257 Sqn(Coltishall – Hurricane I) 24.2.41
The first of eight patrols carried out during the day was at 0850 hours when Red section took off. They landed. Yellow section were next to go off and at 0950 hours they took off to patrol base. After receiving several vectors, they found themselves at 15,000 feet, 16 miles out to sea off HARPISBURGH, where they saw an e/a believed to be a JU 88 behind and below at 1035 hours. P/O ATKINS attacked from the port and rear and then was hid from view of P/O JOHNSTON as both the enemy aircraft and P/O ATKINS disappeared into thick cloud that was 10/10th. P/O JOHNSTON followed in the direction they had taken, but could not contact. A few minutes later he was informed over the R/T that P/O ATKINS had probably baled out, as he had said over the R/T “I think I am hit and will have to bale out”. After threequarters hour search, P/O JOHNSTON had to return to base owing to petrol shortage. Trawlers, Motor Boats and aircraft as well as the CROMER lifeboat were unable to find any trace of the aircraft or the pilot, P/O ATKINS posted as missing.
ADDENDUM – He was never found.
6 Sqn(Lysander II) moved to Barce
66 Sqn(Spitfire IIA) moved to Exeter
234 Sqn(Spitfire IIA) moved to Warmwell
263 Sqn(Whirlwind I) moved to St. Eval
609 Sqn(Non-Op) moved to Biggin Hill
First and Last Operational Missions
56 Sqn(North Weald) flew its last OM in the Hurricane I
207 Sqn(Waddington – Manchester I) flew its first OM of the war
616 Sqn(Kirton-in-Lindsey) flew its last OM in the Spitfire IA
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