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16 May 1940

16 May 1940 After the renforcement from No.229 (RAF) Squadron, a second backup group arrives with a detachment of three pilots from No.242 (RAF) Squadron, B Flight. They are Pilot Officer Robert D. Grassick [1], William L. McKnight [2] and Percival S. Turner [3]. They already have a little experience since they joined No. 607…
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8 September 1940

8 September 1940 Northern Front On this day, the Escadrille d’Aden suffered a tragedy when the Glenn Marin 167-F n° 82 (Lieutnant flight Roger Ritoux-Lachaud [1]; Flying Officer Pierre Fenaux of Maismont; Flight Sergeant Raymond Rolland [2] and Emile Lobato de Faria [3]) is sent on a reconnaissance over the Djibouti – Addis Ababa railway.…
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15 May 1940

15 May 1940 Unlike previous days, No.615 Squadron activity is quite intense and relatively well detailed. It is also the occasion of several claims, but also new losses. The day begins with several patrols from the airfield of Le Touquet, without further clarification, according to the ORB. Later in the morning, six Hawker Hurricane Mk…
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14 May 1940

14 May 1940 Several reinforcements arrive in No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron when the RAF decides to detach several Flights to reinforce the units in France. These are pilots from B Flight No.229 (RAF) Squadron : Pilot Officer John E.M. Collins [1], Malcolm Ravenhill [2] and Victor B.S. Verity [3], as well as Pilot Officer…
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7 September 1940

7 September 1940 Northern Front The No.430 (RAF) Flight is active during this day as a Vickers Vincent (a second is damaged at takeoff) and two Gloster Gauntlet take off from Azzoza, at 11h20, to attack the airfield of Metemma. After the bombardment at 13h05, a Caproni Ca.133 was sighted by Flight Lieutenant A.B. Mitchell…
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6 September 1940

6 September 1940 Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 from 44bis Gruppo BT are back to attack Aden and convoy BS 31/2. The No.94 (RAF) Squadron’s Gloster Gladiators responded and the N5757 (Sergeant F.E. Hendy) and N5787 (Pilot Officer A. Darling) were able to intercept Italian bombers over Khor Umera around 08h30. Several attacks are made, but the British…
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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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