Author: ajcrou

3 October 1940

3 October 1940 Northern Front Despite a smaller pace of operation, the Aden-based Bristol Blenheims continue their regular attacks on the various targets of the Eritrea and Northern Ethiopia. However, these operations are often limited to three aircraft and crews often failing to observe the possible damage of the bombs. The objective of the RAF…
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2 October 1940

2 October 1940 Northern Front Three Bristol Blenheim of No.45 (RAF) Squadron take off from Wadi Gazouza, at 14h30 to attack the Gura airfield. Approaching the target, they are intercepted, above Mai Edega, by six Fiat CR.42 of 412a Squadriglia CT. As during the events of 30 September, one of the British aircraft falls victim…
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1st Octobre 1940

1st October 1940 Northern Front A new reconnaissance flight was made over the Dessie area by the Escadrille d’Aden (Flight Lieutenant Jacques Dodelier, Yves Trecan Warrant Officer, Sergeant Ronan Michel and Joseph Portalis).[1] Southern Front In Kenya, the beginning of October is marked by the official transformation of the C Flight of No.1 (SAAF) Squadron…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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