Author: ajcrou

24 September 1940

24 September 1940 Northern Front An attack by Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 was reported on Aden at 12h45 when a fight broke out between an Italian bomber and a Gloster Gladiator of No.94 (RAF) Squadron. This is claimed by the Italians, but Pilot Officer Frank M. Stephenson lands unscathed with his Gloster Gladiator Mk I N2283 [1].…
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11 June 1940

11 June 1940 Nine Hawker Hurricanes take off from Kenley at 13h30 for an offensive patrol over the Fécamp – Le Tréport sector with the No.111 (RAF) Squadron [1]. A German formation was encountered shortly after and during the ensuing fight, Flying Officer Anthony Eyre claimed two Bf.109, one of which was probable, about 8…
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23 September 1940

23 Septembre 1940 Southern Front According to South African documents, an Italian bomber attacks and drops three bombs on the airfield of Wajir at dawn (01h45). Unfortunately, without further details. At the same time, two or three Caproni Ca.133 (31 bis Gruppo BT ?) are reported over Buna where a local is killed, as well…
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10 June 1940

10 June 1940 Nine planes take off from Kenley, at 11h15, to reach Tangmere. They leave at 14h00 for a new offensive patrol over France. This time, it is the Fécamp – Abbeville – Dieppe – Le Tréport sector. The pilots return to Kenley at 15h30. Unlike previous days, German aircraft are reported, but the…
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22 September 1940

22 September 1940 Northern Front The end of September is marked by the gradual arrival and deployment of Major-General Lewis Heath’s 5th Indian Division in Sudan. This event leads to transfers within the No.1 (SAAF) Squadron. Thus, a first detachment of two Gladiator Gladiators (including Lieutenant Robin Pare) is sent to Atbara (midway along the…
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21 September 1940

21 September 1940 Northern Front During a nighttime bombardment of Gura and Asmara, the Vickers Wellesley K8530 (Flight Sergeant Bathe; Sergeant Naismith) was intercepted, around 11h36, northeast of Massawa. A short confrontation ensued for four minutes between the bomber and two aircraft identified by the crew as Fiat CR.42[1]. Southern Front Following SAAF’s recent bombardments,…
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9 June 1940

9 June 1940 As on the previous day, nine pilots left Kenley at 10h15 to join Tangmere in order to carry out an offensive patrol, in company with No.111 and 601 (RAF) Squadron, above the Le Tréport – Aumale – Poix sector (12h00 – 13h30). Again, one of the Hawker Hurricanes (Flight Lieutenant James G.…
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20 September 1940

20 September 1940 Northern Front After being announced for several weeks, the first three Blenheim Mk IVs were delivered to No.14 (RAF) Squadron on 14 September 1940 in Port Sudan. These three Bristol Blenheim Mk IVs (R3899, T2057 and T2061) of No.14 (RAF) Squadron come into action during a bombardment on Massawa between 11h35 and…
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8 June 1940

8 june 1940 : back over France After a short period of reorganization, the No. 615 Squadron was quickly returned to operation over France. Nine Hawker Hurricane Mk I take off from Kenley in the direction of Hawkinge at 09h45. After the necessary preparations, the formation take off, at 12h50, with No.111 (RAF) Squadron for…
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19 September 1940

19 September 1940 Northern Front The Bristol Blenheims return, again, to Dire Dawa with two aircrafts of No.8 (RAF) Squadron, two of No.11 (RAF) Squadron and two of No.39 (RAF) Squadron. The bombardment is done between 01h30 and 06h35 and specifically aims the hangar of Ala Littoria.[1] On their side, the Italians send five Savoia-Marchetti…
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