April 1941

1 Apr 1941
Operation: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

2 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

3 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BREST
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. SAW.728 brought bombs back as nothing could be seen over the target owing to 10/10 cloud. SAW.898 (Captain, F/) Pritchard) collided in midair with another aircraft, believed to have been a Blenheim, was badly damaged and force landed at Boscombe Down. The rear gunner of SAW.898 (F/O Brown) shot down one Me110 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate). Owing to cloud, results were not observed. No observations or reconnaissance were made, but five photographs were attempted by SAW.778. Heavy and light flak was experienced at many parts of target area and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous but not very accurate.

Training: Nil

4 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
Circuits and landings were carried out by two crews (Captain SGT. Sargent and F/O Hill) in aircraft R.3166 and R.3218.

5 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

6 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BREST.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to heavy cloud over the target area,the operation was not successful, eight aircraft failing to locate the target. Heavy and light flak were experienced at many parts of target, and a few searchlights were in operation but these were useless owing to cloud. A number of enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro.

Training: Nil

7 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST KIEL.
11 Wellington aircraft of this unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near that target. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. AA fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, and map reading.

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

8 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C R.1163 received on 7.4.1941 from No. 15 Squadron, Wyton. Authority awaited.

Postings:
P/O L.R. Hewitt posted from this Unit to 3 Gp. Training Flight, Stradishall, wef 8.4.41. Authority 3 Gp. Sig. P.959, dated 6-4-41

9 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BERLIN.
Nine Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number of fires was started. One photograph of Tempelhof aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. AA fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by a cannon fighter over Guider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier 3 miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by DR, map reading, Astro, and WT.

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C R.1648 received from No. 22 M.U. auth’y 41G/3754 dated 27.3.41

10 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
2020 – 2120 One cross-country flight was carried out in Wellington 1C R.3166 by Sgt. Reid and crew.

Postings:
F/O J.K. Collins posted from this Unit to No 7 Squadron, Oakington, wef 31.3.41 Auth’y: 3Gp Sig.P.915 dated 29.3.41 App F.1
P/O G.T. Kimberley posted from this Unit to 3 Gp Training Flight Stradishall, wef 31.3.41 Auth’y: 3Gp SigP.918 dated 30.3.41 App F.1

Appointments:
P/O D.C. Barnett appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation wef 19.3.41 Auth’y: 3Gp P’Gram 3G/8942/P.1 dated 22.3.41 App F.1

11 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

12 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

Attachments:
P/O G.W. Hamlin attached from this Unit to 11 OTU Bassingbourn wef 12.4.41 Auth’y 3 Gp Sig P.965 dated 7.4.41 App F.2

13 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
Three cross-country flights was carried out (Sgt. Reid, Sgt Fotheringham and P/O Rees.

14 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS ON BREST.
10 Wellington aircraft of this unit was detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was fine but there was a thin layer of cloud over the target area. Bombs were dropped and the number of bursts were observed in target area. AA fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were accurate when operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D R, astro, WT, and mapreading.

Training: Nil

Postings:
P/O T.J.D. Bader posted from this Unit to 15 OTU, Harwell, wef 14.4.41 Auth 3Gp P’gram 3G/6601/7/P.4 dated 9.4.41 App F.3

15 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place.

16 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT BREMEN.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by Flight Lieutenant Fletcher, failed to locate target, bombs were brought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy AA fire, fairly accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by DR, astro, WT, and map reading.

Training: Nil

17 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BERLIN.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this unit will detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, AXC.555, crashed on landing at Ternhill. No one was injured. All bombs were dropped and bursts were seen. AA fire was spasmodic and very accurate. Searchlights were intense over target and en route. Number of enemy aircraft was seen but no attacks mate. It was grand haze over the target with heavy cloud en route. Navigation was by DR, Astro, WT, map reading.

Training:
Sgt. Reid and crew carried out a cross country in R.1177

18 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

19 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

20 Apr 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS ON TARGETS AT ROTTERDAM.
Two Wellington aircraft of this unit with detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by Sgt Reid failed to locate target and bombs were brought back. The other aircraft dropped bombs and bursts were seen, also three dull red fires. It was observed that the blackout in Rotterdam was not very good. No AA fire was encountered, and searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were seen. Weather was good. Navigation was by DR, WT, and Astro.

Training:
1500 – 1730 P/O Curry and crew carried out a cross-country flight in Wellington 1C R.1162

Attachments:
P/O G.W. Hamlin ceased to be attached from this Unit to 11 OTU Bassignbourn wef 20.4.41

21 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
F/O Parker and crew carried out night flying in aircraft R.3218

Postings:
P/O C. Evans posted from this Unit to 1 P.D.C. West Kirby wef 21.4.41 Auth: 3 Gp P’Gram 3G/8918/22/5/P.2 dated 8.4.41 App F.3

22 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

Postings:
P/O C. Stokes posted to this Unit wef 22.4.41 Auth: 3Gp Sig.P,689 dated 21.4.41 App F.3

 23 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
Two crews carried out S.C.I. practice in Wellington R.3218.

24 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT OSTEND AND KIEL.
Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and bursts were seen, and fires started in target areas. AA fire was fairly intense and accurate. Searchlights were numerous and working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. Heavy cloud was experienced in Ostend area, but elsewhere weather was fine.

Training: Nil

25 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

26 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

27 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

28 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
Two cross-country flights were carried out in aircraft R.3171 (Sgt. Coney and crew) and R.3169 (P/O Hobbs and crew)
S.C.I. training was carried out by two crews in R.3218.

29 Apr 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT MANNHEIM AND ROTTERDAM.

Twelve Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of these aircraft brought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fires were started. AA fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective, and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight ground haze over target areas. Navigation was by DR, WT, astro, and mapreading.

30 Apr 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil