June 1945

MEPAL
1.6.45
Weather.Cloudy with showers in afternoon. Visibility 10-20 miles
Operational Flying . 2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive
Non-Operational Flying. Nil.

2.6.45
Weather. Cloudy with very occasional showers. Visibility 10-15 miles.
Operational Flying. 3 Aircraft were detailed with viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying .Night circuits and landings were practised. Air Tests were carried out.

 3.6.45
Weather. Fair at first, but continuous slight rain during morning, becoming intermittent in afternoon and evening. Visibility 6-15 miles , but 2-3 miles in precipitation.
Operational Flying 3 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Day bombing was practised. Fighter Affiliation exercises  were carried out, and Air to Air firing was practised.

4.6.45
Weather Cloudy with continuous rain very early in period. Visibility 16-25 miles.
Operational Flying 5 Aircraft were detailed with viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Fighter Affiliation, Formation Cross Country exercises were carried out. Night Cross Country, night circuits & landings and Fighter Affiliation Exercises were carried out. Air to Air firing exercises were practised.

5.6.45
Weather Cloudy with intermittent rain during morning, becoming continuous. Rain during afternoon and evening. Visibility 6-10 miles, deteriorating to 3-6 miles.
Operational Flying 2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Fighter Affiliation, and Air to Air Firing practises were carried out.

6.6.45
Weather Cloudy with spells of continuous rain. Visibility 3-12 miles.
Operational Flying Nil.
Non-Operational Flying Air Tests were carried out.

7.6.45
Weather Cloudy with continuous rain and drizzle in early morning, clearing to fair or fine. Visibility 10-20 miles but 3-4 miles in precipitation.
Operational Flying Nil.
Non-Operational Flying Air to Sea firing was practised, Formation Cross Country exercises were carried out. Fighter Affiliation was practised, and Air Tests were made. Night circuits and Landings were practised, and Night Cross Country exercises were carried out.

8.6.45
Weather Fine becoming fair with moderate showers during mid-day. Visibility, 8-10 miles improving to 10-15 miles during afternoon, but 4-5 miles in precipitation.
Operational Flying 2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Formation Cross Country Exercises were carried out.
Administration NZ4211789 F/SGT A. G. Daly & Crew reported on posting from No.73 base
NZ425750 F/SGT. J. A. Sutherland & crew reported on posting from No.73 base
NZ425918 F/O T.G. Idster & Crew reported on posting from No. 73 base.

 9.6.45
Weather Cloudy. Visibility 8-15 miles.
Operational Flying 5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Nil.
Administration NZ428111 F/O W.L. Hardie & Crew reported on posting from No.73 Base

10.6.45
Weather Fair becoming cloudy with continuous drizzle or rain in morning and late evening. Visibility, 6-10 miles falling 2-4 miles in rain.
Operational Flying 2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effect of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Nil.
Administration NZ421003 F/Sgt W.H. Batger & Crew arrived on posting from No.73 Base.

11.6.45
Weather Cloudy with slight rain during afternoon. Becoming fair towards end of period. Visibility 2-4000 yards, increasing to 5-10 miles during morning.
Operational Flying Nil.
Non-Operational Flying Nil.

12.6.45
Weather Cloudy with thunderstorms and continuous rain in evening. Visibility 6-12 miles.
Operational Flying 5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying  Nil.

13.6.45
Weather Fine becoming mainly fair. Visibility 6-15 miles.
Operational Flying 2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Formation Cross Country exercises were carried out. Air Tests were made. Night Circuits and Landings were practised.

14.6.45
Weather Cloudy becoming fine after dusk. Visibility 6-15 miles.
Operational Flying 5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying G.H bombing was practised. Night circuit and Landing exercises were practised.

15.6.45
Weather Fair becoming Cloudy. Visibility 4-8 miles increasing to 10 miles.
Operational Flying Nil.
Non-Operational Flying Fighter Affiliation and Formation Cross Country exercises were carried out. Air Tests were made.

16.6.45
Weather Fair at first becoming cloudy during morning. Visibility 8-15 miles.
Operational Flying  2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Nil.

17.6.45
Weather Cloudy with fair intervals during morning. Visibility 8-10 miles increasing to 10-15 miles.
Operational Flying 5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Night circuits and Landings were carried out

18.6.45
Weather Fair to fine. Visibility 8-10 miles, increasing to 10-15 miles.
Operational Flying 5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying G.H. bombing was practised, and Air to Sea firing practises were carried out.
Administration 986075 F/Sgt A.A.S. Gilmour, (Nav) arrived on posting from No. 33 base

19.6.45
Weather Fair to fine. Visibility 2-3 miles increasing to 10-15 miles
Operational Flying 2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying Air Tests were made
Administration NZ415783 F/O W.K. Rendall & Crew arrived on posting from No.90 Sqdn.

20.6.45
Visits The Air Officer Commanding No.3 Group, Air Vice-Marshall R. Harrison, C.B., C.B.E., D.F.C., A.F.C. visited and inspected the Station.
Weather Fair, with cloudy intervals and slight rain during morning, becoming fine towards end of period. Visibility 4-6 miles, improving to 8-12 miles.
Operational Flying  Nil.
Non-Operational Flying  Nil.

21.6.45
Weather  fair to cloudy with slight intermittent rain in the afternoon. Visibility 8-10 miles except for in precipitation when 3-6 miles
Operational Flying Nil.
Non-Operational Flying Nil.

22.6.45
Weather. Mainly cloudy with long fair intervals. Visibility 8-20 miles.
Operational Flying . 2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive
Non-Operational Flying. Nil.

23.6.45
Weather. Cloudy with slight rain during night, becoming fair to cloudy. Visibility 8-20 miles.
Operational Flying. 5 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effect of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying. Nil

24.6.45
Weather. Fair to cloudy. Visibility 8-15 miles.
Operational Flying. 2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying. Cross Country exercises were carried out.

25.6.45
Weather. Fair. Visibility 3-20 miles.
Operational Flying. 21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S.  Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.
Non-Operational Flying. Bullseye exercises were carried out.

26.6.45
Weather. Mainly cloudy with intermittent xxxx slight rain during morning. Visibility 3-10 miles,
Operational Flying. 5 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying. Nil.
Administration. 164824 F/O K, measure, A/B, arrived on posting from No.33 Base (N.E.S. )

27.6.45
Weather. Fair, becoming cloudy with slight continuous rain during morning and late in afternoon, thunderstorms with rain. Visibility 3-5 miles improving to 6-10 miles but deteriorating in rain.
Operational Flying. Nil.
Non-Operational Flying. Night Cross Country, and Night Circuits and Landings exercises were carried out. Fighter Affiliation exercises were practised.

28.6.45
Weather. Cloudy, with intermittent slight rain in early evening. Visibility 3-4 miles around dam, otherwise 6-12 miles.
Operational Flying. 2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying.  Nil.
Administration. 1140022 W/O. J.  Blades, F/E, arrived on posting from No. 33 Base (N.E.S )

29.6.45
Weather.  Mainly cloudy with occasional showers in late evening. Visibility 3-12 miles.
Operational Flying. 2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive. 11 aircraft were detailed for the Post Mortem Operation for checking German radar equipment.
Non-Operational Flying. Bomb dropping was practised and Air Tests were made.

30.6.45
Weather. Fine at first, becoming cloudy early morning with periods of showers and continuous rain. Visibility 8-15 miles.
Operational Flying. 1 aircraft was detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.
Non-Operational Flying. Nil.
Administration. NZ421 921 F/O E.J. Parsons, Nav. arrived on posting from R.A.F. station, Mepal.

Appointments to Commissions. The undermentioned were commissioned during the month w.e.f. dates stated against their names:-
NZ429127 F/S ANDERSONL, B.L.D. – Pilot. – 24.4.45.
NZ4213928F/S Pennie, R.W. – Nav. – 12.5.45
NZ4212596 F/S Parry G.W. – Pilot – 16.5.45
NZ427347 F/S Unwin , A.E. – Nav. – 14.5.45
NZ404136 F/S Hamilton, R. – Pilot. – 5.5.45
NZ4212581 F/S Iles, R.G. – Pilot. – 12.5.45
NZ4213650 F/S Young, J.S. – Pilot – 28.4.45
NZ4212653 F/S Drummond, R. – Pilot – 2.5.45

Flying Hours.
Operational  – 494.15 hours
Non-Operational – 377.40 hours

Appendices
P.O.R.’S – Officers
R.A.F. 34-36 ‘C’
R.A.A.F. NIL.
R.C.A.F. 5 C
R.N.Z.A.F. 39-42. C

Airmen.
R.A.F. 40-45 . “D”
R.A.A.F. NIL.
R.C.A.F. 10-11 D
R.N.Z.A.F. 32-36 D

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