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RE: Action This Day - 12/20/2020 4:24:13 AM   
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20 Sqn 20.12.40

0900 – Crew Conference held by S/L. Sawyer in the Crew Room.
1130 – Informed that Stations Operations Room that six operational and one nursery crew would be required tonight. S/L. Sawyer, P/O. Brant,P/O. Williams, P/O. Bridson, Sgt. Hickling and Sgt. Towell detailed with P/O. Humby detailed for the nursery. Briefing to be at 1430 hours.
1210 – Informed that bomb load would be 2/500, 3/250 all G.P. N.D.T., 1/250 M.L.D. and three containers of incendiaries for the main operations and 2/500 and 4/250 and two containers of incendiaries for the Nursery.
1225 – Informed by Station Operations Room briefing would now be at 1330 hours.
1330 – Crews briefed by S/L. Tomlinson for operations over Berlin.
S/L. Tomlinson to be Officer i/c Flying and Sgt. Byrne Aerodrome Control Pilot with Sgt. Sturney under instruction.
1615 – Informed that Sgt. Humby would not take off until 2000 hours.
1622/1715 – All six operational crews took off for operations over Germany, P/O. Bridson taking the spare aircraft as his was unserviceable.
2040 – P/O. Humby was unable to take off due to unserviceable guns in the rear turret.
0152 – Sgt. Towell landed at Base after operations over Berlin.
0211 – P/O. Brant landed at Base after operations over Berlin.
0228 – Sgt. Hicling landed at Base after operations over Berlin.
0234 – S/L. Sawyer landed at Base after operations over Berlin.
0240 – P/O. Bridson rang up from Burston saying that all his crew had abandoned the aircraft by parachute and the aircraft had crashed due to engine trouble at 0110 hours, all the crew were safe except the w/operator who had not been contacted.
0400 – P/O. Williams landed at Base after operations over Germany.
All aircraft located Berlin with the exception of P/O. Williams who successfully attacked an aerodrome near Rotterdam. All reported leaving large fires in the target area in spite of difficulty experienced in finding target due to thick ground haze. Intense Searchlight and Flak were encountered at various stages of the trip but no casualties to crews were sustained. Sgt. Hickling’s machine was hit in three places and P/O. Bridson’s suffered engine failure when over Norfolk on the return journey and all crew escaped by parachute.
Base Changes

103 Sqn(Wellington IC) moved to Newton

First and Last Operational Missions

15 Sqn(Wyton) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC
218 Sqn(Marham) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC


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RE: Action This Day - 12/21/2020 1:48:41 AM   
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17 Sqn 21.12.40

Blue section patrolled base from 0855 to 0915 hours, red section from 0940 to 1045 hours, F/Lt. Bayne and P/O Ross from 1235 to 1250 hours, F/Lt Bayne and P/O Vykoukal from 1305 to 1340 hours and yellow section from 1415 to 1440 hours. No e/a were seen on any of these patrols. At 1435 hours red, blue and green sections patrolled Manston with 242 Squadron. The patrol was uneventful, and the wing landed at 1555 hours.

First and Last Operational Missions

40 Sqn(Wyton) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC
150 Sqn(Newton) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC


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RE: Action This Day - 12/22/2020 2:55:47 AM   
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10 Sqn 22.12.40

0135 P/O. Humby and crew returned to Base by transport from Linton.
0900 P/O. Wakefield returned to duty from leave.
0905 Transport sent with crew sent to Linton to bring back the aircraft there.
1010 Informed that one Nursery would be required for operations tonight, operating from Dishforth, Sgt. Hoare detailed for this, possibly eight operational crews will be required.
1110 Informed that no major operations would be carried out tonight, bomb load for the nursery would be 2/500, 3/250 50% N.D.T. and 50% instantaneous, 1/250 M.L.D. and two containers incendiaries.
1125 Informed that the briefing for the Nursery crew would be 1130 hrs. take off at 1300 hrs.
1140 Sgt. Ottway detailed to be Aerodrome Control Pilot for tonight.
1145 Night flying arranged for tonight per programme issued 19/12/40.
1145 Sgt. Hoare’s crew briefed for operations by S/L. James.
1335 Sgt. Hoare took off for Dishforth for operations, Dishforth to be used as advanced Base.
1400 A conference was held by S/L. Sawyer with Flight Commanders and the Navigation, Signals and Armament officers of the subject of crews.
New crews formed as following:- six operational, seven nursery and six training crews.
1440 Nursery Operations cancelled, Sgt. Hoare’s crew returned to Base at once.
1500 Night flying will be carried out, S/L. Sawyer to be Officer i/c Flying.
1800 Night flying commenced, four details arranged.
1915 P/O. Gough with P/O. Flewilling crashed in Whitley P.4994 near Newton Picket Farm behind aerodrome. This aircraft caught fire afterwards, P/O. Flewilling was killed and P/O. Gough, Sgt. Somerville and Sgt. Hogan were injured.
1930 The remainder of the night flying programme was cancelled in view of this crash. F/O. Skryme was the only pilot to complete the programme.

Base Changes

151 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Wittering
228 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Speke


First and Last Operational Missions

219 Sqn(Tangmere) flew its last OM in the Blenheim IF
300 Sqn(Swinderby) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC
301 Sqn(Swinderby) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC


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RE: Action This Day - 12/23/2020 3:30:22 AM   
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58 Sqn 23.12.40

What was destined to be the last sorties of the month were carried out on the night of 23/24th December when six aircraft raided MANNHEIM and two aircraft made sorties on BOULOGNE. One aircraft had to return owing to engine trouble (dropping revs, erratic boost and inability to climb), bombs were jettisoned into the sea and the aircraft crashed on landing at LEEMING but nobody was injured. The primary target was not located owing to bad weather conditions but a town West of SAARBRUCKEN was attacked and other buildings and a Railway Station in the target area were bombed from 9500 feet and 12000 feet, small fires and explosions were caused. One aircraft landed at BOSCOMBE DOWN and one at ABINGDON. One aircraft captained by Sergeant Smith failed to return from operations and is posted missing with the crew. Up to the present time no further news has been received concerning this aircraft.
One aircraft successfully located and attacked target at BOULOGNE from 9500 feet and bursts were observed West of No. 3 Dock and fires started. On arrival over the target area a large fire was observed on the North bank of the Canal. This aircraft returned safely to Linton. The remaining aircraft captained by F/O. Clemmenti returned to Base at 19.30 hours and on landing crashed into a parked Lysander. The aircraft was burnt out and bombs exploded at intervals. Sergeant Johnston was killed and the other members of the crew suffered from severe burns and shock.
No further operations were carried out in December.


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RE: Action This Day - 12/24/2020 1:37:24 AM   
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217 Sqn 24.12.40

Five Beauforts carried out bombing sorties against Merignac aerodrome. One aircraft turned back with engine trouble, two failed to locate the target due to 10/10th clouds and two carried out bombing and machine gun attacks against the objective.
Beauforts of “B” flight carried out <unreadable> day and fourteen night training sorties. P/O. R.A. Robertson killed in crash

217 Sqn 25.12.40

Beauforts carried out two night training sorties. Operational sortie called off.

217 Sqn 26.12.40

Five Beauforts carried bombing sorties against Bordeaux, but three aircraft returned due to heavy icing and bad weather conditions.
From these sorties one aircraft failed to return and was not picked up on R.D.F. The crew were P/O. Tilson captain, Sgt. Wild navigator, Sgt. Bradshaw airgunner and Sgt. Miflin w/t operator.


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RE: Action This Day - 12/27/2020 2:05:28 AM   
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77 Sqn 27.12.40

Weather. Cloudy, some light rain. Visibility, moderate to poor. Surface wind moderate North Westerly, failing light.

Operations. Six crews (F/L. GOMM. P/O. PINKHAM. SGT. DOWLING. P/O. BAGNALL. W/C. JARMAN. S/L. ROBINSON.) were briefed to bomb MERIGNAC AERODROME. Two nursery crews P/O. BARRELL and SGT. JAMES were briefed to bomb LORIENT.

Only two crews located target (P/O. PINKHAM and SGT. DOWLING) but results could not be observed. W/C. JARMAN bombed the docks at BREST: results of attack could not be observed. P/O. BAGNALL and F/L. GOMM and the two nursery crews bombed LORIENT, but definite results of attack could not be observed. S/L. ROBINSON was unable to locate target and jettisoned bombs in the sea, and crashed at ST. ATMAN. SGT. DOWLING and P/O. GOMM crashed at ABINGDON. Other crews landed safely.


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RE: Action This Day - 12/28/2020 2:00:27 AM   
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50 Sqn 28.12.40

10 aircraft were detailed to attack CC.26 – docks at LORIENT.

6 aircraft were successful in reaching and locating the target area. Unfortunately, the area was covered by 10/10ths cloud and bomb aiming was made difficult. All the aircraft, however, launched attacks on the area and many flashes and bursts were reported. One large fire was seen to start. Actual results were not observed due to cloud. Heavy A.A. and searchlight activity was encountered over the whole area.

2 aircraft returned to BASE with bombs still on, one as a result of W/T failure and the other being unable to locate any target. A third aircraft jettisoned its bombs “safe” in the English Channel as bomb-aimer did not release owing to intercom failure.

One aircraft failed to return and is presumed to have been brought down as a result of enemy action.

A total of 24 x 500lb. G.P. bombs was expeneded.


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RE: Action This Day - 12/29/2020 3:10:32 AM   
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75 Sqn 29.12.40

Operations. BOMBING ATTACKS ON TARGETS M.434 AND HAMM

Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft captained by P/O Norman failed to return. Moderate A.A. fire was experienced, and few searchlights were encountered. Weather was not good. 10/10 cloud being experienced.


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RE: Action This Day - 12/30/2020 3:07:14 AM   
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401 Sqn RCAF 30.12.40

No scrambles were participated in and with one section being away, there were no aircraft available for practice flying. F.O.’s Tuile and Kunsel departed the station on leave. Capt. Nodwell and P.O. Boomer arrived on the station from Inverness. Capt. Boyanner departed on leave. Group Captain Dunn together with Wing Cmndr. Atcherley visited the officers of the squadron in the mess this evening.

Base Changes

45 Sqn(Blenheim I) moved to LG.81
73 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Sidi Haneish


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RE: Action This Day - 12/31/2020 3:24:19 AM   
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114 Sqn 31.12.40

Five crews stood by for battle order to attack enemy aerodromes and industrial targets. Good cloud cover was forecast.

L9267 P.O. KNOWLES, P.O. KELLOW, SGT FENWICK took off on weather recco and after reporting weather conditions favourable on the other side set course for ROTTERDAM. Here they located the oil storage tanks at VLAARDIGEN and attacked with 2/250 lb and 12/40 lb bombs. Bursts were seen on the target. Their task completed this aircraft returned to base at 1122 hours after being in the air for 3 hours.

T1830 P.O. LONG, P.O. DAWSON, SGT TAYLOR.
R3897 SGT YOUNG, SGT BROWN, SGT COATES.
Took off to attack aerodromes at BERCK-SUR-MER and GILZE RIJEN. The former encountered bad weather over the Channel and returned to base at 1328 hrs. The latter crew unfortunately did not return.

Operating in France and later in England the Squadron made 201 sorties and attacked 118 targets during 1940.

Base Changes

45 Sqn(Blenheim I) moved to Menastir


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RE: Action This Day - 1/1/2021 3:38:39 AM   
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111 Sqn(Dyce – Hurricanes) 1.1.41

Blue Section: Blue 1. S/L. Biggar. Blue 2. P/O. Kellett. Blue 3. F/Lt. Walker DFC.

Intercepted and probably destroyed a J.U. 88 over the sea S.E. of Montrose, S/Ldr Biggar received a bullet in his engine and force landed at Knox Hill Farm. The Hurricane being placed in Cat. 3.

Base Changes

85 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Debden
112 Sqn(Gladiator I) moved to Amriya
264 Sqn(Defiant I) moved to Gravesend

First and Last Operational Missions

91 Sqn(Hawkinge – Spitfire IIA) flew its first OM of the war


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RE: Action This Day - 1/2/2021 2:23:04 AM   
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61 Sqn(Hemswell – Hampdens) 2.1.41

ATTACK ON TARGET D.11 (ATLAS WERKE, SHIPBUILDING YARD, BREMEN)

5 Aircraft of No.61 Squadron were detailed to attack Target D.11. Weather conditions were bad and they were 10/10 cloud and snowstorms over the target area. 1 Aircraft returned early with engine trouble. 1 Aircraft successfully attacked the target and observed two bursts in the target area. 1 Aircraft attacked OLDENBURG and observed two bursts on the target. 1 Aircraft attacked WILHELMSHAVEN but failed to observe results. The remaining aircraft turned back within 70 miles of the target, owing to overheating of the Port engine. Both engines cut out when coming in to land and the aircraft crashed some 500 yards behind the Officers Mess’, HEMSWELL. Pilot and Navigator were injured, the other two members of the Crew escaping unhurt.


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RE: Action This Day - 1/3/2021 3:17:17 AM   
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23 Sqn(Ford – Blenheims) 3.1.41

Six aircraft P/O. Mathews, S/Ldr. Colman, Sgt. Raffles, P/O. Simpson, F/O. Gawith & F/O. Willans carried out Offensive Patrols in Lille, Beauvais, Abbeville area. (French Occupied Territory). S/Ldr. Colman and crew, T/Sgt. Mathews (Obs.), Sgt. Macrory (A.G.) failed to return to base and reported missing. The last R.D.F. plot of their aircraft was in the vicinity of Dieppe. Message of condolence received from A.O.C. 11 Group.

Base Changes

253 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Leconfield
303 Sqn(Non-Op) move to Northolt


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RE: Action This Day - 1/4/2021 2:11:11 AM   
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99 Sqn(Newmarket - Wellingtons) 4.1.41

09.15. Station Operations informed that an Enemy Aircraft was approaching NEWMARKET from the South. Enemy Aircraft turned for Coast soon afterwards.

09.30. Information was received that the Squadron would not be required to Operate tonight. Normal training was carried out the rest of the day.

12.55. Aircraft L.7785 F/O. Davidson (Capt), Sgt. Keddie (Pilot), P/O. Bellerby and Sgt. Truscott (Crew), crashed on Racecourse after making two unsuccessful attempts to land. F/O. Davidson and Sgt. Keddie were placed on the D.I. List, P/O. Bellerby sustained a fractured arm and Sgt. Truscott face injuries.

13.30. The Medical Officer rang up from White Lodge Hospital for two Blood Donors, two Airmen were sent to the Hospital immediately.

15.40. Information was received from White Lodge Hospital that F/O. Davidson died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

16.00. Information was received from White Lodge Hospital that Sgt. Keddie died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

16.30. Squadron Stood Down until 10.00 hours 5.1.41.


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RE: Action This Day - 1/6/2021 1:54:26 AM   
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49 Sqn(Scampton - Hampdens) 5.1.41

Ten aircraft were detailed for Gardening Operations in the JELLYFISH area, one in BEECH area and one in ARTICHOKE area.

All aircraft took off between 1645 and 1750 hours. Four Mellons were planted in JELLYFISH area, one in BEECH area and one in ARTCHOKES area.

One aircraft (Sgt. Price) is missing from operations. Of the five unsuccessful sorties one aircraft encountered severe icing which compelled him to land before reaching the target area, and one had engine trouble. The other three reached the target area but were unable to definitely locate the target for dropping.

All aircraft were diverted to ST. EVAL on their return, with the exception of the missing one, and one which landed at BOSCOMBE DOWN with engine trouble, all landed at ST. EVAL.

Base Changes

1 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Kenley

82 Sqn(Bodney – Blenheims) 6.1.41

1 aircraft stood by for day cloud operations and took off at 1506 hrs. Night operations cancelled, owing to weather. Sgt. T.H. Cook was injured in a crash landing near NORWICH on return from an operation. Weather overcast with slight snow. Visibility 1-2 miles.

Base Changes

248 Sqn(Blenheim IV) moved to Dyce

First and Last Operational Missions

11 Sqn(Helwan) flew its last OM in the Blenheim I
39 Sqn(Helwan) flew its last OM in the Blenheim I
39 Sqn(Helwan) flew its first OM in the Blenheim IV


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RE: Action This Day - 1/7/2021 3:04:30 AM   
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209 Sqn(Stranraer - Lerwicks) 7.1.41

S/Ldr. B.A.C. Wood posted to the squadron supernumerary for flying duties w.e.f. 1.1.41. Lerwick L.2672 sunk when taking off, with the loss of one N.C.O. Air Gunner and one airman aircrew, who were drowned whilst trying to get clear of the aircraft which sank very quickly. See F.765A dated 7.1.41 and F.541.

Base Changes

3 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Skeabrae


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RE: Action This Day - 1/8/2021 3:13:59 AM   
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401 Sqn RCAF(Castletown - Hurricanes) 8.1.41

Some air to air practice was engaged in. F.O. Hillock returned to the squadron from sick leave. No scrambles during the day. Squadron performed the South as well as the North Patrol. Flt.Lt.Morrison, the last to pancake, was forced to circle the field for 45 minutes as No. 260 Squadron were doing circuits and night landings. Six pilots did some night flying practice.

Base Changes

3 9 Sqn(Blenheim IV) moved to Helwan

First and Last Operational Missions

39 Sqn(Helwan) flew its last OM in the Blenheim IV
255 Sqn(Kirton-in-Lindsey – Defiant I) flew its first OM of the war



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RE: Action This Day - 1/9/2021 3:07:51 AM   
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23 Sqn(Ford - Blenheims) 9.1.41

One aircraft P/O. Bird carried out Searchlight Co-operation in local sector.

One aircraft Sgt. Jones carried our Offensive Patrol in Pois, Beauvais sector and failed to return to base. Posted as missing with crew, Sgt. Bessell (Obs.) and Sgt. Cullen (A.G.)

Base Changes

92 Sqn(Spitfire IA) moved to Manston

First and Last Operational Missions

29 Sqn(Wellingore) flew its last OM in the Blenheim IF


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RE: Action This Day - 1/10/2021 2:31:53 AM   
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10.1.41 – CIRCUS 1

Bombing Sqn – 114(Blenheims)
Close Escort Sqns – 56, 242,249(Hurricanes-North Weald)
High Escort Sqns – 41, 64, 611(Spitfires-Hornchurch)
Mid-Channel Cover – 66, 74, 609(Spitfires-Biggin HIll)

114 Squadron had already moved some of its aircraft to Hornchurch so it could take-off with the Hornchurch Wing. Some RAF records refer to this operation as Fighter Sweep 1. The 114 Squadron ORB clearly indicates it as “CIRCUS 1”. The following is the 114 Squadron narrative.

The first six aircraft under the command of Wing Comm. ELSMIE took off from HORNCHURCH to keep a rendezvous at 6,000 ft. with 3 squadrons of Hurricanes and 3 squadrons of Spitfires (total 72 fighters) over a south coast town, the whole formation then proceeding to Foret de GUINNES area in France where our squadron successfully dropped 16/250 and 48/40 lb bombs on ammunition and stores dumps hidden in woods. Fires were started. The fighter escort shot down three ME 109s with the loss of one Hurricane, the pilot of which escaped by parachute though slightly wounded. Valuable photographs were taken during the trip and the Squadron returned to HORNCHURCH safely at 1325 hours after being in the air 1 hour 25 minutes. It is believed the Squadron spent an enjoyable evening in LONDON afterwards.


Base Changes

53 Sqn(Blenheim IV) moved to Bircham Newton
55 Sqn(Blenheim IV) moved to LG.79
208 Sqn(Hurricane I/Lysander I) moved to Gambut

First and Last Operational Missions

69 Sqn(Luqa) flew its first OM in the Maryland I


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RE: Action This Day - 1/11/2021 2:02:55 AM   
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49 Sqn(Scampton – Hampdens) 11.1.41

No Operations.

ACCIDENTS – Hampden L.4045 P/O. H.F.P. Newhouse. 754792 Sgt. H. Irving; 924097 Sgt. L. Jackson, and 755713 Sgt. P. Prosser.

This aircraft crashed whilst returning from operations, at bout 0730 hours near NORTHOPE Lincs. The cause is unknown. All the crew were killed.
The above aircraft L.4045 was known to the Squadron as the “Queen” and had done the amazing total of 786 hours 10 minutes operational flying before she crashed.

Base Changes

264 Sqn(Defiant I) moved to Biggin Hill
3 Sqn RAAF(Gladiator I/II) moved to Gambut


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RE: Action This Day - 1/12/2021 2:16:42 AM   
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242 Sqn(Martlesham Heath - Hurricanes) 12.1.41

S/Ldr. BADER and F/Lt. TURNER took off on Mosquito raid and fired on small vessel.
F/O. TAMBLYN, F/O. McNIGHT, F/O. ROGERS and P/O. BROWN took off at 1215 hrs. for GRAVELINE – Mosquito Raid – fired on small vessels and machine gunned troops on the beach. Returned 1315 hrs. – F/O. McNIGHT DFC. failed to return.
P/O. LATTA, F/O. EDMUNDS, F/O. ARTHUR and F/O. CHYDERMAN machine gunned a schooner. F/O. LATTA, DFC. failed to return.

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145 Sqn(Tangmere) flew its first OM in the Spitfire IA


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RE: Action This Day - 1/13/2021 2:09:40 AM   
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114 Sqn(Oulton – Blenheim IV) 13.1.41

Squadron stood down. A paperchase was organized.
T.1858, P.O. CLARKE, SGT GRINDLEY, SGT ALLEN, took off on a weather recco at 0855 hours but unfortunately this plane did not return and the crew is posted as missing.

POSTWAR – Believed shot down by fighters at 1055 and crashed into the sea NW of Bergen, Holland. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

First and Last Operational Missions

57 Sqn(Feltwell) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC


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RE: Action This Day - 1/14/2021 1:36:44 AM   
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401 Sqn RCAF(Castletown - Hurricanes) 14.1.41

The C.A.S. made a tour of inspection of The Thurso Castle Camp, the aerodrome, orderly room, flight dispersal and Barnyard Dispersal. A practice scramble was staged for him. “B” Flight took off in record time for a runway take-off. A good exhibition of formation flying was given. The C.A.S. took off for the South by Hudson A/C after lunch. Threatening weather prevented patrols. Squadron maintained night readiness.


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RE: Action This Day - 1/15/2021 3:50:18 AM   
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58 Sqn(Linton-on-Ouse – Whitley V) 15.1.41

Two aircraft made attacks on WILHELMSHAFEN. One of these unfortunately, Captained by P/O. Peers failed to return. The Time off Target signal was given and at 21.45 the last fix was given by BIRCHAM NEWTON. No further news has been received of this aircraft so it must be presumed missing with the crew. The other aircraft made a successful attack from 10500 feet but dense cloud prevented observation of results.

POSTWAR – Shot down by a night-fighter (Oblt Egmont Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld, 4.NJG1) and crashed 2246 between the Zwanenwater Lake and Callantsoog (Noord Netherlands), below Den Helder, Netherlands. It is further reported that the night-fighter was radar controlled by Lt Jauk at Station Salzhering, not far from Den Helder.

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33 Sqn(Hurricane I) moved to Amriya
113 Sqn(Blenheim IV) moved to Sidi Barrani
213 Sqn(Hurricane I) move to Driffield


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RE: Action This Day - 1/16/2021 2:03:28 AM   
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234 Sqn(St. Eval – Spitfire IA) 16.1.41

3 interception scrambles by 6 aircraft. P/O. Beech crashed at Ruan Lanthorne (near Truro) and was killed. Sgt. Rogers engaged a JU.88 over Plymouth and is missing.

Base Changes

55 Sqn(Blenheim IV) moved to Amseat
607 Sqn(Hurricane I) move to Macmerry


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RE: Action This Day - 1/17/2021 1:40:39 AM   
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401 Sqn RCAF(Castletown – Hurricane I) 17.1.41

Our transport continues to be the basis of maintaining any communication between Thurso and Castletown, thereby keeping the squadron operational. A scramble occurred in the afternoon without result. More snow storms threatening. All patrols canceled.

Base Changes

80 Sqn(Gladiator II) moved to Iannina

First and Last Operational Missions

25 Sqn(Wittering) flew its last OM in the Blenheim IF


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RE: Action This Day - 1/18/2021 1:54:42 AM   
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401 Sqn RCAF(Castletown – Hurricane I) 18.1.41

Roads slightly improved but communications far from normal. A scramble occurred in the morning but section had difficulty avoiding heavy snow storms. Heavy blizzard prevented any operational flying. An E/A circled the aerodrome but could not be seen. This A/C was obviously lost. Patrols were cancelled. Squadron maintained night readiness.


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RE: Action This Day - 1/20/2021 1:39:06 PM   
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401 Sqn RCAF(Castletown – Hurricane I) 19.1.41

Heavy intermittent blizzards persisted all day. A scramble took place about 1300 hours. Flt.Lt. Watson, F.O.’s Russell and Connel comprised the scramble section. When avoiding heavy snow clouds they spotted a JU.88 at about 1000 yards range. They climbed to investigate when the A/C disappeared in heavy cloud and further contact was impossible. Number of pilots have colds which seem to be affecting their ears. Skitten unserviceable and our squadron are taking over their duties.

First and Last Operational Missions

64 Sqn(Hornchurch) flew their first OM in the Spitfire IIA.

43 Sqn(Drem – Hurricane I) 20.1.41

F.O. HUEY posted to No. 43 Squadron for medical duties.
Blue Section, No. 43 Squadron engaged enemy aircraft at sea off Aberdeen, P/O. Tufnell involved in F.B. (injured) and admitted Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen.
CLARIFICATION – Tufnell’s a/c was damaged by the JU.88 and he crash landed - warshipbuilder





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RE: Action This Day - 1/21/2021 1:59:01 AM   
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401 Sqn RCAF(Castletown – Hurricane I) 21.1.41

A quiet day with only one scramble. The section was sent from 20,000 feet to 4,000 feet and back again immediately. They were vectored over a prohibited area but the Navy did not fire. Scramble ended uneventfully. Bad weather prevented dusk patrols.

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3 Sqn RAAF(Gladiator I/II) moved to Bir Hacheim


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RE: Action This Day - 1/22/2021 3:59:13 AM   
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82 Sqn (Bodney – Blenheim IV) 22.1.41

Seven crews were detailed for night operations. P/O. P.H. Moller, Sgt. A.J. Norman and Sgt. F.H.H. Taylor were killed in a crash after taking off on an operational sortie. Weather fair becoming cloudy. Visibility mainly 2 – 4 miles.

First and Last Operational Missions

239 Sqn(Gatwick) flew its last OM in the Lysander II


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