Author: ajcrou

30 September 1940

30 September 1940 No.45 (RAF) Squadron sends three Blenheims to bomb the Gura airfield around 12h50. However, 412a Squadriglia CT was transferred to this airfield with nine Fiat CR.42 a few days before. A fight erupts with the Italian fighters during which the Bristol Blenheim Mk I L6665 (Squadron Leader George J. Bush ; Sergeant…
Read more

19 June 1940

19 June 1940 Nine pilots take off from Kenley at 06h45 hours to reach Hawkinge airfield. They left at 08h00 for an offensive reconnaissance of Abbeville, Flixecourt, Poix, Rouen and Dieppe. While flying over Rouen, the pilots noted the presence of about 45 German aircraft on the airfield. Flying Officer Anthony Eyre was forced to…
Read more

29 September 1940

29 September 1940 A reconnaissance mission is carried out by Glenn-Martin 167F No. 102 (Flight Lieutenant Jacques Dodelier, Warrant Officer Yves Trecan Flight Sergeant Ronan Michel) between 06h50  and 12h10 above the Alomata, Mabra and Amulfaqhe (Dire Dawa area) airfields.[1] [1] « 29 september 1940 »No.8 (RAF) Squadron : Operations Record Book (Form 540 and Form 541). Kew…
Read more

18 June 1940

18 June 1940 On 16 June, a message arrived indicating that if the squadron remained available for operations over France, a series of training sessions should be organized to participate in the defence of British territory within Fighter Command. Pilots must therefore progressively leave on secondment to the No.11 (RAF) Group to follow training on…
Read more

28 September 1940

28 September 1940 Northern Front This day sees the first operation conducted by No.237 (Rhodesia) Squadron since its transfer to Sudan, when the Hawker Hardy K4055 (Pilot Officer Peter HS Simmonds, Sergeant Hall) performs two patrols (08h10 and 11h30) above the Atbara River. Indeed, following the decision to entrust SAAF with air operations on the…
Read more

15 June 1940

15 June 1940 Nine aircraft take off at 10h45 to reach Hawkinge to provide cover for a sea convoy from 14h45. An alert takes place around 15h00 but the threat turns out to be a formation of Blackburn B-24 Skua [1]. The Hawker Hurricane Mk I P3380, of Flying Officer John R.H. Gayner, however, had…
Read more

27 September 1940

27 Septembre 1940 Northern Front Although a first Squadron of No.45 (RAF) detachment has already arrived from Egypt at the end of July to support Vickers Wellesley, its participation in air operations is very reduced. However, the decision to deploy the entire squadron to Sudan is take on early September and effectiv on 25 September.…
Read more

14 June 1940

14 June 1940 As usual, eight Hawker Hurricanes take off at 08h15 from Kenley to patrol over Abbeville – Saint-Quentin – Saint-Omer with No. 111 (RAF) Squadron. They land at 09h45 Hawkinge. They leave at 12h30 for a second patrol in the Abbeville – Rouen sector before landing in Kenley at 14h25. In all, the…
Read more

25 September 1940

25 September 1940 Northern Front The day before, seven Vickers Wellesley of No. 47 (RAF) Squadron were instructed to join Khartoum airfield at 09h00. The next day five planes take off to bomb Gondar at 03h43. However, the Vickers Wellesley K7728 (Squadron Leader James E. Pelly-Fry) encountered an engine problem. Unable to cross the mountains…
Read more

12 June 1940

12 June 1940 Nine pilots take off from Croydon at 15h15 for a patrol in the vicinity of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme – Le Tréport – Le Havre. At the end of the mission, aircrafts landed on Manston (except two aircrafts which landed at Kenley) to refuel at 16h45[1]. The whole formation left from Manston at 19h15 for…
Read more