The Station Commander for the month of January was the Hon. E. F. Ward.
The R.A.F. Harrowbeer Station Operation Record Book for the month of January was signed by Squadron Leader R. W. Langmaid.
Visitors to R.A.F. Harrowbeer included :-
Wing Commander Biles - Air Ministry.
Flight Lieutenant Brown - Air Ministry.
Okehampton Squadron Air Training Corps Cadets.
Newton Abbott Squadron Air Training Corps Cadets.
Captain A. E. Cooke - Brigade Senior Officer.
Wing Commander Oakley Beuttler - ? ?
2nd January Captain A. E. Cooke - Senior Officer for the Brigade paid a visit to the Aerodrome at R.A.F. Harrowbeer.
4th January Parties of Air Cadets from the Okehampton Air Training Corps Squadron arrived on a visit to the Aerodrome.
7th January A visit today by Flight Lieutenant Brown from the Air Ministry to the Aerodrome.
8th January A visit by Wing Commander Oakley Beuttler.
11th January Cadets from Newton Abbott Air Training Corps Squadron made a visit to the Aerodrome.
12th January No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron left for R.A.F. Warmwell for an air firing training course, returning on the 17th January.
18th January A visit by more Air Training Corps Cadets from the Newton Abbott Squadron.
28th January Wing Commander Biles from the Air Ministry paid a visit to the Aerodrome today.
No.78 Signals Calibration Flight :-
The Flight were operating with Blenheim IV aircraft carrying out ' radar calibration / communication flights '. Their Flight Office and Crew Rooms were on the ground floor of ' Knightstone House ' ( the Original Watch Office ).
No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron " B " Flight :-
No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron was formed at R.A.F. Harrowbeer on the 21st October 1941 in ' Knightstone House ' which became their Squadron Headquarters until February 1943.
The month of January was spent mainly on aircraft tests ( Lysanders and Walrus aircraft ), air to sea firing practice, W/T and R/T tests, Sector Reconnaissance flights and mock attacks on the Station A.A. gun-posts.
On the 6th and 11th January Air Sea Rescue searches were made off Bolt Tail and Start Point for a missing boat, but nothing was sighted. There was another search carried out on the 26th for an abandoned aircraft off Bolt Head, again nothing was found apart from a Barrage Balloon in the sea.
No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron :-
The Squadron was operating with Spitfire VB aircraft and spent a lot of time carrying out practice flights and training which included :- formation flying, camera gun attack practice and dog fight practice.
On the 11th January fifteen Spitfire aircraft flew to R.A.F. Warmwell for ' firing training ' on a gunnery course. All the aircraft returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer by the 25th January.
There were five occasions when the Squadron carried out convoy shipping patrols over the English Channel.
The Squadron were scrambled five times during the month, one of these was to assist a bomber that was in distress.
On the 26th January No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron was ordered to R.A.F. Bolt Head where they carried out reconnaissance patrols over the English Channel. At 1125 hours four Spitfire aircraft took off and after a short while one returned due to mechanical failure. The other three aircraft continued on the patrol but only one returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer, the other two were lost, the pilots being posted as missing in action. Note :- These pilots were Flight Lieutenant Kosinski - 35 years old and Pilot Officer Bednarski - 26 years old. They both crashed into the English Channel off Brest, France after being shot down by German fighter aircraft. Both pilots are mentioned on the ' Polish Memorial, Northolt ' ).
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