75 Years Ago from the Archives.

75 Years ago from the Operation Record Books for

R.A.F. Harrowbeer

 

 

October  1942 

Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward is the Station Commanding Officer. The Station Operation Record Book for October was signed by Squadron Leader Chris Hogg who was the Station Administration Officer.

 

Weather 

  5th October     Adverse weather conditions. No flying.

  7th October     No flying.

10th October     Wet morning, fine after lunch.

11th October     Sunny and cloudy.

12th October     Not so good, low cloud and occasional rain.

13th October     Plenty of sunshine.

14th October     No flying, bad weather.

15th October     The weather relented and was fine. Back to flying.

16th October     Good.

17th October     Very poor, mist and rain for most of the day.

18th October     Poor clearing by lunchtime.

19th October     A lot of mist limited flying.

20th October     Wet and cloudy.

21st October     Cloudy with fair periods.

22nd / 23rd October     Very bad, no flying today.

24th October     A lot of sunshine, but a strong wind.

25th October     Again another possible day for flying.

26th October     Bad weather conditions, limited flying.

27th October     Morning bad, clearing in the afternoon.

28th October     Very good, little cloud with exceptionally good visibility.

29th October     A hopeless day. Wind gale force and torrential rain.

30th October     Low cloud and strong winds, limited flying.

31st October     An improvement in the weather enabling flying to continue.

 

From the Station O.R.B.

 

          1st October     Twelve Spitfire VB aircraft of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron took off from R.A.F. Bolt Head at 1651 hours and flew as close escort to four Whirlwind aircraft in a shipping attack East of Bainbol. There were no claims or casualties.

               6th October     A Wellington aircraft of No.142 Squadron crashed on Dartmoor. Four of the crew were killed and one injured. A Defiant aircraft of No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron located the Wellington and endeavoured to help the rescue party, but owing to bad weather the search was abandoned.

          7th October     A local farmer directed the Civil Police to the spot where the Wellington had crashed on the 6th. R.A.F. Harrowbeer sent out a rescue party and were able to remove the bodies.

          9th October     No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron took off from R.A.F. West Malling with No.310 ( Czech ) Squadron and No.313 ( Czech ) Squadron on No.11 Group ' Circus ' No.224, returning to R.A.F. Harrowbeer. There were no claims or casualties.

          10th October     No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron moved to R.A.F. Church Stanton.          No.175 Squadron ( Hurricane IIB Bomber aircraft ) arrived with seventeen Hurricane IIB aircraft under the Command of Squadron Leader J. R. Pennington-Leigh DFC.

          13th October     Eight Spitfire aircraft of No.313 ( Czech ) Squadron landed at R.A.F. Harrowbeer for convoy patrol duties.

          15th October     Six Hurricane IIB aircraft of No.175 Squadron escorted eighteen Spitfire aircraft on a shipping attack at Lesardrieux. The targets were found and claimed as damaged. There were no casualties.

          19th October     A  " Manning Exercise " was carried out on ' Spooner's Feature ' for R.A.F. Station personnel and personnel of No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron and No.78 Signals Wing Calibration Flight.

          21st October     Thirteen Spitfire VB aircraft of No.306 ( Poland ) Squadron arrived during the morning from R.A.F. Northolt and carried out an offensive operation in the afternoon. They were detailed to escort bombers returning from an attack on Lannion. There were no casualties.

          24th October     During the afternoon one captured ME110 and two JU88's arrived on the Station for exhibition purposes. Later a lecture was given by one of the Intelligence Staff regarding these aircraft to the personnel of the Gun Posts on the Aerodrome, which were being manned by the Army.

          25th October     R.A.F. Station Harrowbeer became the parent Station to R.A.F. Satellite Bolt Head.

          26th October     Two Hurricane IIB aircraft of No.175 Squadron took part in an Army Co-operation exercise.

          28th October     Twelve Spitfire aircraft of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron arrived on the Station to take part in an operation with No.175 Squadron and No.310 ( Czech ) Squadron to carry out an attack on Lezardrieux where shipping had been reported. No shipping was sighted. Fire was opened on flak positions on the estuary and supporting aircraft damaged some locomotives and other flak positions. All aircraft returned safely.

          30th October     At 1920 hours a warning was received from No.19 Group that a Liberator aircraft was approaching R.A.F. Harrowbeer in distress. The clouds were very low but every effort was made to bring it down safely. The Liberator broke cloud over base and made two circuits in preparation to land. Sadly the aircraft crashed at Fullamoor Farm, three miles North of the Aerodrome.

               During the month of October a rifle shooting competition for a trophy presented by the Station Commander, Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward was held for the second time. A great deal of interest was shown with twenty nine voluntary teams competing. The competition was on a knock out principle. The standard of shooting was very satisfactory and over half of the teams averaged eighty per cent of the points. The Electricians Section did remarkably well by getting both of their teams into the final. The winning team was captained by Warrant Officer Idiens. Both winners and runners up received medals. It is the intention to shoot for the trophy every four months.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B.'s

 

No.19 Squadron :- 

          3rd October     ' A ' Flight of No.19 Squadron moved from R.A.F. Perranporth to R.A.F. Harrowbeer.          Late in the morning two convoy patrols were carried out. One returned due to bad weather, the second was uneventful.           ' A ' Flight then returned to R.A.F. Perranporth.

          8th October     Seven Spitfire Vc's from ' A ' Flight flew to R.A.F. Harrowbeer from R.A.F. Perranporth. They landed in the afternoon. Two Spitfire Vc aircraft then carried out a convoy patrol, landing back at R.A.F. Harrowbeer at 1525 hours.          ' A ' Flight of No.19 Squadron were then moved to R.A.F. Exeter.

 

No.78 Signals Wing Calibration Flight :-

          19th October     A  ' Manning Exercise was carried out on ' Spooner's Feature ' for R.A.F. Station personnel and personnel of No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron and No.78 Signals Wing Calibration Flight.

 

No.175 Squadron :-

          10th October     No.175 Squadron moved from R.A.F. Warmwell, Dorset to R.A.F. Harrowbeer with Hurricane IIB aircraft. The Squadron Commanding Officer ( Squadron Leader J. R. Pennington-Leigh DFC ), Scotty, Polly and Spy went by car, the remainder of the Squadron went by road or rail. It was a pretty sight to see the aircraft fly into R.A.F. Harrowbeer ready to be operated by our new Commanding Officer.

          12th October     Weather not too good, but the Hurricane aircraft managed to take off on sector reconnaissance flights, local flying and weather tests.

          13th October     A total of thirty five flying hours carried out today. These comprised :- eighteen sorties on local flying, nine on local formation, three sector reconnaissance flights and two convoy patrols.

          14th October     No flying today due to bad weather.

          15th October     Five pilots and the Commanding Officer went off on an operation to attack shipping in the Trieux River. They were successful and claim two small trawlers as Cat. 3 and an E-Boat as Cat. 3.

          21st October     Twelve sorties carried out today on convoy patrols. The Squadron was also on readiness for Air Sea Rescue duties for part of the day, but were not called on. Later in the day local flying and dusk landings were undertaken.

          22nd / 23rd October     Two days of very bad weather, resulting in no flying.

          24th October     Weather much better today. Back to flying, including one sector reconnaissance, four formation flights, one Army Co-operation exercise, two low flying and formation flights.

          25th October     ' Spy ' ( the Intelligence Officer ) left today for an Intelligence Course at Highgate, most probably he will return a ' Super Spy '. The terror of all line shooting pilots

          26th October     The weather again very poor today, but two Hurricane IIB aircraft undertook a convoy patrol at mid-day. Later a patrol went off to escort a shipping convoy moving from Plymouth to Falmouth.

          28th October     A great improvement in the weather. Eight Hurricane IIB's escorted by Spitfires took off on an attack on shipping. The chance to become ' fully operational ' again certainly acted like a tonic to the pilots. Unfortunately no ships were sighted, bombs were brought back much to the disappointment of all. It was however the cause of excited conversation as the pilots told of what they saw ' on the other side '.

          29th October     A hopeless day, bale force winds and torrential rain resulting in no flying.

          31st October     The Squadron were able to carry out convoy patrol work. These consisted of one convoy of eleven ships codenamed ' Range ' and one convoy of seventeen ships codenamed ' Multiple '. they were sailing ten to fifteen miles out from Plymouth.

               As at the 31st October 1942 the strength of the Squadron consisted of fifteen Officers and one hundred and eighty four other ranks.

 

No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron     ' B ' Flight :-

          6th October     Pilot Officer Emberg carried out a land search for a Wellington aircraft which had crashed on Dartmoor. Later Squadron Leader Fisher located the Wellington aircraft and attempted to guide a land party to it, but the weather closed in and the ground search had to be abandoned.

          7th October     Squadron Leader Fisher, Flying Officer Ernst and Pilot Officer Brooks set out on a ground search for the crashed Wellington aircraft. After searching ( in their opinion ) half of Dartmoor they found the wreckage and helped the sole survivor to an ambulance.

          8th October     Sergeant Coleman and Sergeant Badger took off in a Lysander aircraft on a rescue sortie. They were to search in the vicinity of Pendine Light. One ditched airman had already been located by boats, unfortunately nothing further was seen.

          9th October     Squadron Leader Fisher was flown to R.A.F. Warmwell to collect a Walrus aircraft which he then flew back to R.A.F. Harrowbeer.

          20th October     In view of re-location of Walrus aircraft ( one per Flight ) extensive Walrus training commenced.

          21st October     Squadron Leader Bocock arrived from No.277 Air Sea Rescue Squadron to take over the training of all pilots on Walrus aircraft flying.

               The majority of October was spent on flying duties using the Walrus aircraft. This was mainly as dual control instruction. There was also a good number of air tests, local flying and cross country flights in Lysanders and Defiant aircraft.

 

No.286 ( Army Air Co-operation ) Squadron :-

          No.286 ( AAC ) Squadron is still based at R.A.F. Colerne but with a detachment of ' A ' Flight based at R.A.F. Harrowbeer. The unit had three personnel and three Defiant aircraft which was used on Army Air Co-operation exercises along with No.55 Anti Aircraft Brigade. A total of twenty nine exercises were carried out during the month of October.

 

No.306 ( Poland ) Squadron :-

          21st October     Thirteen Spitfire VB aircraft arrived during the morning from R.A.F. Northolt and carried out an offensive operation in the afternoon. They were detailed to escort Bombers returning from an attack on Lannion. Owing to bad weather the aircraft became dispersed during the operation. There were no engagements and no casualties.

 

No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          1st October     Eight Spitfire VB aircraft were sent to R.A.F. Bolt Head on stand by duties.  At 1650 hours six Spitfire VB aircraft of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron along with six other aircraft took off from R.A.F. Bolt Head as close escort to six Whirlwind aircraft which were to bomb three mine-sweepers at Lezardrieux. The Whirlwind aircraft were unable to identify their position of landfall so they looked for alternative targets, but found none so they proceeded to return to base. No.312( Czech ) Squadron broke escort at the French Coast which they believe was an estuary North East of Morlaix, they orbited until the Whirlwinds came out when they joined up and escorted them back to base. No enemy aircraft or shipping was sighted. There was moderate light flak from coastal batteries off shore.

          2nd October     An order was received from Headquarters No.10 Group to move the Squadron to R.A.F. West Malling. It was decided to move the rail party the next day while the ground equipment was loaded at the railway station in Horrabridge in the evening. The W/T van proceeded by road as the advance party.

          3rd October     The ground crews left at 0710 hours ( one Officer and forty two men ) arriving at R.A.F. West Malling at 1725 hours. The ground crews were billeted immediately on arrival, dispersals occupied and ground equipment unloaded.

          4th / 5th October     The Squadron Spitfire VB aircraft were unable to fly to R.A.F. West Malling owing to bad weather.

          6th October     Orders received from Headquarters No.10 Group to move the Squadron from R.A.F. Harrowbeer to R.A.F. Churchstanton on the 10th October 1942.

          8th October     Eighteen Spitfire VB aircraft of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron left R.A.F. Harrowbeer for R.A.F. West Malling at 1410 hours arriving at 1530 hours.

          9th October     At 1530 hours all aircraft took off from R.A.F. West Malling for R.A.F. Harrowbeer. In the meantime at 1400 hours two Harrow aircraft with forty airmen of the ground staff took off from R.A.F. Harrowbeer for R.A.F. West Malling. After they had landed orders were received for the ground crews to proceed straight to R.A.F. Churchstanton. A rail party left at 1850 hours from R.A.F. West Malling with three Officers and eighty one other ranks, arriving at Taunton at 0300 hours.

          10th October     Eight Spitfire VB aircraft took off for R.A.F. Churchstanton via R.A.F. Exeter. The rest of the ground staff were loading equipment at R.A.F. Harrowbeer until late at night. Arrangements were made for a special train to leave Horrabridge the next morning. At R.A.F. Churchstanton the rail party were met at Taunton by Station transport and taken to camp where all accommodation was prepared. During the morning equipment was unloaded and brought to the camp. Officers are accommodated at the Officer's Mess, while Ground Staff Officers are on camp. The Dispersals and Headquarters are brand new but the Squadron Hangar being not yet completed, a Blister Hangar was utilised as an emergency measure.

          11th October     The rail party left R.A.F. Harrowbeer at 1050 hours ( two Officers and sixty five other ranks ) arriving at Taunton at 1630 hours where transport was waiting. The road party, consisting of three lorries with some ground equipment, W/T van, Hillman Saloon and Hillman Utility left R.A.F. Harrowbeer at 1000 hours arriving at R.A.F. Churchstanton at 1500 hours.

          28th October     At 0800 hours twelve Spitfire VB aircraft proceeded to R.A.F. Harrowbeer pancaking at 0830 hours. These aircraft then took off at 1410 hours as close escort for eight Hurribomber aircraft detailed to attack shipping at Lezardrieux. They rendezvoused with eleven aircraft of No.313 C9 Czech ) Squadron at Start Point. The French Coast was crossed North of Fleubian. The target for the bombers was not seen. After crossing the river approximately two miles East of Lezardrieux six pilots of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron attacked a locomotive and goods train moving South East. It is claimed that the locomotive was stopped and steam was seen coming from it. A machine-gun blockhouse was also attacked and return gunfire was experienced. Enemy casualties :- one locomotive heavily damaged.     Our casualties :- one Spitfire VB  Cat. A.

 

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September  1942

Squadron Leader R. R. P. Fisher took over command of R.A.F. Harrowbeer during the month of September while Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward was on leave. Squadron Leader R. R. P. Fisher signed the Station Operation Record Book for the month of September.

 

Visitors to R.A.F. Harrowbeer included :-

          Air Vice Marshal Janousek - Czech Inspector General

          Air Vice Marshal A. H. Orlebar CBE, DFC - Air Officer Commanding No.10 Group

          Air Commodore F. Beaumont - Director of Allied Air Co-operation

          C/C Tongs - Commanding R.A.F. Exeter

          Lieutenant Colonel Colle - Czech Military Air Attache

          ?  ?  ?  Cloville - Air Ministry ( D.A.F.L. )

          General Viest - Deputy of the Czech Minister of Naval Defence

 

From the Station O.R.B.

          3rd September     Today was the third Anniversary of the commencement of the war and appointed as a day of national prayer.

          4th September   Two aircraft of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron were sent out on a scramble from R.A.F. Bolt Head for four FW190's South East of Torquay.

          10th September     Ten aircraft of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron proceeded to R.A.F. Bolt Head and took off from there to act as escort to four Whirlwind aircraft on a sea level shipping attack along the French Coast. No shipping was seen.

          25th September     The second Anniversary of the formation of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron. Celebrations commenced with a dinner held at the ' Moorland Links Hotel '. This was followed by a dance in the Officer's Mess.

          26th September     No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron Anniversary celebration - Mass in a Bellman hangar was followed by inspection of the Squadron by General Viest, who presented some of the pilots with Czech  decorations. Air Vice Marshal A. H. Orlebar CBE, DFC presented the Squadron with their Squadron Crest duly signed by His Majesty the King. The Air Officer Commanding decorated Flight Sergeant F. Mares with the DFM.

          26th September     Fifteen Spitfire IX aircraft of No.64 Squadron arrived on the Station. At 1600 hours, twelve of these aircraft were fitted with long range tanks and sent off on an operation.

          27th September     An advance party of No.229 Mobile Maintenance Unit arrived on the Station and went into a tented camp just North of the W.A.A.F. Site.

          29th September     Twelve Spitfire IX aircraft of No.64 Squadron took off for R.A.F. Fairlop.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B. 's

 

No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron   ' B ' Flight :-

          11th September     Squadron Leader R. R. P. Fisher carried out dinghy dropping tests in Defiant Serial No.AA351. This aircraft has been modified by enlarging the flare shute large enough to allow the dropping of a dinghy. The idea of the internal stowage of dinghies was first introduced by Squadron Leader Fisher, Warrant Officer Prater and the Squadron Engineering Officer, the tests were highly successful. Fighter Command were extremely pleased with the results but regretted the scheme could not be incorporated in all Air Sea Rescue Defiants because of the time it would take to get all the aircraft modified.

          11th September     A Walrus aircraft was ordered off to search one hundred and twenty degrees off from R.A.F. Bolt Head and a distance of forty two miles out. Nothing was seen.

          22nd September     A Walrus aircraft was detailed to search the beaches between the Manacle Point and Land's End, Cornwall. Nothing was seen.

          24th September     One successful search in the Minehead area was carried out. On the return flight Flight Sergeant F. O. Dimblebee saw a Whitley aircraft flying on one engine. They followed it until it had passed the coast. He reported this to the Controller on landing and was informed that it had later crashed killing three of the crew.

          26th September     Two Walrus aircraft and four Defiants from No.277 Air Sea Rescue Squadron arrived from No.11 Group to reinforce " B  " and " C " Flights. One Walrus and two Defiants were stationed at each Flight ( R.A.F. Harrowbeer and R.A.F. Portreath ) until the 29th September when No.277 A.S.R. Squadron returned to their home base.

          26th September     A Walrus aircraft was sent to R.A.F. Portreath to help cover duties, while there it was sent out on a search for a Spitfire South of Predannack. Nothing was seen.

         Most of September was spent on local flying duties, stand-by duties at R.A.F. Bolt Head and practice dinghy drops.

 

No.286 ( Army Air Co-operation ) Squadron :-

          1st September     Flying Officer Wilton ceased to be attached to R.A.F. Harrowbeer on being boarded unfit for flying owing to ropey eyes.

          9th September     Sergeant J. C. Baylis carried out a low flying Army Co-operation course in the Bere Alston area.

          15th September     Another low level Army Co-operation course in the Bere Alston area.

          17th September     An air test and Army Co-operation course at low level undertaken in the Helton and St. David's area.

          23rd September     Sergeant J. C. Baylis took off in a Defiant aircraft on a special course over Rame Head but had to return due to the weather being u/s.

 

No.310 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          7th September     Four aircraft arrived on the Station during the afternoon to patrol an important convoy with No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron.

 

No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          2nd September     A.M.O. N1167  dated 27/8/1942 was received according to which His Majesty the King approved the Squadron Crest of No.312( Czech ) Squadron:- a flying stork, with motto " Non Muiti and Multa ". The official presentation by the Air Officer Commanding No.10 Group will take place on the commission of the Second Anniversary of the Squadron.

         3rd September     A signal was received from No.10 Group that His Majesty the King had been graciously pleased to award the DFM to Flight Sergeant F. Mares.

          4th September     Flight Sergeant J. Pipa and Sergeant Liskutin ( Green Section ) took off from R.A.F. Bolt Head on a scramble for four bandits over Torquay. Three FW190's were seen in vic formation twenty five miles East of Torquay. Green Section got onto their tails at a range of six hundred yards at sea level. Green Section opened fire, Flight Sergeant Pipa attacked the leader and Sergeant Liskutin ( No.2 ) attacked aircraft No.3. Some ammunition was saved in case the fourth FW190 was seen. There was no return fire. There were no claims made and no casualties. Flight Sergeant Pipa and Sergeant Liskutin reported that the FW190's had dark camouflage with white bands on the fuselage, forward of the tail unit.

          5th September     Today is the Second Anniversary of the formation of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron but the celebrations have been postponed owing to the court mourning of H. R. H. the Duke of Kent. Several congratulations have been received from other Czech. Air Force Units.

          7th September    Three sections were sent out on a shipping convoy patrol duty South of Plymouth to :- one floating dock, two destroyers, four A.A. ships and six motor vessels.          In the morning was the funeral of L.A.C. Pavlat ( who had died from a knee injury ) from the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth. In attendance were three Officers and thirty other ranks of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron and R.A.F. personnel.

          10th September     Four aircraft of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron acted as close escort to six anti-flak Whirlwind aircraft. They flew to the French Coast approaching over the Isles de Batz and roughly followed them to beyond the Sept Isles before returning to base. There was nothing seen and nothing to report.

          25th September     Today was the celebration of the Second Anniversary of the Squadrons formation. At 1830 hours a cocktail party and dinner was held by the Squadron at the ' Moorland Links Hotel ', Yelverton. This was attended by Air Vice Marshal A. H. Orlebar CBE,AFC and other guests. Squadron Leader J. Cermak gave a short address during the dinner providing an outline of the history of the Squadron which since it's formation has completed six hundred sorties, many over enemy territory and the pilots have destroyed and damaged in this country over thirty enemy aircraft. After the dinner an Officer's dance was held at R.A.F. Harrowbeer.

          25th September     Thirteen aircraft were sent to R.A.F. Portreath for offensive operations.

          26th September     At 0945 hours a Squadron parade was held in front of one of the Bellman Hangars with the Czech. Wing Band in attendance. From 1000 hours to 1030 hours a church parade was held by the Reverend Squadron Leader Vramley in remembrance of the pilots lost since it's formation. At 1030 hours a Squadron parade was held outside " B " Flight dispersal by General Viest and Air Marshal Janousek. Five Czech. pilots were awarded the Czech. War Cross, fifteen pilots were awarded the Czech. Medal for Gallantry and Flight Sergeant F. Mares was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

               Air Vice Marshal A. H. Orlebar CBE, AFC arrived and the whole Squadron marched past, afterwards he presented the Squadron with the Squadron Crest which had been approved by His Majesty the King.

               The Czech. Army Band gave a concert in the Sergeant's Mess at lunchtime and in the gymnasium from 1700 hours until 1800 hours. In the evening an Airman's Dance was held with great success.

          27th September     The celebrations continue with a concert in the Officer's Mess from 1300 hours until 1400 hours and a dance in the Sergeant's Mess in the evening.

          29th September     Thirteen aircraft returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer from R.A.F. Portreath at 1745 hours.

General

               The activities of the Squadron during the month were on a slightly smaller scale than previously partly due to bad weather. The morale of the Squadron remained good.

               Most of the month was spent on convoy patrol work, practice formation flying and operational sorties.

 

No.313 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          8th September     Aircraft from No.313 ( Czech ) Squadron together with twelve aircraft of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron acted as rear support to Boston Bombers in an attack on Cherbourg Docks. There were no claims or casualties.

 

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August  1942   

Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward was the Commanding Officer for R.A.F. Harrowbeer and signed the Station Operation Record Book for August.

 

Visitors to R.A.F. Harrowbeer included :-

          AVM Sir Robert Brooke-Popham GVCD, KCB, DSO and AFC

          Clayton Knight - Press Liaison Officer, representing ' Wild World Magazine of Canada '

 

Weather 

Very mixed, changeable weather conditions with a few days during the month when flying was cancelled or aborted during sorties.

           7th August     No flying today owing to bad weather.

          11th August     Weather very changeable, thundery and showery, visibility 1000 yards to 10 miles.

          21st August     No flying owing to non-operational weather.

          31st August     Weather - extremely bad.

 

From the Station O.R.B.

The strength of the Station effective :-

          13 R.A.F. Officers         5 W.A.A.F. Officers         7 Warrant Officers         

          11 Flight Sergeants       20 Sergeants       44 Corporals       263 Other Ranks

          W.A.A.F.'s          1 Pilot Sergeant          2 Sergeants          4Corporals         

          77 Other Ranks

          Non-effective :- 3 R.A.F. Officers

 

          1st August     An Air Training Corps Camp was opened at R.A.F. Harrowbeer with the arrival of Cadets from No.1322 Squadron - Newton Abbot ( a detachment ), No.339 Squadron - Paignton and No.1472 Squadron - Paignton with a total of 84 Cadets and 3 Officers for a period of 7 days.

          8th August     A detachment of 53 ATC Cadets arrived today from No.1322 Squadron - Newton Abbot and 24 Cadets from No.4200 Squadron - South Brent with 2 Officers for a 7 day camp.

          15th August     A detachment of 45 ATC Cadets from No.41 Squadron - South Brent, 25 Cadets from No.1212 Squadron and 30 Cadets from No.142 Squadron with 5 Officers arrived for a 7 day camp on the Airfield.

          15th August     Today was the first anniversary of the opening of R.A.F. Station Harrowbeer. Celebrations were held and the ' Flying Training Command Band ' supplied the music. A message of congratulations was received from the Air Officer Commanding No.10 Group.

          Today R.A.F. Station Harrowbeer became a self accounting unit.

          22nd August     22 ATC Cadets from No.1877 Squadron arrived at R.A.F. Harrowbeer for a 7 day camp with 1 ATC Officer.

          22nd August     A communication exercise " Ajax " was held from 1700 hours on 22/8/42 until 1200 hours on 23/8/42 and a new ' Battle Headquarters ' was manned for the first time by the Commanding Officer, Local Defence Advisor and one R.A.F. Regiment Officer.

          26th August     Squadron Leader Fisher assumed command of the Station during the absence of Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward who went on leave.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B.'s

 

No.16 Squadron :-

          31st August     Five Fleet Air Arm Observers were attached until 5/9/42.

          An Advanced Landing Ground ( ALG ) was established at R.A.F. Harrowbeer for the R.A. VIII Corps " Mustang III " exercise. The exercise was cancelled owing to the weather.

 

No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron    " B " Flight :-

          2nd August     Squadron Leader Fisher carried out dinghy drop tests from a Defiant aircraft. The tests proved only reasonably successful, great difficulty was experienced in dropping the dinghy accurately owing to the very limited view in this type of aircraft. Further difficulty was also experienced in flying the aircraft at low speed close to the water.

          2nd August     Sergeant Coleman in a Tiger Moth carried out local flying exercises with the ATC Cadets.

          3rd August     A Lysander aircraft was sent out on a search off Hope Nose. This turned out to be a false alarm. A supposed parachute in the water turned out to be a drogue from a target towing machine. The drogue was later picked up by a rescue launch.

          5th August     A search was undertaken by a Lysander on a search for a bomber aircraft that was in the sea off Rame Head. A fifteen mile strip search was carried out, but nothing was seen.

          22nd August     One aircraft was detailed to carry out drogue towing for No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron in order for them to practice air firing.

          24th August     At approximately 1500 hours Pilot Officer J. D. Ernst along with AC1 Fleet acting as rear gunner proceeded on a practice flight off Start Point. Nothing further has been heard of them and as many enemy aircraft were operating over the area it is presumed they were shot down and lost. A Lysander made a search of the area but was recalled to base owing to the weather deteriorating. Further searches were carried out over the next forty eight hours.

          24th August     Sergeant Coleman and Sergeant Douglas went off in a Lysander aircraft on a search in the vicinity of Start Point. Nothing was found and the Lysander was ordered back due to bad weather.

          30th August     A rescue search was detailed for wreckage that had been seen in the sea 180 degrees, six miles off Seaton. Nothing was found.

          Most of August was spent on practice flying which included dinghy drops, dual control sea flights in the Walrus aircraft - landing and taking off from the water, sector reconnaissance flights, air tests and ferry duties.

 

No.286 ( Army Co-operation ) Squadron :-

          1st August     A detachment from the Squadron was sent back to R.A.F. Harrowbeer with Flying Officer Wilton and Sergeant Baylis. The aircraft they were operating was a Defiant on Army Co-operation work with No.55 Brigade.

 

No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          3rd August     Eight sections of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron carried out shipping patrol duties in the English Channel over convoys ' Multiple ' and ' Cloak '. ' Multiple ' consisted of twenty motor vessels, five trawlers and one destroyer one mile South East of Round sailing Eastbound.

          5th August     Six aircraft took off from R.A.F. Harrowbeer to escort Liberator aircraft.

          6th August     Ten aircraft took off from Harrowbeer with No.310 Squadron on a Roadstead Operation escorting twelve Hurribombers. Set courses were followed but no targets were found, instead an arrangement of lighthouses and rocks similar to ships was seen. One pilot stated that the rocks were wrongly reported as ships. Six aircraft landed at R.A.F. Harrowbeer the rest landed at R.A.F. Exeter.

          10th August     Two sections flew to R.A.F. Bolt Head to take over readiness duties there. Flight Lieutenant Kasal " B " Flight Commander detached for a five day course on Merlin engines to Rolls Royce, Derby. Flying Officer Perina detached to Sutton Bridge for a four week Gunnery Course.

          11th August     One section scrambled to the Dartmouth area. Nothing was seen to report. Three pilots flew to Boscombe Down to inspect German aircraft ( JU88, HEIII and ME109 ).

          12th August     From the 12th - 16th August " A " Flight were operating from R.A.F. Bolt Head on stand by and readiness duties.

          16th August     Fifteen Spitfires took off from R.A.F. Harrowbeer for R.A.F. Redhill, Surrey to operate from there. They returned back to Harrowbeer on the 20th August. While the Squadron were at R.A.F. Redhill they carried out flying duties in the Dieppe area and flew escort duties during " Operation Jubilee ".

          17th August     A part of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron went to R.A.F. Warmwell were they took part in No.10 Group diversion to No.11 Group ' Circus ' No.204. They swept the Cherbourg area but saw nothing and returned to R.A.F. Redhill in the evening.

          18th August     While the Squadron were operating from R.A.F. Redhill they joined with No.310 ( Czech ) Squadron and No.350 ( Belgium ) Squadron to carry out a feint ' Rodeo ' operation sweeping the Berck Treport area. Nothing was seen and there were no casualties.

          19th August     No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron still operating from R.A.F. Redhill took part in ' Operation Jubilee ' in the Dieppe area. They made three sorties during the day and the following were claimer :-

               1st Sortie     one fishing boat damaged.

               2nd Sortie     three FW190 probable

               3rd Sortie     two and a half DO217 destroyed

          Our casualties    one Spitfire   Cat  B

          20th August     Eighteen aircraft returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer from R.A.F. Redhill. All aircraft and personnel of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron are now back at R.A.F. Harrowbeer.

          A message was received from the AOC  No.11 Group and the Chief of Air Staff congratulating all Squadrons that took part in the Dieppe action stating that :-

                    " The Squadrons have the satisfaction not only of having scored a striking victory over the German Airforce on it's home ground but more important still of having earned the confidence of the Army and Navy with whom for the first time they have had the chance to co-operate in their full strength.     Please convey to all concerned my appreciation and thanks for a great days work ".

          Czechoslovakian pilots in the R.A.F. claimed about twenty enemy planes destroyed.

          21st August     Flight Lieutenant Kaslik gave a lecture to the ATC boys on the Dieppe operations.

          24th August     Six aircraft acted as rear cover on a shipping reconnaissance during the afternoon. Nothing seen and no combats.

          24th August     Two sections on convoy patrol over convoy ' Range ' which consisted of seventeen motor vessels, one trawler, two armour plate trawlers, three A.S. trawlers and one destroyer. The convoy was seven miles South West of Portland. Two enemy aircraft were reported in the area but nothing was seen.

          26th August     Combat films were received from the Dieppe engagement on 19/8/42 from Fighter Command and shown to the pilots.

          28th August     At approximately 1100 hours a Mosquito night fighter aircraft landed at R.A.F. Harrowbeer and all flying personnel were asked to acquaint themselves with the machine. An hour after landing the Mosquito gave a flying demonstration over the airfield.

          A lot of the month was spent on convoy patrol work and cross country flights especially to R.A.F. Bolt Head and back to assist with stand by and readiness duties there.

General

               The activities of the Squadron were on an increased morale, great satisfaction being felt after the Dieppe operations.

               There were no losses to the Squadron

               The re-arming of the Spitfire VC's were completed.

               Notification was received that the Squadron badge had been approved, but an official presentation that was planned for 5/9/42 during the celebrations of the 2nd anniversary of the Squadron had to be postponed until after the court mourning following the death of the Duke of Kent.

     

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July  1942

Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward was the Commanding Officer for R.A.F. Harrowbeer and he and Squadron Leader Fisher both signed the Station Operation Record Book for the month of July.

 

Visitors to R.A.F. Harrowbeer included :-

          H.R.H. the Duke of Kent

          Colonel G. Thompson DSO, MC

          Brigadier T. Fairfax Ross  MC

          The Camouflage Officer of No.10 Group

 

Weather

The beginning of July started rather badly causing many flights to be cancelled or aborted. The weather improved as the month progressed.

 

From the Station O.R.B.

 

          1st July     Seventeen Spitfire VB's of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron proceeded to R.A.F. Redhill, Surrey.

          5th July    One Blenheim IV aircraft from ' C ' Flight of No.78 Signals Wing Calibration Flight crash landed on the aerodrome after being involved in a collision with a Commer van of No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron whilst taking off. Four airmen in the van were killed. No members of the Blenheim IV crew were injured.

          7th July    Nineteen Spitfire VB's of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer from R.A.F. Redhill.

          9th July     Two Air Sea Rescue searches for survivors of ships sunk in a convoy attack in mid-channel carried out. Non were found.

          11th July     Shipping Reconnaissance carried out by two Spitfire VB's of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron took place late in the evening of 10/7/42. Four " E " boats seen inshore West of Cap De La Hague.

          12th July     A visit was made by H.R.H. the Duke of Kent.          A demonstration near Cadover Bridge, Yelverton was given by the Royal Engineers of " Anti-Tank Torpedoes ". It was a good demonstration on a rather useless weapon.

         14th July     Two Typhoon aircraft visited the Station.          Four Air Sea Rescue sorties were undertaken in the afternoon for survivors of a " Chasseur " sunk during a night attack on the convoy she was in. A large oil ring was found South of Portland and small patches of oil South of Start Point.

          15th July     Major F. G. Gaywood  MC assumed Command operationally of all troops in the Yelverton sub-area.

          19th July     " B " Flight of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron was sent to R.A.F. Bolt Head in readiness. They returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer on the 27th July.

          28th July     A Station exercise by No.211 Infantry Brigade held.

          31st July     No.10 Group " Ramrod " No.24 carried out. No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron acted as rear support ( top cover ) with the Exeter Wing which was to attack St. Malo Docks by twelve Boston bomber aircraft being escorted by the Ibsley Wing.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B.'s

 

No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron     " B " Flight :-

          5th July     A very unfortunate accident occurred today on the aerodrome when a " B " Flight lorry was bringing the duty ground crew back from tea. A Blenheim IV of No.78 Signals Wing was just taking off on Runway Three. ( It was due to take off on Runway One but the wind changed direction so an alternate Runway was to be used ). The aircraft had just become airborne when it hit the lorry, killing the driver and three other airmen and injuring one - all in the truck. The pilot of the aircraft managed to keep airborne and eventually made a crash landing on the aerodrome on Runway Two. ( Today No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron ground crew were maintaining one of the Squadron aircraft in Dispersal Bay No.109. When it was time to go to the N.A.A.F.I. for their break it was customary to get permission to cross the aerodrome on Sommerfeld Tracking from one side of the aerodrome to the other. There was a N.A.A.F.I. truck in the area of Dispersal Bays Nos.115 and 116. Unfortunately due to a communication problem the vehicle and the aircraft collided. The Blenheim IV had just left the Runway when it struck the lorry which tore the undercarriage off. The Blenheim effectively made a wheel's up landing. The pilot and air crew were not injured ).

          14th July     Four rescue searches were carried out during the day. A large patch of oil was discovered and eventually two flags were found standing out of the water. Motor Launches were guided to the spot and a survivor picked up.

          18th July     Four rescue sorties were carried out during the day. A dinghy was eventually located and after a further search a pilot was seen in the water about four miles away. A Motor Launch was directed to the spot which picked up the pilot who was apparently dead.

          27th July     One rescue sortie carried out. The pilot of a ditched aircraft was picked up by a launch.

          30th July     A Lysander aircraft was ordered off on a rescue search three miles South of Bridport. Two dinghies were located with two members of the crew of a Beaufighter aircraft. Smoke flares were dropped and two rescue boats directed to the scene. The crew were successfully picked up.          A Walrus aircraft proceeded off Bolt Head in search of a Hurricane aircraft pilot reported to be in a dinghy. Nothing could be found of pilot or dinghy.

 

No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          1st July     No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron released for the cross country flight to R.A.F. Redhill, Surrey. Seventeen aircraft took off from R.A.F. Harrowbeer at 1545 hours, but only ten managed to reach R.A.F. Redhill by1700 hours the same day. Seven aircraft landed at R.A.F. Exeter. Ground staff and the rear party left in two Harrow ( transport aircraft ) at 1520 hours.          At R.A.F. Redhill all the ground personnel were accommodated under canvas.

          7th July     An order was received today for the Squadron to return to R.A.F. Harrowbeer. The Squadron took off at 1720 hours, landing at R.A.F. Harrowbeer at 1835hours. The rail party left Nutfield Railway Station at 2330 hours.

          10th July     Five sections were ordered out on convoy patrols to fifteen motor vessels going East ten miles South of Point 6.           Blue section were ordered off on a shipping reconnaissance near Cherbourg at 2215 hours where they reported six " E " boats West of the peninsular.          Most of the pilots back on base spent the day on Link Trainer practice.

          12th July     At 1230 hours Warrant Officer J. Sodek took off as Black 1 with Sergeant J. Novotny as Black 2 to patrol a convoy " Skipper " South of Start Point. At approximately 1300 hours this section received a message from the convoy " Bandits at five o'clock ". Black 1 gave " Tally-Ho " and began chase with the enemy aircraft at sea level. Black 1 then in mid-channel, opened fire at extreme range, then drew closer and fired three bursts from astern, after which the enemy rear-gunner stopped firing. The pilot drew close and fired several more bursts, first from astern, spending all his ammunition. During the last attack he noticed tracer bullets in the enemy cockpit. The enemy aircraft, a JU88, is claimed as being damaged.

          17th July     A signal has been received from the Air Ministry that Flight Lieutenant B. Dvorak previously reported as missing presumed killed is a prisoner of war in Germany.

          18th July     During the day twelve sections were detailed for convoy patrol duties over " Recruit " ( fourteen ships and a destroyer leaving Plymouth going West ), and " Skipper " ( twenty six motor vessels, two tankers, three trawlers and one destroyer with V.H.F going to Dartmouth ).

          20th July     Three sections on convoy patrol over " Review " ( thirty ships ten miles South of Point 8 going East ).          The rest of the month was spent carrying out convoy patrol duties.          During the month of July operational activities increased in comparison with the previous month. Some disappointment was felt that no operations were carried out during the detachment of the Squadron at R.A.F. Redhill and that the task had to be abandoned.

 

No.501 Squadron :-

          31st July     The Squadron ( twelve Spitfire VB's and VC's ) went to R.A.F. Harrowbeer from R.A.F. Ibsley in the afternoon for one of the most successful operations for a long time. This was the bombing of St. Malo by twelve Boston bomber aircraft. No.501 Squadron was close escort. The operation involved flying two hundred and seventy five miles over the sea.          When the Squadron arrived at R.A.F. Harrowbeer long range fuel tanks were used and with three exceptions were very successful. Two tanks failed to work and the pilots returned. One tank failed to jettison. The enemy were caught on the hop, and no enemy aircraft came near the bombers and escorts. The flak opened up very late and was well behind. The docks received a real pasting from forty eight - five hundred pound bombs. Our boys watched the bombs go like little black eggs and the everyone went right over on their sides to see were the bombs fell. Everyone came home safely - delighted with the show. The Squadron arrived back at R.A.F. Ibsley at 2200 hours on the completion of a good days work.

 

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June  1942

Wing Commander the Hon. F. F. Ward was the Commanding Officer of R.A.F. Harrowbeer and signed the Operation Record Book for the month of June.

 

Visitors to R.A.F. Harrowbeer included :-

          Air Commodore H. V. Rowley - S.A.S.O. No.10 Group

          Commander in Chief E. Cleck

          Wing Commander A. Vasatko

 

Weather

The beginning of the month was fairly good for flying activities, but it deteriorated around the 18th of the month resulting in little flying practice.

 

From the Station O.R.B.

 

Strength of R.A.F. Harrowbeer personnel :-

          R.A.F. Units = 898          W.A.A.F. = 99          Army = 256

 

The Station Medical Officer was Senior Medical Officer Turmbull.

 

          2nd June          Twelve Spitfire VB's of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron flew to R.A.F. Warmwell to operate with the Middle Wallop and Exeter Wing in a " Rodeo " on the Cherbourg Peninsular.

          3rd June          Eleven Spitfire VB flew to R.A.F. Ibsley and took part in " Circus " No.6 providing cover to twelve Boston Bombers.

          9th June          Three sections of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron flew an Army exercise " Pelican ", attacking colunms of vehicles going towards Exeter.

          18th June          The crew of six airmen from a Whitley aircraft were picked up two miles off Bude by a Walrus aircraft from No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron ' B ' Flight.

          19th June          No.492 Search Light Battery were replaced on the aerodrome by No.313 Search Light Battery. The strength of personnel = 68.

          22nd June          The arrival of three Mustang aircraft of No.16 ( Army Co-operation ) Squadron from R.A.F. Weston Zoyland.

          23rd June          No.10 Group " Ramrod " No.23 took place with No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron operating from R.A.F. Exeter as cover to six Boston Bombers in an attack on Morlaix. The Portreath Wing ( No.19, 234 and 130 Squadrons ) took off from R.A.F. Harrowbeer and met the formation on it's return from the French Coast. Eight to ten miles from Dartmouth several FW190'S attacked the formation. Two enemy aircraft were destroyed and one damaged.

          23rd June          Wing Commander Stansfield of No.16 Squadron flying a Mustang aircraft crashed near the rear of the Communal Site of R.A.F. Harrowbeer. He was admitted to the R.A.F. Hospital, Torquay.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B.

 

No.16 ( Army Co-operation ) Squadron :-

          23rd June          Three Mustang aircraft detached to R.A.F. Harrowbeer for Artillery Range - six successful shots.

                                     Wing Commander P. W. Stansfield crashed in a Mustang at R.A.F. Harrowbeer - seriously injured and conveyed to R.A.F. Hospital, Torquay.

                                     Four modified Mustang aircraft collected from R.A.F. Abbotsinch.

          24th June          Squadron Leader A. G. Pallet takes command of the Squadron vice Wing Commander P. W. Stansfield.

          28th June          VIII Corps. R.A. Exercise held in the afternoon, all Squadron personnel took part.

 

No.19 Squadron :-

          22nd June          The Squadron flew from R.A.F. Perranporth led by Squadron Leader Davies to R.A.F. Harrowbeer to take part in a Wing Sweep acting as cover to six Boston bombers carrying out an attack on Morlaix. On the way back FW190's were seen and Sergeant Ridings and Pilot Officer Henderson went to investigate. Sergeant Ridings was last seen at this time and is reported missing.

 

No.276  Air Sea Rescue Squadron    " B " Flight :-

          Most of June was taken up by local flying exercises, familiarisation flights, air tests, sea landing practice and ferry work. There was a total of thirteen search and recue operations flown by " B " Flight.

          1st June          A Lysander aircraft was ordered off to search for a mine eight miles south south east of Berry Head.  A square search was carried out, but nothing was seen.

          2nd June          A Walrus aircraft was sent out to search for a ditched aircraft three miles off the Lizard Point. An extensive search was made during which two Beaufighter aircraft and three Spitfire aircraft were seen also searching the area. Nothing was seen.

          3rd June          A Lysander aircraft took off to search for a Hampden aircraft that had ditched in the sea eighteen miles off Eddystone. A large patch of oil was discovered but no sign of any aircraft, wreckage or airmen were seen.

          7th June          A Lysander aircraft was ordered to search for a Sunderlanf flying boat reported down in the sea five miles south of Wembury Bay. The Lysander was instructed to return to base as the search turned out to be a false alarm.

          18th June          A Walrus aircraft was ordered to search for the crew of a Whitley bomber reported in the sea two miles west of Bude. As the Walrus was approaching a flare attracted their attention to a dinghy in the sea. The six members of the crew were taken on board the Walrus, but owing to overloading the Walrus was forced to taxi to the beach at Bude. The aircraft was secured on the beach overnight and flown away the next morning. Rescue boats arrived at the scene after the Walrus had been beached.

          27th June          A Walrus proceeded to a position six miles south of Seaton and a thorough search carried out to an area ten miles south of Seaton and northward of Bridport. Two rescue launches were seen searching the area. All that could be found was an oil patch south of Lyme Regis.

          30th June          Although No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron is definitely not a fighting unit it was well represented in the " Honours of Awards List " this month.

                    DFC     to     A/F/O  Seabourne E. W.

                    AFM     to     Flight Sergeant Sainsbury J.

                    BEM     to     LAC  Burke H.

 

No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          1st June          The Squadron took off from R.A.F. Harrowbeer at 0825 hours ( twelve aircraft ) for R.A.F. Warmwell. At 1040 hours a Sweep was carried out over the Cherbourg area together with No's 310 and 154 Squadrons of the Exeter Wing. No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron escorted as top cover to six Boston bombers. No enemy aircraft were encountered.

          3rd June          At 1439 hours the Squadron took off on No.10 Group Circus No.6. The Squadron acted as top cover to twelve Boston bombers over the Cherbourg Peninsular and dockland. On the return flight FW190 enemy aircraft were seen and attacked. One pilot ( Flight Lieutenant Dvorak ) is reported as missing. One enemy aircraft was destroyed and four damaged. The Squadron landed back at R.A.F. Ibsley.

          6th June          At 0705 hours the Squadron flew to R.A.F. Redhill, Surrey. At 1145 hours they took part in a No.11 Group Circus.

          9th June          Three sections took part in an Army Co-operation exercise carrying out dive attacks on columns of vehicles and troops in the Barnstable area.

          14th June          Flight Sergeant Mares, Flight Sergeant Pipa and Sergeant Kohout were posted to No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron from No.313 Squadron.

          19th June          During the day the Squadron took part in three convoy shipping patrols, two Air Sea Rescues and one section on patrol.

          20th June          Five sections sent off on scrambles. Nothing to report.

          22nd June          Five aircraft were sent to R.A.F. Bolt Head to take over readiness there. The ground staff proceeded there by road. The remainder of the Squadron at R.A.F. Harrowbeer carried out six scrambles, one convoy patrol and battle formation practice.

                    Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward made a visit to " B " Flight Dispersal where he talked to the pilots about flying discipline, economy in the use of petrol and security.

          23rd June          The Squadron took off with nine aircraft from R.A.F. Harrowbeer and two from R.A.F. Bolt Head for R.A.F. Exeter. At 1005 hours they took off in the Exeter Wing acting as rear escort for Boston bombers with Morlaix Aerodrome as their target. On the return flight Flying Officer Perina crash landed at R.A.F. Bolt Head and Flight Lieutenant Kasal's aircraft landed at R.A.F. Exeter being damaged by enemy fire. When landing at R.A.F. Bolt Head Flight Sergeant Mares collided with a Spitfire of No.310 Squadron.

                    Air Sea Rescue Searches went on for several hours in a vain search for Wing Commander A. Vasatko. A pilot was discovered in a dinghy but turned out to be a German pilot.

          28th June          There were three scrambles, two shipping reconnaissance sorties, one dawn patrol and several sorties for gun tests carried out today.

          29th June          An order was received from Headquarters Fighter Command to move part of the Squadron and all the aircraft to R.A.F. Redhill on 1st July 1942. According to the movement order the rail party would proceed on 30th June 1942 in the evening with the road party and air party in Spitfire aircraft and two transport planes on 1st July 1942.

 

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