|Place.||Date.||Time.||Summary of Events.||References to|
|These note's were handwritten, some words or letters were not or partially readable.|
|MARHAM.||8/1/39.||Pilot-Officer L. D. CHANTLER posted to school of Air Navigation for flying duties.|
|Pilot-Officer D. F. LASLETT promoted to Flying-Officer.|
|MARHAM.||24/1/39.||Information received that this Unit has been alotted the period 8th. October - 28th. October, 1939 at No. Armament Training Station JURBY|
|MARHAM.||29/2/39.||Pilot-Officer E. J. SHEERAN promoted to Flying-Officer.|
|MARHAM.||2/3/39.||Flying-Officer L. VINCENT granted to acting rank of Flight-Lieutenant.|
|MARHAM||4/3/39.||Acting Pilot-Officer ?. ?NELL posted from No. 8 F.T.S. for flying duties.|
|MARHAM.||15/3/39.||Wing-Commander H. G. ROWE - D.F.C., posted from D.T.D., Dept. of A.M.D.P., Air Ministry, to command the Unit.|
|Squadron-Leader ?. E. W. ROWLES, who had half the position of Acting Squadron Commander, returned to command 'B' Flight.|
|MARHAM.||16/3/39.||On night Operations over the North Sea the starboard engine of HARROW K.6969? cut out at 12,000 feet.
The Captain Acting Flight-Lieutenant L. VINCENT, who was at the controls, headed for land but could not maintain height owing to the heavy load.
At 1,500 feet over SUDBURY, SUFFOLK, the Wireless Operator and the two Air Gunners were ordered to abandon the aircraft, their names being;
526604. A.C. I JAKEMAN, A. J.
550390. A.C. I SMITH, G. K.
521969. A.C. I SUMMERS, J. G.
On abandoning the aircraft by the light series bomb carrier hatch amidships, A.C. I SUMMERS had the unplessant experiance of having his furing boot catch in the bomb rack.
With great difficulty he managed to reach up and release his foot from the boot.<
All the Airmen made successful descents.
|The Captain and his second Pilot, Pilot-Officer O. R. DONALDSON, found that the aircraft was lightened suffiently to effect a landing at MARHAM.|
|The failure of the starboard engine was due to a cylinder head blowing off.|
|MARHAM.||24/3/39.||Pilot-Officer E. ?. ?. SHIVERS promoted to Flying-Officer.|
|MARHAM.||30/3/39.||The Unit received its first WELLINGTON aicraft L.4299. on re equipment to establisment BC/841. dated 1/11/38, i.e. 12 I.E. and 4 I.R. aircraft.|
|MARHAM.||19/4/39.||Acting Flight-Lieutenant L. VINCENT., promoted to Flight-Lieutenant with seniority of 19th. July, 1939.|
|MARHAM.||24/4/39.||Flying-Officer R. H. SLEYH., posted to No. 9 F.T.S. for duties in advanced training Squadron.|
|MARHAM.||1/5/39.||Establisment PC/847. - provisional - came into force, providing for an increase of aircraft to 16 I.E. and 5 I.R. with an increase in personnel from 216 to 269.|
|MARHAM.||3/5/39.||Flying-Officer W. R. GARDINER., posted from No. 75 Squadron for flying duties.|
|MARHAM.||16/5/39.||Flying-Officer H. ?ARNELL transferred to Class 'A' Reserve on completion of duty with Regular Air Force.|
|WELLINGTON L.4334., received in Unit completing the re-equipment of the Unit to the old Establisment BC/841., dated 1/11/38. providing for 12 I.E. and 4 I.R. aircraft.|
|Pilot-Officer O. R. DONALDSON., promoted to Flying-Officer.|
|MARHAM||24/5/39.||Pilot-Officer R. S. C. WOOD., promoted to Flying-Officer.|
|MARHAM.||26/5/39.||Pilot-Officer A. R. GIBBES., promoted to Flying-Officer.|
|MARHAM.||7/7/39. to||14/7/39.||In major Air Exercices took place the first from 7th. July to 9th. July and the second from 13th. July to 14th.
The whole of Bomber Command took part.
During periods of the Exercises certain Fighter Groups, Observer Corps, and Ground Defences concerned took part.
|MARHAM||17/7/39.||Pilot-Officer G. L. CROSBY., and F. N. LINES., and D. A. RANKIN., posted from No. 75. Squadron for flying duties.|
|MARHAM.||19.7.39.||Flights over FRANCE.|
|The Air Ministry, in consultation with the FRENCH Air Staff decided to send a number of Squadrons on non-stop flights over various routes in FRANCE.|
|The main object of these flights would be:
(a) to demonstrate our ability to reach with certain types of aircraft, targets as far as MARSEILLES.
(b) to demonstrate British aircraft to the FRENCH public over a wide area.
(c) to afford our aircraft Crews the opportunity of flying lond distances over unfamiliar continental territory and affording navigational training.
|Nine of the aircraft of this Unit left this morning for MARSEILLES.
A landing was effected at MANSTON as a precaution against lack of fuel both on the outward and returns flights.
The flight was a complete succes.
|MARHAM.||25/7/39.||In company with three aircraft of No. 38 Squadron nine aircraft of this Unit carried out a successful flight over FRENCH territory the route being,
MARHAM - DOVER - PARIS- ORLEANS- TOURS - LIMOGES - BORDEAUX - NANTES - DEAUVILLE - MARHAM.
No intermediate landing was made.
|MARHAM.||1/8/39. to||13/8/39.||A maintenance (MEX) Exercise was held from 1st. to 13th of August.|
|This Exercise was designed primarily with a view to testing the efficiency of certain administrative arrangements to be brought into operation in time of war en emergency within the Bomber Command, and of the organisation that would be required under these circumstances.
Also to study the effect of such arangements on the functioning of maintenance Units and services responsible for providing the Bomber Command in war with aircraft, motor transport, equipment, supplies and personnel.
|The objects of the Exersice were:
(a) to test the war organisation for the demand, issue and receipt of aircraft, aircraft spares and equipment, and supplies generally.
(b) to test the adequancy of the mobilisation instructions for Air Ammunition Parks.
(c) to test the machinery for the mobilisation of personnel and for the replacements of casualties in war.
(d) to test the adequsen of the equipment and accomodation now available at station for the purposes of defence and the operation of aircraft under war conditions.
|MARHAM||2/8/39.||0930.||Order received from Air Ministry to commence Mobilisation today.|
|upto War Establishment WAR/HD/311.|
|List Officers, Airman Pilots and Air Observers on posted strenght of Unit||Appendix 'C'.|
|MARHAM||3/8/39.||1500.||All personnel recalled from leave.|
|Forms 64 and 1580 made out in respect of all Airman on posted strenght of Unit and all documents with the exception of Form 48, 121, 64and 1580 dispatched to Records.|
|1600.||Mobilisation ?ary distributed to all concerned (with ann?ures)||Appendix 'D'.|
|MARHAM.||4/8/39.||0955.||Dispersal of aircraft ordered.|
|1100.||Dispersal of aircraft completed.|
|All personnel in possession of anti-gas clothing.|
|A.P. 1548. distributed.|
|1900.||? time 1300. hrs. ? for raid tomorrow.|
|MARHAM||5/8/39. to||8/8/39.||A MAJOR TACTICAL EXERCISE took place from 5th. to 8th. August with a view to exercising the whole of Bomber Command in its offensive role.|
|MARHAM.||5/8/39.||0530.||? time deferred two hours owing to low cloud and thunder showers.|
|1030.||? time deferred further two hours.|
|1100.||Low flying attack by three enemy single engined bombers.
Ample warning given by look-out and personnel escape to shelter trenches.
The three enemy aircraft made an excellent approach and get-away concentrating their attacks on the disperced aircraft and hangars.
|No. 123456. Cpl. PERRINS-BOGUS,C was killed by a bomb burst.|
|Wellington L.4317. was so badly damaged that it was assessed as a whrite-off, and Wellington L.4319. was damaged in the tail and fin.|
|1400.||Aircraft crews ordered to start up engines at 1415. hours.|
|1415.||Sky darkened by approching thunder clouds and it commences to rain.|
|1425.||Squadron Commander taxies out.|
|1430.||Torrential rain falls with frequent flashes of lighyning.
The few Captains who have taxied out after the Squadron Commander lose sight of him as visibility is reduced to nil in the cloudburst.
|1440.||Rain lessens in intensity and Squadron Commander leads aircraft back to dispersal points and zngines are stopped.|
|1450.||Rain ceases but clouds remain very low and visibility is extremely poor.|
|1530.||Raid abandoned for the day.|
|No. 3 Group Operation Order No. EX 7/1939 dated 28/7/39.||Appendix 'E'.|
|Signals Instructions No. 1 to Op. order EX 7/1939.||Appendix 'F'.|
|Signals Instuction No. 3 to Op. order EX 7/1939.||Appendix 'G'.|
|No. 3 Group Op. Instr. No. EX 8/1939 dd. 1/8/39.||Appendiw 'H'.|
|No. 3 Group Op. Instr. No. EX 9/1939 dd. 3/8/39.||Appendix 'I'.|
|No. 3 Group Op. Order No. EX 22/1939 dd. 3/8/39.||Appendix 'J'.|
|Raid table, R.A.F. Station, MARHAM.||Appendix 'K'.|
|Appendix 'A' to Op. Order MTE/1/39.||Appendix 'L'|
|Signals appendix to Op. Order MTE/1/39.||Appendix 'M'.|
|Orders received to bomb up nine aircraft with nine 500 lb. bombs each and, when the procedure is complete, to take off all bombs.|
|The procedure takes a disappointing leght of time.
It is obvios that a conciderale increase in the armament personnel is indicated as unskilled hand, however willing, are dangerous and obstructive.
|1730.||New Operation Order received but is immediately cancelled.|
|1730.||to 2300.||The new Operation Order is awaited througout the evening until at 2300. hours information is received that the aircraft are to be over the target between 1330. and 1345. hours tomorrow.|
|2330.||Aircraft crews retire to bed.|
|MARHAM.||6/8/39.||0600.||Aircraft crews get up.|
|0845.||Visibility poor with 10/10 low cloud covering hills at 500 feet in the MIDLANDS and NORTH.|
|Time of departure on raid deferred two hours.|
|1030.||Weather conditions improve.|
|1130.||Six aircraft of this Unit take off to attack Target A.22.||Appendix 'N'.|
|1420.||Three more aircraft take off t make an attack on Target A.22.|
|1510.||Six enemy single engined bombers attack the Station in ?rb-formations of three.|
|Their approach is excellent, being as close to the ground as possible, so much so that they are actually below the level of the aerodrome, taking advantagr of the low ground to the East.|
|Two attacks are made resulting in the following casualties:|
|123456. Cpl. BISHOP-BOGUS., splinter in head; excused duty 3 days.|
|123456. AC. I. KNIGHT-BOGUS., armourer, splinter in right arm; excused duty for three days.|
|123456. Cpl. MORRELL-BOGUS., armourer, splinter in left leg; excused duty for four days.|
|123456. LAC. BARRATT_BOGUS., severe shell splinter in abdomen; admidded to hospital.|
|123456. LAC. TUCKER-BOGUS., armourer, splinter wound in head; admitted to hospital.|
|123456. AC.I. SCOTT-BOGUS., armourer, concussion; admitted to hospital.|
|123456. AC.I. MOORE-BOGUS., armourer, splinter in right arm; excused duty for three days.|
|123456. AC.I. SINCLAIR-BOGUS., armourer, splinter in right shoulder; excused duty for three days.|
|123456. AC.I. KENWARD-BOGUS., armourer, right arm shattered; admitted to hospital.|
|123456. LAC. CROCKFORD-BOGUS., armourer, concussion; admitted to hospital.|
|123456. AC. 2. CROOK-BOGUS., F.A.E., killed.|
|123456. LAC. PARKES-BOGUS., R/AERO. kiled.|
|123456. LAC. DOCKLEY-BOGUS., F.A.E., killed.|
|123456. LAC. WELLS-BOGUS., F.A.E., killed.|
|123456. ALLEN-BOGUS., R/AERO., killed.|
|123456. LAC. CHAPPELL-BOGUS., killed.|
|Flying Officer R. S. C. WOOD-BOGUS., splinter in the head; admitted to hospital.|
|Pilot Officer E. G. SCOTT-BOGUS., splinter wound in head; transferred to KINGS LYNN hospital.|
|1605.||Attack alarm sounds but the aircraft proves to be friendly.|
|1630.||Three aircraft land.|
|1700.||Three more aircraft land.|
|1735.||Attack alarm sounds but the aircraft prove friendly.|
|1840.||Two aircraft land.
The crew of the thirth is reported as missing, the names being,
|123456. LAC. LAWSON-BOGUS., F/Mech.|
|123456. Sgt. MOORES-BOGUS., P/Elect.|
|123456. AC.I. HODGSON-BOGUS., F/Rig.|
|123456. AC. KEMSLEY-BOGUS., W/Op.|
|Pilot Officer L. N. LINES-BOGUS.|
|Flying Officer A. E. PRINGLE-BOGUS.|
|1915.||Operation order for next day received.|
|2030.||All aircraft crews need to discus tomorrows Operation and plot tracks.|
|Aircraft will have to leave the ground at 0530. hours tomorrow morning.|
|2200.||Meeting ends and all Pilots retire to bed.|
|MARHAM.||7/8/39.||0400.||Pilots wake up to find a thick ground mist covering the ground.|
|0515.||It is decited to take off, althoug visibility is a few hundred yards.|
|0555.||Fist aircraft leaves the ground.||Appendix 'O'.|
|Pilot Officer E. G. SCOTT., in L.4318., strikes a boundery post which tears a large hole in the port wing between the engine noselle and fuselage.
However he carries an and it is not until he lands that it is found that ten geodeties are bent or damaged.
|0605.||Last aircraft airborne, making a total of nine.|
|1000.||First aircraft lands.|
|1015.||Last of the nine aircraft lands.|
|1040.||Six enemy single engined bombers attack the Station making excellent approches, the casualties being,|
|123456. Cpl. SAUNDERS-BOGUS.|
|123456. AC. 2., BLAKELY-BOGUS.,
both being contaminated by gas. They return to duty after visiting the decontamination centre.
|From O555. hrs 7/8/1939 to 1015. hrs 7/8/1939. Appendix 'O'.||Up||Down||Remarks||
F/O. WALLS. (CAPT.)
Sgt. TAYLOR. (NAV.)
Sgt. POWELL. (CAPT.)
P/O. RANKIN. (NAV.)
F/L. GUTHRIE. (CAPT.)
P/O. JAGGARD. (NAV.)
F/Sgt. GREVES. (CAPT.)
Sgt. CROSBY. (NAV.)
P/O. GAYFORD. (CAPT.)
Sgt. NEWBERRY. (NAV.)
F/O. GARDENER. (CAPT.)
P/O. LAMBART. (NAV.)
F/Sgt. BOORE. (CAPT. (NAV.)
F/O. HASLETT. (PILOT.)
F/O. PRINGLE. (CAPT.)
Sgt. MOORES. (NAV.)
P/O. SCOTT. (CAPT.)
P/O. LINES. (NAV.)
|To destroy targets F.I. and F.9.||
Operation carried out with the assistance of No. 38 Squadron who provided nine aircraft.|
Aircraft to fly in sub-formations of three.
All aircraft to be clear of targets by times stated.
Each aircraft is to carry 6, 500 lb. Bombs G.P.
Method of attack - high approach, low attack.
On landing at MARHAM all aircraft will be loaded with 6, 500 lb. Bombs G.P.
All gunss will be taken out, cleaned and replaced.
Ammunition (S.A.A.) will be taken out and replaced.
Time over target 0900. - 0930.
Average petrol consumption for Squadron, 82.8 gals/hr.
|MARHAM||8/8/39. to||11/8/39.||A MAJOR HOME DEFENCE EXERCISE involving the whole of the Air Striking Force and the Air Defence Forces took place from 8th. to 11th. August.|
|For the purposes of the Exersice GREAT BRITAIN was represented by WESTLAND, concisting of the area
BOURNEMOUTH - SALISBURY - HUNGERFORD - DROITWICH - MACCLESFIELD - WITHERNSEA - EAST AND SOUTH COASTS - BOURNEMOUTH and was attacked by aircraft from EASTLAND, an imaginery Continental power, whose frontier was apeoximately 200 miles East of WESTLAND.
|MARHAM||8/8/39.||1400.||Aircraft crews meet to discuss the Operation for the night, that is, the destruction of target E.13.||Appendix 'P'.|
|The weather conditions are good over parts of the land but thick over the North Sea and locally over the aerodrome as the first few aircraft take to the air.|
|MARHAM.||9/8/30.||0445.||The last of the nine aircraft returns.|
|1400.||Operation order for tonight received.|
|This Squadron is to destroy Target E.13.||Appendix 'Q'.|
|1700.||The weather reports are very ominons.|
|1730.||The Operation may be cancelled. Torrential rains is falling.
A cold front astends right across ENGLAND, the cloud base falling to two hundred feet in places.
|1900.||First five details cancelled.|
|2100.||Remaining raids cancelled.|
|MARHAM.||10/8/39.||0800.||A fine morning.|
|Night.||Fly through two fronts an the way to Target E.13.||Appendix S.|
|Two aircraft were unable to leave the vicinity of the aerodrome because of technical failure.|
|MARHAM.||11/8/39.||a.m.||All seven aircraft return from their raids.|
|MARHAM.||14/8/39.||Pilot-Officer P. ?. HUGHES., reported arrival on posting from Royal Air Force College CRANWELL.|
|MARHAM.||15/8/39.||Information received that this Unit will not now go to No. 10 Armament Training Station, JURBY, from 8th. to 28th. October as it is to be an Air Observers school when completed.|
|MARHAM.||16/8/39.||Pilot-Officer E. G. T. Clarke promoted to Flying-Officer.|
|MARHAM.||23/8/39.||Relations between POLAND and GERMANY have become strained.|
|MARHAM.||25/8/39.||Squadron-Leader B. ?. FARROW departed on posting to Headquarters, No. 3 Group.|
|All personnel recalled from leave.|
|MARHAM.||26/8/39.||Squadron-Leader A. R. GLENCROS reported arrival on posting from No. 214 Squadron to command 'A' Flight vice Squadron-Leader B. ?. FARROWS.|
|Pilot-Officer W. J. E. CRAIGEN reported arrival on posting from Claas 'A' Reserve.|
|MARHAM.||28/8/39.||Live bombing practice was carried out and by this Unit at LARHHILL, the bombs being fuset at BOSCOMBE DOWN.|
|Air Commodore A. A. B. JHONSON, - M.C., A.F.C., Air Officer Commanding No. 3. Group, was under the fuselage of an aircraft watching the bombing-up of a special bomb in which he was interested when it slipped and in retreating he was struck on the head by a rotating aircrew and killed.|