September 1941

01 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

02 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT FRANKFURT.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach target owing to failure of Rear Gunner’s oxygen supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks developed. The weather was clear over target area, but hazy on return journey.

Training:
Dual night flying carried out. Captain F/O Parker.

03 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

04 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance occurred today.

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C Z.8868 received from No. 8 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/8070.

05 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

06 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT HULS.
Thirteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft Z.9767 captained by P/O Johnson failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped in target area and numerous fires were started. A.A. fire was light over target area but heavy on route, while searchlights were working in cones around target. Three enemy aircraft seen but no attacks made. The weather was good over the whole journey.

Training:
Dual circuits and landings carried out. (F/O Parker captain)

07 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST BOULOGNE.
One Wellington aircraft carried out the above attack. The target was bombed and fires started. Light and heavy flak was encountered over target area and searchlights were working in cones. Good weather was experienced.

Training: Nil

08 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT KASSEL.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The targets were successfully bombed and many large fires started. A.A. fire was very light and searchlights few and ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. Clear weather was experienced over the target. All our aircraft returned safely.

Training: Nil

09 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

10 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nothing of importance took place today.

11 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT KIEL.
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R.1038 captained by Sgt. Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and working in cooperation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Training: Nil

12 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

13 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT BREST.
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen. A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
Two Wellington 1C Aircraft, R.1237 L.7848 despatched to 21 O.T.U. Auth’y: 6 G.P.. Sig.T.479 11/9

14 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

15 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return; one being captained by Sgt. J.A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4th August 1941. There was clear weather over the target and bursts were seen in many parts of target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, and cooperating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Training:
Dual night flying carried out. Captain, Sgt. Brockes.

16 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

17 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT KARLSRUHE.
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, X.9834 captained by Sgt. Smyth, failed to return. The target, and target area, was bombed by the remaining aircraft and bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were slight in target area. Weather was hazy over target area.

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C X.9951 received from No.48 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/8393.
One Wellington 1C X.9975 received from No.18 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/8414.

18 Sep 1941
Training:
1420 -1620 Cross country flight carried out by P/O Fisher and crew.

Operations: Nil

19 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
1430 – 1730 Sgt. Nunn and crew carried out a cross country flight in Wellington 1C T.2747.

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C X.9976 received from No.18 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/8414.
One Wellington 1C Z.8858 received from No.9 Squadron, Honington. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig.Q.815.
One Wellington 1C X.9806 received from No.101 Squadron, Honington. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig.Q.818.

20 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT BERLIN AND OSTEND.
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A general recall signal was sent out to the aircraft on account of bad weather conditions with the result that only a few machines reached Berlin where bombs were dropped and fires started. Other aircraft bombed Frankfurt, Osnabruck, Brackeburg, Ostend and an aerodrome on the Dutch-German border and explosions and fire were seen. A.A. fire was heavy and fairly intense and searchlights, working in cones, were fairly accurate. One aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88 while caught in searchlight cone, but the enemy made off before our gunners had a chance to fire. Whether was good over the Continent but very hazy over the North Sea and England. As a result of the weather, two of our crews had to bail out, one at Horning and the other at Swanton Abbott.

Training: Nil

21 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

22 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Dual circuits and landings carried out in Wellington 1C R.3218. Captain: F/O Parker.
1500 – 1640 Sgt. Isherwood and crew carried out Lorenz practice in Wellington 1C R.1771.
1405 – 1815 S/Ldr. Chamberlain and crew carried out cross country flight in Wellington 1C X.9976.

23 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
Two Wellington 1C aircraft, R.1771, X.9806 despatched to No.311 Squadron, Honington. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.Q.822 dated 22/9/41.

24 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

25 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
S.C.I. training carried out by two crews. Captains: S/Ldr. Lucas, P/O Williams.

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C Z.8909 received from No.51 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/8628.

26 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT EMDEN.
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target was bombed but owing to haze it was difficult to observe results. Intense light flak was encountered but searchlights were not troublesome. Weather was fairly good but there was haze over the target.

Training: Nil

27 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training: Nil

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C Z.8945 received from No. 51 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/8628.

28 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT GENOA AND FRANKFURT.
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target areas were bombed, bursts were seen and fires started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was ineffective and very few searchlights operated in target areas. Weather was not too good, there being cloud on route and in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, QDM, pinpoints, loop, Lorenz, astro.

Training: Nil

29 Sep 1941
Operations:
Nil

Training:
Cross country flight carried out by Sgt. Ramsay and crew in Wellington 1C R.3218.

Aircraft:
One Wellington 1C Z.8868 despatched to No.57 Squadron. Auth’y: 3G/S124 28/9/41.
One Wellington 1C X.9977 received from No.18 M.U. Auth’y: 41G/8708.

30 Sep 1941
Operations:
BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST STETTING AND HAMBURG.
Six Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped and fires started. Fairly accurate light and heavy flak was encountered. Searchlights were inactive and no enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was fairly good with slight haze in target areas.

Training: Nil

 

POSTINGS, ATTACHMENTS, ETC.
P/O R.G. Stark posted from this Unit to No.1 R.A.F. Depot (NE) w.e.f. 30/12/40. Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’gram 3G/8918/1/1/P.2 dated 24.8.41.
W/Cdr. C.E. Kay posted from this Unit to No.8 Group w.e.f. 27/8/41. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig.P.484. dated 27/8/41.
P/O E.M. Sangster posted to this Unit from 23 O.T.U. Pershore w.e.f. 2/9/41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/23/P.4. dated 23/8/41.
P/O W.J. Smith attached from this Unit to R.A.F. Farnborough w.e.f. 31/8/41. Auth’y: 3 G.P..Sig.P.847.
P/O W.J. Smith ceased to be attached from this Unit to R.A.F. Farnborough.
A/W/Cdr. Sawrey-Cookson, R. posted to this Unit from 21 O.T.U. Moreton-in-the-Marsh w.e.f. 5/9/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.658 dated 4/9/41.
F/Lt. Fletcher, P.G.F. posted from this Unit to No. 20 O.T.U. Lossiemouth w.e.f. 4/9/41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.870 dated 3/9/41.
P/O W.J. Rees posted from this Unit to 21 O.T.U. Moreton-in-the-Marsh w.e.f. 5/9/41 Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.869 dated 3/9/41.
P/O C.W. Scott posted from this Unit to 11 OTU, Bassingbourn w.e.f. 4/9/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.869 dated 4/9/41.
P/O W.R. Methven attached from this Unit to No.5 B.A.T.F. Honing ton w.e.f. 7/9/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.877 dated 4/9/41.
S/Ldr. P.B. Chamberlain and P/O J.A. Robinson posted to this Unit from 23 O.T.U. Pershore w.e.f. 20/9/41. Auth’y: 6 Gp.P’Gram. 6G/1706/26/23/P.4. dated 15/9/41.
P/O J.A. Breckell posted from this Unit to 15 O.T.U. Harwell w.e.f. 20/9/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.956 dated 17/9/41.
S/Ldr. R.P. Widdowson posted from this Unit to No. 20 O.T.U. Lossiemouth w.e.f. 25/9/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.939 dated 16/9/41.
P/O D.A. Webster posted to this Unit from 11 OTU, Bassingbourn w.e.f. 21/9/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’Gram. 3G/1706/26/11/P.4 dated 18/9/41.
F/O G.N. Parker attached from this Unit to C.F.S. Upavon w.e.f. 12/9/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’Gram. 3G/6607/12/P.4 dated 6/9/41.
F/O G.N. Parker ceased to be attached from this Unit to C.F.S. Upavon w.e.f. 14/9/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.Sig.P.922 dated 14/9/41.

ACTING RANKS, APPOINTMENTS, ETC.
F/O N.D. Greenaway appointed to the rank pf Acting Flight Lieutenant w.e.f. 22/8/41. Auth’y: 3 Gp.P’Gram. 3G/8937/5/5/P.2 dated 1/9/41.
P/O D. Clare appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 16/8/41 Auth’y: Air Ministry Letter A.279021/41/S.7 (F) 4 dated 18/8/41.
P/O I.M. McLauchlan appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 5/7/41. Auth’y: Air Ministry Letter A.197814/41/S.7 (F) 4 dated 7/7/41.
P/O E.P. Williams appointed to a Commission as Pilot Officer on probation w.e.f. 10/7/41. Auth’y: Air Ministry Letter A.184728/41/S.7 (F) 4 dated 11/7/41.