June 1941

1 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

2 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT DUSSELDORF.
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. All bombs were dropped but owing to fairly heavy cloud no results were observed. Fairly accurate light and heavy flak was scattered throughout target area. Searchlights were intense and working in cones. One enemy aircraft was seen near target area but no attack was made. Navigation was by D/R. map reading, W/T.

Training:
Three crews carried out S.C.I. training (Captains: F/Lt. Gill, F/O Hill, F/O Pritchard)

3 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Two cross country flights were carried out by crews captained by S/Ldr. Lucas and Sgt. Fox.

4 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

5 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
P/O Thomson and crew carried out S.C.I. training in Wellington 1C R.3218.

6 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

7 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

8 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

9 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C R.1589 despatched to No. 57 Squadron, Feltwell. Auth’y: Form “W” T.94 dated 9/6/41.

10 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT BREST.
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped but owing to smokescreen and ground haze no results were observed. A.A. fire, light and heavy, was moderate but not accurate. Searchlights were few. Only two enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Navigation was by D/R, astro, map reading, W/T.

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
Two Wellington 1C R.1161, R.3166 despatched to 311 Squadron, Honington. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig.Q.571 dated 8.6.41. Appendix F.6

11 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT DUSSELDORF AND BOULOGNE.
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and fires started. A.A. fire was moderate in target areas, searchlights were intense and accurate, working in cones. The weather was fine but there was a layer of cloud over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Training: Nil

12 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMM.
Ten Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load consisting 1000 lbs.., G.P., and containers of incendiaries was carried. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered and searchlights were active and working in cones. One aircraft, KHS.635 reports that at position 090º / 50NM Southward he was attacked by three enemy aircraft. One is believed to have been shot down by the Rear Gunner. On turning back to confirm he was chased by the other two. The weather was fairly good but there was ground haze over the target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading.

Training: Nil

13 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

14 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C X.9634 received from No. 51 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/5846.

15 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST COLOGNE AND DUNKIRK.
Four Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, THO.334 (P/O Thomson) returned to base on account of intercommunication failure. Sgt. Fox also returned to base on account of 10/10 cloud over target. Bombs were returned. Bombs were dropped by other aircraft but no results were observed. A.A. fire was moderate and searchlights ineffective owing to cloud. 10/10 cloud was experienced over target and on route. Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, W/T.

Training: Nil

16 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST DUSSELDORF.
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and burst and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by Ju.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, Lorenz.

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C R.1458 despatched to 311 Squadron, Honington. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig.Q.607 dated 15.6.41.

17 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

18 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BREST.
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft MFW.819 was unable to locate target on account of low cloud and smokescreen and bombs were brought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft but owing to smokescreen burst were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered and searchlights were active. The weather was finest there was slight haze over target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Training: Nil

19 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

20 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Three aircraft carried out exercises at Wittering. Captains: P/O Ashworth, F/Lt. Gill, F/O Hill.

21 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT COLOGNE AND DUNKIRK.

Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced but searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Training: Nil

22 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C X.9628 received from No.46 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/6073.

23 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

24 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT KIEL AND DUSSELDORF.
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Training: Nil

25 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

26 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Formation flying and practice bombing was carried out by eleven crews.

27 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BREMEN.
Sixteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. All bombs were dropped, bursts observed and a large number of fires started. A.A. fire, heavy and light, was fairly accurate but searchlights were hampered by clouds. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Training: Nil

28 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

29 Jun 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Dual circuits and landings carried out in Wellington 1C R.3218 (Captain: F/O Parker)

30 Jun 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST COLOGNE.
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Owing to engine failure, RYX.129 jettisoned bombs in Aachen area and a large fire was seen. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs in target area and bursts were seen No results were observed owing to haze. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered and searchlights, working in cones. RYX.627 reports being attacked by He.111 from 50 yards astern, 50 miles west of Cologne. The attack put the rear turret and hydraulics out of action. Fine weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, QDM, astro.

Training: Nil

POSTINGS, ATTACHMENTS, ETC..
P/O J.T. Leacock and P/O T.J.W. Williams posted to this Unit from No. 11 OTU Bassingbourn, w.e.f. 10.6.41 Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/11/P.2. dated 4.6.41.
P/O C.W. Scott posted to this Unit from R.A.F. Station, Feltwell, w.e.f. 23.5.41 on ceasing to be non-effective Auth’y: 4Gp.P’Gram. 3G/6601/3/P.4 dated 26th May 1941.
P/O G.A. Bere posted to this Unit from No.11 OTU Bassingbourn w.e.f. 31.5.41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/11/P.2. dated 30.5.41
P/O R.C.A. Hunter posted to this Unit from No.12 OTU Benson w.e.f. 16.6.41. Auth’y: 6 G.P.. Signal P.4. dated 13.6.41.
P/O F.A. andrews posted from this Unit to No.11 OTU Bassingbourn w.e.f. 4.6.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.775 dated 2.6.41.
F/O E.F. Mason posted to this Unit from No.22 OTU, R.A.F. Station, Wellesbourne, Mountford w.e.f. 26.6.41 Auth’y: 3 G.P..P’Gram. 3G/8918/23/P.2 dated 15.6.41.
P/O R.J. Healey posted to this Unit of appointment to a Commission w.e.f. 12.6.41. Auth’y: Air Ministry Letter A.252412/41/S.7.(f) 2. dated 5.6.41.

OUTSTANDING EVENTS DURING THIS MONTH OF JUNE.
On the evening of 24th June, a visit was paid to R.A.F. Station, Feltwell, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent. During the evening His Highness met a number of New Zealand aircrews and afterwords watched them take off on operations. Thirty-two aircraft left this aerodrome, the record number of eighteen being detailed from the squadron.

One D.F.C. was won by the squadron during the month. It was awarded to P/O Ashworth for a meritorious performance in attacking the battleship Scharnhorst at Brest.

A total number of 751 bombs was dropped by our aircraft. This total was made up as follows:-

250 lbs.. G.P. – 57; 500 lbs. G.P. – 493; 1000 lbs. G.P. – 45; 250 lbs. S.A.P. – 9; 500 lbs. S.A.P. – 138; 2000 lbs. S.A.P. – 9; . Nine thousand 4 lb. incendiaries were dropped.