s Smither and Nesbitt, one probably destroyed by F/O Russel and five others damaged – two by F/O Molson, and one each by Flt. Lt. MacGregor and F/O’s Peterson and Smither. F/O Russel also damaged a Ju 88. We suffered no casualties.


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RE: Action This Day - 9/5/2020 3:36:19 AM   
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41 Sqn 5.9.40

0915 – Twelve A/C ordered to patrol Manston. Sgt. CARR-LEWTY force landed due to enemy action at STANFORD-LE-HOPE.
1500 – Twelve A/C ordered to patrol MAIDSTONE. S/Ldr HOOD reported Missing. F/Lt. WEBSTER killed in action. F/O WALKER injured in leg and admitted to HOSPITAL. F/O LOVELL baled out near BENFLEET, uninjured. Enemy casualties on this day were 3 M.E.109 destroyed and 1 H.E.113 destroyed, probables 3 M.E.109, damaged 2 D.O.17
1615 – Nine A/C ordered to patrol.

Base Changes

73 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Castle Camps
85 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Church Fenton
257 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Martlesham Heath


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RE: Action This Day - 9/6/2020 3:30:07 AM   
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601 Sqn 6.9.40

The Squadron took off on 6 interception flights and 41 hours and 40 mins. flying time resulted. This total also included several practice flights. P/O. Gilbert was shot down at approximately 09.30 hours but he baled out and was admitted to hospital. F/O. Topobinicki (Polish), was also taken to hospital after abandoning his aircraft and landing by parachute of top of a tree. F/O. Davis was killed when his aircraft was shot down in flames near Tonbridge Wells. Another pilot lost his life – Flight Lieutenant W. Rhodes-Moorehouse D.F.C. He was killed under similar circumstances. 3 ½ Me.109,s were destroyed and 2 other aircraft damaged as a result of this combat which took place over Mayfield at 15,000 feet when 12 of the Squadron’s aircraft attacked 50 Me.109’s and several bombers.

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142 Sqn(Battle I) moved to Binbrook


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RE: Action This Day - 9/7/2020 2:59:44 AM   
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401 Sqn 7.9.40

Three scrambles were made at the usual hours. At 17.00 hrs 303 Squadron and No.1 Squadron R.A.F. were sent off to patrol south of London. Our Squadron was scrambled shortly after in two flights and ordered to patrol base. A 400+ plus raid penetrated to London where heavy bombing occurred but although we sighted part of these raid we were not allowed to engage as Control insisted on maintaining base defense. Heavy A.A. fire was observed over London and fires started by incendiary bombs burned all night. S/Ldr. McNab while on an independent flight in general direction of Beacon Hill encountered 8 or 9 Me 109’s shooting one down. This was assessed as probably destroyed.

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12 Sqn(Battle I) moved to Binbrook
112 Sqn(Gladiator I) moved to Sidi Haneish
213 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Tangmere


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RE: Action This Day - 9/8/2020 3:48:08 AM   
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46 Sqn 8.9.40

Cooperating with 504 Squadron, the Wing sighted 30 Do 215s and an escort of a large number of Me 109s and Me110s, flying from 18,000 to 30,000 ft. The bombers were first attacked and the Me’s then came down to join in a dogfight over the ISLE of SHEPPEY. Our casualties were one pilot missing Sub Lt. CARPENTER R.N. and one, Flt Lt BURNETT, injured and detained in hospital. Enemy casualties claimed were 2 destroyed, 2 probable’s and 5 damaged.

Base Changes

18 Sqn(Blenheim IV) moved to Great Massingham
43 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Usworth
79 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Pembrey
92 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Biggin Hill
111 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Drem


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RE: Action This Day - 9/9/2020 4:07:03 AM   
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The Squadron was scrambled to intercept E/A(bombers). While climbing to maneuver to a position of advantage a protective screen of Me.109’s was encountered above and heading south. These A/C attacked the squadron and F.O. Millar was shot down. He baled out but was found to be wounded in leg and to have sustained burns. F.O. Peterson accounted for one E/A. F.O. Lochnan damaged two E/A and Sqn.Ldr. McNab damaged one. E/A were overhead all night.

Base Changes

1 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Wittering
70 Sqn(Non-Op) moved to Kabrit
74 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Coltishall
229 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Northolt


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RE: Action This Day - 9/10/2020 4:05:28 AM   
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72 Sqn 10.9.40

5 aircraft took off from Croydon at 1705 to patrol <unreadable> Controller notified bandits approaching at Angels 10. They were encountered flying at 10,000 feet east of Biggin Hill. The enemy appeared to be two unescorted Do.215. Both were engaged by our Spitfires and shot down <unreadable> and one near E. Grinstead.

Base Changes

238 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Middle Wallop
501 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Kenley

First and Last Operational Missions

311 Sqn(East Wretham) flew its first mission of the war flying a mix of Wellington IA and IC’s.


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RE: Action This Day - 9/12/2020 3:44:31 AM   
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401 Sqn 11.9.40

There was no activity in the morning. The Squadron was visited by Air Cmdre. Welsh, Col Hunter and Sqn. Ldr. Clements in mid-afternoon. The Squadron was scrambled while these visitors were on the station returning approximately one hour later having accounted for the following list of enemy A/C. Flt.Lt. MacGregor and P.O. Molson shot down one He.111 each. Sqn.Ldr. MacNab and P.O. Christmas damaged one He.111 each. P.O. Tuile destroyed one Ju.88. F.O. Little was shot down he managed to bale out but was wounded in leg and taken to hospital. P.O. Lochnan crash landed near Romney due to enemy action. Considerable A.A. fire was observed during the night.

Base Changes

66 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Gravesend
234 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to St. Eval

First and Last Operational Missions

4 Sqn(Linton-on-Ouse) flew its last OM in its Lysanders I and II
74 Sqn(Coltishall) flew its last OM in the Spitfire IA

238 Sqn 12.9.40

1135-1840 – 9 sorties patrolled base – no incident.
1840-1925 – 2 sorties being a/c of Red Section P/O DAVIS and P/O SIMMONDS patrolled base at 8,000. 4 miles east of BOSCOMBE DOWNE and e/a (Ju 88 or Do 17) was engaged by both a/c. It was damaged, and Red 2 (P/O SIMMONDS) saw pieces coming off the top of the fuselage. It went into cloud having jettisoned its bombs. No trace of e/a has been found.

Base Changes

23 Sqn(Blenheim IF) moved to Ford
600 Sqn(Blenheim IF) moved to Redhill

First and Last Operational Missions

75 Sqn(Mildenhall) flew its last OM in the Wellington IA


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RE: Action This Day - 9/13/2020 2:53:18 AM   
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501 Sqn 13.9.40

Two patrols were carried out in the morning and in the second of these Sgt. Lacey shot down a H.E.111. Sgt. Lacey’s aircraft was hit in the oil tank and he was forced to bale out. He was uninjured.
Two aircraft took off at 15.08 hours on patrol but no interceptions were made.
Squadron was released at 16.00 hours.

First and Last Operational Missions

74 Sqn(Coltishall) flew its first OM in the Spitfire IIA.


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RE: Action This Day - 9/14/2020 3:06:38 AM   
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73 Sqn 14.9.40

A glorious morning with the Squadron at 15 minutes availability until 1300 hours. At 1530 hours they were still at readiness when ordered to scramble North Weald at Angels 15 in company with 17 Squadron. Only six Hurricanes returned in the afternoon and these singly. F/O Smith returned first and reported seeing a Hurricane shot down by a Spitfire South of TILBURY. Sgts PLENDERMAN, WILCHESTER and GARTON (Green Section) reported that their formation had been attacked and broken up by a section of Spitfires diving on them from 16000 feet near TILBURY. P/O SCOTT and P/O MARCHAND were the only others to return, the latter having a bullet through his port main tank, another through the port aileron and main spar and another clean through the top of the W/T mast. None had fired their guns as no e/a had been seen within range. F/L BETAGH force land uninjured at WEST MALLING with a bullet in the radiator. Sgt MARSHALL was shot down by a Me.109 and force landed at A.M. Experimental Station, Dover, uninjured from where he returned next morning. Sgt. Leng was shot down near Gravesend and despite a very damaged aircraft landed safely on the aerodrome. S/L ROBINSON was shot down near TONBRIDGE and taken to the Kent and Sussex hospital with minor injury to his right eye and superficial wounds in his left wrist and left leg. Segt. GRIFFIN was taken to the West Kent Hospital at Maidstone with a dislocated shoulder and minor injuries to both legs. Both the C.O. and Segt. GRIFFIN had had to bale out. Segt. CRIMBLE is missing. The Squadron Intelligence Officer sent in a report and Group had called for further report on the matter. It is possible that the “Spitfires” which attacked Green and Blue Sections were He.113’s and it is hoped that the investigation might prove this possibility to be correct.

Base Changes

3 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Turnhouse
228 Sqn(Suderland I) moved to Kalafrana(Malta)
233 Sqn(Hudson I) moved to Leuchars

First and Last Operational Missions

214 Sqn(Stradishall) flew its last OM in the Wellington IA
300 Sqn(Swinderby – Battle I) flew its first mission of the war


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RE: Action This Day - 9/15/2020 3:22:34 AM   
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401 Sqn 15.9.40

This Sunday was a day of great activity, keeping the squadron at readiness practically all day. The first scramble found the squadron engaging the enemy to disadvantage as they came out of the sun from above. Sqn.Ldr. MacNab and F.O. Nesbitt being the only two pilots to engage. F.O. Nesbitt destroyed one M.E.109, but he himself was shot down, escaping by parachute. But was found to have injured his head and was placed in hospital for observation. F.O. Smithers did not return from this action. The Squadron again went into action with Sqn.Ldr. MacNab leading, shortly after 14.00 hours. South of London a formation of enemy bombers and escorting fighters was intercepted. In the ensuing engagement one H.E.111 was destroyed by Sqn.Ldr. MacNab and one destroyed shated with 229 Sqn. By F.O. Lochnan. Two H.E.111 probable was credited to Flt.Lt. McGregor and F.O. Russell. F.O. Morris got a probable 109 and Sqn.Ldr. MacNab and F.O. Pitcher were credited with a damage HE.111. P.O. Yuile was wounded in the shoulder but courageously brought his a/c home safely. Sqn.Ldr. Foss from R.C.A.F. H.Q. witnessed this action.

First and Last Operational Missions

16 Sqn(Weston Zoyland) flew its last OM in the Lysander II


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RE: Action This Day - 9/16/2020 3:23:49 AM   
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401 Sqn 16.9.40

The Squadron was scrambled and joined by another squadron over Kenley from where the formation proceeded over the Estuary. No A.A. was sighted and the squadron returned to the station. Flt.Lt. Hayne was separated from the squadron and landed at Gatwick. A.A. fire was particularly heavy during the night.


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RE: Action This Day - 9/17/2020 3:37:38 AM   
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501 Sqn 17.9.40

One patrol(2 aircraft) took off on a patrol at 13.50 hours and landed again at 14.44 hours. No interception was made. 12 aircraft took off at 15.00 hours in company with 203 Squadron. Over Ashford they were attacked by 20 M.E.110’s. Squadron Leader Hogan attacked one M.E.110 and hit it in the radiator. This aircraft was seen to turn inland. <Unreadable> to this aircraft was not seen. Sgt. Lacey and Egan were reported missing in this engagement but information was received that Lacey was uninjured but had baled out.


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RE: Action This Day - 9/18/2020 3:11:15 AM   
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19 Sqn 18.9.40

0920 - Squadron on patrol with Wing at 25,000 feet over London led by S/Ldr. Lane. Quite a lot of cloud. No E/A sighted. Great amount of condensation plumes. P/O. Hrcall carried out a successful forced landing when aircraft engine seized.
1240 – Squadron again on patrol with Wing over same area and at same height. Squadron led by F/Lt. Clouston. Ran into enemy formation East of London, Me.110’s, Ju.88’s and He.111’s. Squadron attacked the Ju.88’s and chased them in a S.E. direction. F/Lt. Clouston got a Ju.88, F/O. Haines shared a Ju.88 and a probable Me.109. P/O. Delezal a He.111, Sgt. Plzek a He.111, F/Sgt. Unwin a Me.110, a Ju.88 and a shared He.111. F/Lt. Lawson, P/O. Cunningham and Sgt. Lloyd shared a Ju.88. F/Lt. Lawson force landed at Eastchurch with a bullet in his glycol tank. Station score for today 28 and no casualties.

Base Changes

232 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Castletown
237 Sqn(Hardy) moved to Gordons Tree(Sudan)

First and Last Operational Missions

70 Sqn(Kabrit Egypt) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC.


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RE: Action This Day - 9/19/2020 3:10:07 AM   
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401 Sqn 19.9.40

Three subsections were scrambled during the morning. F.O.’s Pitcher and Briere being vectored far out over the Channel. F.O.s Beardmore, Nesbitt, Denloges, Millar & Little all wounded, are progressing favorably. Flt./Lt. Corbett visited the Squadron on his way to convalesce in Wales. F/O. Smithers was buried today. Sqn.Ldr. MacNab, F.O.’s Pitcher, Russell and Briere attended the funeral representing the Squadron.

Base Changes

6 Sqn(Lysander II) moved to Qasaba(Egypt)

First and Last Operational Missions

502 Sqn(Aldergrove) flew its first OM in the Blenheim IVF


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RE: Action This Day - 9/20/2020 2:03:44 AM   
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92 Sqn 20.9.40

Ten aircraft took off in the a.m. and intercepted a formation of M.E.109s who surprised Blue Section from behind and above. P/O HILL crashed and burnt out in the DOVER AREA and Sgt Evans crashed in the sea. S/LDR SANDERS destroyed a 109 and another was damaged by P/O WADE.

First and Last Operational Missions

14 Sqn(Port Sudan) flew their first OM in the Blenheim IV.


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RE: Action This Day - 9/21/2020 2:07:07 AM   
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401 Sdn 21.9.40

Heavy fog impeded enemy operations during the early part of the day but by noon the weather had cleared and at 1800 hours a wing formation from the station took off to intercept. There was some doubt amongst the three Squadrons as to which squadron was to lead and all took off together, fortunately without accident. The matter straightened itself out in the air, however, no interception was made, although enemy aircraft were seen a long way off the coast. This was the first Wing Formation operational flight from Northolt.


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