November 1943

Mepal
1.11.43
TRAINING
Adverse weather prevented all flying and it was only possible to carry out ground training.
OPERATIONS NIL

2.11.43
TRAINING
The bad weather still continued and no flying was possible
OPERATIONS NIL.

3.11.43
TRAINING
There was a slight improvement in the climatic conditions and a training programme was arranged. This included height and load tests, air to sea firing, high level bombing, circuits and landings and day and night cross country exercises.
OPERATIONS MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and some of the parachutes were seen to open. This was an uneventful trip, no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemey aircraft were encountered. The weather was clear on the route, but misty in the mining area. Navigation was very good.

4.11.43
TRAINING
The above consisted of Fighter Affiliation and air to sea firing. No other flying was possible owing to fog which hung over the aerodrome most of the day.
OPERATIONS MINING IN THE BALTIC SEA
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500lbs. This wa an unfortunate night as three aircraft failed to return and the other aircraft returned early having jettisoned its mines. This aircraft met an enemy night fighter and sustained damage to the port wing, starboard flap, rear turret and many large holes in the fuselage, the rear gunner, Sgt.W. HURDIE, was killed during the combat. The weather was bad and ten tenths cloud made visibility poor. Navigation was good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings MKIII BF461, Captained by P/O.G.K.WILLIAMS, BK&&* Captained by P/O.W.S.MASTERS and XXXXX Captained by F/O. N.WILSON.

5.11.43
TRAINING
This consisted mainly of fighter affiliation, but circuits and landings and air tests were also carried out.
OPERATIONS NIL

6.11..43
TRAINING
Bad weather restricted flying and it was only possible to carry out air tests, circuits and landings and night cross country exercises.
OPERATIONS MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS
Two aircraft were required for the above operation which was cancelled as 22.15 hours.

7.11.43
TRAINING
The above consisted of fighter affiliation, circuits and landings, air tests and night cross country exercises.
OPERATIONS MINING IN THE GIRONDE ESTUARY
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 15oolbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met on any part of the route. Nine tenths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

8.11.43
TRAINING
During the morning practice bombing and air tests were carried out. adverse weather prevented flying in the afternoon and a lecture was given by F/O HAY from M.I.9. on “EVASION WHILST IN ENEMY TERRITORY”.
OPERATIONS NIL

9.11.43
TRAINING
The bad weather still persisted and it was only possible to carry out day and night cross country exercises. During the afternoon instructional films were shown to aircrews.

10.11.43
TRAINING
The above consisted of night flying tests, circuits and landings, local flying, air to sea firing and night cross country exercises were arranged but had to be cancelled.
OPERATIONS MINING IN THE GIRONDE ESTUARY
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. Fire or searchlights were encountered, but some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. R.HUNT was attacked by a J.U.88 his aircraft returned their fire and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which was claimed to be damaged. There was eight tenths cloud on the route but it was clear in the mining area. Navigation was very good. On return both aircraft landed at TANGMERE.

11.11.43
TRAINING
The above was restricted owing to adverse weather and it was only possible to carry out air tests, night flying tests and night cross country exercises.
OPERATIONS MINING IN THE GIRONDE ESTUARY
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met and the trip was uneventful. There was seven tenths cloud on the route but it was clear in the mining area. Navigation was excellent.

12.11.43
TRAINING
No flying was possible possible to-day and at 12.00 hours all aircrew were stood down.
OPERATIONS NIL

13.11.43
TRAINING
The adverse weather still continued and no flying was carried out. During the afternoon instructional films were shown to Aircrews.
OPERATIONS NIL.

14.11.43
TRAINING
Flying was still impossible. In the afternoon a lecture was given by Group Tactical Officer S/Ldr. HILLYARD
OPERATIONS NIL

15.11.43
TRAINING
No flying again owing to the continuing bad weather. Ground training was therefore carried out.
OPERATIONS NIL

16.11.12
TRAINING
The bad weather still continued and it was only possible to carry out ground training.
OPERATIONS NIL

17.11.12
TRAINING
The above consisted of air tests and local flying. Night cross country exercises were arranged but had to be cancelled.
OPERATIONS NIL

18.11.12
TRAINING
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30lbs and 4lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active. Many enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target, except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.
OPERATIONS MINING IN THE GIRONDE ESTUARY
Three aircraft were required for the above operation which was, however, cancelled.

19.11.12
TRAINING
Night flying tests and air tests were carried out in readiness for operatons.
OPERATIONS ATTACK AGAINST  TARGETS AT LEVERKUSEN.
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000lbs and incendiaries of 30lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the allotted area. Except for one vivid red flash seen through the clouds little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but caused negligible opposition. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft captained by F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked my a FW190. The fire was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten tehths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N.Parker.

20.11.12
TRAINING
A thick fog enveloped the aerodrome and made flying impossible.  Ground Training was therefore carried out.
OPERATIONS NIL

21.11.43
TRAINING
No flying again. Daily inspections were carried out during the morning and Instructional Films  were shown in the afternoon.
OPERATIONS NIL.

22.11.43
TRAINING
Night Flying Tests were carried out in preparation for operations.
OPERATIONS ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT BERLIN
Four aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lbs and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to an Oxygen failure and two failed to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped its bombs in the Target Area. It was very difficult to assess the results as there was 10/10ths cloud over the target. Little opposition was encountered and no incidents were reported. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III LJ453 Captained by F/S A.Single and EF148 Captained by F/S. J. TURNER.

23.11.43
TRAINING
The above consisted of local flying and night flying tests.
F/S. A.SPIERS and crew carried out an Air Sea Rescue Search but nothing was observed.
OPERATIONS MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS.
Three aircraft were required for this operation which was cancelled just prior to take-off.

24.11.43
TRAINING
The day’s programme included Fighter Affiliation, Height and Load Test and Air to Sea firing
OPERATIONS NIL

25.11.43
TRAINING
Night Flying Tests were flown in preparation for operations.
OPERATIONS ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT FRANKFURT
Four Aircraft were required for the above operation which was, however, cancelled shortly before take-off.
OPERATIONS MINING IN THE BAY OF BISCAY
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs. which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, although the parachutes were not seen to open owing to bad visibility. No A.A.Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered There was 10/10ths cloud in the Mining Area. Navigation was very good.
OPERATIONS MINING OFF CHERBOURG
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs. which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. This was an uneventful trip, no opposition of any kind being encountered. 7/10ths cloud was prevalent in the Mining Area. Navigation was excellent.
OPERATIONS MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was encountered and the trip was uneventful. There was 5-8/10ths cloud in the Mining Area and visibility was poor. Navigation was very good.

26.11.43
TRAINING
Air Tests, night flying tests and night cross-country exercises were carried out.
OPERATIONS MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs., which were dropped, successfully, in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open . No opposition of any kind was encountered. There was 8/10ths cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

27.11.43
TRAINING
Adverse weather made flying impossible, therefore after daily inspections had  been completed air crew personnel were stood down.
OPERATIONS NIL

28.11.43
TRAINING
The weather was only suitable for local flying. In the afternoon Instructional Films were shown to aircrew.
OPERATIONS NIL

29.11.43
TRAINING
The above consisted of Air Tests, and Night Cross Country exercises.
OPERATIONS NIL

30.11.43
TRAINING
Night Flying Tests were carried out in preparation for operations.
OPERATIONS MINING IN THE BALTIC SEA
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was encountered and the trip was uneventful. The weather was good in the Mining area and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good.

O U T S T A N D I N G   E V E N T S
TRAINING
The weather has reduced Flying Training to a minimum, but whenever possible it was given prominence. Ground Specialist Training has been carried out on non-flying days.
OPERATIONS
It has only been possible to operate on eleven nights. Targets attacked have been MANHEIM, LEVERKUSEN and BERLIN. Mines have also been laid off the FRISIAN ISLANDS, in the BALTIC SEA, in the GIRONDE ESTUARY, in the BAY OF BISCAY, and off CHERBOURG. Whilst carrying out these operations six aircraft failed to return and one returned with their Gunner killed.

CASUALTIES AFFECTING OFFICERS
ACTING RANKS
F/O. J.D. Grubb NZ415068. GD Granted acting rank of F/Lt. w.e.f. 24/10/43. Authy.P/N.BC/10411/43 dtd. 15/11/43)
P/O. L.O. Sims 148590. GD Granted acting rank of F/Lt. w.e.f. 20/10/43. Authy. P/N.BC/10440/43 dtd. 16/11/43)

POSTINGS AND ATTACHMENTS
F/O. J.S.Battersby. NZ405069. GD Posted to No.33 Base(N/E) w.e.f. 2/10/43. Authy.P/N.3G/2624/43 dtd.
P/O. G.H.Dodds. NZ421929 GD Posted to No.33 Base(N/E) w.e.f. 20/10/43. (A thy.P/N.3G/2664/43 dtd. 1/11/43
F/O. E.A.Saunders. NZ415026 GD Ceased to be attached from 3(P) A.F.U., w.e.f. 10/10/43. (Authy. O.C. Unit
P/O. D.P.Bain. NZ415814 GD Posted to No. 7 Sqdn., w.e.f. 1/11/43. (Authy.P/N. BC/9397/43 dtd. 1/11/43)
P/O.  J.M. Mee NZ416518 GD Posted to No. 7 Sqdn., w.e.f. 1/11/43. (Authy.P/N. BC/9397/43 dtd. 1/11/43)
P/O. J.C. Fabien. NZ413720 GD Posted to No 1657 con.unit w.e.f. 1/11/43. (Authy. P/N.3G/2594/43 dtd. 28/10/43
P/O. W.S. Masters. NZ421077 GD Posted (Missing) to War Cas. (N/E)Accts. Dpt., w.e.f. 5/11/43. (Authy.P/N.3G/2770/43 dtd.7/11/43
F/O. H.B. Wilson. NZ417139 GD F/O. T. Lodge NZ 517284 GD) (this and below are shared authority) Posted (Missing) to War Cas. (N/E) Accts. Dpt., w.e.f. 5/11/43 (Authy. P/N. 3G/2139/43 dtd. 6/11/43
P/O. G.K. Wiliams. NZ401796. GD P/O. A.T. Dance. NZ242459 GD)
F/O. J.K. Climie  NZ403561 GD Posted from No. 1651 Con. Unit w.e.f. 10/11/43 (Authy. P/N.3G/2858/43 dtd. 13/11/43
A/S/L. J. Joll. NZ40234. GD Posted to No.513 Sqdn., w.e.f. 1/11/43. (Authy. P/N.BC/9362/43 dtd. 30/10/43).
P/O. H.C. Williams. NZ416219 GD Posted to No. 7 Sqdn., w.e.f. 14/11/43. (Authy. /N.BC/3956/43 dtd. 30/10/43
P/O. T.G. Dill. NZ42292 GD Posted to No. 7 Sqdn., w.e.f. 14/11/43. (Authy. /N.BC/3956/43 dtd. 30/10/43
P/O. A. ZILLWOOD. NZ4310159. GD Posted from No. 1651 Con.Unit w.e.f. 17/11/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2907/43 dtd. 16/11/43.
F/O. C.H. Heales. 110400. GD Posted from No.1657 Con.Unit w.e.f. 25/10/43. (Authy.  P/N. 3G/2522/43 dtd. 24/10/43.
P/O. J.B. House. 138787. GD Posted from 1651 Con.Unit w.e.f.  5/11/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2718/43 dtd. 5/11/43).
F/O. W.B. Keane 158333 GD Posted from 1651 Con.Unit w.e.f.  5/11/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2718/43 dtd. 5/11/43).
P/O. G.L. Smith 156347 GD Posted from No.1657 Con.Unit w.e.f. 25/10/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2564/43 dtd. 26/10/43)
P/O. W.B. Kane 158333. GD Posted to No.26 O.T.U., w.e.f. 25/10/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2641/43 dtd 30/10/43)
P/O or F/O. T.C. Hemestock.  51096. TECH. Posted to No.33 Base, w.e.f. 1/11/43. (Authy. P/N. BC/9432/43 dtd 2/11/43
P/O. H.P. Jones 149903 GD Posted to No.14 O.T.U., w.e.f.  3/11/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2632/43 dtd. 30/10/ 43
P/O. S.V. Longman. 155104 GD. Posted to No.14 O.T.U., w.e.f.  3/11/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2632/43 dtd. 30/10/ 43
P/O. A.W. Lane. 139406 GD. Posted to No.11 O.T.U., w.e.f. 3/11/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2633/43 dtd 31/10/43.
F/O. G.H. Speaight 130495 TECH. Posted No.33 Base w.e.f. 25/10/43. (Authy. P/N.BC/9232/43 dtd 27/10/43).
F/O. H.H. Wright 142271. GD. Ceased to be attached from No.623 Sqdn., w.e.f. 30/10/43. (Authy. Pgrm. 3G/6602/P4 dtd. 29/9/43
F/O. J.W. Downing 136351. GD. Posted  from 1651 Con.Unit w.e.f. 9/11/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2775/43 dtd. 8/11/43).
F/O. A.G.Heron 133094 GD Posted from No.1651 Con.Unit w.e.f. 27/10/43.  (Authy. P/N. 3G/2543/43 dtd. 8/11/43).
P/O. A. Proctor. 159096 GD. Posted from No.15 O.T.U., w.e.f. 16/11/43. (Authy. P/N.BC/10065/43 dtd 25/10/43).
P/O. J.A. Pollett 51705 GD Posted from No.1651 Con.Unit w.e.f. 10/11/43. (Authy. P/N. 3G/2858/43 dtd. 13/11/43
F/O. C.C. Bowsher. 100122 A&SD. Posted from RAF.Gatwick w.e.f. 25/11/43. (Authy. P/N. DGF/FC/6582/43 dtd 18/11/43).
A/F/L. F. Fuller 50404 TECH. Posted to No.33 Base. w.e.f. 22/11/43. (Authy. P/N.BC/10836/43 dtd 23/11/43).
F/L. T. Ness 84452 A&SD. Posted to No.463 Sqdn., w.e.f. 25/11/43. (Authy. P/N.BC/10767/43 dtd 22/11/43).
F/O. J Brothwell 135042. GD. Posted (Missing) to Cas(N/E)Accts. Dpt., w.e.f. 23/11/43. (Authy. P/N.3G/3053/43 dtd. 24/11/43).
P/O. W.G. Paggett. 151630. GD. Posted (Missing) to Cas(N/E)Accts. Dpt., w.e.f. 23/11/43. (Authy. P/N.3G/3053/43 dtd. 24/11/43).

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