January 1941

1 Jan 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS N.35 AND D.1
Seven Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by P/O Hankins, returned to base owing to starboard engine trouble and bombs were jettisoned in North Sea about 50 miles due east of Yarmouth. Intense, inaccurate, light and heavy AA fire was experienced in parts of target areas. Searchlights were intense but inaccurate, and no enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was fairly clear over target areas, but cloud was experienced at various parts of route.

1750 – 2250  R.1162           P/O Lockwood          N.35 / N.35                CAR.161
1755 – 0005  T.2503           P/O Falconer             N.35 / N.35                CAR.409
1750 – 2345  N.2854          Sgt. Wilson                N.35 / N.35                CAR.581
1800 – 2300  T.2547           Sgt Drayton               N.35 / N.35                CAR.658
1700 – 2215  T.2550           P/O McNamara         D.1 / D.1                    CAR.811
1715 – 2145  L.7848            Sgt. White                 D.1 / D.1                     CAR.992
1710 – 1940  R.3166           P/O Hankins               D.1 / —-                     CAR.581

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

Acting Ranks:
P/O D. McKay and P/O E. Roberts appointed to the Acting Rank of Flying Officer (unpaid) on 1/1/41 Auth 3 Gp. Postagram 3G/8937/5/1/P.2 dated 9.1.41

2 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Postings:
P/O G.W. Curry posted to this Unit from 15 OTU Harwell wef 2.1.41 Auth: 6 Gp.Gram 6G1706/26/P.4 dated 26.12.40

3 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

4 Jan 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS M.61, DUISBURG AND BREST.
Aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 and XMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, whilst the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. Accurate heavy AA fire was experienced in Duisberg area, while in the Brest area there was intense light and moderate heavy flak. Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud, and no enemy aircraft were encountered. 10 tenths cloud was experienced over the whole route and there was severe icing.

1845 – 2110  T.2736           S/L Bain                        Duisburg / not attacked         XMU.284
1850 – 2320  R.1177           P/O Macfarlane          Duisberg / Duisberg               XMU.310
1645 – 2300  T.2547           Sgt Drayton                 Duisberg / Duisberg               XMU.382
1850 – 0120  L.7848           Sgt. Wilson                  Brest / Brest                             XMU.441
1900 – 2345  R.1038           Sgt. Neate                   Duisberg / Ruhr area              XMU.476
1855 – 0125  L.7818           Sgt. White                   Brest / Brest                              XMU.483
1845 – 2300  T.2550           P/O McNamara          M.61 / M.61                              XMU.561
2015 – 0205  R.3297          P/O Lockwood            Brest / Brest                             XMU.691
1945 – 0005  T.2805           P/O Saxelby                Duisberg / Duisberg               XMU.784
2025 – 0240  T.2503           P/O Falconer              Brest / not attacked                XMU.989

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington Mk 1C R.1161 received from No. 9 M.U. Gosford, Staffs Auth: 41 Gp.A.539 dated 18.12.40

5 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1400 – 1615  Cross country flight carried out by Sgt. Kilsby and crew in aircraft T.2550.

Postings:
P/O Humphreys, G.L. posted from this Unit to Station Flight, Stradishall, wef 5.1.41 Auth:3Gp.Sig.P.28 dated 3.1.41
P/O M.H. Hankins posted from this Unit to 11 OTU, Bassignbourne wef 5.1.41

Aircraft:
One Wellington Mk1C R.3224 despatched to No.12 OTU Benson Auth: 58MU/4039/72 dated 28.12.40

6 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

Attachments:
P/O C.R. Mathewson ceased to be attached to 11 OTU Bassingbourn wef 6.1.41

7 Jan 1941
Operations: Nil

Training: Nil

Postings:
P/O G. Wright and P/O E.G. Dean posted from this Unit to 214 Reserve Squadron Stradishall, wef 10.12.40. Auth’y: 3Gp. Gram. 6601/4/P.4, dated 6.12.40
P/O G.V. Key attached to C.M.E. Halton wef 9.12.40 Auth’y: CME/Appts/40 dated 12.3.40
P/O G.V. Key ceased to be attached to CME Halton wef 11.12.40
P/O C.R. Mathewson attached to 15 OTU, Bassingbourn wef 28.12.40 Auth’y: 3 Gp. Sig. A/457 dated 27.12.40
Missing: P/O H.D. Newman and P/O R.G. Stark missing on 30.12.40

8 Jan 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS ON TARGETS DON.192, D.197 AND WILHELMSHAVEN.
2215 – 0335  R.1038 P/O Morton              Wilhelmshaven / Wilhelmshaven                YPN.121
2325 – 0445  T.2550   P/O McNamara      Don.192 / Don.192                                        YPN.322
2205 – 0240  R.3297   S/L Kain                   Wilhelmshaven / Leeuwarden Aerodrome            YPN.410
2200 – 0310  R.1177   P/O Macfarlane     No detail                                                         YPN.460
2205 – 0325  T.2503   P/O Falconer          Wilhelmshaven / Wilhelmshaven               YPN.573
2205 – 0315  T.2805   P/O Saxelby           Wilhelmshaven / Unknown                          YPN.741
2150 – 0300  T.2835   Sgt. Neate              Wilhelmshaven / Wilhelmshaven                YPN.952

Training: Nil

Acting Ranks:
F/Lt G.C. Kain appointed to the acting rank of Squadron Leader (paid) on 8.1.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp Pgram 3G/8937/5/1/P.2 dated 19.12.40

9 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1115 – 1600  Sgt. Kilsby and crew carried out cross country flight in aircraft T.2547
1140 – 1415  P/O Matheson and crew carried out cross country flight in aircraft L.7818
Dual night landings carried out in aircraft R.3218 (Sgts. Neat, Kilsby, Faulkner)

10 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

At 1000 hours on 10/1/41 P/O McNamara was detailed to carry out a night flying test on the aircraft T2550 letter L. After the NFT his instructions were to proceed to Bassingbourn, Drop P/O Ryan and bring back a new pilot who is taking Ryan’s place. At Feltwell was 1500 feet and P/O McNamara was warned that South and Westwards cloud-base would become lower and if he do not like it to return to base. Operations Room were notified of this proposed cross country flight and P/O McNamara ascertained from Operations Air Control that Bassingbourn was serviceable, and gave his approximate time takeoff as 11:30 hours. Station signals failed to contact the aircraft after it had taken off 88 bass was 13:00 hours. At 14:30 hours hours control commenced taking overdue action and round Bassingbourn on PDX but did not connect until 15:25 hours when they ascertained that the aircraft Hadnot arrived. At 16:40 hours hours number three group informed us that the aircraft has crashed at Heath Farm, Stapleford, near Duxford and the following personnel were killed or died from injuries.

P/O B.P. Mcnamara – Captain – unmarried
P/O A.J. Ryan – 2nd pilot – unmarried
Sgt. Elliott R.B. – Navigator – unmarried
Sgt. J. Olive – W/Operator – unmarried
Sgt. M.R. Ritchie – Front Gunner – unmarried
Sgt. R.E. Ashby-Peckham – Rear Gunner – unmarried – seriously injured and taken to Addenbrooks Hospital.

Postings:
P/O A.J. Ryan posted from this Unit to RAF Station, Bassingbourn wef 10.1.41 Auth’y: 3Gp Sig. A 482 dated 9.1.41
P/O H.A. Goodwin posted from this Unit to 99 Squadron, Mildenhall wef 10.1.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.83 dated 9.1.41

Aircraft:
Two Wellington Mk.1C, T.2881, T.2747 received 9.1.41 from No.33 M.U. Rynham, Wilts. Auth’y: 41G/1487 dated 5.1.41

11 Jan 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT TURIN AND WILHELMSHAVEN.
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of the aircraft, XDS.521 did not reach target owing to engine trouble. Much heavy and light AA fire in target areas. No searchlights encountered in Italy; eight seen at Dunkirk, but were inaccurate. No enemy aircraft encountered. 10 tenths cloud was experienced over most of route and in target areas.

2000 – 0610  T.2835           Sgt. Neate                 Turin / Turin                                                XDS.102
2100 – 0610  T.2805           P/O Saxelby              S.19 / S.19                                                   XDS.208
2030 – 0510  R.1038           P/O Morton              Turin / Turin                                                XDS.292
0120 – 0705  L.7818           Sgt. White                 Wilhelmshaven / Wilhelmshaven            XDS.497
0150 – 0350  T.2547          Sgt Drayton              Wilhelmshaven / ——-                               XS.521
0130 – 0720  T.2503           P/O Falconer           Wilhelmshaven / Wilhelmshaven            XDS.555
0215 – 0640  L.7848           S/L Kain                    Wilhelmshaven / Wilhelmshaven            XDS.646
0200 – 0715  R.1162           P/O Pownall            Wilhelmshaven / Wilhelmshaven            XDS.713

Training: Nil

Attachments:
P/O G.R. Simich attached to 11 OTU, Bassingbourn wef 11.1.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp. Sig.P.92 dated 11.1.41

12 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Two Cross country flights carried out in aircraft L.7818 and L.7848 (P/O Matheson, Sgt Faulkner)

Aircraft:
Two Wellington Mk.1C, L.7896 and L.7797 received from Vickers, Weybridge. A.M. Auth’y: Awaited.

13 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

14 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington Mk.1C (L.7806) despatched to No.149 Squadron, Mildenhall. Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.Q. 101 dated 13.1.41

15 Jan 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT WILHELMSHAVEN.
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“Aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, JSK.150 failed to attack the target owing to wireless failure on outward journey and jettisoned bombs in North Sea. Intense light and heavy tracer, and some heavy flak, experienced in target areas and on route. Several searchlights in target area; hampered by moonlight. JSK.148 reports being attacked by enemy aircraft, presumed ME.109, South of Bremerhaven but the attack was not pressed home. One other enemy aircraft, presumed ME.109, seen at Bremerhaven, but no attack made. Weather was good, there being little or no cloud. Visibility good.”

1935 – 0025  L.7848           Sgt. Drayton          Wilhemshaven / Wilhemshaven                JSK.148
1900 – 2305  T.2835           Sgt. Neate              Wilhemshaven / Nil                                      JSK.150
1855 – 0100  T.2881           P/O Macfarlane    Wilhemshaven / Wilhemshaven                 JSK.252
1911 – 2342  R.3297           S/L Kain                 Wilhelmshaven / Wilhemshaven                JSK.325
1920 – 0010  N.2854           Sgt. Wilson           Wilhemshaven / Wilhemshaven                 JSK.525
1900 -2340   R.1162           P/O Lockwood      Wilhemshaven / Wilhemshaven                 JSK.600
1855 – 2345  T.2805           P/OSaxelby           Wilhemshaven / Wilhemshaven                 JSK.696

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington Mk1C L.7797 despatched to No.15 Squadron, Wyton Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.R.102 dated 13.1.41

16 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Appointments and Promotions:
A/S/L. F.G.L. Bain appointed to the rank of Temporary Squadron Leader wef 1.12.40. Auth’y: Extract London Gazette Serial No. 35010 10th December 1940.

Deaths:
P/O B.P. McNamara and P/O A.J. Ryan died on 10.1.41.

17 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

18 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington Mk.1C (T.2550) despatched to Vickers, Weybridge, dated 15.1.41. Auth’y: 54MU/10001/21, dated 17.1.41.

19 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

20 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

21 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Attachments:
P/O G.R. Simich ceased to be attached to 11 OTU, Bassingbourn wef 21.1.41 Auth’y: 6 Gp. Sig.P.213 dated 2.1.41

Aircraft:
One Wellington Mk.1C (T.2881) despatched to Brooklands Aviation, Ltd., Weybridge, dated 21.1.41. Auth’y: 54MU/10001/23, dated 21.1.41.

22 Jan 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT DUSSELDORF.
Five Wellington aircraft of this unit with detail to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Intense light and heavy flak was experienced in target area, but searchlights were moderate. 10 tenths cloud was experienced over target.

1740 – 2200  T.2503   P/O Falconer        Dusseldorf / Dusseldorf        TKP.422
1740 -2150   T.2547   P/O Morton          Dusseldorf / Dusseldorf        TKP.564
1735 – 2150  R.1162   P/O Lockwood     Dusseldorf / Dusseldorf        TKP.608
1735 – 2145  T.2835   Sgt. Neate             Dusseldorf / Dusseldorf        TKP.716
1800 – 2240  T.2805   P/O Saxelby         Dusseldorf / Dusseldorf        TKP.917

Training: Nil

Postings:
F/O J.C. Hill posted to this Unit from R.A.F. Hospital, Ely wef 22.1.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.P’Gram 3G/8918/23/P.2. dated 18.1.41.

23 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

Postings:
S/L F.G.L. Bain posted from this Unit to 11 OTU, Bassingbourn wef 24.1.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.P.198 dated 23.1.41
P/O J.H. Walls posted from this Unit to 40 Squadron, Wyton wef 24.1.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.P. 195 dated 23.1.41

24 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

Postings:
S/L F.G.L. Bain posted from this Unit to 11 OTU, Bassingbourn wef 24.1.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.P.198 dated 23.1.41
P/O J.H. Walls posted from this Unit to 40 Squadron, Wyton wef 24.1.41 Auth’y: 3Gp.Sig.P. 195 dated 23.1.41

25 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Two crews carried out S.C.I. Training in aircraft R.1177 and R.3218 (Sgt. Neate and F/L Morton.

Postings:
P/O A. Ashworth posted to this Unit from 11 OTU Bassingbourn wef 25.1.41 Auth’y: 6 Gp.Sig.P. 103 dated 23.1.41.
P/O I.R. Gow ceased to be attached to 57 Sqdn, Feltwell on posting to 11 OTU, Bassingbourn wef 25.1.41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.Sig.P. 203 dated 20.1.41.

26 Jan 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS ON TARGETS AT HANNOVER.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BNF.882, failed to reach target owing to engine trouble and jettisoned bombs “safe” in sea. Heavy and light AA fire, fairly accurate, was experienced in target areas. Very few searchlights were encountered over target area fourth and no enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear over Germany, but there was low cloud over England and elsewhere on route.

0140 – 0820  T.2505           Sgt. Drayton              Hannover / Hannover                      BNF.253
0150 – 0845  R.1177           F/Lt. Macfarlane       Hannover / Hannover                      BNF.268
0115 – 0830  T.2547           Sgt. White                  Hannover / Hannover                      BNF.432
0150 – 0815  T.2835           Sgt. Neate                 Hannover / Hannover                       BNF.550
0145 – 0745  N.2854          Sgt. Wilson                Hannover / Hannover                       BNF.654
0140 – 0805  L.7818          P/O Falconer             Hannover / Hannover                       BNF.817
0130 – 0500  R.1237          S/L Kain                      Hannover / ——-                                BNF.882

Training: Nil

Postings:
S/L E.U.G. Solbe posted to this Unit from 11 OTU Bassingbourn wef 28.1.41 Auth’y: 6 Gp.Sig.P. 214 dated 23.1.41.

29 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

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

30 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Acting Ranks:
P/O J.E.S. Morton and P/O M.H. Macfarlane appointed to the acting rank of Flight Lieutenant (unpaid) wef 30.12.40 Auth’y: 3Gp. 8937/5/1/P.2 dated 20.1.41.

31 Jan 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil