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  1. 11 October 1940 Northern Front At approximately 09h45, HMS Auckland [1] reported an unsuccessful attack by two Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 from an estimated altitude of 3 500 meters off Aden. The Bristol Blenheim MkIVF L9042 (Flying Officer Grice, Sergeant Jenkins, Leading Aircraftman Ffoulkes, Aircraftman Woolford) of No.203 (RAF) Squadron attack the Italian bombers, but they can escape.[2] HMS Auckland. Collection : Imperial War Museum. Southern Front Three Fairey Battle of No.11 (SAAF) Squadron: No. 905 (Captain Johan L.V. d
  2. 16 July 1940 The day is relatively calm due to the bad weather. However, No.615 Squadron underwent several changes: Herbert S. Giddings is promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant (retroactive to 6 June) and three new pilots joined the squadron. Pilot Officer John Arthur Peter McClintock (91064) is born on 25 April 1920 in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent. His father, Ronald Sinclair McClintock joined the RFC on 4 April 1916 as an observer with No.2 (RFC) Squadron before undergoing pilot training. He married Mary Gordon Laird on 20 December 1916. He joined France in October 19
  3. 10 October 1940 Southern Front Around 15:45, three Caproni Ca.133 (31bis Gruppo) attack the Wajir airfield. They are followed, five minutes later, by three other aircraft of the same type on the Lodwar airfield. In both cases, the bombardment does not seem to give significant results. The South African archives mention the injury of a native and the destruction of three huts in Lodwar. However, these two attacks show defects of a totally obsolete air detection system, limited to a few soldiers perched in vague watchtowers or trees. Captain Servaas van
  4. Hello, After a (very) long delay..., but a lot of obligation with the work these last months. Difficult to find free time. I propose the continuation this Chronicle about No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, if some are still interested. 15 July 1940 Flying Officer Anthony Phillip Gray joins No.615 Squadron as a reinforcement where he is assigned to A Flight. He was born on 9th November 1912 in Maidenhead (Berkshire, England) where he was educated at the Dragon School (Oxford) and the Uppingham School (Rutland). After a year’s study in France (Paris) where he played
  5. Hello, After a (very) long delay..., but a lot of obligation with the work these last months. Difficult to find free time. I propose the continuation this Chronicle about Air Operations in East Africa (1940 - 1941), if some are still interested. 9 October 1940 Northern Front No.14 and No.223 (RAF) Squadron attacked the airfields of Gura and Mai Edaga with two (L2657 and K7767) and two (L2715 and K774) Vickers Wellesley respectively, between 16h35 and 22h45 hours. Here again, it is difficult to assess the impact of these bombings, as the results c
  6. 14 July 1940 No.615 Squadron joined Hawkinge airfield with 13 aircraft at 13h00 to provide protection for the CW.5 sea convoy off Dover. Unfortunately the ships are also the target of the Luftwaffe. Forty Junkers Ju.87B of IV/LG 1, escorted by Bf 109E of 8/JG 3, are in charge of the attack, while II/JG 51 had to provide coverage[1]. The Red Section (Squadron Leader Joseph R. Kayll, Pilot Officer Cecil R. Montgomery and Michael R. Mudie) patrol when they see several Ju.87 Junkers diving on the ships from an altitude of about 3 600 metres. The first two pilots are able to fire a
  7. 8 October 1940 Northern Front After several weeks of break for training on Blenheim, No.14 (RAF) Squadron is back in action with Vickers Wellesley as Flight Lieutenant Cecil Rowan-Robinson, with K8631 (17:00 – 22h40), carries out an attack on the Mai Edaga airfield.[1]: ----------------------------------- [1] « 8 october 1940 », No. 14 (RAF) Squadron : Operations Record Book (Form 540 and Form 541). Kew : TNA, AIR 27 / 192.
  8. 12 July 1940 Twelve aircraft take off between 15:45 and 16:20 for a new patrol, again without any particular event. Pilots and Aircrafts : Flight Lieutenant James G. Sanders (P2801) ; Pilot Officer Keith T. Lofts (P3111) ; Pilot Officer David Evans (P2578[1]) ; Pilot Officer Ralph Roberts (N2479[2]) ; Flying Officer Anthony Eyre (L1829) ; Squadron Leader Joseph R. Kayll (P3109) ; Pilot Officer Cecil R. Young (N3337) ; Flight Lieutenant Lionel M. Gaunce (P2963) ; Pilot Officer Cecil R. Montgomery (N2328) ; Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudie (L1584) ; Flying Officer Peter Col
  9. 7 October 1940 Northern Front Vickers Vincent, from No.8 (RAF) Squadron, are sent on mission, the last operation (mentioned in the ORB) being in August. The attacks, however, did not take place in East Africa, but over British territory. In this case, it is a series of punitive bombings, during the whole day, carried out against rebel tribes of the Protectorate of Aden, in the area of As Sada – Urkub with six Vickers Vincent and six Blenheim[1]. Some transfers also take place. Flight Lieutenant W.T. Ratcliffe and Pilot Officer M.K. Holland left No.203 (RAF)
  10. 5 October 1940 Northern Front The RAF decided to test another form of operation by sending three Vickers Wellesley of No.47 (RAF) Squadron and two Gloster Gauntlet : K5355 (Flight Lieutenant A.B. Mitchell) and K4295 (Pilot Officer Arthur N.W. Johnstone) of No.430 (RAF) Flight for an armed reconnaissance between Metemma and Gondar, in order to attract the Italian fighters, between 05:20 and 10:05. Three Gloster Gladiator of No.1 (SAAF) Squadron, including Captain Brian J.L. Boyle (N5852), are on hold to if the trap works. No Italian aircraft is reported and the bo
  11. 4 October 1940 Northern Front In the morning, Captain Brian J. L. Boyle (N5852), Lieutenant Andrew Duncan and Servaas de Kock Viljoen of No.1 (SAAF) Squadron take off from the Azaza Airfield for a patrol in the Azaza – Gallabat area. Above the Metemma border post, the Gladiator Gladiators are cruising three Fiat CR.42 of 412 Squadriglia. In the ensuing fight, Lieutenant Servaas de Kock Viljoen quickly managed to hit an opposing aircraft, which fell into flames while the pilot jump. It could be Sergeant Ottavio Bracci who, injured, is forced to parachute. Cap
  12. 11 July 1940 Twelve Hawker Hurricanes take off from Kenley to reach Hawkinge in the afternoon for a series of patrols. All the pilots return at 21h50. Pilots and Aircrafts : Flight Lieutenant Lionel M. Gaunce (P2963) ; Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudie (P2871) [Interception : 15h20 – 15h40] Squadron Leader Joseph R. Kayll (P3109) ; Flying Officer John R.H. Gayner (P2328) ; Flying Officer Peter Collard (P2768) ; Flight Lieutenant Lionel M. Gaunce (P2963) ; Pilot Officer Cecil R. Montgomery (N2337) ; Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudie (L1854) [Patrouille Hawki
  13. 3 October 1940 Northern Front Bristol Blenheims, based at Aden, continue their regular attacks on the various targets of Eritrea and Northern Ethiopia. However, these operations are often limited to three aircraft and crews often failing to observe the possible damage. The objective of the RAF is, nevertheless, to maintain the pressure on the adversary by incessant harassment, and to force them to a war of attrition that the Italians can not win because of their isolation. An example of these operations can be found in the daily entry of No.8 (RAF) Squadron
  14. 2 October 1940 Northern Front Three Bristol Blenheim of No.45 (RAF) Squadron take off from Wadi Gazouza, at 14:30 to attack the Gura airfield. Approaching the target, they are intercepted, above Mai Edega, by six Fiat CR.42 of 412 Squadriglia. As during the events of 30 September, one of the British aircraft falls victim of Sergente Maggiore Luigi Baron. This is the Bristol Blenheim L8452. If the observer (Pilot Officer A. Sheppard) can jump and is captured, the pilot (Squadron Leader John W. Dallamore[1]) and the gunner (Sergeant Myles Mackenzie[2]) are killed.[3]
  15. 10 July 1940 After Pilot Officer David J. Looker, it is the turn of Flying Officer Richard D. Pexton to return to No.615 Squadron after his misadventures in France. However, unlike the former, he is allowed to resume flying. As on previous days, the pilots are in charge of a long series of patrols with no particular events : nine aircraft providing air coverage of Kenley between 10:55 and 11:55, followed by six others between 15:00 and 17:00. Pilots and Aircrafts : Flight Lieutenant Lionel M. Gaunce (P2966) ; Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudi
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