August 1942

FELTWELL
August 1
Operations
Nil.

Training.
Nil.

August 2
Operations.
Nil

Training.
Four Wellington aircraft carried out a training exercise, one of which also carried cross flying.

August 3
Operations
Nil.

Training.
Nil.

August 4
Operations. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT ESSEN.
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb were dropped in the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, searchlights were lighting up the clouds, but not in large numbers. No enemy aircraft were seen. Weather was fairly good, being cloudy in places. Navigation was good by T.R. and D.R.

Training.
Nil.

August 5
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
Nil.

August 6
Operations. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT DUISBERG.
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target, Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs, incendiaries and flares were dropped in the target areas. A.A. fire was heavy and in some parts scattered, ground haze caused searchlights to be ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good, Navigation was fairly good by T.R and D.R. Wellington X3636, captained by Sgt. Jackson, J. was hit by A.A. fire which caused the Hydraulics of the aircraft to be unserviceable, he crash landed successfully on return.

Training.
Nil.

August 7
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
Nil.

Visit of Air Commodore Isett, Wing Commander Freeman, D.S.O., D.F.C. and bar and the New Zealander Minister in Washington, the Hon. Walter Nash. A group photograph of the visitors and Squadron aircrew was taken.

August 8
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
Nil.

3.30     Group Captain Powell and F/O. Dobbin, D. travelled to East Fortune and returned, in Wellington aircraft BJ 766.

August 9
Operations. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT OSNABRUCK.
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb, incendiaries and flares was dropped in target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area and vicinity.
A small amount of light A.A. fire was encountered, the target was ringed by a heavy concentration of searchlights. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was good by T.R. and D.R.

Training.
2.00     Sgt. Jackson J. in Wellington B.J. 767 carried out a T.R. exercise.
.35       Sgt. Barclay, T.S. carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington X3597.
3.15     S/Ldr Newton in Wellington B.J.774 flew to Chartes Hall and return.
.45       Sgt. Kearns, R.S.D. in Wellington X3396 flew to Pershore.

August 10
1.00     Sgt. Jackson, J. carried out Consumption Test.

August 11
Operations. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT MAINZ.
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb, 1000lb, 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in target area. A.A. fire was light, searchlights were scarce and ineffective. One fighter was seen by P/O. Horne in Wellington B.J.765 as he was crossing the Dutch Coast homeward bound, no attack was made. The weather was moderate, being cloudy near target. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ 837 captain Sgt. Hockaday. N.J., five minutes from English coast on way to target, fabric stripped off nose of aircraft to port and starboard, the Bomb load was jettisoned and the aircraft returned to base. Three aircraft failed to return, Wellington B.J. 767 captain F/O Dobbin, Wellington B.J. 625, Sgt. Barclay. T.S. captain, Wellington X.3546 captain Sgt. Bradey. G.E.

Training.
2.00     Sgt Barclay, T.S. carried out Fighter Co-Operation in Wellington B.J. 625.

August 12
Operations. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT MAINZ.
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb, 1000lb, 500lb and incendiaries was dropped in the target area, large fires were seen. Wellington BJ.765 captain P/O Horne took photograph of target area A.A. fire was moderate, heavy in places but scattered, searchlights were few and ineffective. The weather was poor, being cloudy over target. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R.

Training.
Nil.

August 13
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
.30       Sgt. Hockaday N.J. carried circuits in Wellington B.J. 832.

August 14
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
Nil.

August 15
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
MOVEMENT OF 75(NZ) SQUADRON TO R.A.F. STATION, MILDENHALL.
The Movement was executed in two main parties CONSISTING of a Road and Air party. The Road party travelled with equipment in lorries and coaches provided by the Officer Commanding, R.A.F. Station, Feltwell and No.2 M.T. Company, Cambridge. The Air party consisted of all operationally fit aircraft, together with their crews and proceeded under the direction of Wing Commander V. Mitchell, D.F.C.

August 16
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
.30       Sgt. Osborne, A.G. carried out Circuits in Wellington X3597.

August 17
Operations. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT OSNABRUCK.
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb, 11½ lb practice flash bombs and incendiaries were dropped in target area, two large fires were seen blazing fiercely in target area, there were also medium concentrations of searchlights. The target area was covered by thin layers of cloud. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Training.
.40       Sgt. Hunting carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington B.J.776.
2.00     Sgt. Tolley carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington B.J. 708.
1.53.    F/Sgt. Anderson carried out Night Bombing in Wellington B.J. 832.
1.30     P/O Horne carried out Night Dual flying.

August 18
Operations.
Nil

Training.
3.35     F/Sgt Anderson carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington B.J. 832.
3.15     Sgt. Hunting carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington B.J. 766.
1.00     F/Sgt. Parkes carried out circuits in Wellington aircraft.
.30       P/O Haydon carried out Dual Night Circuits in Wellington X.3445.

August 19
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
3.40     F/Sgt Parkes carried out Air Sea firing in Wellington X.3867, Also T.R. exercise.
3.55     P/O Trott carried out T.R. exercise and Night Bombing Exercise in Wellington BJ.774.
2.30     Sgt. Hunting carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington B.J. 776.
3.10     Sgt. Tolley carried out T.R. exercise and Night bombing exercise in Wellington B.J. 832.
1.30     P/O Haydon, Sgts. Blinco, Burrill and McCullough carried out Dual night landings in Wellington X.3445.
.30       Sgt’s Blinco and McCullough carried two solo night circuits in Wellington X.3445.

August 20.
Operations. GARDENING OFF ST. NAZAIRE.
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above. Bomb loads of mines were dropped in the target area. Considerable A.A. fire was encountered near the target, searchlights were few. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good with bright moon over target. Navigation was very good. Wellington B.J. 774 failed to return, captain F/Sgt. Anderson E.I.

Training.
1.00     Sgt. Hunting carried out Fighter affiliation in Wellington B.J. 776.
.40       F/Sgt. Anderson. E.I. carried out fight Affiliation in Wellington B.J.832.
1.00     Sgt. Tolley carried Fighter Affiliation in Wellington X.3396.
.30       P/O. Horne carried Fighter Affiliation in Wellington B.J.832.
1.50     P/O. Trott carried Fighter affiliation in Wellington X3936.

August 21.
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
Nil

August 22.
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
2.00     Sgt. Kearns. R.S.D. carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington X3396.
3.25     F/Sgt. Parkes carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington X.3867.
2.10     P/O. Trott carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington X3936.
2.25     Sgt. Hunting carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington B.J.832.

August 23.
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
1.05     P/O. Haydon, Sgt’s Hunting, Rousseau, Perks and Sharman carried out Night dual in Wellington X.3538.
2.50     Sgt. McCullough carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington X.3539.
2.00 Sgt. Tolley carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington B.J.708.

August 24
Operations. Gardening off the Frisian Islands.
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. Bomb load of 1500 lb. Mines was dropped by one aircraft in the target area. The other aircraft failing to reach allotted spot for gardening owing to compass becoming unserviceable. The weather was good, Navigation was by D/R and T/R. Wellington X.3936 captained by Sgt. Tolley, A.G. flew over a British convoy near the English coast. A.A. fire from the convoy was very accurate causing the aircraft to take evasive action.

Attack against targets at Frankfurt.
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 500lbs. and incendiairies were dropped in the target area. One large fire was observed. A.A. Fire was heavy and accurate, searchlights were moderate. Several enemy aircraft were seen. Wellington X.3396 captained by Sgt. R.S.D. Kearns was attacked by a FW.190. The weather was clear on route but cloudy over target. Navigation was excellent.

Training.
2.10     P/O Haydon, Sgts. Rousseau and Perks carried out dual night circuits in Well. X.3538
.30       Sgts. Bettles and Davis carried out solo night circuits in Well. X3538.
5.15     Sgt. McCullough carried out T.R. exercise in Well.X.3939.

August 25
Operations.
Nil

Training.
Nil.

August 26
Operations.
Nil

Training.
1.00     P/O’s Haydon, Jacobson, Sgts. Law, Renton and Gill carried out night dual.

August 27
Operations. Attacks against targets at KASSEL.
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lb. 500lb and incendiairies were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington B.J.584 captained by Sgt. Burrill met a JU.88 when about 30 miles from the target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman, claims to have shot down the JU.88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700 feet at the Dutch coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt. Osborn failed to return.

Training.
Nil

August 28
Operations. Attack against targets at NURENBURG.
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. 1000lb. 500lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights and enemy aircraft were very active. Wellington BJ.837 captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole of the town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles away from target. Four bomber aircraft and one presumed to be a fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in Amiens region approximately 60 moles from coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936, captained by P/O Trott was attacked by an Me.110, fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. The weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt, Parks failed to return.

Training.
Nil.

August 29
Operations.
Nil

Training.
3.40     Sgt. Law carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington X.3396.
1.30     F/O. Gunning, P/O Jacobson and Sgt. Law carried out dual circuits in Wellington BJ.725.

August 30
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
1.00     Sgt. Bettles carried out t.R. exercise in Wellington X.3936.
1.40     Hunting carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington X.3539.
1.35     Sgt. Raharuhi carried out T.R. exercise in Wellington BJ.832.

August 31
Operations.
Nil.

Training.
P/O Haydon, P/O Johnson and Sgt. Bevan and Devine carried out local dual flying in Wellington BJ.725.

ACTING RANKS.
P/O MANSON, J.J. (104475) GD. Appointed to the rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant (paid) w.e.f. 13/7/42. Auth:- 3 Grp Pgrm 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 d/d 2/8/42.
F/O. ASHWORTH, A. (43699) GD. Appointed to the rank of Acting Sqdn Ldr (Paid) w.e.f. 27/7/42. Auth:- 3 Grp Pgrm 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 d/d 10.8.42.

“A” POSTINGS.
F/Lt. OSBORNE, A.F.A. (73033) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn w.e.f. 24.8.42. Auth. 3 Grp. Sig. P751 d/d 24.8.42.
S/L (A/W/C) MITCHELL, V. (37755) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn w.e.f.24.8.42. Auth. 3 Grp. Sig. P139 d/d 31.7.42.
G/C. OLSON, E.G. (NZ1008) GD. Posted to RAF Stn. Feltwell (supernumary pending posting) w.e.f. 30.7.42. Auth. HQBC Pgm.BC/91082/1/P.2 d/d 26.7.42.
P/O. JARMAN, E.G.D. (AUS404507) GD. Posted to No.27 OUT wef. 3.8.42. Auth. 3 Gp. Pgm. 3G/6601/7A/P4 d/d 23.7.42.
P/O. DALZELL, E.T. (NZ411378) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wef. 7.8.42. Auth. 91 Gp Pgm. 91G/1706/26/11/P4 d d/ 27.7.42.
P/O. McLACHLAN, I.J. (NZ404390) GD. Posted to 1483 TT & G Flt wef. 1.8.42. Auth. 3 gp Pgm. 3G/6601/P4 d/d 23.7.42.
A/F/L. BALL, E.C. (NZ40749) GD. Posted to 54 OUT wef. 9.8.42. Auth. 3 Gp. Sig. P510 d/d 28.7.42.
P/O. SCOLLAY, W.J.R. (NZ41497) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wed. 12.8.42. Auth. 91 Gp Pgm 91G/1706/26/11/P4 d/d 3/8/42.
P/O. TROTT, L.G. (NZ12743) GD.
P/O. POPPLEWELL, D.L. (NZ41357) GD.
F/O DOBBIN, L.S. (NZ401375) GD. Posted to No.1 (NE) Depot Uxbridge (Missing) wef. 12.8.42. Auth AM letter S67142/1/D.P.1 dated 18.8.42.
P/O. STYART-WHITE, D.A. GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wef. 11.8.42. Auth. 91 Grp Pgm 91G/1706/26/11/P4 d/d 3.8.42.
P/O. MILLS, G.W.A. (NZ411769) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wef. 12.8.42. Auth. 91 Grp Sig. P.348 d/d 8.8.42.
A/F/L. JACOBSON, G.F. (J3500) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn. wef. 9.8.42. Auth. 3 Grp. Pgm 3G/6601/P4 d/d 10.8.42.
P/O. WILLIAMS, E.E. (116460) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn. wef. 19.8.42. Auth. 91 Gp. Pgm 91G/1706/26/23/P4 d/d 15.8.42.
P/O. DOWNES, E. (NZ412871) GD.
P/O JACOBSON, G.H. (NZ41353) GD.
F/O. HARCOURT, L.V. (45807) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn. wef. 26.8.42. Auth. 91 Gp Sig.P455 d/d 19.8.42.
A/S/L. LOCKWOOD, E.B.R. (89584) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wef. 22.8.42. Auth. 91 Gp. Sig. P420 d/d 16.8.42.
F/Lt. WOMERSLEY, G.A. (43696) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wef. 25.8.42. Auth. 3 Gp Pgm. 3G/6601/P4 d/d 13.8.42.
F/Lt. OSBORNE, A.F.A. (73033) GD. Posted to No.1 (NE) Depot, RAF Uxbridge wef. 28.8.42. (Missing) Auth. AM letter S67142/1/ D.P.1.
P/O. DALZELLE, E.T. (NZ411378) GD. Dated 18.8.42.
P/O. LOWE, H. (115129) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wef. 15.8.42. Auth. 91 Gp. Sig. P681 d/d 16.8.42.
P/O. FENTON, W.G. (NZ391858) GD. Posted to 28 OUT wef. 21.8.42. Auth. HQBC Pgm. BC/41084/8/P d/d 1.8.42.
P/O. Hoare, F.J (123493) GD. Posted to 15 OUT wef. 24.8.42. Auth. 3 Gp Sig. P596 d/d 8.8.42.
A/S/L. ASHWORTH, (43699) GD. Posted to HQBC and attached to RAF Atn Wyton wef. 28.8.42. Auth. 3 Gp. Sig. P125 d/d 27.8.42.
A/F/L. JACOBSON, G.F. (J3500) GD. Posted to RAF Stn. Mildenhall wef. 24.8.42. Auth. 3 Gp Sig. P756 d/d 24.8..42.
P/O. DELVIN, K.J. (NZ413334) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wef. 28.8.42. Auth. 91 Gp. Pgm. 91G/1706/26/11/P4 d/d 18.8.42.
A/F/L. BAKER, E.S. (J5090) GD. Posted to 75 Sqdn wef. 24.8.42. Auth. 3 Gp. Sig. P757 d/d 24.8.42.

“B” ATTACHMENTS.
P/O. FENTON W.G. (NZ391858) GD. Ceased to be attached from this Unit to C.G.S. wef. 5.8.42.
P/O. GIRVAN R. (124913) GD. Ceased to be attached to this Unit from No.8A. G.S. wef. 8.8.42.
P/O MANSON J.J. (104475) GD. Ceased to be attached from this Unt to No.1 A.A.S. wef. 11.7.42.
F/O. WALKER R.B. (63736) GD. Ceased to be attached from this Unit to R.A.F. Hospital Ely, wef. 12.7.42.
P/O SKINNER S.E. (120450) GD. Attached to this Unit from No.8 A.G.S. wef. 16.8.42. Auth. Evanton sig.P64 13.8.42.
A/S/L NEWTON R.J. (NZ40984) GD. Attached from this Unit to No.1 P.D.C. West Kirby wef. Date 17.8.42 Auth A.M. Sig P2597 8.8.42.
F/O HENDERSON A.R. (NZ401862) GD. Attached from this Unit to P.D.C. West Kirby wef. 13.8.42 Auth. A.M. Sig. P/5535 18.8.42.
P/O ROBINSON J.A. (NZ401409) GD. Attached from this Unit to P.D.C. Padgate wef. 18.8.42.
P/O SKINNER S.E. (120450) GD. Ceased to be attached to this Unit from No.8 A.G.S. 29.8.42.

“G” PROMOTIONS.
W/CDR. OLSON E.G. (NZ1008) GD. Promoted rank T/Grp/Captn wef. 1.6.42 (by Air Headquarters Wellington) Auth. A.M. Sig. PX 526 3.8.42.
P/O. WILLIAMS E.P. (NZ38235) GD. Promoted to War Substantive rank of Flying Officer, wef. 10.7.42. Auth. 3 Grp letter 3G/8937/1/P2 dated 5.8.42.
F/O (A/S/L) Newton R.J. (NZ40984) GD. Promoted to War Substantive rank of F/Lt. wef. 30.4.42. Auth 3 Grp Pgm. 8937/1/P2. 15.8.42.
F/O WALKER R.B. (63736) MED. Promoted to War Substantive reank of F/Lt. wef. 1.4.42. Auth. Extract London Gazette Serial No. 85661 11.8.42 and Group Routine Orders Serial No.183/185 dated 27.8.42.
P/O. BERTRAM R.B. (128536) GD. Appointed to a commission as P/O on probation on 22.6.42. Auth. A.M. letter A.413489/42/S7 (f) 1b. dated 25.8.42.

“J” DEATHS.
P/O R.B. BERTRAM (128536) GD. Killed on 29.6.42 SORS 30.6.42

“P” DECORATIONS.
F/O ASHWORTH A. (43699) GD. Awarded Distinguished Service Order 7.8.42. Auth. HQBC. Sig. P.978 dated 7.8.42.
A/S/L NEWTON R.J. (NZ40984) GD. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross 11.8.42. Auth. Extract London Gazette Serial No.35661 dated 11.8.42 and Group Routine Orders Serial No.168 dated 12.8.42.

ARRIVALS AND DESPATCHES OF AIRCRAFT.
1.8.42.              Well.III.BJ.770, Well.III.BJ771, Well.BJ772, Well.III.BJ773, Well.III.BJ774 received from Vickers Armstrong, Chester. Authy. 41G/5885.
1.8.42.              Well.III. X3597 received from 43 Group Deposit. Authy. 54 M.U. Signal T.551.
2.8.42.              Well.III. BJ708 received from 33 M.U. Lyneham. Authy. 41G/5958.
3.8.42.              Well.III. BJ725, Well.III, X3389 received from No.9 Squadron. Authy. “W”397/S.
9.8.42.              Well.III. X3468. Well.III X3751, Well.III X3586 despatched to 23 O.T.U. Authy. Q 577.
15.8.42.            Well.III. X3867 received from 48 M.U. Authy. 41G/6196.
16.8.42.            Well. X3954, Well.III. X3936 received from 12 M.U. Authy. 41G/6195.
Well.III. BJ721 received from 45 M.U. Authy. 41G/6225.
Well.III. X3959 received from 44 M.U. Authy. 41G/6226.
20.8.42.           Well.III. Z1592 despatched to Vickers Armstrong, Castle Bromich Authy. 54 MU/10001/175.
30.8.42.           Well.III. BJ790 received from 33 M.U. Authy. 41G/6492.