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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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First reinforcements

First reinforcements (4 October 1939) The day of 4 October 1939 is marked by the arrival of several pilots to reinforce the No.615 Squadron. However, the majority of them are relatively inexperienced either from flying schools or through rapid promotions as part of the RAF’s wartime expansion. Squadron Leader Hedley N. Fowler 14 December 1943…
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Intro

Introduction After the fall of British Somaliland, the theater of operations will enter a period of calm until the end of 1940. Indeed, the two main belligerents come out exhausted of the first months of combat, while a situation of shutdown is required in land operations. Indeed, despite its victories the Regia Aeronautica must recognize…
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2 September 1940

2 September 1940 Northern Front Following the loss of the previous day, No.14 (RAF) Squadron performs six sorties to search for the missing aircraft. The latter is finally spotted around 18h00 on the island of Harmil, while listening if Radio Roma confirms the fate of the captured crew and death of rear gunner Aircraftman Charles…
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24 August 1940

24 August 1940 Northern Front   The No.430 (RAF) Flight is sending two Gloster Gauntlets and two Vickers Vincents from Al-Qadarif Airfield to bomb Fort Galabat.[1] Vickers Vincent over Aden, 1930.   Southern Front Following the 21 August attack, No.11 (SAAF) Squadron returns to Mogadishu. The four Fairey Battle Mk I, under the command of Captain Johan L.V. de Wet[2] leave Archer’s Post at 08h00. After…
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