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13 May 1940

13 May 1940 Brian Cull reports the presence of B Flight on Merville airfield, with a number of training on Hawker Hurricane Mk I [1]. The A Flight remains deployed for the day on Vitry-en-Artois with No.607 (RAF) Squadron. The first mission is to escort a Bristol Blenheim Mk IV, No.18 (RAF) Squadron, over the…
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12 May 1940

12 May 1940 Unlike the day before, No.615 Squadron is experiencing more intense activity. In order to compensate for the shortages, the A Flight receives the order to join the former airfield of Vitry-en-Artois in order to cooperate with No.607 (County of Durham) Squadron. At least three patrols are conducted [1]. Unfortunately, one of them…
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5 September 1940

5 September 1940 Northern Front Following the events of the day before, No.203 (RAF) Squadron is responsible for providing air cover for a maritime convoy accompanied by H.M.A.S. Hobart. HMAS Hobart – Source : Wikipedia Around noon, the Blenheim Mk IVF L9042 (Pilot Officer Heslop M.F. Barnitt, Sergeant Albin J. Finch, Leading Aircraftman Blackburn) attack…
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11 May 1940

11 May 1940 There is little information regarding No.615 Squadron activity during this day, except for the mention of patrols between Abbeville and Le Touquet [1]. It is likely that the lack of pilot training, the transformation on Hawker Hurricane Mk I, and the low number of available aircraft have helped keep the unit in…
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10 May 1940

10 May 1940 The pilots of the A Flight, based at Le Touquet, are awakened very early in the morning due to a bombing by Heinkel He 111 (II./KG 27). Three Hawker Hurricane Mk I [1] are damaged, two of which are quickly repaired [2], while the Leading Aircraftman Alan Brooks is burned by the…
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First fights

First fights, First losses On 18 December 1939, Flight Lieutenant Leslie T.W. Thornley is ordered to join Saint-Inglevert Airfield with Flying Officer Peter Collard and Pilot Officer David J. Looker and Stanley M. Wickham. They were joined shortly thereafter by Flying Officer Leonid Ereminsky and Herbert S. Giddings, as well as Pilot Officer Thomas C.…
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First Patrols

First Patrols (18 November 1939 – 17 December 1939) This 18th of November marks the Squadron’s real entry into the war with its first operational missions after the training series of the previous months. In the morning, a section of B Flight is deployed on Le Touquet airfield : Flying Officer Hedley N. Fowler (N2303)…
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4 September 1940

4 September 1940 Northern Front After several false alarms the day before, several Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 of 44bis Gruppo BT, based in Dire Dawa, attack Aden with some efficiency since the ship SS Velko is damaged, the advanced terrain of Kamaran strafed by eight aircraft, as well as various damage in the harbor. Two Gladiator Glosters:…
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Transfer to France

Transfer to France (10 November 1939) On 4 October, No.615 Squadron learns its imminent transfer to France to join the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force. This choice may seem odd due to the lack of pilot experience and obsolete equipment with the Gladiator Gloster. This is not a coincidence, if several regular pilots…
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First trainings

First trainings, first losses The entry into action of No.615 Squadron is fast with a series of alerts in the early days of September. Thus, on 6 September, the A Flight receives the order to take off at 06h00 and to orbit for thirty minutes above the airfield of Kenley, before being recalled. But after…
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