Place. Date. Time. Summary of Events. References to
Appendices.
MARHAM. 1/11/39. 0900. Stand by at one hour's notice from 0900. hours to attack fleeting targets at sea.
Leader Wing Commander ADAMS.
App. Ref 'A'
Opp. B.50.
Weather bad. Low cloud and rain.
1430. Dual instruction given to Sergt. NEWBERRY by Squadron Leader GLENCROSS.
Stand down for the day.
MARHAM. 2/11/39. 0945. Aircraft departs for WARMWELL to pick up another aircraft now serviceable.
Weather cold Northerly wind, fine.
1100. Two sections carry out formation drill.
Experimental stick of eight 250 lbs sand filled bombs dropped on the ship at BERNERS HEATH.
(W.C. ROWE, F/O. SIMPSON No. 4 crew. attemp weight 28,500 lbs).
1415. Section Drill and bombing and firing BERNERS HEATH (3 aircraft).
1615. (3 aircraft) in formation bomb and fire BERNERS HEATH, carrying out Section drill at the same time.
MARHAM. 3/11/39. 0900. Weather poor with occasional rain. Low stratus clouds, wind variable cleared towards the afternoon.
1400. Section drill - three aircraft and affiliation with fighters at WITTERING.
1430. (as above) bombing WITTERING aerodrome.
MARHAM. 4/11/39. 0900. Bad weather, rain most of day.
1000. Intercommunication and R/T tests carried out between home set and aircraft dispersed round the aerodrome.
MARHAM. 5/11/39. 0900. Stand by at one hour's notice from 0900. hours to attack fleeting targets at sea as per operation B.50.
(Leader - Wing Commander ROWE)
See App. 'A'
B.50.
1330. Air to ground one section BERNERS HEATH.
1340. Stand down.
1415. High level attack bombing BERNERS HEATH, one Section Practice controlling and air gunners firing at low level.
1536. Two section - six aircraft take off for section drill.
1610. One aircraft took off for WARMWELL with crew to bring back L.4301.
MARHAM. 6/11/39. 0830. Fine. Thin high cloud, wind S.W.
0950. Squadron Leader GLENCROSS took off with five officers, the M.O., a Sergeant and A.C.I., for hood flying at 20,000 feet and to test oxygen and heaters,
had to forced land at 12.10 as one engine failed near TERNHILL.
1115. Three aircraft took off for section and bombing at BERNERS HEATH.
1630. Weather conditions, rain & c., unsuitable for aircraft to take off to bring back crew from TERNHILL.
MARHAM. 7/11/39. 0830. Overcast. Glimpses of sun. Wind South West.
Stand by at one hour's notice from 0900. hours to attack fleeting targets at sea. Appendix 'A'
Armament Officers from MANBY are here today to be shown our armament as part of their course.
The bomb drill teacher was in use for the first time.
0915. Three aircraft took off for TERNHILL to bring back crew.
1450. One aircraft took off for WEYBRIDGE to bring back spare parts.
1550. Stand down for the day for duty Squadrons.
MARHAM. 8/11/39. 0830. Cloudy. Rain - Wind South West.
We begin use of CATFOSS ranges, bombing on armoured boats and drogue firing.
Air firing is now based on the MELVILLE-JONES system.
1100. Three aircraft flew to CATFOSS for bombing and air firing - practising section drill en route.
One aircraft however did not complete practice owing to oil leakage in rear turret.
Food was taken.
1130. Four aircraft took off for CATFOSS for bombing and air gunnery.
1420. One aircraft took off for low flying practice.
1625. One aircraft took off to test rear turret.
MARHAM. 9/11/39. 0830. Cloudy alternate rain and sun. Wind S.W.
1055. One aircraft took off for low flying practice.
1200. One aircraft took off for low flying practice.
1430. Six aircraft took off for co-operation with fighters at WITTERING.
1600. One aircraft took off for section drill.
MARHAM. 10/11/39. 0830. Misty. Wind Southerly.
1055. One aircraft took off for air firing at CATFOSS.
Crews were swinging the compass on the ground and checking apparatus & instruments.
2200. Duty Squadrons to stand by at one hour's notice from 0800. hours tomorrow.
MARHAM. 11/11/39. 0800. Fog. Visibility 200 yards.
Duty Squadrons stand by according to Operation Order No.20 and Form B.51. as Coastal Duty Squadrons to attack fleeting targets at sea. Appendix 'B'
1130. Duty Squadrons ordered to have lunch at once and stand by in crew room from 1230.
1500. Message to stand down for the day.
MARHAM. 12/11/39. 0830. Ground mist visibility 100 yards. South wind.
Crews were stood off for the afternoon.
Training took place on the Wellington bomber teacher and general maintenance of turrets with centre turret tests.
MARHAM. 13/11/39. 0830. Misty morning soon clearing to fine weather.
0900. Squadron standing by at one hour's notice from 0900. hours according to 3 Group form B.51. attached. Appendix 'B'
1015. Airframe test by Flying Officer WELLS. N.2877. Wellington IA.
1320. Stand down for the day.
115 Squadron stand by for a sweep area to be notified in the executive order according to B.51. Appendix 'B'
1430. Flight Lieutenant VINCENT and Flying Officer WOOD local F.P.
1600. No.115 Squadron stand down.
MARHAM. 14/11/39. 0800. Clear day at first followed by low cloud and slight mist.
0820. 3 aircraft - Squadron Leader BOWLES, Flying Officer LASLETT, Flight Sergeant BOORE take off for air firing at CATFOSS.
0920. 3 aircraft - Squadron Leader GLENCROSS, Flying Officer NEWMAN, Flying Officer WELLS take off for air firing at CATFOSS.
1000. Three aircraft formation practice - Pilot Officer BARBER, Flight Sergeant GROVES, Flight Sergeant POWELL.
1120. Wing Commander ROWE and Flying Officer SIMPSON took off for Camouflage photography.
1245. Sergeant HAMMOND and Sergeant NICOL - CATFOSS and return.
1645. CATFOSS aircraft start to return.
MARHAM. 15/11/39. 0830. Fine weather with patchy cloud 3,000 ft. S.W. 15 m.p.h.
0930. Three aircraft took off for air firing at BERNERS HEATH.
1000. Another aircraft also carried out air firing at BERNERS HEATH.
1115. Three further aircraft took off for, air firing at BERNERS HEATH, and Flying Officer LASLETT went to NETHERAVON to make enquiries as to its suitability as withdrawal aerodrome.
A further aircraft took off for photography.
1530. One aircraft took off for low flying practice.
1545. One aircraft took off for stick bombing.
MARHAM. 16/11/39. 0830. Low cloud continues, rain and drizzle till 1400. hours wind S.W. to W.
1040. One aircraft carried out airframe test.
1050. One aircraft took off for low flying practice.
1530. Another aircraft carried out airframe test.
MARHAM. 17/11/39. 0830. Cloudy slight mist becoming blue sky. S.W. wind, cloudy later.
1140. Three aircraft took off for formation practice and crew drill.
1455. One aircraft climbed to 20,000 feet.
MARHAM. 18/11/39. 0830. Cloudy with slight mist, wind S.W. 15 m.p.h. to 5 m.p.h.
0955. Three aircraft took off for WATTON for practice with two seater fighters of a BLENHEIM Squadron.
1440. One aircraft took off for intercommunication drill.
1445. One aircraft took off for low flying practice.
MARHAM. 19/11/39. 08.30 Full gale last night now subsiding. Wind North West.
Wing Commander ROWE is acting Station Commander in absence of Group Captain LLOYD.
0930. Flying Officer SIMPSON in landing at NEWMARKET to fetch camera mounting was caught by sudden gust and crashed, without harm to himself.
1100. Squadron Leader GLENCROSS took off for TERNHILL to recover an aircraft.
1220. Flight Lieutenant VINCENT took off for NEWMARKET to bring back Flying Officer SIMPSON, but had to return.
1450. Flying Officer WOOD took off for NEWMARKET to bring back Flying Officer SIMPSON.
1530. Flight Lieutenant VINCENT and Flying Officer DONALDSON took off for low flying practice.
MARHAM. 20/11/39. 0830. Fine. Slight mist. Wind North West.
Today an exercise has been arranged according to Form B/WX2., in which six aircraft fly out West of a line St. DAVID's HEAD, St. GOWAN's HEAD and return to practice bombing over targets at NORTHWICH, CREWE or STOKE-ON-TRENT. App. 'C' - B/WX2.
0930. Flight Lieutenant VINCENT took off to take umpires to SEALAND from whence they will be taken to exercise targets.
1000. Pilot Officer BARBER, Flight Sergeant POWELL, Flight Sergeant GROVES, Flying Officer PRINGLE, Flying Officer GIBBES, and Flying Officer DONALDSON took off for the operational exercise.
1015. The aircraft were recalled.
1430. Flying Officer WELLS and Flying Officer SIMPSON took off for Z.Z. landing practice at MILDENHALL.
Another machine took off for local photographic test.
MARHAM. 21/11/39. 0830. Fog. Visibility 2 - 300 yards. Weather not fit for flying all day.
1700. Squadron Leader GLENCROSS forced landed near NARBOROUGH while bringing aircraft back from TERNHILL.
MARHAM. 22/11/39. 0830. Fine mist. Wind Southerly.
1000. Pilot Officer BARBER, Flight Sergeant POWELL, Flying Officer PRINGLE, Flying Officer GIBBES, and Flying Officer DONALDSON took off for operational exercise according to Form B/WX2. App. 'C' - B/WX2
Flight Sergeant GROVES aircraft failed to start.
1420. Flying Officer SIMPSON took off to practice Z.Z. landings at MILDENHALL.
MARHAM. 23/11/39. 0630. Rain. Southerly wind. Rain commenced yesterday evening.
Message at 0300. hours to stand by at one hour's notice from 0630. hours; all available aircraft, this means nine crews stand by - Squadron Leader BOWLES, Squadron Leader GLENCROSS and Flight Lieutenant VINCENT leaders of sections.
Crews arose at 0530. hours.
0700. Message to stand by at one hour from 0830. hours. Appendix 'B' - B.51.
A Squadron Duty Officer and N.C.O. are now detailed every day to take urgent messages that arrive outside hours of duty and inform the necessary personnel also visit dispersal points every night and if there is a gale warning.
1145. Stand down for the day.
1200. Flight Sergeant GROVES took off the aircraft from BEACHAM WELLS that forced landed on 21/11 to bring it back to MARHAM.
1200. Crews were stood off this afternoon.
MARHAM. 24/11/39. 0630. Fog.
Crews were up early again for stand by at 0630. hours.
18 aircraft of No.38 and 115 Squadrons stood by to attack according to B.52. App. 'D' - B.52.
If B.52. is not carried out, six aircraft to stand by to carried out a practice exercise - Low level attack on BELFAST harbour. App. 'E' - B/WX4.
Weather very poor. Continuous rain and low cloud.
1500. Squadrons stand down for the day. App. 'F' - B.54.
MARHAM. 25/11/39. 0630. Squadrons stand by at one hours notice from 0630. for Form B.53.
Form B.53. cancelled and destroyed by fire.
Morning fine - later weather poor. Mist and low cloud with occasional rain.
0945. Squadrons standing by for B.54. to stand down but stand by for Form B/WX4. App. 'F' - B.54.
1150. Squadrons stand down for the day.
Weather still very poor.
Squadron stands off for the rest of the day.
1200. Lecture by Squadron Leader FARROW on Signals procedure.
MARHAM. 26/11/39. 0630. Stand by at one hour's notice for Form B.54., if cancelled Form B/WX4 whole of 'B' Flight standing by.
Weather again very poor. Mist low cloud and rain. South West gale of last night subsiding.
1200. Squadrons stand down. The Squadron stands down for the day.
MARHAM. 27/11/39. 0630. Stand by the same as yesterday.
Once again the same bad weather conditions.
0730. Flight Lieutenant VINCENT's section stands by for coastal duty and sweep. App. 'F' - B.54.
0800. Squadron Leader BOWLES and Pilot Officer BARBER's section stand by for exercise B/WX2.
0805. Exercise cancelled.
1150. Stand down for the day. App. 'E' - B/WX4.
1230. The A.O.C. Air Vice Marshal BALDWIN came over from Group Headquarters to inspect the Station.
1430. Warning that the Squadron would have to stand by at one hour's notice from 0730. tomorrow as the last few days.
1445. Message to stand by tomorrow at 0730. hours for Operations Form B.54. Exercise Form B/W.X.4. App. 'E' and 'F'.
Operations and exersice were cancelled and reinstated severel times during the evening and stand by times altered.
Group Captain KEITH arrived to take over Station Command from Group Captain LLOYD who also returned this evening.
MARHAM. 28/11/39. 0830. Fine clear morning.
0905. Squadron Leader BOWLES and Pilot Officer BARBER's sections took off for exercise over BELFAST according to Form B/W.X.4.
1000. Sergeant NEWBERRY took off to deliver aircraft to LITTLE RISSINGTON.
1030. Pilot Officer EVANS arrived from BARTON BENDISH.
1125. Flight Lieutenant VINCENT's section took off for section drill.
1130. Four new aircraft arrived from WEYBRIDGE.
1410. All aircraft return from exercise.
1415. Flying Officer PRINGLE took off for local photography of dummy aerodrome sites.
He took off also at 1145. but had trouble with Pilot's emergency exit.
1500. New crew, Pilot Officer MORRIS and Pilot Officer WICKENKAMP, Sergeant SMITH and A.C. CROCKER arrived.
1515. Flying Officer GIBBES took off for turret test.
MARHAM. 29/11/39. 0730. Squadron Leader BOWLES and Pilot Officer BARBER's sections are standing by this morning for operation according to Form B.51. App. 'B'
Overcast, rain. Wind Westerly.
1115. Sections to stand by for sweep.
1117. Sweep cancelled.
1400. Stand down for the day.
1415. Flying Officer PRINGLE took off for local photography.
1530. Crews were stood off for the rest of the day.
MARHAM. 30/11/39. 0830. Overcast. Wind North West.
No aircraft available for flying as they were either bombed up for stand by tomorrow or equipment was being changed from Wellington I to new Wellington IA aircraft.
There was practice on the dummy turret on the 25 yards range.
Squadron Leader BOWLES took over command of No.38 Squadron.
1445. Message to stand by tomorrow, six aircraft, this will be Flying Officer PRINGLE's and Pilot Officer BARBER's sections.
16.40 hours training have been done this month on the Link Trainer.
Squadron Leader DU BOULAY is due to take over command of 'B' Flight.