November 1941

01 Nov 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT KIEL
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Eleven Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs and incendiaries were dropped on an unidentified town and on an area to the West of the target. Extremely bad weather made observations difficult and results were not seen. Very heavy predicted A.A. fire was encountered over target area together with 75mm tracers. Searchlights were isolated and ineffective owing to cloud. One ME110 was seen but no attack made. Navigation was good. A convoy, 15 miles off the Wash fired at the aircraft until the colours were fired. The whole operation was marred by bad weather, there being 10/10 cloud throughout trip.

Training: Nil

Aircraft – DESPATCHES AND ARRIVALS
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. T.2835, was despatched to B.A.T. Flight, Mildenhall Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig. Q948 dated 31.10.41.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. R.1409, was despatched to B.A.T. Flight, Honington Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig. Q948 dated 31.10.41.

02 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft – DESPATCHES AND ARRIVALS
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z.1053, was received from No.45 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/9187.

03 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1230 – 1515 Sgt. Tye and crew carried out cross-country flight in Wellington 1C Z.1099.

04 Nov 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT ESSEN
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Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Heavy cloud was experienced throughout the whole trip and although bombs were dropped in target area no results were observed. Accurate heavy flak was met over target area and searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. Weather was very poor with 7/10 to 10/10 cloud over target area, which made observation difficult. No enemy aircraft was met. Bomb load consisted of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries.

Training:
1500 – 1630 S/Ldr. Kitchen and crew carried out cross country flight in Wellington 1C Z.1093.

05 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

06 Nov 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT ESSEN AND HAVRE
.
1600 – 2245 Five Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load of 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries was carried. Bombs were dropped in target area and large fires were left burning. There was little A.A. fire but great activity with searchlights. No enemy aircraft was met, and weather was fair with 6/10 cloud over target. Navigation was satisfactory.

Training: Nil

07 Nov 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT xxx.
1730 – 0415 Fourteen Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft, X.9951 captained by P/O Methven and X.9976 captained by Sgt. Black, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs with containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to cloud. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area, but searchlights where seen were ineffective. No enemy aircraft was met. Weather was poor throughout trip. Navigation was good. Astro D/R loops being used. Wellington 1C Z.1091 captained by P/O Sandys, returned to base owing to engine trouble.

Training: Nil

08 Nov 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT ESSEN
.
Eleven Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Three of these aircraft, X9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X9977 captained by Sgt. Nunn, and Z8942, captained by Sgt. Wilson, failed to return to base. Bomb load consisted of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs with containers of incendiaries. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built-up area. A railway junction to the South of the target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and large cones of searchlights were active in the target area. Several enemy aircraft were seen in target area cooperating with searchlights. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze over target. Navigation was very good.

Training: Nil

09 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

10 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

11 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1455 – 1625 Sgt. Slater and and crew carried out cross country flight in Wellington 1C Z.1068.

Aircraft – DESPATCHES AND ARRIVALS
Two Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z.8904 and Z.8968, received from No.57 Squadron. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig. Q969 dated 6.11.41.
Two Wellington 1C aircraft despatched to No.57 Squadron, No. X9760 and Z1093 Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig. Q969 dated 6.11.41.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. R.3218, was despatched to R.A.F. Station, Honington Auth’y: No.43 Group Letter 43G/10701/17/17/Q. dated 6.11.41.

12 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

13 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

14 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

15 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1205 – 1505 Sgt. Sizmus and crew carried out cross country flight in Wellington 1C Z.1091.

16 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

17 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft – DESPATCHES AND ARRIVALS
Two Wellington 1C aircraft No. X.3176 and W.5718 received from 149 Squadron Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.Q.989 dated 16.11.41.

18 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1430 -1600 Sgt. Acree and crew carried out cross country flight in Wellington 1C Z.1068.

Aircraft – DESPATCHES AND ARRIVALS
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z.1053, was received from No.101 Squadron, No. Z.8854 Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig. Q989 dated 16.11.41.
Two Wellington 1C aircraft No. X.9742 and R.1458 received from No. 311 Squadron Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.Q.989 dated 16.11.41.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. X.1108, received from No.45 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/9738.

19 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft – DESPATCHES AND ARRIVALS
Two Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z.8441 and Z8495 received from No.12 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/133.
Two Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z.8977 and Z8978 received from No.57 Squadron Auth’y: Form W131.

20 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

21 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

22 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

23 Nov 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT DUNKIRK
.
Seven Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and flashes seen, but full results were not observed. Heavy A.A. fire was met over target area and searchlights in large cones were active. No enemy aircraft was met. Weather was fair with 7/10 cloud over target. Freezing level was at 9,000 feet. Navigation was good.

Training:
1430 – 1500 Sgt. Evans and crew carried out cross country flight in Wellington 1C Z.1053.

Aircraft – DISPATCHES AND ARRIVALS
Three Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z1096, Z1087 and Z1145 were despatched to No.57 Squadron Auth’y: HQ 3 G.P.Form W136 dated 23.11.41.

24 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft – ARRIVALS AND DISPATCHES.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z.1144 received from No.46 M.U. Auth’y: 41Gp Signal A988 dated 9/11/41.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z.1153 received from No.23 M.U. Auth’y: 41Gp Signal A802 dated 16/11/41.

25 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

26 Nov 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT EMDEN AND OSTEND
.
Seventeen Wellington 1C aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Very bad weather prevented the target being identified and results were not observed. A few bombs however were dropped in target area and one flash was seen. The remainder were brought back to base. Heavy and light predicted A.A. fire was met over target area and cones of searchlights were active. One single engine aircraft and one Junkers 88 enemy aircraft were seen but were successfully evaded. Weather was extremely bad and marred the whole operation. 10/10 cloud was met throughout the journey to and from the target. Navigation was by D/R and QDM’s. One of these aircraft, Z1114, captained by Sgt. Evans returned to base with engine trouble.

Training: Nil

Aircraft – ARRIVALS AND DISPATCHES.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. W1458, was dispatched to 101 Squadron Auth’y: 41 Grp. Signal Q11 dated 23.11.41.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. W5718, was dispatched to 99 Squadron Auth’y: 41 Grp. Signal Q11 dated 23.11.41.

27 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

28 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft – ARRIVALS AND DISPATCHES.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. X3176, was dispatched to 1504 BATF Auth’y: Form W.139 dated 26.11.41.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. X9742, was dispatched to 115 Squadron Auth’y: Form W.139 dated 26.11.41.

29 Nov 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft – ARRIVALS AND DISPATCHES.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z1053, was dispatched to 57 Squadron Auth’y: H.Q. 3 Grp. signal WS 143 dated 26.11.41.
One Wellington 1C aircraft No. Z1091, was dispatched to 57 Squadron Auth’y: H.Q. 3 Grp. signal WS 143 dated 26.11.41.

30 Nov 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT xxx.
1650 – 0046 Twelve Wellington 1C and one Wellington II aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Weather was clear and visibility good. A few bombs were dropped in the target area the remainder were brought back to the base. Heavy, medium and light flak was encountered and a large number of searchlights were active. Two ME109 and two ME110 aircraft were seen but no attack was made. One unidentified aircraft was also seen off the Frisian Islands.

A convoy off Cromer fired at aircraft until colours were fired. Navigation was good Astro and D/R being used. One Wellington 1C aircraft, No. Z1099, captained by Sgt. Harrison-Smith failed to return to base.

Training:
1200 – 1400 Sgt. Jones and crew carried out cross country flight in Wellington 1C Z.8854.

ACTING RANKS.
P/O A.C. Douglas appointed to the rank of Acting Flying Officer (unpaid) w.e.f. 25.9.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’Gram. 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 dated 23/10/41. Appointed to the rank of Acting Flying Officer (paid) on 16.10.41 w.e.f. 25.9.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’Gram. 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 dated 23/10/41.

”A” POSTINGS
F/Lt. Kitchin (39539) posted to 75 (NZ) Squadron from No. 23 O.T.U. Pershore w.e.f. 28.10.41 Auth’y: 6 G.P..Sig.P.4/222 dated 25.10.41
F/O E.F. Mason (MED) posted to 75(NZ) ………. w.e.f. 1.11.41.
P/O R. Ryder (GB) posted to 75(NZ) Sqdn. from No. 20 O.T.U. Lossiemouth w.e.f. 31.10.41. T.G.R.S. 1.11.41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/20/P.4. dated 29.10.41.
F/O R.B. Walker (63736) (MED) posted to 75(NZ) Sqdn. from No.411 Sqdn. Rigby w.e.f. 2.11.41.TGRS. 3.11.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’Gram. 3G/8918/23/P.2 dated 27.10.41.
P/O L.A. Lawton (GD) posted from this 75(NZ) Sqdn. to No. 115 Sqdn. Marhsm w.e.f. 6.11.41 SORS.7.11.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’Gram. 3G/6601/P.4 dated 3/11/41.
P/O T.O. Foster (GD) posted to 75(NZ) Sqdn. from No. 20 O.T.U. Lossiemouth w.e.f. 31.10.41.TORS. 1.11.41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/20/P.4. dated 29.10.41.
P/O H.J. Carter (104474) (GD) posted to 75(NZ) Sqdn. from 21 O.T.U. Moreton-in-the-Marsh w.e.f. 7.11.41.TORS.8.11.41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/21P.4. dated 5.11.41.
P/O R. Leggett (103037) (GD) and P/O J.J. Manson (104475) GD.posted to 75(NZ) Squadron from No.218 Sqdn. Marham w.e.f. 12.11.41.TORS.13.11.41. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig.P.799 dated 11.11.41.
P/O G. Martin (GD) posted from 75(NZ) Sqdn. to No.21 O.T.U. Moreton-in-the-Marsh w.e.f. 14.11.41.SORS.15.11.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.803 dated 12.11.41.
P/O G.F. Jacobsen (J3500) GD posted to 75(NZ) Sqdn. from No.218 Squadron, Marham w.e.f. 23.11.41. TORS.24.11.41. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig.Pgram.2.852 dated 23.11.41.
P/O A.A. Fraser (GD) and P/O S.R. Gunning (GD) posted to 75(NZ) Sqdn. from 11 OTU, Bassingbourn w.e.f. 19.11.41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/11/P.4. dated 25.11.41. TORS. 20.11.41.

“B” ATTACHMENTS.
S/Ldr. P.J.R. Kitchin (39539) GD attached from this Unit to R.A.F. Station, Farnborough w.e.f. 5.11.41. SORS 6.11.41. Auth’y: 3 Grp. Letter 3G/8918/29/16/TRG dated 12.10.41.
S/Ldr. P.J.R. Kitchin (39539) GD ceased to be attached from this Unit to R.A.F. Station, Farnborough w.e.f. 7.11.41. TORS 8.11.41. Auth’y: 3 Grp. Letter 3G/8918/29/16/TRG dated 12.10.41.
P/O I.M. McLauchlan (100538) GD ceased to be attached from this Unit to No.150 Squadron, Snaith, wef27.11.41. TORS 28.11.41. Auth. Grr. Sig. P.689 dated 25.11.41.

“G” ATTACHMENTS.
P/O J.T. Peters (GD) appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 12.9.41 Authy.Air Ministry letter A.197019/41/S.7(f).4. dated 13.10.41.
P/O L.A. Lawton (GD) appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 14.10.41 Authy.Air Ministry letter A.289252/41/S.7(f).4. dated 28.10.41.
P/O J.R.F. Brooks (GD) appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 21.10.41 Authy.Air Ministry letter A.290033/41/S.7(f).4. dated 21.10.41
P/O G. Martin (GD) appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 27.10.41 Authy.Air Ministry letter A.289247/41/S.7(f).4. dated 4.11.41
P/O F.W. Green (GD) appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 27.10.41 Authy.Air Ministry letter A.289250/41/S.7(f).4. dated 4.11.41
P/O C.W. Street (82999) promoted to the War Substantive rank of Flying Officer w.e.f. 26.9.41 Authy. Extract London Gazette Serial No.35309 dated 14.10.41 and Group Routine Orders Serial No.202/203 dated 25.11.41.