Author: ajcrou

11 December 1940

11 December 1940 Northern Front Three Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV of No.14 (RAF) Squadron take off at 14:00 to bomb a bridge inside the city of Asmara. The target, surrounded by residential areas, requires special instructions as the crews are asked to clearly identify it before any bombing. Squadron Leader Deryck C. Stapleton (T2167) is forced…
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10 December 1940

10 December 1940 An original day takes place for the No.3 (SAAF) Squadron. The Royal Navy decides to plan a naval raid against the Italian port of Kismaayo. The H.M.S. Southampton must therefore approach around 13:00 to open fire on the various port facilities and ships. For this purpose, the Supermarine Walrus seaplane, transported by…
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7 – 9 December 1940

7 – 9 December 1940 Northern Front The French attached to No.8 (RAF) Squadron continued their flights aboard the Glenn Martin 167 F n° 102 (Flight Lieutenant Jacques Dodelier, Warrant Officer Yves Trécan, Flight Sergeant Ronan Michel) with a reconnaissance of the sector: Massawa – Edd – Thio – Assab, between 09:40 and 13:55. The…
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6 December 1940

6 December1940 Northern Front Five Vickers Wellesley [1] of No. 47 (RAF) Squadron took off at 08:15 from Sennar to bomb Bure (Ethiopia). The K7713 is forced to return early due to an engine failure. The other four aircraft continue to the target when they are intercepted at 10:40 by a Fiat CR.42. The K8521 (Pilot…
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5 December 1940

19 July 1940

19 July 1940 The A Flight returns to Hawkinge at dawn (04:00) with two patrols over Beachy Head between 04:25 and 07:15. These patrols may be related to the presence of a Dornier Do.17P of 4(F)/121 attacked by six Hawker Hurricanes of No.145 and No.257 (RAF) Squadron (06:03 – 07:35) between Redhill and Shoreham-by-Sea, before…
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4 December 1940

4 December 1940 Northern Front The Bristol Blenheim MK IV R2770 (Flying Officer Thomas G. Rhodes, Sergeant Maurice E.F. Hitchin and Sidney C. Lewis), of No.14 (RAF) Squadron, took off at 04:30 to carry out a reconnaissance mission of the Danas – Dambe Wadi area. In preparation for the next offensive in early 1941, the…
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18 July 1940

18 July 1940 Twelve Hawker Hurricane [1] take off in the direction of Hawkinge to escort, together with twelve others from No.111 (RAF) Squadron [2], eighteen Bristol Blenheim charged with bombing the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer between 18:20 and 19:25. According to Brian Cull : « At 19:30, nine more 2 Group Blenheim escorted by 20…
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3 December 1940

3 December 1940 Northern Front Five Gloster Gladiators (Captain Garald J. le Mesurier, Lieutenant John L Hewitson, Robin Pare, Servaas de Kock Viljoen and Leonard le Clues Theron) take off from Azaza at 10:45. Lieutenant Leonard le Clues Theron, however, is soon forced to return to Azaza due to engine problems. They join three Hawker…
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17 July 1940

17 July 1940 No.615 Squadron returns to Kenley at 13:30. However, Squadron Leader Joseph R. Kayll (P3109) and Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo (P2963) must take off on alert (11:45 – 12:30) to intercept an intruder between Kenley and Beachy Head.[1] This one turns out to be a Dornier Do.17, which is attacked by Pilot…
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