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RE: Action This Day - 11/22/2020 2:02:21 AM   
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17 Sqn 22.11.40

Red Section patrolled base from 0910 to 0920 hours, Blue Section patrolled Orfordness from 0940 to 1100 hours. Two aircraft of Yellow Section patrolled Orfordness from 1105 to 1220 hours. Green Section patrolled convoy from 1225 to 1250 hours and “A” Flight patrolled convoy from 1615 to 1715 hours. No E/A was sighted on any of these patrols.


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RE: Action This Day - 11/23/2020 1:46:29 AM   
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17 Sqn 23.11.40

The Squadron patrolled convoy from 0855 to 1015 hours. An Me.109 was sighted but it was not considered advisable for the Squadron to leave patrol to intercept. F/O. Czernin and P/O. Stevens took off at 1030 to intercept E/A but landed at 1040 without having sighted it. The Squadron patrolled Rochford from 1135 to 1305 hours. After having been on patrol for over an hour the Squadron was ordered to intercept 30 plus E/A at 25,000 ft, which they were unable to do due to lack of fuel. At 1350 hours the Squadron took off to patrol base, landing at 1400 hours. The Squadron then again patrolled Rochford from 1550 to 1700 hours. Some scattered aircraft were sighted but not positively identified during patrol.

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85 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Gravesend
302 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Westhampnett


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RE: Action This Day - 11/24/2020 2:25:17 AM   
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17 Sqn 24.11.40

Red Section patrolled Clacton from 0915 to 0950 hours. The Squadron patrolled convoy from 1340 to 1410 hours and from 1600 to 1710 hours. No E/A was sighted on any of these patrols.

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263 Sqn(Drem) flew its last OM in the Hurricane I


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RE: Action This Day - 11/25/2020 1:57:14 AM   
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17 Sqn 25.11.40

There was no flying for the day.

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218 Sqn(Non-Op) moved to Marham


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RE: Action This Day - 11/26/2020 1:48:14 AM   
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17 Sqn 26.11.40

Four aircraft of Red Section patrolled Felixstowe from 1130 to 1225 hours and reported having been fired on by a convoy. Four aircraft of Blue Section patrolled Clacton from 1235 to 1335 hours and the Squadron patrolled convoy from 1600 to 1655 hours. No E/A was sighted.




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RE: Action This Day - 11/27/2020 1:38:15 AM   
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17 Sqn 27.11.40

P/O. Stevens and Sgt. McPhee while patrolling base intercepted and attacked a Do.17 which they claim as probably destroyed. Blues Section patrolled base from 1150 to 1250 hours and Red Section from 1255 to 1315 hours. The Squadron patrolled Clacton from 1525 to 1620 hours. No E/A was sighted on any of these patrols.

Base Changes

25 Sqn(Blenheim IF/Beaufighter IF) moved to Wittering
47 Sqn(Wellesley I) moved to Sennar
261 Sqn(Sea Gladiator/Hurricane I) moved to Takali
264 Sqn(Defiant I) moved to Debden


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RE: Action This Day - 11/28/2020 3:20:31 AM   
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152 Sqn 28.11.40

A great day of activity, of victories but also sad losses. In the early afternoon P/O. HANCOCK while on patrol engaged a ME.109 and after a long chase last saw it with its port engine on fire and in a bad way heading for France. He was quite certain it could have reached the French coast, but did not actually see it crash into the sea. Later in the afternoon, the Squadron made contact with a large force of ME.109’s in the vicinity of NEEDLES. Many dogfights took place. P/O. WATSON was killed. It appears his plane was badly hit as it was pouring out smoke. He was seen trying to bale out by P/O. COX but the parachute failed to open and his body and plane were found just south east of WAREHAM. When found the parachute had a large rent in it and it is thought that it must have caught some part of the plane before it opened. P/O. WATSON’s death has been of great sorrow to the Squadron as he was a most popular Officer. However, P/O. MARRS brought down one ME.109 for certain and he thinks it was the one that attacked P/O. WATSON. He saw the hostile aircraft making for France and gradually overtook it and gave it some good bursts of fire. The airman baled out and P/O. MARRS saw the hostile aircraft blow up. P/O. MARRS did a fine piece of work and almost certainly avenged the death of his friend P/O. WATSON. And lastly Sgt. KLEIN one of our Polish pilots is missing. Nothing has been heard from him since he took off with the Squadron except that P/O. HOLMES during the battle caught sight of a Spitfire upon which he saw what appeared to be a bright spark. This plane spun three or four times F/O. HOLMES then lost sight of plane as he was hotly engaged with enemy aircraft. This was over the sea and it appears we have lost a very gallant pilot and ally.

Base Changes

87 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Colerne
151 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Bramcote
263 Sqn(Non-Op) moved to Exeter


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RE: Action This Day - 11/29/2020 1:47:03 AM   
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249 Sqn 29.11.40

Two patrols carried out by the Squadron. During the second patrol F/O. Barclay was instructed to investigate some enemy aircraft and on returning was shot down by an ME.109. He baled out slightly wounded and was admitted to Penbury Hospital, Nr. Tunbridge Wells.

Base Changes

56 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Middle Wallop
65 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Tangmere
72 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Leuchars
213 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Leconfield
609 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Warmwell

First and Last Operational Missions

502 Sqn(Aldergrove) flew its last OM in the Anson I
605 Sqn(Croydon) flew its first OM in the Hurricane IIA


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RE: Action This Day - 11/30/2020 1:57:58 AM   
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46 Sqn 30.11.40

A patrol was carried out in the afternoon of duration ninety minutes in the course of which two of our aircraft were shot down by Me109’s. Both pilots P/O C.F. ABROSE and SGT WALKER escaped by parachute and were uninjured.

Base Changes

38 Sqn(Non-Op) moved to Fayid
242 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Coltishall


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RE: Action This Day - 12/1/2020 1:54:21 AM   
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A really bad day, on which everything seemed to go wrong, beginning early in the morning the Squadron had to leave their aircraft at Kenley yesterday evening, owing to fog at Croydon. We were at dawn readiness (08.05 hours), so they had to leave here at 07.30 hours – which they duly did. Owing to the fact there was some technical hitch with starter batteries over there, we were not reported as at readiness until 08.25 hours. This called forth a strong rebuke from Group which was most depressing. Ops. “B” had failed to report the reason why the Squadron were not at readiness at the right time, and later an apology was received from Group. There was a hard frost last night and while taxying to take off from Croydon 3 tail wheels were broken. During the morning patrol in company with 253 Squadron, The Squadron at 27,000 ft. near Canterbury saw two Me 109’s directly below them at 25,000 ft. with one other Me 109 some way behind and above - as they turned to attack, the latter shot down Sgt. Howes who made a belly landing (Cat II) on Gravesend aerodrome uninjured. Later F/O Parrrott was shot at by some aircraft – unknown and had to bale out near Uckfield. He strained his shoulder. We claimed no enemy casualties. In an afternoon patrol near Dover 4 Me 109’s were encountered below us at 27,000 ft. and two more behind at about 29,000 ft. just above us. F/Lt. Shot down one in the sea and F/O Hayter, having a Hurricane II, was able to climb to the upper Me 109’s and destroyed it at 32,000 ft. As the Squadron were returning home at 15,000 ft. near Maidstone it appears the other upper Me 109 must have followed and shot down F/Lt. Ingle and F/O Passay, both of whom baled out near Maidstone each with a slight cannon wound in his calf. So, during the day and having only met two very small enemy formations, three pilots are temporarily u/s, three machines (including one Hurricane II) were destroyed and another one not repairable at unit.

Base Changes

39 Sqn(Blenheim I) moved to Helwan
223 Sqn(Wellesley I) moved to Wadi Gazouza


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RE: Action This Day - 12/2/2020 1:56:06 AM   
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501 Sqn 2.12.40

The Squadron was at 15 minutes Availability at Dawn to 1000 hours. At 1050 hours they were ordered off in company with No. 253 Squadron and were vectored to various raids between Beachy Head and Dungeness. After patrolling for 40 minutes they were vectored on to a Spitfire Squadron at 29,000 ft. and chased them. The Squadron Commander (S/L Holden) tried to reform the Squadron but only Green 3 succeeded in doing so. These two pilots dived upon one of two formations of M.E. 109’s which came down from 38,000 feet. Green 3(P/O Dafforn) was shot up and force landed at Detling with slight injuries. He had to get in a good burst before himself being shot up. He did not claim a victim as 74 Squadron claimed a M.E. 109 which crashed in the Sea at the same time.


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RE: Action This Day - 12/3/2020 3:13:10 AM   
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77 Sqn 3.12.40

Six crews were briefed to attack MANNHEIM CENTRAL RAILWAY JUNCTION. P/O. MOLESWORTH, F/LT. GOMM, P/O. PINKHAM, SGT. BIZLEY, F/LT. BAILEY and SGT. TAYLOR. SGT. TAYLOR’s crew did not start due to a runaway gun. P/O. PINKHAM’s attack was unsuccessful due to failure of bombs release caused by accumulator being disconnected. SGT. BIZLEY could not locate target and brought bombs back, crashed on landing due to shortage of fuel. Successful attacks were made by other aircraft. P/O. MOLESWORTH and F/LT. GOMM landed at LINTON.

Base Changes

603 Sqn(Spitfire IIA) moved to Rochford


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