February 1941

1 Feb 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1830 – 2120 Dual landings carried out in R.3218.

2 Feb 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BOLOGNE.
Two Wellington aircraft, one of these aircraft NCP.543 failed to locate going to heavy cloud. The other, NCP.794 reported hits in target area. Inaccurate heavy and light a fire was experienced, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fairly good.

Training:
1115 -1345 Two cross-country flights carried out in aircraft R.1162 and R.1161 (Captains P/O Kimberley and P/O Burton)

3 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
Four cross-country flights carried out (Captains P/O Faulkner, P/O Kimberley, P/O Burton and P/O Simich) Dual landings were carried out in aircraft No. R.3218.

 4 Feb 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST LE HAVRE.
Two Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target.. No observations were made being due to bad weather.

Training:
Four cross-country flights carried out today. Captains: P/O Simich, P/O Hewitt, Sgt. Musselwhite and Sgt. White.)

 5 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:  Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington Mark 1C R.1409 received from Harwell. Auth’y: HQBC/Q.295 dated 20.1.41

Acting Ranks:
P/O J.E.S. Morton and P/O M.H. McFarlane appointed to the rank of Flying Officer (paid) on 5.2.41. Auth’y: 3Gp.8937/5/1/P.2. dated 20.1.41 App. F.1
P/O D. MacKay and P/O E. Roberts appointed to Acting Rank of Flying Officer (paid) on 1.1.41 Auth’y: 3Gp. Postagram 3G/8937/5/1/P.2 dated 9.1.41 App. F.1
F/O J.E.S. Morton and F/O M.H. MacFarlane appointed to the Acting Rank of Flight Lieutenant (unpaid) on 26.1.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.P’Gram. 3G/8937/5/1/P.2 App. F.1

Postings:
P/O Evans posted to this Unit from 40 Squadron, Wyton. Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.P. 227 dated 28.1.41 App. F.1
F/Lt. C.L. Gilbert posted to RAF Station, Feltwell wef 28.11.40 Auth’y: 3G/6601/3 dated 20.1.41 App. F.1

Attachments:
P/O J. Fleming attached to C.M.E. Halton on discharge from hospital wef 29.1.41 Auth’y: Torquay Signal H.292 dated 29.1.41 App F.2
P/O J. Fleming ceased to be attached to Halton wef 31.1.41 TORS 1.2.41 App F.2

Appointments:
F/O C.L. Gilbert promoted to the War Substantive Rank of Flight Lieutenant wef 21.9.40 Auth’y: Extract from London Gazette Serial No: 35057 dated 28.1.41 App F.2
P/O A.B. Charles confirmed in his appointment and promoted to the War Substantive rank of Flying Officer wef 27.11.40 Auth’y: Extract from London Gazette Serial No: 35057 dated 28.1.41 App F.2
P/O J. Baber appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation wef 14.1.41 Auth’y: 3G/8942/1/P.2 dated 18.1.41 App F.2

6 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

7 Feb 2041
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

8 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
Dual circuits and landings carried out in R.3218.

9 Feb 2041
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

10 Feb 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST HANOVER.
13 Wellington aircraft of this unit carried out in individual bombing attacks on the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. A Balloon was seen flying over Hanover at 9000 feet. Two beacons were observed at Ymuiden flashing one every three seconds. Many dummy fires were also seen. Sarah amount of heavy and light a a fire was encountered in target area. This ceased when ray tracer followed by white Tracer was fired. A number of enemy aircraft were seeing, while LUX.657 reports being hit by machine gun bullets and explosive shells fired by enemy aircraft which attacked. The hydraulic gear was damaged and the aircraft crashed on landing at Methwold. The weather was good but they was scattered cloud. Navigation was by Astro, pin points, and map reading.

Training:
1045 – 1235 Cross-country flight carried out by P/O Simich and crew R.1409.

11 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

12 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

Postings:
P/O J. Fleming posted from this Unit to 3 Group Training Flight, Stradishall wef 7.2.41 App F.3
P/O E.T. Wilcox posted from this Unit to 3 Group Training Flight, Stradishall wef 6.2.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.P’Gram. 3G/6601/P.4. dated 28.1.41 App F.3
P/O P.A. Pownall posted from this Unit to 3 Group Training Flight, Stradishall wef 6.2.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.P. 298 dated 6.2.41 App F.3
P/O Lockwood posted from this Unit to 20 OTU Lossiemouth wef 12.2.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.P’Gram. 3G/6601/P.4. dated 9.2.41 App F.3
P/O B.P. McNamara and P/O A.J. Ryan posted from this Unit to No.1 (NE) Uxbridge wef 10.1.41 App F.3
P/O H.D. Newman and P/O R.G. Stark posted from this Unit to No.1 (NE) Uxbridge wef 30.12.40 App F.3

Attachments:
F/O Collins attached to this Unit from No. 12 OTU Benson wef 29.1.41 Auth’y: 6Gp.P’Gram. 6G/S.854 dated 23.1.41 App F.4

Appointments:
P/O K.C. Canfield appointed to a commission as Pilot Officer on probation Auth’y: 3Gp.P’Gram. 3G/8942/1/P.1 P.4. dated 8.2.41 App F.4

Relinquishments:
F/Lt. H.M. Boffee relinquishes the rank of Acting Squadron Leader on posting. Auth’y: Air Ministry Letter A.224965/Accs.20, dated 20.1.41 App F.4

13 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

14 Feb 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST GELSEKIRCHEN.
12 Wellington aircraft of this unit with detail to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target bombs were seen to bursting target area, and many files were observed. Danny fires were seen near the target. Heavy and medium AA fire was encountered in the target area and en route. Search lights were active from the Dutch coast to target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was fine, but there was some ground mist.

Training:
One cross-country flight carried out by Sgt. Musselwhite and crew in aircraft R3172.
Dual Landings were carried out in aircraft R.3218. Captain F/O Collins.

15 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

16 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

17 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
S.C.I. training carried out by Sgt. Minniken and crew in aircraft R.3218

18 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training:
1430 – 1530 Landings carried out by F/O Collins in aircraft R.3218
Cross-country carried out by Sgt. Mellor and crew in aircraft R.3218

Feltwell
19 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

20 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

21 Feb 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST WILHELMSHAVEN.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. JAH.214 Captained by P/O Falconer failed to return. Hits are reported in the target area but the results could not be easily observed owing to ground haze. The AA fire encountered was mostly a medium and inaccurate. Searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were seen.

22 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

23 Feb 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BOULOGNE.
Eight Wellington Aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Owing to heavy ground mist, one of these aircraft, WLR. 245, failed to locate the target. Bombs were seen to burst in the target area and several fires started. AA fire was heavy and fairly accurate, while searchlights were active and accurate, especially over the target area. Heavy cloud was experienced over most of the route and there was ground haze over the target. One enemy aircraft were seen but no attack was made.

Training: Nil

Acting Ranks:
F/O J.E.S. Morton and F/O M.H. Macfarlane appointed to the rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant (paid) on 15.2.41 wef 26.1.41. Auth’y: 3 Grp. P’Gram 3G/8937/5/1/P.2. dated 26.2.41 App. F.5
P/O W.D. Brown appointed to the rank of Acting Flying Officer (unpaid) wef 31.1.41. Auth’y: P’Gram 3G/8937/5/1/P.2.dated 3.2.41 App.F.5
P/O W.D. Brown appointed to the rank of Acting Flying Officer (paid) on 20.2.41. Auth’y: P’Gram 3G/8937/5/1/P.2.dated 3.2.41 App.F.5

POSTINGS.
P/O G.V. Key posted from this Unit to No. 50 Group Pool wef 13.1.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.90, dated 10.1.41 App.F.5
P/O C.L. Holmes posted from this Unit to 18 OTU Bramcote, wef 21.1.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp. P’Gram. 3G/6601/P.4. dated 14.2.41 and 6 Gp. Sig. P.370 dated 20.2.41.
F/O J.K. Collins ceased to be attached to this Unit from 12 OTU Benson on posting wef 27.1.41 . Auth’y: 3 Gp. Sig.P.384 dated 15.2.41. App.F.6
P/O Saxelby, C.K., posted from this Unit to 12 OTU wef 17.2.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp. Sig. P. 381 dated 15.2.41 App.F.6
P/O A.M. Hobbs, P/O K.N. Strutters, P/O G.W. Hamlin posted to this Unit from 57 Squadron, Feltwell, wef 10.2.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp. Sig.P.355 dated 13.2.41. App.F.6

Attachments.
F/O T.F.Gill and F/O D.F. Pritchard ceased to be attached to 15 OTU, Harwell, wef 10.2.41. App.F.6
P/O T.J.D. babe attached to C.G.S. Warm well, wef 16.2.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp. P/Gram. 3G/6607/7/P.4 dated 4.2.41. App. F.6

Missing.
S/L E.U.G. Solve, P/O A.J. Falconer, P/O Muir, A.V.P., missing on 22.2.41. App.F.6

24 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

Aircraft.
One Wellington aircraft Mk.1C. W.5621 received from 48 M.U. Hawarden. Auth’y: 41G/2614.

25 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: S.C.I. Training carried out in aircraft R.3218 (Captains: P/O Burton and P/O Kimberley).

26 Feb 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST COLOGNE.
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual attacks against the above target. Were seen to burst in the target area and the fires were started. Fairly accurate heavy medium and light AA fire was encountered, and searchlights were intense and accurate over Holland and target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fairly good over most of the journey, but ground haze covered the target.

Training: Nil

Aircraft.
One Wellington 1C. R.1457 received from 22 M.U. Silloth. Auth’y: 41G/2783.

27 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

Attachments.
P/O F.A. Andrews ceased to be attached to No.3 B.A.T.F. Mildenhall wef 27.2.41. App.F.7
F/O W.D. Brown attached to R.A.F. Station, Farnborough, wef 20.2.41. Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.P.444 dated 23.2.41. App.F.7
P/O F.A. Andrews attached to 3 B.A.T.F. Mildenhall wef 24.2.41. Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.P.444 dated 23.2.41. App.F.7
P/O K.C. Canfield proceeded on No.12 Specialist Course wef 25.2.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp. P/Gram. 3G/6607/4/P.4 dated 22.2.41. App. F.7

28 Feb 1941
Operations: Nil.

Training.
13.45 – 16.00 One Cross-country flight carried out by P/O Gill and crew in T.2736.
14.30 – 15.20 Circuits and landings carried out by P/O Andrews and crew in R.1409.

Aircraft.
One Wellington Mk.1C R.14587 received from 37 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/2786.