Place. Date. Time. Summary of Events. References to
Appendices.
These note's were handwritten, some words or letters were not or partially readable.
MARHAM. 1/2/40. 0800. Overcast, mist in the distance. Wind Easterly.
Special Sweep.
According to Operation Instruction No. 21. App. B.1.
'B' Flight are according ? for special sweep ? N. Sea with W/C. MILLS, F/L. PRINGLE, Op. Instr. No 21
0915. S/L. DuBOULAY took off for weather test.
1050. W/C. MILLS and S/L. DuBOULAY with 'B' Flight took off for sweep. App. B.1. Form 541
Training.
F/L. NEWMAN with P/O. WHITE took off for local flying practice.
1100. S/L. GLENCROSS took off to test aerodrome.
Ferrying
1200. P/O. WARDLOW took off for FELTWELL for armouring ? near turret and was accompanied by F/L NEWMAN who brought him back.
1300. to 1330. All aircraft on sweep returned at intervals having been flying abouve cloud most of the time.
Orders & Instructions.
Form B.70. was received from S.H.Q. & supercedes Form B.68. returned to S.H.Q. last month. Form B.71. also received. (App B.2. Form B.70. - Destination of enemy warship).
Personnel.
1520. P/O. MARSHMAN ?es posted here from HARWELL ? MILDENHALL for O.A.G."s duties.
Posted to 'B' Flight.
Searchlights cooperation was cancelled in view of the weather.

From 1050 hrs 1/2/1940 to 1330 hrs 1/2/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
U-N.2899.





Wellington IA.
P-N.2990.





Wellington IA.
T-N.2902.






Wellington IA.
S-N.2901.




Wellington IA.
Q-N.2988.





Wellington IA.
V-N.2989.
S/L. DuBOULAY
F/O. SHEERAN
Sgt. KIRKHAM
A.C. McNEVIN
LAC. MILLER
P/O. G

F/O. WOOD
Sgt. MARTIN
Sgt. JOHANSON
A.C. CHAxxx
A.C. STOW
A.C. WOOD

F/O. STATHAM
Sgt. MOORES
Sgt. ROBERTS
A.C. WAITE
LAC. SMITH (390)
A.C. JONES (578)
W/C. MILLS

F/L. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Sgt. BRYAND
A.C. McHEE
Cpl. PILGRIM

F/O. GIBBES
F/O. CLARKE
Sgt. PETERSEN
A.C. ROWE
LAC. STONE
A.C. MAIN

F/O. DONALDSON
P/O. GREGORY
SGT. STOWE
P/O. MARSHAM
A.C. HENSLEY
A.C. ROBERTSON
Special Sweep in accordance with 36 Op. Instr. No 21 1100.






1100.






1100.







1050.





1050.






1050.

1300.






1300.






1300.







1315.





1315.






1315.

Poor weather conditions xxx xxx that aircraft could eventually take off.

But weather deteriorated by the time aircraft had reached the coast.

It was decided to return and aircraft descended by section at minute intervals through the clouds.

Sweep
Base to 53°N 2°E. North along this meridian to 55°N. Return to base not carried out.

App. A

MARHAM. 2/2/40. 0830. Overcast. Mist in distance. More snow has fallen. Wind N. E. App. B.3.
1110. W/C. MILLS took off for aerodrome test. Form B71
Squadron Duties. Nickels
F/O. SCOTT has taken over Link Trainer & P/O. EVANS parachutes duties, both previously performed by P/O. GAYFORD now sick.
1345. Lecture by W/C. FARROW on W/T Organization & Procedure.
1415. Message to A/C. to stand by tomorrow at one hour from 0700. in accordance with Form B70.
MARHAM 3/2/40. 0645. Overcast. Visibility about 1000 Yards. Wind EAST.
0950. S/L. GLENCROSS took off for aerodrome test & also to ferry aircraft to FELTWELL for armouring of new turret.
1015. Gale warning - S. E. gale.
1230. Message to stand down.
Training.
The Link Trainer has been in use today & yesterday. + the 26 xxx range was in use.
The 25 yds. range was in use.
The WASH range was annulated in view of weather conditions & stand by.
MARHAM. 4/2/40. 0830. Overcast. Thawing. Wind S. E. Visibility about 1000 yards.
No flying in view of bad weather. The fog closed down during the day.
38 Sqdn. and 115 Sqdn. have orders to detail an Officer on alternate days to respond on condition of aerodrome at 0730., 1030., 1330. and 1530., as it is now tawning rapidly.
Training.
The Link Trainer was in use again today and the Bomber bombing teacher and sections were ?y about their duties.
1500. Message to stand by tomorrow from 0700. later altered to 0800.
MARHAM. 5/2/40. 0800. Fog. Visibility 100 yds.
'B' Flight standing by.
1150. Message to stand down.
1800. Message to stand by tomorrow at 0800. at one hours notice.
MARHAM. 6/2/40. 0800. Fog. Low cloud. Northerly wind.
'B' Flight standing by.
0830. Message to stand by at two hours notice.
0915. Gale warning.
Training.
The Link Trainer and the A.M.L. bombing Trainer were in use this morning.
F/S. GROVES ? to basic t? on completion of flying duties, his place being taken by P/O. MORRIS.
1200. Message to stand down.
Crews were stood off this afternoon.
BERNERS HEATH range and Searchlight cooperation were cancelled in view of the weather.
MARHAM. 7/2/40. 0800. Fog. Visibility 500 yds. Rain. Southerly wind.
'B' Flight standing by.
The Flight stand by as a Unit now, when 6 A/C. are ? the Flight that has not a sector on leave standing by.
0955. Message to stand down.
Training.
The Link Trainer and A.M.L. Bombing Teacher and 25 yards range were in use today.
No flying in view of the weather.
MARHAM. 8/2/40. 0830. Fog. Visibility 3 - 1000 yds. Wind Westerly.
Similar programma to yesterday.
MARHAM. 9/2/40. 0830. Hard frost. Snow almost gone. ?cast wind N. E.
P/O. BARBER reported sick, his place being taken by F/L. NEWMAN.
1220. P/O. xxx brings aircraft back from FELTWELL after armouring of rear turret.
MARHAM. 10/2/40. 0830. Fine day. Frost. Easterly wind. ?d to South later.
0945. F/O. SCOTT and F/S. POWELL took off for training at drogue over the WASH range.
1055. P/O. WELLS took off for drogue training and F/L. NEWMAN for air training.
1115. S/L. DuBOULAY, F/O. WOOD and F/S. BOORE took off for air training over the WASH range.
1500. F/O. WOOD took off for crew drill.
S/L. GLENCROSS, F/O. WELLS, F/O. SCOTT, F/L. NEWMAN, P/O. MORRIS and F/S. POWELL took off for formation drill and cooperation with A.A.
1545. F/O. SHEERAN took off for ??ew control test at 15000 ft.
MARHAM. 11/2/40. 0800. Overcast. Frost. Wind light, Northerly, variable.
'A' Flight standing by for coastal duties according to Form B.70. App. 02. Form B.70
Training.
1105. S/L. Du BOULAY, F/O. WOOD and F/S. BOORE took off for section drill.
Fleeting Targets at Sea.
1145. W/C. MILLS with S/L. GLENCROSS 'A' Flight took off for sweep over the North Sea. App. B.2. Form 541
1400. F/O. WELLS returned.
1430. S/L. GLENCROSS and F/O. SCOTT returned.
1500. F/L. NEWMAN with A2 sections returned.

From 1145 hrs 11/2/1940 to 1500 hrs 11/2/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
D-N.2876.





Wellington IA.
B-N.2877.





Wellington IA.
E-N.2900.





Wellington IA.
A-N.2948.





Wellington IA.
H-N.2949.





Wellington IA.
J-N.2947.


W/C. MILLS
S/L. GLENCROSS
Sgt. ?
Sgt. SMITH CL
LAC. LEWIS
LAC. HODGES 046

F/O. WELLS
P/O. WANDLOW
Sgt. TEMPLETON
A.C. PURDOM
LAC. BLADEN
A.C. PRESTON

F/O. SCOTT
P/O. WICKENKAMP
Sgt. SMITH (054)
A.C. BA?
A.C. CUSHER
A.C. OxFORD

F/L. NEWMAN
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
P/O. TUCKER-BULL
LAC. WESTCOTT
Sgt. PEARCE

P/O. MORRIS
Sgt; NICOL
Sgt. MOORE
A.C. M?
LAC. ARMSTRONG
Sgt. MURPHY

F/S. POWELL
Sgt. NEWBURRY
Sgt. FOX
A.C. WALSH
LAC. KIRKBY
Sgt. SINCLAIR
North Sea Sweep in accordance with Form B.70. 1145.






1145.






1145.






1145.






1145.






1145.
1430.






1400.






1430.






1500.






1500.






1500.
Great deal of cloud encountered. Aircraft lost each other for a time.

F/O. WELLS lost the formation in passing trough two layers of cloud and came out 2-300 feet above the sea.

He examined ships life boat but found it empty.

He returned to base not having found the rest of the formation.

S/L. GLENCROSS and F/O. SCOTT and F/L. NEWMAN sections saw a large T? and two destroyers on course 230°.

F/L. NEWMAN section lost sight of the other two aircraft shortly before return to coast and this section and the other two aircraft returned separately to base.

Sweep Base to 2°30'E 53°N. North along the meridian to 55° N. Return to 53° N section to base.

App. C

MARHAM. 12/2/40. 0830. Snowing. Wind North East.
Weather unfit for flying.
Orders and Instructions.
Operation order Nr.73. received from S.H.Q. This supersedes Form No. 56. which was returned to S.H.Q.
App. B.4. Op. Order No. 73. Targets in GERMANY.
Visits.
The A.O.C. arrived for lunch.
1400. The Squadron Commander discussed submarine bombing with Captains.
MARHAM. 13/2/40. 0645. A great deal more snow has fallen. Heavy ? of snow over all. Cloudy. Blue sky overhead. Light Northerly wind.
Training.
0755. S/L. GLENCROSS, F/O. WELLS and F/O. SCOTT took off for bombing training at BERNERS HEATH.
0815. F/L. NEWMAN, P/O. MORRIS and F/S. POWELL took off.
0910. F/L. PRINGLE, F/O. GIBBES and F/O. DONALDSON took off.
1100. F/L. NEWMAN's section again took off.
1400. F/L. PRINGLE's section again took off.
All ? ? took off for shallow dive ? anti submarine bombing at BERNERS HEATH.
MARHAM 14/2/40. 0830. Fine morning. Cloud on horizon. Wind Westerly.
0945. The A.O.C. rang the C.O. and ? nine aircraft carrying 250 lbs bombs also nine aircraft from 38 Squadron for operation this afternoon.
1035. W/C. MILLS, S/L. GLENCROSS and F/L. PRINGLE took off for MILDENHALL, F/L. NEWMAN followed later.
Attachments.
1130. ? of towing flight ? under command of P/O. PINN. They one attached to us. S.H.Q attend to accommadated and mes?.
The pilots of the towing flight are P/O. PINN, P/O. SNELL, Sgt's TURNBULL, GRAVES, HOOS and OWENS who at present is on leave.
1230. Operation cancelled.
Training.
1425. S/L. GLENCROSS Flight took off for formation practice.
1800. S/L. GLENCROSS Flight took off at intervals up to 1950. for night flying ? and landings.
MARHAM. 15/2/40. 0830. Overcast. Wind Northerly.
Nine aircraft, S/L. GLENCROSS, F/L. NEWMAN and F/L. PRINGLE's sections are standing by from 0900. for the operation initiated yesterday.
1000. Message to stand down.
Training.
1055. S/L. GLENCROSS section - F/O. WELLS, F/O. SCOTT took off
1130. F/L. P?'s section - F/O. OP? and F/O. DONALDSON took off.
1230. F/L. NEWMAN's section - P/O. MORRIS and F/S. POWELL took off on to ? carried out individual shallow dive bombing at BERNERS HEATH.
MARHAM. 16/2/40. 0830. Glorious morning at first. Then ground fog, visibility 100 yds. Then clouding overhead. Clearing a bit later.
1045. Stand by and lecture on special target 'A' Flight crew room. 9 aircraft, 6 from 'A' and " from 'B' Flight.
1145. Early lunch.
1300. Message to stand down as crews had just been ?ped and were preparing to go to there aircraft.
MARHAM. 17/2/40. 0800. Overcast. Snowing. Easterly wind.
A1, A2 and B2 section standing by for same operation.
1000. Message to stand down.
Lectures.
?30. Lecture by P/O. EWANS - M.C. on Escaping from GERMANY.
1800. W/C. MILLS ?ct? 'A' ? ? ? ? for the Squadron to xx stood off, apart from our aircraft to go to VICKERS and S/L. Du BOULAY's section bombing at BERNERS HEATH tomorrow afternoon.
2130. Stand off cancelled by Group orders, Squadron to be on station at 1030.
MARHAM. 18/2/40. 0545. Q? from ? as to minimum two in which aircraft can take off from now.
1030. Overcast, wind South West.
'A' Flight standing by B2 section may be required this afternoon.
1300. 'A' Flight standing by in ? and crews fully dressed in flying kit ? take off time postponed and ? cancelled.
1800. Message to stand down.
(Orders and Instruction Form B.79. and B.80. received from S.H.Q.)
(App. B.5. Form B79. Enemy Warship).
MARHAM. 19/2/40. 0830. Overcast. Thawing. Wind ? Easterly.
'A' Flight standing by for night and 'B' Flight for day operations
(Form B.74. and B.80.) App. 6. Form B.80. Enemy Warship N.W. of HELIGOLAND.
Personnel.
0900. F/L. GARDINER was posted to the Squadron for flying duties.
Visits.
1500. Inspector General Air Vice Marshal (Sir Ernest Leslie) GOSSAGE visited the Squadron.
1505. F/L. SIMPSON took aircraft to HONINGTON for armouring rear turret.
2030. 'A' Flight stand by in crew room for night operations (Form B.79.)
2200. Message to stand down till 0900. tomorrow; Crews except Captains had gone to aircraft and started engines before stand down was received.
Orders and Instructions.
? Operation under No. 76 received from S.H.Q.
(App. B.7. Op. Order No. 76 - Target in Germany).
MARHAM. 20/2/40.. 0830. Thawing. Raining. Overcast. Visibility 1000 yds closing down. Northerly wind.
'A' Flight standing by this evening for night operations (Form B79 + 80).
The weather ? in the evening.
Enemy Warships off HELIGOLAND.
2200. 'A' Flight standing by.
(App. B5-B6. Form 879 80)
2350. W/C. MILLS with S/L. GLENCROSS took off.

From 2350 hrs 20/2/1940 to 1645 hrs 21/2/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
D-N.2876.





Wellington IA.
P-N.2990.





Wellington IA.
J-N.2947.

W/C. MILLS
S/L. GLENCROSS
Sgt. LAMBERT
Sgt. SMITH
LAC. LEWIS
LAC. HODGESxx (046)

F/O. WELLS
P/O. WANDLOW
Sgt. TEMPLETON
A.C. PURDOM
LAC. BLADEN
A.C. PRESTON

F/O. SCOTT
P/O. WICKENKAMP
Sgt. SMITH (054)
A.C. BORE
A.C. CUSCHER
A.C. ORFORD
Operation in accordance with Form B.80. 2350.






0015.






0020.
0730.






0715.






0715.
Weather conditions deteriorated and coming to ? weather reports navigation and location of targets was difficult.

Also due to ? ying up of HELIGOLAND Bight it was difficult to distinguish the coast line.

In view of this the warships off HELIGOLAND were not located.

W/C. MILLS encountered fighters, it was not certain that attack was delivered.

He attacheck destroyers but bombs hung up owing to technical error on the part of the bomb-aimer.

In view of the weather conditions, W/C. MILLS landed at RATCLIFFE and returned to base at 16.45.

Also F/O. WELLS and F/O. SCOTT landed at N. COATES and returned to base at 16.30.

App. H + G

MARHAM. 21/2/40. 0015. F/O. WELLS took off.
0020. P/O. SCOTT took off.
There three aircraft took off for the night operation A2 section lead by F/L. NEWMAN remained standing by until they were stood dawn at 0200. App. C.3. Form 541
F/O. DONALDSON had instruction to stand by for ?. This was cancelled later.
0120. Aircraft recalled ? sent. Weather ? deteriorating
0715. F/O. WELLS and F/O. SCOTT land at NORTH COATES.
0730. S/L. GLENCROSS landed at RATCLIFFE.
0830. Foggy. Visibility 1000 yards. Southerly wind.
Aerodrome was covered with pools of water from thawed snow.
Personnel.
F/L. GARDINER's posting was connected to 214 Sqdn. STRADISHALL.
In view of dispersal of aircraft personnel once again ?toned and in some cases missing sleep through doing guard duties as well as their normal work.
1630. F/O. WELLS and F/O. SCOTT returned.
1645. S/L. GLENCROSS returned.
MARHAM. 22/2/40. 0830. Fog. Visibility 3-1000 yds. Sun appearing slightly. Wind S.W.
Ferrying.
1100. F/O. SCOTT took off for HARRINGTON to bring back aircraft.
1205. F/O. GIBBES took off for air test.
1210. F/O. CLARKE took off with pilots to collect aircraft from WEYBRIDGE.
1520. F/O. CLARKE, P/O. EVANS and Sgt. MARTIN returned with two new WELLINGTON IA aircraft from WEYBRIDGE.
1400. Station Commander interviews Captains and crews who were on operation the night of 20-21./2.
P/O. GAYFORD reported here after ?. (Injured in parachute ? 24.12.39.)
MARHAM. 23/2/40. 0830. Overcast. Wind S.W.
We receiving five new aircraft today.
Orders and Instructions.
Form B.71. received from S.H.Q.
Training.
S/L. Du BOULAY's section took off for R/T test.
Stand by for B2 section at 1730 cancelled later.
App. - Form B.81. Enemy Warship N.W. HELIGOLAND. Returned to S.H.Q.).
MARHAM 24/2/40. 0830. Overcast. Wind Westerly.
1705. F/O. STRATHAM with F/O. FANSHAW took off for night flying, local ?ints + landings
1930. S/L. GLENCROSS took off for night flying training, identification of targets down the ? seven from WORCESTER to TEWKESBURY.
1940. F/O. SCOTT took off for a similar exercise but hit a tree in taking off and crashed.
The crew escaped owing to the fuselage breaking in half and the forward turret being torn off, with only superficial injuries.
The aircraft was burnt out.
MARHAM. 25/2/40. 0830. Overcast. Wind Southerly.
Orders and Instructions.
Forms B.82. and B.83. were received from S.H.Q. Form B.82. supersedes Form B.81. which was returned to S.H.Q.
(App. - Form B.82. Enemy warship N.W. of HELIGOLAND returned to S.H.Q.)
(App. B8. Form B.83. Nichels.)
1445. F/O. SHEERAN took off for WEYBRIDGE to ferry aircraft back from WEYBRIDGE.
P/O. BOORE? ? from ? ? ? and duties over his section again.
MARHAM. 26/2/40. 0830. Fine. Morning mist in the distance. Wind North East.
Training.
Aircraft took off as indicated here for air firing over the WASH and also dive bombing.
1020. F/L. PRINGLE
1040. F/O. GIBBES
1050. F/O. DONALDSON
1115. S/L. Du BOULAY
1230. F/S. BOORE
1250. S/L. DuBOULAY
1305. F/O. WOOD
1405. F/L. PRINGLE
1430. F/O. DONALDSON
1445. F/O. GIBBES
1600. F/S. BOORE
Casualties.
1435. Sgt. BRYANT of F/L. PRINGLE's crew broke a leg when he was thrown during a dive.
Casualties.
1800. One of its Battle aircraft of the Towing Flight with Sgt. OWENS and A.C. MAHON crashed near SPALDING. Both were killed.
Sgt. Owens Thomas, Service Number 565435, 98 Sqdn. Buried at ABERFAN BRYNTAF CEMETERY (Source GWGC)
A. C. Mahon William, Service Number 624822, age 18, Son of Leah Mahon, of Salford. 98 Sqdn. MOSTON (ST. JOSEPH'S) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY. (Source GWGC)
Orders and Instructions.
Form B.84. received from S.H.Q. This supersedes Form B.92. which was returned to S.H.Q.
(App. B.9. Form B.84. Enemy warship at anchorage of GERMAN Coast.)
MARHAM. 27/2/40. 0830. Rain. Wind South West.
Training.
1120. F/O. DONALDSON with F/O. GIBBES took off for ZZ landing practice at MILDENHALL.
Little flying today in view of weather. Personnel busy in there sections.
MARHAM. 28/2/40. 0830. Overcast. Has been raining. Wind S.W.
Training.
0950. P/O. GAYFORD and F/S. POWELL took off for local flying practice.
1430. F/L. PRINGLE with F/O. STATHAM took off for ZZ landings at MILDENHALL.
1445. F/L. NEWMAN took off with P/O. RANKIN for flying practice and test for the latter.
MARHAM. 29/2/40. 0830. Cloud 10/10. 2-3000 ft. Wind N.E.
Training.
S/L. DuBOULAY's section, F/L. PRINGLE's section took off for section and crew drill.
1215. P/O. B? section, P/O. GAYFORD and F/L. POWELL took off for dive bombing and firing over BERNERS HEATH.
1445. W/C. MILLS with F/L. NEWMAN took off for flying test.
1510. F/O. SIMPSON with F/O. STATHAM took off for local flying practice.
1900. S/L. GLENCROSS and F/L. NEWMAN took off with a fine ? ?, for night flying, local circuits and landings.
2030. S/L. GLENCROSS and P/O. BARBER took off for a mutual programme with a ten minutes interval.
SNickels.
2300. S/L. Du BOULAY and F/S. BOORE now standing by for NICKEL raid according to Form B.83. Ap. B.8. Form B.83
2345. F/S. BOORE took off for Nickel raid.
MARHAM. 1/3/40. 0055. S/L. DuBOULAY took off for Nickel raid. App. B.4. Form 541
0600. F/S. BOORE returned.
0630. S/L. Du BOULAY returned.

From 2345 hrs 29/2/1940 to 0630 hrs 1/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
V-N.2989.





Wellington IA.
O-N.2987.
S/L. DuBOULAY
F/O. SHEERAN
Sgt. KIRKHAM
A.C. McNEVIN
LAC. MILLER
P/O. GRAINGER

F/S. BOORE
F/O. STATHAM
Sgt. MOORES
Sgt. ROBERTS
A.C. WAITE
LAC. SMITH
A.C. JONES (518)
Nickel Raid according to Form B.83. 0055.






2345.

0630.






0600.

S/L. DuBOULAY distributed Nickels over WILHELMSHAVEN, CUXHAVEN and BRUNSBÜTTEL, and F/S. BOORE over LÜBECK.

Some searchlights but no other opposition was encountered.

App. K.