October 1941

01 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

02 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

03 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT DUNKIRK
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1845 – 2150 Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target area and docks were bombed and fires were started. A.A. fire was fairly intense with searchlights cooperating. Weather was good but with slight haze over the target.

04 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

05 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Nothing of importance took place today.

06 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

07 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

08 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

09 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

10 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT COLOGNE
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2355 – 0650 Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z.8969, captained by Sgt. Curlewis, failed to return to base. Another, X.9825, captained by S/Ldr. Chamberlain, jettisoned bombs on a road WSW of Cologne as owing to damage to hydraulics, the aircraft was unable to maintain height with bombs on. Centre of town was successfully attacked and bombs were seen to burst. Large fires were started and were seen to be burning twenty minutes after. One aircraft was seen to crash and explode near target. A.A. fire was intense at all heights from 12,000 ft. to 4,000 ft. Searchlights were active in two cones, one each side of the target. Visibility was good with large clearing in low cloud over the target area.

Training: Nil

11 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

12 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT BREMEN AND NUREMBURG
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1655 – 0420 Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit carried out these attacks. One of these aircraft, X.9981 captained by S/Ldr. Chamberlain failed to return to base. Wellington 1C X.9975, captained by P/O Fisher returned to base owing to over-heating of engine. Direct hits were observed on the docks at Ostend and large fires were started which were visible for 90 miles. Incendiary bombs were dropped on a large factory and fires left burning. Other machines were dropping loads within 50 miles radius. A.A. fire was nil at primary, but there was a heavy flak after dropping bombs at Ostend. Searchlights were active to the East and West of target area. Weather was good.

Training: Nil

13 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT BREMEN AND DUSSELDORF
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1830 – 0320 Six Wellington aircraft from this Unit carried out the above attacks. The target was successfully bombed and large fires were started. Considerable A.A. fire was experienced to the North and West of the target with many large cones of searchlights. One enemy aircraft was seen on the Dutch coast but was evaded and no attack was made. A further unidentified aircraft followed one of our aircraft for twenty minutes using a headlamp but no attack was made. Weather was 10/10 cloud over target area with ground haze.

Training: Nil

14 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT DUSSELDORF
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1815 – 0035 One Wellington aircraft carried out this operation and an unidentified aerodrome was attacked and flare path partly extinguished. Heavy and predicted A.A. fire was met in the target area and searchlights were observed in belts free from cloud but light did not penetrate. Weather was very poor, there being heavy cloud over the target area.

Training: Nil

15 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT COLOGNE AND BOULOGNE
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1815 – 0035 Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft, Z8945, captained by Sgt. Barker, and R.6541 captained by Sgt. Matetich failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped in target area and bursts seen. Further bombs were dropped but owing to the haze over the target, results were not observed. Bombs were seen to burst on the West side of the river towards a concentration of searchlights and flak. Suspected dummy aerodromes were observed NE of Boulogne, about four miles and to the South of Cologne. A considerable amount of heavy A.A. fire was experienced in and around target area and searchlights were active but ineffective owing to cloud. Weather was fair on route but a thick ground haze was all over target area.

Training: Nil

16 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT COLOGNE
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1825 – 2325 One Wellington aircraft was detailed to carry out the above attack. Operation was marred by poor weather, there being heavy cloud en route and on target area, and results were not observed. There was heavy predictive A.A. fire with searchlights cooperating to the NW and SW of City. One enemy aircraft was seen after leaving searchlight belt on return journey but no engagement took place.

Training:
1745 – 1900 and 0830 – 0929 Wellington aircraft T.6316, captained by W/Cmdr. Cookson carried out a cross-country flight.

17 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

18 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

19 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1340 – 1600 Sgt. Ramsay and crew carried out a Test Flight in Wellington 1C X.9941.

20 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT BREMEN
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1820 – 0135 Six Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, captained by Sgt. Parnham crash-landed at Marham. Target area was bombed but results were not observed owing to low cloud. Activity was observed N and NW of target following river at Oldenburg. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was met and a belt of searchlights was observed at Bremen and Oldenburg. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attack was made. Weather was very poor, with low cloud and thick haze over target.

Training: Nil

21 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT BOLOGNE
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One Wellington aircraft from this Unit, detailed to carry out the above attack, dropped incendiaries on the believed target and bombs were dropped on one enemy aerodrome. A hangar was believed hit. There was little heavy A.A. fire and searchlights were moderate. No enemy aircraft was met. Operation was marred by very bad weather.

Training: Nil

22 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT MANNHEIM
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Six Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The who;e operation was marred by the weather conditions prevailing. A fire was bombed in a town on the Rhine, probably Mannheim and bomb bursts seen. Electrical storms, thunder cloud and snow storms were met through operations. Severe weather conditions made accuracy impossible. One of these aircraft, X.9914, captained by Sgt. Taylor failed to return to base.

Training: Nil

23 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

24 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT EMDEN
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1815 – 0050 Two Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Captains were unable to find target owing to ground haze, but bombed large cones of searchlights in target area. A.A. fire was heavy and navigation good. No enemy aircraft was met.

Training: Nil

25 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

26 Oct 1941
Operations: BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG AND CHERBOURG
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Five Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft Z.1468 captained by Sgt. Isherwood, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped on target, but owing to heavy and low cloud, results were not observed. One large fire was started which was visible for 35 miles. An enemy aerodrome was observed to be in use to the North of the target, and a large fire was seen to be burning NE of Auster Altern. A.A. fire was heavy over target area and from the direction of Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven. Large cones of searchlights were active. One enemy aircraft, seen landing on an aerodrome was bombed, but result not seen.

Training: Nil

27 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

28 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1205 -1320 Sgt. Ramsay and crew carried out a cross country flight in Wellington Z.1093.
1615 – 1740 P/O Fisher and crew carried out a cross country flight in Wellington X.9975.

29 Oct 10941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1245 – 1405 P/O Fisher and crew carried out a cross country flight in Wellington X.9975.

30 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1245 – 1405 P/O Fisher and crew carried out a cross country flight in Wellington X.9975.

31 Oct 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1215 – 1530 Sgt. Black and crew carried out a cross country flight in Wellington X.9976.
1715 – 1845

AIRCRAFT – ARRIVALS AND DESPATCH.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft X.9916 received from No. 23 M.U. on 8.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/8783.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft X.9981 received from No. 44 M.U. on 10.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/8785.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft Z.8942 received from No. 10 M.U. on 11.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/8987.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft X.9941 received from No. 51 M.U. on 11.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/8608.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft Z.1068 received from No. 48 M.U. on 13.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/8988.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft X.9914 received from No. 23 M.U. on 16.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/8819.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft Z.1091 received from No. 12 M.U. on 24.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/9443.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft Z.1083 received from No. 40 Squadron on 23.10.41. Auth’y. No.3 Group Signal MLO/ .
One Wellington 1C Aircraft Z.1099 received from No. 44 M.U. on 26.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/9521.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft L.7818 despatched from No. 15 O.T.U. on 27.10.41. Auth’y. No.6 Group Signal 2509 dated 26.10.41.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft Z.8961 received from No. 57 Squadron on 8.10.41. Auth’y. Form “W”/130. dated 28.10.41.
One Wellington 1C Aircraft Z.1114 received from No. 46 M.U. on 30.10.41. Auth’y. 41G/9635.

ACTING RANKS.
F/Lt. (A/S/Ldr.) Sawrey-Cookson appointed to the rank of Acting Wing Commander (unpaid) w.e.f. 5.9.41. Auth’y: 3 G.P.. Postagram 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 dated 10.10.41.
F/Lt. (A/S/Ldr.) Sawrey-Cookson appointed to the rank of Acting Wing Commander (paid) w.e.f. 5.9.41. Auth’y: 3 G.P.. Postagram 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 dated 10.10.41.
F/Lt. F.J. Lucas appointed to the rank of Acting Wing Commander (unpaid) w.e.f. 26.5.41. Auth’y: 3 G.P.. Postagram 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 dated 10.10.41.
F/Lt. F.J. Lucas appointed to the rank of Acting Wing Commander (paid) w.e.f. 26.5.41. Auth’y: 3 G.P.. Postagram 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 dated 10.10.41.

POSTINGS.
(Cancelled) F/O G.N. Parker posted from this Unit to G.F.S. Upavon w.e.f. 29.9.41. Auth’y 3 Group (Cancelled)
P/O E. Lloyd and P/O Hodson, N.E. posted to this Unit from No.12 O.T.U. Benson w.e.f. 22.9.41. Auth’y: 6 G. signal P.4/90. dated 27.9.41.
P/O H.A. Roberts posted from this Unit to No.11 B.A.T.F., Upwood, w.e.f. 3.10.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.545 dated 1.10.41.
P/O T.B. Robertson and P/O A.R. Henderson posted to this Unit from No.22 O.T.U. Wellesbourne w.e.f. 30.9.41 Auth’y Pending.
P/O T.J.W. Williams posted from this Unit to R.A.F. Station Harwell w.e.f. 2.10.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.508 dated 25.9.41.
P/O A.W. Clifford posted from this Unit to R.A.F. Station Harwell w.e.f. 2.10.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.508 dated 25.9.41.
P/O N.M. Aitchyson posted from this Unit to No.1 R.A.F. Depot (N.E.) Uxbridge w.e.f. 16.9.41. Auth’y Air Ministry letter S.67142/1/D.P.S. dated 8.8.41.
P/O T.B. Robertson posted from this Unit to No.1 R.A.F. Depot (N.E.) Uxbridge w.e.f. 16.10.41. Auth’y Air Ministry letter S.67142/1/D.P.S. dated 8.8.41.
S/Ldr. P.S. Chamberlain and P/O J.A. Robinson posted from this Unit to No.1 R.A.F. Depot (N.E.) Uxbridge w.e.f. 27.10.41 Auth’y Air Ministry letter S.67142/1/D.P.S. dated 18.8.41.
P/O E.M. Sangster posted from this Unit to No.1 R.A.F. Depot (N.E.) Uxbridge w.e.f. 16.9.41. Auth’y Air Ministry letter S.67142/1/D.P.S. dated 18.8.41.
F/Lt. P.J.R. Kitchen posted to this Unit from No.25 O.T.U. Pershore w.e.f. 28.10.41. Auth’y: 6 G. signal P.4/222. dated 25.10.41.
P/O P.P. Wilson posted from this Unit to Central Flying School, Upavon w.e.f. 19.10.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’gram 3G/6607/12/P.4 dated 12.10.41.
F/O G.N. Parker posted from this Unit to Headquarters No. 6 Group (Supernumerary) and attached to Central Flying School Upavon w.e.f. 29.9.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’gram 3G/6607/12/P.4 dated 12.10.41.
P/O R.L.O. Ryder and P/O R.D. Foster posted to this Unit from No.20 O.T.U. Lossiemouth w.e.f. 31.10.41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/20/P.4. dated 29.10.41.

ATTACHMENTS.
P/O J.F.K. Sandys attached from this Unit to No.5 B.A.T.F. Honing ton w.e.f. 26.9.41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.506 dated 25.9.41.
P/O J.F.K. Sandys ceased to be attached from this Unit to No.5 B.A.T.F. Honing ton w.e.f. 5.10.41 Auth’y: C.O.
F/Lt. N.D. Greenaway attached to R.A.F. Station Farnborough w.e.f. 15.10.41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.617 dated 12.10.41.
F/Lt. N.D. Greenaway ceased to be attached to R.A.F. Station Farnborough w.e.f. 17.10.41. Auth’y: C.O.
P/O J.T. Peters appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 12.9.41. Auth’y Air Ministry letter A.197019/41/S.7(f).4. dated 13.10.41.
P/O L.A. Lawton appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 14.10.41. Auth’y Air Ministry letter A.289252/41/S.7(f).4. dated 28.10.41.