No flying all day so three N.C.O’s from Station Defenceagve a lecture on the rifle during the morning and the Medical Officer gave a lecture on First Aid in the afternoon.
.30 F/O Trott returned from Hendon in Oxford DF258.
1.25 An all up weight test was carried out by Sergeant Scott in Stirling I BK618.
OPERATIONS Attack against Targets at FRANKFURT.
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bomb loads of 4lb. incendiaries, but a series of misfortunes left only two to get away successfully. One of these Stirlings I BK618 captained by Sergeant Scott failed to return, so the night was an unhappy one. One aircraft failed to take off owing to extractor trouble, one swung so badly on take off that after two attempts the sortie was abandoned and the third unsuccessful aircraft returned with the port outer engine dead, this being due to hitting the top of a Drem pole shortly after take off. The one successful aircraft Stirling I, R9243 captained by F/O Trott dropped its bombs in the target area from 10,000 feet and fires were seen to start. Slight heavy A.A. fire was encountered, some searchlights were also seen, operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was hazy to the target, but clear with good visibility in the target area. Navigation was good, the town being identified by the bend of the river.
No flying today owing to weather. Crew drills and general ground training occupied crews during the morning and afternoon.
1.15 Pilot Officer Bettles and a crew of map readers flew to Abingdon in Oxford DF258.
OPERATIONS. Gardening off Frisian Islands.
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. vegetables, only three of the aircraft got off, the fourth being cancelled owing to engine trouble. This was a successful trip, all three aircraft planted their vegetable in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear with good visibility. Navigation was very good. This operation was only made possible by stupendous effort on the part of the Armoury as this attack was changed from a land to sea attack – late in the evening. A message of appreciation to ground crews was received from the Air Officer Commanding.
The weather was not good and the serviceability problem was acute, so crews had special lectures and drills.
00.55 Pilot Officer Bettles returned from Abingdon in Oxford DF258.
Movement of “A” Flight from Oakington to Newmarket.
The movement was executed in two main parties, an Air and a Road Party. The Air party moved during the afternoon ferrying over Stirling aircraft. The Flight consisting of eight crews, of whom all but one had done solo by day, but three only had done solo by night. The Road party travelled with equipment in lorries and coaches provided by R.A.F. Station, Mildenhall.
2.00 Flight Sergeant McCullough took Flight Sergeant Tolley to Mildenhall in Oxford DF258, to enable Flight Sergeant Tolley to collect another Oxford.
1.15 Flight Sergeant Tolley returned in Oxford DF262.
OPERATIONS. Attack against Targets at MANNEHEIM.
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4lb. incendiaries. The operation itself was not a success as two returned early, one with a dead starboard inner and another because the aircraft failed to gain height. One aircraft reached the target and dropped its bombs in the target area, a hot welcome was given, so hot indeed that the aircraft needed a new fin on return, the A.A. fire and searchlights being very accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was 10/10th cloud over the target area, the only means of recognition of the target being one large fire. Navigation was good.
1.45 Sergeant Lord carried out Local Flying in Stirling I, BF396.
1.50 Sergeant Davey carried out Local Flyin, Dual and Solo in Stirling I, BF396.
.45 Squadron Leader Crompton and Sergeant Lord carried out night landing, in Stirling I, BF397.
1.00 Pilot Officer Bishop and Pilot Officer Donnelly carried out night landing in Stirling I, BK620.
1.50 Sergeant Dalzell carried out solo night landings in Stirling I, R9250.
1.05 Sergeant Lord carried out solo night landings in Stirling I, BF397.
Ground Training, films and lectures were also given by specialist officers.
OPERATIONS. Gardening off the FRISIAN ISLANDS.
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. vegetables, one of which failed to take off owing to engine trouble, the other aircraft successfully planted its vegetables in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was poor, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was also good.
.15 Sergeant Buck carried out Circuits and landings in Stirling I, BF400.
2.05 Flight Sergeant Jackson carried out local test in Stirling I, BK617.
2.00 Flying Officer Jacobson carried out load test in Stirling I, R9250.
1.30 Sergeant Davey carried out Check and solo in Stirling I, BF400.
2.15 Flight Lieutenant Sandeman carried out load test in Stirling I, BK620.
1.30 Dalzell carried out solo landings in Stirling I. BF397.
2.00 Flying Officer Gwilliam and Pilot Officer Donnelly carried out Night landings, dual and solo in Stirling I, BF397.
1.45 Flying Officer Trott carried out weight and height test in Stirling test in Stirling I, BK615, this test was necessary as the aircraft had performed unsatisfactorily in recent flights, but it jibbed at “S” blower and would not climb above 8,500 feet.
.30 Wellington BJ362 was collected from Mildenhall by Sergeant Burton.
OPERATIONS. Gardening in the BALTIC.
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500 vegetables, only one aircraft took off, but the aircraft was very successful. A wind change caused landfall in Denmark to be made way south of track, but after this was corrected the trip was uneventful. The vegetable was planted in the allotted area and three of the parachutes seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. There was much heavy cloud at the Garden, but there were also large clear areas. Navigation was very good and several pin points were made.
1.20 Oxford DF258 was taken with a crew of map readers to Marham and back.
1.30 Sergeant Davey carried out landings in Stirling I, BF396.
1.00 Sergeant Williams carried out landings in Stirling I, BF396.
3.55 F/O Jacobson carried out cross country in Stirling I, R9248.
3.25 F/Sgt. Jackson carried out cross country in Stirling I, BK617.
1.00 W/O Walsh and Sergeant Cross carried out landings in Oxford DF258.
.40 Pilot Officer Donnelly carried out local flying in Oxford DF258.
.25 Squadron Leader Crompton and Sergeant Buck carried out dual and solo in Stirling I, BF396.
.50 Flying Officer Gwilliam and Sergeant Davey carried out dual and solo in Stirling I, BK617.
OPERATIONS. Attack against Targets at TURIN.
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb loads of 4lb. incendiaries were dropped by all aircraft in the target area. All crews reported that the town was well ablaze. And huge columns of black smoke were also seen. There was no cloud at the target, it was very hazy but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was good. This can be looked upon as out most successful Stirling operation yet.
Weather was bad and flying was restricted. Ground crews got busy clearing snags in aircraft, aircrews had a film show in the morning and lectures in the afternoon.
.50 Pilot Officer Watson and Flight Sergeant Jackson carried out check dual in Stirling I, R9250.
As the weather was reasonable, but the Squadron not wanted for operations, as much flying as possible was laid on. Two aircraft were detailed for formation flying, but such is the fickle Stirling that neither got off, one having a starter unserviceable and the other rear turret trouble.
1.30 Flight Sergeant Blincoe carried out another height test with Stirling I, BK615, but once again she refused in “S” blower at a height of 9,200 feet.
2.00 Sergeant Davey carried out landings in Stirling I, BF396.
1.25 Sergeant Williams carried out Air Test in Stirling I, BK620.
1.40 Pilto Officer Donnelly carried out Air Test and landings in Stirling I, BF400.
1.20 Pilot Officer Jacobson and Warrant Officer Walsh carried out Air Firing in Stirling I, R9248.
1.10 Squadron Leader Sandeman and Sergeant Davey carried out landings in Stirlings I, BF396.
.20 Sergeant Buck carried out landings in Stirling I, BF400.
Operations were pending in the morning, but were cancelled mid-day. Three engine flying, beam tests, air firing and load tests were carried out in the afternoon with Oxford joining the fun with a map reading party. A good days training.
1.30 Flight Sergeant McCullough carried out Bombing in Stirling I, BF398.
2.00 Flight Sergeant Bailey carried out Beam Affiliation and bombing in Stirling I, BF398.
.45 Flight Lieutenant Parish carried out three engine flying in Stirling I, R9247.
1.15 Flight Sergeant Dunmall carried out Map reading in Oxford DF258.
1.10 Sergeant Williams carried out air firing in Stirling I, BK615.
1.40 Pilot Officer Donnelly carried out load test in Stirling I, BF400.
2.30 Flying Officer Jacobson carried out load test in Stirling I, R9248.
1.25 Pilot Officer Watson and Sergeant Davey carried out landings in Stirling I, R9248.
The Squadron was stood down early in the day and a big low level bombing programme was laid on for both morning and afternoon. On the whole the details were successfully carried out. Stirling I, R9250 which had been left to No.218 Squadron some weeks ago was ready for collection again, so the Oxford was flown up with a ferry crew to return it.
.55 Pilot Officer Bettles carried out bombing in Stirling I, BK619.
1.40 Flying Officer Trott carried out bombing at Rushford Range in Stirling I, BF398.
1.25 Flight Lieutenant Parish carried out bombing at Rushford Range in Stirling I, BK619.
1.25 Flight Sergeant Rousseau carried out bombing at Rushford Range in Stirling I, BF396.
1.20 Flight Sergeant Jackson carried out bombing in Stirling I, BK617.
1.20 Flying Officer Jacobson carried out bombing in Stirling I, R9248.
No operations again so a further training programme of Bombing, load tests and air firing in the afternoon, weather preventing earlier flying. During the morning films were shown on aircraft ditching etc., One attempt was made to get Sergeant Buck off on a solo night, but after one check landing with Flying Officer trot the weather closed in.
3.00 Flight Sergeant Dunmall carried out Air firing and bombing in Stirling I, BK619.
2.15 Flgith Sergeant Blincoe carried out Air firing and bombing in Stirling I, BF398.
.40 Sergeant franklin carried out Fighter Affiliation in StirlingI, R9247.
.30 Pilot Officer McCullough carried out Fighter affiliation in Stirling I, BK615.
.30 Pilot Officer Trott and Sergeant Buck carried out circuits and bumps in Stirling I, BK615.
2.45 Sergeant Davey carried out load test in Stirling I, BF396, it climed to 14,700 feet. Sergeant Buck attempted load test in Stirling I, BF397, having reached 4,000 feet he had trouble with both outer engines and was forced to jettison the load. Safe in country
A really bad weather day. It had been hoped to give Flight Sergeant Tolley a little dual but this had to be cancelled. Full scale ground training took place including “Next of Kin” and other films. Crew drill and specialist lectures were also included.
OPERATIONS. Gardening off BORDEAUX.
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. vegetables. The take off was rather cross wind and unfortunately during take off the wind backed severely so that the lfare path was dead cross wind. Three aircraft swung violently on take off. Then Sergeant Franklin tried to take off in Stirling I, R9245, he swung as violently as the other aircraft, went on, straightened and got airborne only to crash a mile away from the aerodrome. Two mine exploded and all the crew were killed. It later transpired that the starboard undercarriage wheel had hit Devil’s Dyke, only 4 feet from the top. The under carriage carried away the oil tank to the starboard inner engine and this is presumed to have seized, causing the aircraft to spin into the ground. No other aircraft took off after this.
The three aircraft who successfully took off all planted their vegetables in the allotted area. Some light tracer and a few searchlights were encountered. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was variable with heavy rain and hail storms over garden area. But clear generally. Navigation was good.
Weather was too bad for morning flying, so ground training went on till mid-day.
.40 Pilot Officer Bettles attempted a load test in Stirling I, BK619, but the aircraft behaved badly and the test was unsatisfactory.
OPERATIONS. Attack against at FALLERSLEBAN.
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the aove target with bombs of 1,000lb. This was to be a low level flight all the way climbing to 5,000 feet to bomb. Four out of the five aircraft unfortunately failed to return. They were the Squadron commander, Wing Commander Mitchell, D.F.C., captain of Stirling I, BF396, BF396 who took Warrant Officer Bagnall and crew, who had only arrived a few days previously. Stirling I, R9248 captained by F/O Jacobson, Stirling I R9247 captained by Flight Sergeant Rousseau and Stirling I, R9248, captained by Pilot Officer E.E. Williams. The one aircraft to return was captained by Pilot Officer McCullough who could not find the target owing to rain and bad visibility and bombed an alternative. This was an aerodrome, the bombs were seen to explode on flare path and hangers. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and a few searchlights were seen. The aircraft was twice attacked by fighters but they were driven off on each occasion, on return the aircraft was found to have four holes, believed due to combat with one of the fighters. The weather was clear to target but developed to rain and 7/10 cloud on return. Navigation was good.
The weather was not good enough for flying. The Squadron tried to get its breath back after the tragedy of last night, but it must be recorded that the morale was completely unbelievable. Nearly all young men, many mere boys, yet they faced the recent disaster with incredible calm. No finer example of sincere and earnest determination could possibly have been shown.
During the afternoon, a soccer game was arranged and the exercise did much to relieve mind and body alike. Squadron Leader Fowler temporarily took charge of the Squadron and Flight Lieutenant Parish of “B” Flight.
Sadly depleted of aircraft and with bad weather no flying was done. Ground lectures were given by the Gunnery Leader and films were shown. Crew drills were carried out and at 1500 hours the Squadron was stood down.
1.10 Flight Sergeant Bailey in Stirling I, BK615 had fighter affiliation exercises with two Mustangs flown by two New Zealand pilots from Snailwell.
OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT DUISBERG.
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above target, but unfortunately on of them was unserviceable in time so only one took off. This aircraft attacked the target with 4lb. incendiaries, which were dropped in the target area. There was a medium amount of heavy flak but very little light, there were many searchlights, scattered mostly on the West bank of the Rhine. Some enemy fighters were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good with no cloud and good visibility. Navigation was by D.R.T.R. and pinpoints.
.20 A new aircraft Stirling I BK602 was collected from No.7 Squadron by Flight Sergeant Rothschild..
.45 Squadron Leader Sandeman carried out an Air Test in Stirling I, R9243.
The ground crews continued ground work and also saw a film on Security. As the sun condescended to shine, Wireless Operators and Engineers were given practice with the sextant. In the afternoon the Gunner Leader gave a talk to all the gunners on care of guns and turrets, a subject always needing revision.
An Oxford being due for collection from East Wretham the Wellington was flown over with a ferry crew, on arrival it was found the Oxford was not ready, so the whole party returned in the Wellington.
3.55 Sergeant Buck in Stirling I, BK619 flew to Oakington and collected Squadron Leader Crompton who latter gave him two check landings. After that Sergeant Buck went night solo and did three very good landings.
3.30 Sergeant Davey did a cross country and practice bombing in Stirling I, BK617. A lecture was also given by Flying Officer Trott on tactics, fighter and flak evasion..
A most important operation was laid on and only cancelled at the last minute.
3.10 In the afternoon Flight Lieutenant Sandeman in Stirling I, R9248 did a cross country but was recalled before bombing.
2.30 Sergeant Buck did a cross country in Stirling I, BK615, it was also proposed to give Sergeant Lord a night cross country in the aircraft but it failed to carry on the good work and was unserviceable for night flying.
.30 Oxford DF258 was flown to Mildenhall by Sergeant Lord and left there, he and his crew returning by road.
Another load test was attempted bt Sergeant Davey, on Stirling I, BF397 but its flight was brief as at 4,500 feet an engine failed and the load had to be jettisoned hurriedly near the aerodrome. The weather was bad and no operations, and being also Christmas Eave the Squadron stood down in the afternoon.
No training or operations were on so after the daily inspection had been done on each aircraft, the whole squadron stood down to eat its Christmas pud., and in some cases to drink its Christmas Ale.
Still no operations and still bad weather. The serviceability position was also acute. Crews were kept busy all day with films, lectures and a visit to the dinghy section.
Bad weather and shortage of aircraft caused some trouble in keeping crews busy, so after usual morning inspections the Squadron stood down in the afternoon.
Hopeful weather forecast for the afternoon led us to arrange five flights, but visibility never did get good enough so another day was spent on the ground. The day was enlivened by a superb lecture by a Dutchman from I.T.W., Cambridge, on Dutch morale, escape etc., The whole Squadron was kept spell bound for an hour.
Amazing news! Not only were we stood down, but we stood down for a week. Just to be perverse, the weather cleared up and a good deal of training was possible, it looked as though a perfect days training was in view but the weather went unserviceable and two Bullseyes had to be scrubbed when the aircraft were actually on the flare path.
1.40 Sergeant Williams carried out a Consumption test in Stirling I, R9248.
1.30 FLight Sergeant Tolley did some dual under the instruction of Pilot Officer McCullough in Stirling I, BK619.
2.15 Sergeant Buck carried out a cross country in Stirling I, BK619.
2.15 Sergeant Lord carried out a cross-country in Stirling I, BK615.
2.00 Flight Sergeant Rothschild carried out a height test and practice bombing in Stirling I, BK602.
1.45 Flight Sergeant Bailey carried out a height test and practice bombing in Stirling I, BF398.
“The snow came” and there was no flying during the morning.
2.30 Flight Sergeant Bailey in Stirling I, R9250 and FLight Sergeant Rothschild in Stirling I, BK602 got together and did some formation flying and had a little unofficial fighter affiliation on the way. It was good practice and also, some Gee homing for Rothschild’s Navigator.
3.25 Sergeant Lord carried out a “Bullseye” in Stirling I, BK615.
3.15 Sergeant Buck carried out a “Bullseye” in Stirling I, BF398.
2.45 Sergeant Dalzell carried out a Bullseye in Stirling I, R9243.
1.40 Sergeant Williams carried out a Bullseye in Stirling I, BK619.
These “Bullseyes” were very successful, the aircraft behaved well and the searchlights and fighters were very effective.
A perfect day from a weather standpoint but a dearth of aircraft till noon. So during the morning the Air Bombers had a lecture on C of G determination. Wops did a group exercise, engineers and Wireless Operators took sights, and gunners did aircraft recognition. In the afternoon everything went into a rush. With fighter affiliation, formation flying and beam approach, and two cross countries.
4.10 Sergeant Dalzell carried out a cross country in Stirling I, BK617.
3.26 Flight Sergeant Rothschild carried out a cross country in Stirling I, BK602.
4.10 Flying Officer Trott carried out a formation and fighter affiliation in Stirling I, BF398.
0.26 Pilot Officer Bettles carried out fighter affiliation in Stirling I, BK615.
2.23 Sergeant Lord in Stirling I, BK615 carried out bombing at Rishford Range, formation and affiliation and Beam Approach.
.33 Sergeant Buck carried out fighter affiliation in Stirling I, BF398.
.57 Flight Sergeant Bailey carried out bombing at Rushford Range in Stirling I, BF398.
1.10 Flight Lieutenant Parish carried out Formation and beam approach in Stirling I, R9250.
The Squadron Commander, Wing Commander V. Mitchell D.F.C., with Warrant Officer Bagnell and crew failed to return from Operations on the night of 17/18th December 1942. Two other crews were also lost, Sergeant Scot and crew on the night of the 2/3rd on attack against FRANKFURT, and Sergeant Franklin and crew were killed on night 16/17 when they crashed just after take-off and two mines exploded.
Movement of “A” Flight to Newmarket.
On the 6th of December 1942, the above movement took place. “A” Flight had been at Oakington converting to Stirlings. So once again we became a complete Squadron.
There have not been many operations carried out this month, due mainly to bad weather and partly the lack of operationally serviceable aircraft, but on the whole they were quite successful.
The Distinguished Flying Medal was awarded to NZ404533 Flight Sergeant K.A. Crankshaw (RNZAF)
The Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Flying Medal are also awarded to Pilot Officer J.L. Wright (R.N.Z.A.F.) and Flight Sergeant N.J.N Hockaday respectively.
The authority for these three awards is 3 Group Routine Order Serial Number 269 dated 30th December 1942.
P/O DA. Laycock 130451 GD. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 6.12.42 Auth. 3 Grp.Sig.P642 dated 8.12.42.
P/O E.N. Holding NZ402185 “ Posted to No.1505 B.A.T. Flt. W.e.f. 14.12.42 Auth. 3 Grp. Sig. p.886 dated 12.12.42.
S/L R.S. Crawford 39717 “ Posted to R.A.F. Station, Mildenhall (Supernumary) w.e.f. 9.12.42 Auth. 3 Grp. Sig. P851 9.12.42.
P/O L.B. Thistle J10874 “ Posted to Non-effective strength of R.A.F. Station Mildenhall w.e.f. 17.11.42 Auth. 3 Grp. Postagram 3G/6607/ 3 P4 dated 15.12.42.
A/W/C V. Mitchell 37755 : “ Posted (Missing) from this Unit to No. 1 R.A.F. Depot (NE) Uxbridge w.e.f. 18.12.42. Auth. A/M letter S.67142/1/D.P.1 dated 18.8.42.
P/O E.E Williams “
F/O G.H. Jacobson NZ41333 “
F/Lt. R.C. Hedger 74519 A&SD. Reposted to No. 75 (NZ) Squadron (Supernumary) w.e.f. 15.12.42. Auth. H.Q.B.C. Pgram. BC/41078/3/3/P dated 15.12.42.
F/Lt. T Ness 84452 GD Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 22.12.42 Auth. A/M Pgram A.458495/42/D.P.2.a/ 20 dated 9.12.42.
P/O H.H. Foster 108822 “ Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 10.12.42 (Auth awaited)
P/O T.H. Brown 131998 “ Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 23.12.42 Auth. 3 Grp.Sig.P.968 dated 22.12.42.
P/O H.H. Foster 108822 “ Posted to No156 Squadron w.e.f. 22.12.42 Auth. 3 Grp.Sig.P971 dated 22.12.42.
F/O G.A. Lunn J10875 “ Posted to No.429 Squadron w.e.f. 1.12.42. Auth. HQBC. Pgram BC/41085/4/P. dated 28.11.42.
P/O J.C. Donnelly 112425 “ Ceased to be detatched from this Unit to R.A.F. Oakington w.e.f. 6.12.42. Auth. 3G/S.8004/SO/SPA 12.10.42.
P/O R.A. Hull J15403 “
F/O G.H. Jacobson NZ41333 “
P/O A.F. Minnis 126499 “
P/O R.R. RAyner NZ413999 “
A/F/L F.A. Sandeman 86686 “ Ceased to be detached from this Unit to R.A.F. Oakington w.e.f. 5.12.42 Auth. 3G/S.8804/10/SOA 12.10.42.
F/O G.E. McFail 122457 MED. Attached to this Unit w.e.f. 4.12.42 (Auth. 3 Grp. Pgram 3G/899212/P.2 5.12.42.
F/L J.M. Gilmore 86986 “ Attached to this Unit w.e.f. 3.12.42 Auth. Awaited.
F/L J.M. Gilmore 86986 MED. Ceased to be attached to this Unit w.e.f. 4.12.42 Auth. Awaited.
P/O J.C. Donnelyy 112425 GD. Attached to R.A.F. Station Oakington w.e.f. 10.11.42 Auth. 3G/S.800410/SOA dated 12.10.42.
P/O R.A. Hull J15403 “
F/O G.H. Jacobson NZ41333 “
P/O A.F. Minnis 126499 “
A/F/L F.A. Sandeman 86686 “
P/O R.R. Rayner NZ41399 “ Attached to R.A.F. Oakington w.e.f. Auth. 3G/S.8004/10/SOA dated 12.10.42
P/O E.E. Williams N/K “ Ceased to be attached from this Unit to R.A.F. Oakington w.e.f. 9.11.42 Auth. (O.C. Unit)
F/O G.E. McFall 122457 MED. Ceased to be attached to this Unit w.e.f. 16.12.42 Auth. 3 Grp. Pgram 3G/8992/13/P.2 d/ 12.12.42.
F/O G.A. Lunn J10875 GD. Ceased to be detached from this Unit to C.G.S. w.e.f. 1.12.42 Auth. O.C. Unit.
F/O G. Heywood NZ406222 “ Detached from this Unit w.e.f. 28.12.42 Auth. 3 Grp. Pgram 3G/6607/7/1/P4. DATED 22.12.42.
P/O J. Mccullough NZ40410 GD. Appointed to a Commission P/O ON probation on 15.10.42 Auth. A/M letter A466193/42/S.7.(f) 1 (b) dated 14.12.42.
P/O K.H. Blincoe NZ412194 GD Appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation on 10.10.42 Auth. A/M letter A466193/42/S.7.(f)1(b) dated 14.12.42.
P/O K.J. Bettles 133994 GD Married on 3.12.42 at Kensington Register Office to Beryl Elsie Town (spinster) Auth. Extract Marriage Certificate.
The following Training with Stirling MK.I Aircraft was carried out by :A: Flight at Conversion Unit, R.A.F. Station, Oakington during this month.
1.55 S/Ldr. Crompton and f/O Jacobson – dual and solo in BK619.
2.00 Sgt. Dalzell – local Flying Practice BF397.
1.10 Sgt. Lord – Local Flying Practice. BK617.
.45 P/O Donnelly – Air Test BK620.
1.10 F/O Gwilliam – instructing Sergt. Davey on Dual and Solo. BK617.
1.35 F/L Sandeman – Air Firning in BK620
2.00 F/Sgt. Jackson – Bombing Practice in BK617.
2.20 P/O Donnelly – Bombing Practice in BF397.
1.00 Sergt. Dalzell – Bombing Practice in BF396.
.15 P/O Bishop – Air Test on R9250.
.50 F/Sergt. Watson – to Newmarket in BF396.
1.40 Sergt. Lord – Local Flying Practice in R9250.
.30 F/L Sandeman – Air Test in R9250.
1.00 Sergts. Lord and Cross- Air Test in BF396
3.00 F/Sergt. Watson and P/O Donnelly – Dual and Solo, to Bourne and return in R9250.
2.30 P/O Bishop and Sergt. Dalzell – Dual and Solo in R9250.
.30 F/Sergt. Jackson – to Newmarket in BK617.
.30 Sergt. Dalzell – to Newmarket in BF400.
.30 Sergt. Buck – to Newmarket in BF397.
.30 P/O Donnelly 0 to Newmarket in BF396.
.30 F/O Gwilliam – to Newmarket in BK620.
.30 Sergt. Lord – to Newmarket in R9250.
.30 F/O Jacobson – to Newmarket in R9248.
Continue these records – January 1943