CIRCUS 13 (previously postponed)
Target: Etabs Kuhlmann Chemical Works and power station at Choques
Escort – North Weald Wing (56, 242,306 Sqns)
High Cover – Biggin Hill Wing (74, 92, 609 Sqns)
Forward Echelon – Hornchurch Wing (54, 303, 603, 611 Sqns plus 91 Sqn)
Rear Echelon – Kenley Wing (1, 258, 312 Sqns)
Flank Offensive Sweep – Tangmere Wing (145, 610, 616 Sqns)
Support Sqns – 10 Group (308, 501), 12 Group (19, 65, 266)
18 Sqn (Oulton – Blenheim IV) 17.6.41
Seven a/c took part in “Circus 13”, six flying in a box of six together, the seventh formatting with 139 Squadron. All our a/c successfully completed the operation, although two were shot up and another “belly-landed” at HORSHAM.
110 Sqn (Wattisham – Blenheim IV)
6 aircraft of this squadron were ordered to Massingham to meet with 6 aircraft of 107 Squadron and 12 aircraft of Horsham St. Faith and fighter escort to attack the chemical works at Choques.
These 6 aircraft together with others took off at 1755 hours from Massingham, collected fighter escort and proceeded to target. During this operation, numerous engagements took place between enemy fighters and fighter escort, and also between enemy fighters and our bombers. All our bombers were hit, but returned safely to base and landed at 2028 hours.
600 Sqn (Beaufighter IIF) moved to Fairwood Common
24 Sqn SAAF (Maryland II) moved to Wadi Natrun
First and Last Operational Mission
113 Sqn (Maaten Bagush) flew its first OM in the Blenheim I
406 Sqn (Acklington – Blenheim IVF) flew its first OM of the war
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