Place. Date. Time. Summary of Events. References to
Appendices.
The Details of sortie or flight (mission's details) were handwritten, some words, letters or numbers were not or partially readable.
MARHAM. 1/12/39. 0730. Cloudy - Wind Westerly.
6 aircraft stand by for Form B.54. Flying Officer PRINGLE and Pilot Officer BARBER's sections. App. I From X.41
1220. Flying Officer PRINGLE, Flying Officer GIBBES and Flying Officer DONALDSON took off for sweep over North Sea in accordance with Form B.51. App. 2 - B.54
Small flotilla of destroyers and minesweepers was seen and dived on with bomb doors open when BRITISH deck-markings were observed. Ships opened fire, no damage sustained. App. - B.51.
Not held now
1300. Pilot Officer BARBER took off for local photography.
1525. Flying Officer WOOD took off for drogue test.
1540. Gale warning. Renewed Southerly gales.
1745. Flying Office PRINGLE's section returned from sweep.

From 1230 hrs 1/12/1939 to 1745 hrs 1/12/1939. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
N.2899.





Wellington IA.
N.2901.




Wellington IA.
N.2989.
F/O. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Sgt. BRYART
Sgt. MC KENZIE
Cpl. PILGRIM
LAC. REES

F/O. GIBBES
F/O. CLARKE
Sgt. PALMER
LAC. ?
LAC. HAMPTHON

F/O. DONALDSON
P/O. GREORY
AC. ROBERTSON
AC. HEMSLEY
LAC. LAWSON
Sweep in accordance with Form B.51. 1220.






1220.





1220.

1745.






1745.





1745

Small flotilla of destroyers + minesweepers were dived on with bomb doors open but British deck markings were observed before bombs were released.

No bombing was ? carried out.

It transpired later that these ships were GERMAN.


MARHAM. 2/12/39. 0830. Fine - Wind North West.
1230. Pilot Officer BARBER took off for photography.
1440. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY took off for low flying practice.
1520. Sergeant MARTIN ferried aircraft to BARTON BENDISH.
1600. Sergeant MARTIN took another aircraft to BARTON BENDISH.
MARHAM. 3/12/39. 0630. Fine - Wind Westerly.
0905. Section led by Squadron Leader GLENCROSS - Captains Flying Officer WELLS and Flying Officer NEWMAN.
Section Leader - Flying Officer GIBBES - Captains Flying Officer LASLETT and Flight Sergeant BOORE, and Flying Officer SHEERAN controller.
Section Leader - Pilot Officer BARBER - Captains Flight Sergeant GROVES and Flight Sergeant POWELL took off for raid on HELIGOLAND in accordance with Form B.54., and with three aircraft from No.38 Squadron joined twelve aircraft from No.149 Squadron. App. 3 - Form 54.
HELIGOLAND was reached at 11.45. hours and ships at anchor attacked from 10,000 feet., two hits on ships appeared to be registered, one on a cruiser, and one on a trawler.
An anti-aircraft battery on shore was also hit by a bomb that hung up temporarily.
Considerable anti-aircraft fire, accurate as to height was experienced, but little damage sustained.
Enemy fighters attacked when out of range of anti-aircraft batteries and one was apparently shot down.
No aircraft suffered appreciable damage by this means except one aircraft which got out of formation and was considerably perforated but no vital damage sustained.
All aircraft returned.
1415. All 115 Squadron aircraft returned.

From 0900 hrs 3/12/1939 to 1415 hrs 3/12/1939. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
N.2876.




Wellington IA.
N2877.




Wellington IA.
N.2875.




Wellington IA.
N.2899.





Wellington IA.
N.2989.




Wellington IA.
N.2900.




Wellington IA.
N.2947.





Wellington IA.
N.2949.





Wellington IA.
N.2950.


S/L. GLENCROSS
P/O. SCOTT
Sgt. SMITH
LAC. LEWIS
LAC. HODGES

P/O. WELLS
P/O. WANDLAW
Sgt. TEMPLETON
LAC. BLADON
AC. PERTON

F/O. NEWMAN
P/O. GAYFORD
Sgt. HARDY
L.A.C. SMITH
Sgt. McDONALD

F/O. GIBBES
F/O. SHEERAN
Sgt. KIRKHAM
L.A.C. ACHDMAN?
L.A.C. MILLER
L.A.C. FALLOWS

F/O. LASLETT
F/O. STATHAM
Sgt. POTTER
A.C. STOW
A.C. HODGSON

F/S. BOORE
Sgt. HUNTER?
Sgt. ROBERTS
L.A.C. SMITH
L.A.C. MEAD

P/O. BARBER
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
Sgt. PEASEL
LAC. WESTCOTT
Sgt. MURPHY

F/S. GROVES
Sgt. NICOL
Sgt. MOORE
LAC. ARMSTRONG
Cpl. SAUNDERS

F/S. POWELL
Sgt. NEWBERY
Sgt. FOX
LAC. KIRKBY
LAC. SOMERSBY
Raid on Heligoland in accordance with Form B.54. 0900.





0900.





0900.





0905






0905.





0905.





0905.






0905.





0905.

1410.





1410.





1419.





1405






1405.





1405.





1410.






1410.





1410.

Two ships at HEIGOLAND appeared to be hit, but this could not be substantiated.

Photographs ? not good.

Heavy anti aircraft fire from land + ships.

Only feeble fighter attacks.


MARHAM. 4/12/39. 0900. Fine. Southerly Wind.
Stand off of crews was held in abeyance for A.O.C.'s arrival, which was postponed eventually to a later date.
1115. Message that nine aircraft are required for coastal duties tomorrow.
1555. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY took off for HULLAVINGTON to take Flying Officer GIBBES for two days course at YATE.
MARHAM. 5/12/39. 0730. Rain. Wind Westerly.
No flying in view of the fact that aircraft were bombed up for stand by.
1400. Crews to stand down.
MARHAM. 6/12/39. 0830. Overcast. Has been raining. Wind Northerly.
1015. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY, Flying Officer SHEERAN, Flying Officer STATHAM took off for cooperation with fighters at WITTERING.
Squadron Leader GRAHAM arrived during the morning for inspection of the FO2 compass in navigators position, compass swinging and interviewing air observers.
1400. Pilot Officer EVANS took off for HULLAVINGTON.
1430. Squadron Leader GLENCROSS, Flying Officer WELLS, and Flying Officer NEWMAN took off for cooperation with fighters at WITTERING.
1440. Pilot Officer BARBER, Flight Sergeant GROVES and Flight Sergeant POWELL took off for formation drill.
Stand by signal received, not including 115 Squadron (30?) bombs were removed from aircraft.
MARHAM. 7/12/39. 0830. Fog. Visibility 100 - 200 yards.
Weather unfit for flying.
Link training was carried out all day by 115 Squadron and 38 Squadron.
Squadron was at one hours notice from 0730. hours according to Form B.51. but at 1230. orders came in for stand down for the rest of the day. App. - B.51.
Not held now.
MARHAM. 8/12/39. 0830. Low mist and fog.
No flying took place. Squadron practised with the Bombing Trainer.
Link trainer and general armament training was carried out.
MARHAM. 9/12/39. 0830. Weather changeable. Clear sky clouded over later.
1020. Flying Officer DONALDSON, Flying Officer WOOD, Flying Officer GIBBES and crews took off for Section Drill.
1040. Sergeant NICOL, Sergeant NEWBERRY local photography practice.
1045. Flying Officer NEWMAN, Flying Officer SCOTT and Flying Officer WELLS took off for formation flying.
1145. Flying Officer NEWMAN, Flying Officer SCOTT and Flying Officer WELLS took off for high level bombing at BERNERS HEATH.
Flying Officer FANSHAWE took off for air to ground at BERNERS HEATH.
1400. Fighter affiliation practice exercise arranged with WITTERING but cancelled due to maintenance arrangements.
MARHAM. 10/12/39. 0630. Clear sky and slight haze.
Stand-by to take off at 0700. hours datum 11.30 for exercise B/W.X.6. App. - B/WX6.
In spite of good weather, weather reports are bad all around and exercise is eventually postponed and then indefinitely. Not held now.
All matter connected with this exercise was returned to Station Intelligence Officer.
The exercise was a practice low level attack in action sections of the An? in the South of FRANCE.
1340. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY and Flying Officer LASLETT, and Flight Sergeant BOORE plus crews took off for evasive tactics practice.
This was to have been done with WITTERING, but was cancelled due to commitments in the morning.
MARHAM. 11/12/39. 0700. Stand by at one hours notice from 0700. hours, six aircraft. Cancelled early.
Low mist and fog cleared slightly during the day, but came down in the evening.
Turret practice and maintenance by all flying personnel.
Notice of stand by tomorrow - 1 hours notice 0700. hours.
MARHAM. 12/12/39. 0700. Stand by one hours notice from 0700. hours 12 aircraft from 99 Squadron, 6 aircraft from 37 Squadron and 6 aircraft No.38 Squadron. Six aircraft 149, 9 and 115 Squadrons. App. - B.51.
Not held now.
No.115 Squadron to stand by for the sweep according to Form B.51. and operation instruction 20. App. 4 - Opp. Inst. 20.
People actually set out to aircraft for the word go, but the operation was postponed - reason unknown.
115 Squadron stood down for the day.
MARHAM. 13/12/39. 0830. Weather overcast and dull with low stratus.
Armament specialists from MANBY spent the day with the Squadron looking round aircraft and Frazer Nash Gun Turrets. App. 5.
1430. Formation Practice in diamond formation.
Wing Commander ROWE, Squadron Leader GLENCROSS, Flying Officer WELLS, and Flying Officer NEWMAN took off and practiced locally.
1440. New Form B.58. came in to replace Form B.51. B.58.
1830. Group rang up to know how many aircraft we could put in the air immediately.
Later they asked if we could send three aircraft in the air bombed up with 'B' bombs and later S.A.P. to take off at 2230. hours.
Personnel were recalled but at the last minute it was postponed to one hour from 0630. hours in the morning of 14/12/39.
Paper Exercise begun but superceded by this stand by.
MARHAM. 14/12/39. 0630. Dull morning - low stratus clouds.
0730. Postponed until 0830.
1030. Stand down for the day, but still stand by for Searchlight Cooperation in the evening at 1630. hours, three aircraft.
1345. Sergeant MOORES and Flying Officer FANSHAWE took off for low flying practice.
1545. Message that nine aircraft from 115 Squadron required for operation tomorrow to stand by one hour from 0730. hours. App. 6.
Searchlight Cooperation cancelled.
MARHAM. 15/12/39. 0730. Overcast. Low cloud. Easterly wind.
The stand by is on Form B.59. - attacking
WILHELMSHAVEN, BRUNSHUTTEL, CUXHAVEN, SCHILLIG Roads and HELIGOLAND on the return.
B.59.
Two formations engaging, one including six aircraft of 115 Squadron, and the other three aircraft of 115 Squadron.
This latter is to perform coastal duties as well as a sweep.
1230. The operation involving six aircraft of 115 Squadron cancelled.
1430. The operation involving three aircraft of 115 Squadron cancelled.
MARHAM. 16/12/39. 0830. Overcast - North East Wind.
1030. Pilot Officer EVANS and Flying Officer FANSHAWE took off for instrument test.
The armourers are kept very busy bombing up and debombing. Training time is curtailed by aircraft being frequently bombed up.
1235. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY with is flight of six aircraft took off for CATFOSS range for bombing and firing, using sea markers and carrying out formation drill.
1800. Conference for exercise to practice rendezvous of aircraft from different stations in Operations room - Attended by Pilot Officer BARBER.
MARHAM. 17/12/39. 0830. Sun. Blue sky overhead. Clouds on horizon. North wind. Cold.
Exercise postponed for weather.
1045. Pilot Officer MORRIS and Sergeant NICHOLS were to have flown aircraft to LITTLE RISSINGTON to have delivered one of them, but LITTLE RISSINGTON aerodrome was unserviceable.
1130. Message six aircraft to stand by tomorrow one hour from 0730. hours.
1505. Pilot Officer MORRIS with Pilot Officer WICKENKAMP as second pilot took off for local circuits and landings.
We have had trouble with bombs hanging up and are endeavouring to get a photograph to show the makers.
2100. Three further aircraft required to stand by tomorrow.
MARHAM. 18/12/39. 0730. Overcast. North East wind. Cold.
Nine aircraft standing by for coastal duties. App. 5.
The armoury are fitting drogues to the aircraft for air gunnery practice.
The signals section are fitting T.R.9.F., pilot's wireless sets in the aircraft. B.58.
1500. Stand by for the day.
MARHAM. 19/12/39. 0830. Overcast North East wind. Cold.
1100. Pilot Officer RANKIN with Pilot Officer MORRISS, Flight Sergeant GROVES with Sergeant NICOL and Flight Sergeant POWELL with Officer WICKENKAMP took off for formation drill, and exercising turrets.
1125. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY with Flying Officer SHEERAN, Flying Officer LASLETT with Flying Officer STATHAM and Flight Sergeant BOORE with Sergeant MOORES took off for formation drill and exercising turrets.
Stand off in the afternoon.
MARHAM. 20/12/39. 0830. Weather cold. Overcast at first clearing later.
1130. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY, Flying Officer LASLETT, Sergeant MOORES took off for Formation drill.
1130. Wing Commander ROWE took off Local F.F. for turret drill.
1300. Pilot Officer MORRIS and Pilot Officer WICKENKAMP took off for practice D/F homing on MARHAM D/F.
These facilities have only just come into existence on this station due to lack of personnel.
1415. Flying Officer STATHAM took off to practice - Section D - fixes D/F and bearings from HONINGTON and from MARHAM.
1615. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY and Flying Officer SHEERAN took off N.2899. for air test after 120 hour inspection.
MARHAM. 21/12/39. 0830. Weather warmer overcast with stratus clouds height 3 - 4,000 feet wind variable.
1040. 18 aircraft - 9 from 115 Squadron and 9 from 38 Squadron took off to perform a sweep in accordance with Form B.58.,
the sweep was carried out successfully to the West coast of NORWAY, but nothing was seen.
App. 5. - B.58.
1210. Flying Officer GERRY,Pilot Officer STATHAM and Pilot Officer MORRIS took off to ferry aircraft to ALDERGROVE. App. 7. - Form 541.
1215. Flying Officer WOOD took off to bring back the other tomorrow.
Entertainment.
2000. A Guest-Night was held at 2000. hours. Arrivals. The A.O.C. was present from MILDENHALL - Air Vice Marshal BALDWIN.
2000. Arrivals.
2000. The A.O.C. was present from MILDENHALL - Air Vice Marshal BALDWIN.

From 1040 hrs 21/12/1939 to 1600 hrs 21/12/1939. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
N.2896.





Wellington IA.
N2875.





Wellington IA.
N.2977.





Wellington IA.
N.2947.





Wellington IA.
N.2949.





Wellington IA.
N.2950.





Wellington IA.
N.2988.





Wellington IA.
N.2990.





Wellington IA.
N.2902.


S/L. GLENCROSS
P/O. SCOTT
Sgt. LAMBART
Sgt. SMITH
LAC. LOUIS
LAC. HODGSON

F/O. NEWMAN
P/O. GAYFORD
Sgt. HARDY
AC. PEEL
LAC. SMITH
Sgt. MacDONALD

P/O. WELLS
P/O. WANDLAW
Sgt. TEMPLETON
AC. PURDON
LAC. BLADON
AC. PRESTON

P/O. BANBER?
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
Sgt. PEARCE
LAC. WARHOLD
Sgt. MURPHY

F/S. GRAVES
Sgt. NICOL
Sgt. MOORE
A.C. BORE
L.A.C. ARMSTRONG
Cpl. SAUNDERS

F/S. POWELL
P/O. WICKENKAMP
Sgt. FOX
A.C. WALSH
LAC. ?
LAC. S?

S/L. DuBOULAY
F/O. SHEERAN
Sgt. KIRKHAM
LAC. MILLER
LAC. ASHDOWN
LAC. FULLOWS

F/O. LASLETT
Sgt. MORTEN
Sgt. POTTER
A.C. STOWE
Sgt. McKENZIE
A.C. WARD

F/S. BOORE
Sgt. MOORES
Sgt. ROBERTS
LAC. SMITH
LAC. MEAD
A.S. WAITE
Sweep according to Form B.58. 1045.






1045.






1045.






1045






1045.






1045.






1040.






1040.






1040.

1600.






1600.






1600.






1600






1600.






1600.






1550.






1550.






1550.

The sweep was carried out according to plan but nothing was to be seen.

MARHAM. 22/12/39. 0830. Low cloud. S.W. wind with ground mist, becoming slightly clearer at midday but becoming mist later.
Flying Officer WOOD arrived back with Flying Officer GERRY, Pilot Officer STATHAM and Pilot Officer MORRIS and crew from ALDERGROVE. They used the Stations D/F facilities for homing.
No other flying took place.
0830. The Link Trainer was used continuously by 115 Squadron and 38 Squadron.
MARHAM. 23/12/39. 0830. Low fog today and no flying took place.
Notified of a standby tomorrow for Coastal Duties or Sweep.
Training.
A.N.L. Teacher, Link Trainer, Testing on Turrets and firing.
1400. Lecture by Flying Officer GIBBES to all Air Gunners on Gun turrets.
MARHAM. 24/12/39. 0830. Low cloud but clear.
Operations.
1240. 15 aircraft from MARHAM took off for a sweep to the DANISH coast. App. 4.
1100. 3 aircraft led by Squadron Leader GLENCROSS took off for a sweep off the coast of NORWAY. Op. Instr. 20.
The 15 aircraft arrived just before dark. All safe, having seen no warships.
Squadron Leader GLENCROSS was due at 1700. hours but no news was heard until 1805 Hours.
1805. The fog was now coming down and conditions were not very good.
News came through that Flying Officer NEWMAN had crashed at MARTLESHAM HEATH. App. 8.
Flying Officer WELLS was being brought back by D/F and Squadron Leader GLENCROSS was due at MILDENHALL. Op. Instr. 21.
From Flying Officer NEWMAN's crew we learnt later that all had jumped and landed safely except Pilot Officer GAYFORD who had broken his ankle.
And NEWMAN had landed the aircraft without any hydraulic, with the consequence that he had no flaps or undercarriage.
App. 9. - Form 541.
Apparently the Wireless on the leading machine had packed up and NEWMAN had been hit by shrapnel off the NORWEGIAN coast from Flak-ships.
These ships apparently had been bombed.
Accounts by F/L. NEWMAN + Crews. (P/O. GAYFORD., LAC. SMITH., Sgt. HARDY., AC. PEEL.) App. 10.
Later Squadron Leader GLENCROSS was put under arrest for dis-obeying orders, but was later released.
No ships hit.

From 1045 hrs 24/12/1939 to 1530 hrs 24/12/1939. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA. N.2901.





Wellington IA.
N.2988.





Wellington IA.
N.2989.





Wellington IA.
N.2947.





Wellington IA.
N.2949.





Wellington IA.
N.2950.



F/O. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Sgt. STOWE
A.C. McHKEE
Cpl. PELGRIM
LAC. REES

F/O. GIBBES
F/O. CLARKE
LAC. STONE
LAC. HAMPTON
A.C. MA?
Sgt. PALMER

F/O. DONALDSON
P/O. GREGORY
Sgt. REYANT?
A.C. HANSLEY
A.C. ROBERTSON
LAC. LAWSON

P/O. BARBER
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
Sgt. PEARCE
A.C. WARTCOLT
Sgt. MURPHY?

F/S. GRAVES
Sgt. NICOL
Cpl. SAUNDERS
A.C. MOSS
Sgt. MORRIS
LAC. ARMSTRONG

F/S. POWELL
P/O. MORRIS
Sgt. FOX
LAC. SOMERSBY?
A.C. ?BY
Sweep according to operation instructions 20 + 21. 1045.






1045.






1045.






1045






1045.






1045.



1525.






1525.






1525.






1530






1530.






1530.




Sweep completed according to plan.

No enemy warships were to be observed.


From 1100 hrs 24/12/1939 to 1820 hrs 24/12/1939. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
N.2876.



Wellington IA.
N.2875.




Wellington IA.
N.2948.

S/L. GLENCROSS
P/O. SCOTT
Sgt. LAMBERT
Sgt. SMITH
LAC. LEWIS
LAC. HODGSON

P/O. WELLS
P/O. WANDLAW
Sgt. TEMPLETON
A.C. PERTON
LAC. BLADON
A.C. PRESTON

F/L. NEWMAN
P/O. GAYFORD
Sgt. HARDY
A.C. PEEL
LAC. SMITH
Sgt. McDONALD
Sweep according to operation instructions 20 + 21. 1105.






1105.






1105.


1820.






1820.






1805.


This sweep took longer than expected.

Flak ships were attacked + F/O NEWMAN's aircraft received damage from ?


MARHAM. 25/12/39. 0830. No flying today and general.
1540. Squadron Leader GLENCROSS released from arrest.
MARHAM. 26/12/39. 0830. Enquiry into bombing of enemy ships commenced and Flying Officer SIMPSON flew Warrant Officer PALLANT to MARTLESHAM HEATH to inspect the damage - flew back later at 1600. hours.
Enquiry continues. No flying.
Weather cold N wind low cloud 8/10 at 2,000 feet.
MARHAM. 27/12/39. 0830. Cloudy. Wind Westerly.
1100. Flying Officer WELLS with Pilot Officer WARDLAW took aircraft to WEYBRIDGE to have turrets changed.
Wing Commander MILLS arrived before lunch. He is taking command of the Squadron.
Wing Commander ROWE is going to Maintenance Command at ANDOVER.
1420. Flight Lieutenant PRINGLE, Flying Officer DONALDSON, and Flying Officer GIBBES took off for section drill.
1440. Squadron Leader GLENCROSS with Flying Officer SCOTT took their aircraft up to test after being in action.
MARHAM. 28/12/39. 0830. Cold. Frosty. Cloudy. Wind Westerly.
1510. Pilot Officer BARBER with Pilot Officer RANKIN took off for W/T test for TR9F.
These pilots W/T sets are now being fitted to all aircraft.
Flying Officer LASLETT is trying out a new signal lamp behind the wireless mast for use in formation drill.
MARHAM. 29/12/39. 0830. Slight fall of snow. Cloudy. Wind Northerly.
1030. Lecture on TR9F by Sergeant TILLYARD - Signals N.C.O.
1040. Wing Commander MILLS went up for dual with Flight Sergeant GROVES.
1115. Pilot Officer BARBER and Pilot Officer MORRIS took off for R.T. test by TR9F, and to test drogue.
1145. Squadron Leader DU BOULAY, Flying Officer LASLETT and Flight Sergeant BOORE took of to test T.R.9F., and drogue.
1245. Flight Lieutenant PRINGLE, Flying Officer DONALDSON and Flying Officer GIBBES took off to test T.R.9F., and drogue.
MARHAM. 30/12/39. Blue sky and cloud. Frosty. Wind Southerly.
0800. Stand by at one hour's notice by Squadron Leader GLENCROSS and Flight Lieutenant PRINGLE's sections for coastal duties. App. No. 4.
Op. Instr. No.20. or Sweep Op. Instr. No.21. App. No. 8.
1000. Sweep cancelled. Op. Instr. 20. v 21.
1320. Stand down for the day.
MARHAM. 31/12/39. 0830. Fog. Visibility 3 - 400 yards.
Six Air Cadets arrive as usual on Sunday to be distributed between Flights for experience.
1430. Wing Commander MILLS with Flight Lieutenant NEWMAN took off for low flying practice.
28.20 Hours have been put in, on the Link Trainer this month.