Place. Date. Time. Summary of Events. References to
Appendices.
These note's were handwritten, some words or letters were not or partially readable.
MARHAM. 1/3/40. 0830. Glorious morning. Cloudless sky. Cold East wind
Ferrying.
1020. F/O. WOOD took off with F/O. STATHAM to bring aircraft back from HONINGTON after rear turret armouring.
This armouring is now being done by a party on this station.
Training.
1615. P/O. BARBER, F/O WELLS and F/S. POWELL took off for night flying test.
1650. F/L. NEWMAN took off for night flying test.
1730. S/L. GLENCROSS took off for night flying test.
1740. F/O. WELLS took off for air test of instruments.
Equipment
Aircraft have now been wired for the fitting of I.F.F.
MARHAM. 2/3/40. 0830. Another fine day. East wind.
Training.
1120. F/O. WOOD took off for photography.
1130. S/L. DuBOULAY took off for photography. Form B70
1200. F/L. SIMPSON took off for photography.
1400. F/S. BOORE took off for photography.
Visits.
The C.O. visited the local searchlight company at NARBOROUGH to discuss use of searchlight to help night flying and searchlight cooperation.
Training.
1500. F/L NEWMAN took off for air test of wireless and landing gear.
1735. S/L. GLENCROSS, P/O. BARBER and P/O. GAYFORD took off for night flying test.
1900. P/O. GAYFORD took off for night flying practice.
MARHAM. 3/3/40. 0830. Fine day. Calm. Black ball hoisted.
(A black ball on the mast indicates that the wind is variable and less than eight M.P.H. and that the landing should be made in accordance with the tee; Source: Flying Magazine dec 1946).
Training.
1040. P/O. BARBER and P/O. GAYFORD took off for dive bombing at BERNERS HEATH.
1045. S/L. DuBOULAY, F/O. WOOD and F/S. BOORE took off for the same programme.
1140. S/L. GLENCROSS, F/L. NEWMAN and F/O WELLS took off for the same programme.
1425. F/S. POWELL took off for Sgt. NEWBERRY to do cirquits and landings.
1530. F/O. STATHAM took off for air test.
MARHAM. 4/3/40. 0830. Fine day. Morning mist. South East wind.
Training.
1015. (1) P/O. BARBER took off for cross country including LANDS END.
1020. (2) F/S. POWELL took off for cross country including TIREE, ALDERGROVE and ILFRACOMBE.
1030. S/L. GLENCROSS, F/L. NEWMAN and F/O. WELLS took off for cross country flights, the first as in detail (2) the second as in detail (1) the third including TORQUAY, GUERNSEY and HOLYHEAD.
1100. P/O. GAYFORD took off to a similar flight ? F/O. WELLS.
1155. S/L. DuBOULAY took off for R/T test to HONINGTON.
1100. Gale warning.
1200. F/S. BOORE took off for rigging test.
1430. F/O. SHEERAN took off for R/T test and photography.
?
P/O. BARBER returned owing to faulty throttle control.
Aircraft was set on fire on landing by accidental firing of Very pistol.
No casualties. Aircraft was considerably damaged but not written off.
1500. F/O. STATHAM took off for photography.
Personnel.
F/O. SMYTH and P/O. THORNBURN reported on posting for flying duties.
17 Enquiry from operations if any of our aircraft near NORTH COATES as WELLINGTON had been attacked by fighters. S/L. GLENCROSS and F/S. POWELL to report to operators on landing.
S/L. GLENCROSS and F/S. POWELL to report to operators on landing.
17 All aircraft except S/L. GLENCROSS return.
1800. S/L. GLENCROSS reported forced landing in a field near CAMBRIDGE due to lack of fuel.
STRADISHAL Station sent transport to collect crew.
Orders and Instructions.
Operation Instruction No 23 received from S.H.Q.
MARHAM. 5/3/40. 0830. Fine. North East wind.
Training
0900. Lecture by Station Commander on escaping from GERMANY.
1105. F/O. SHEERAN with P/O. THORBURN took off for air test.
1200. S/L. GLENCROSS returned.
MARHAM. 6/3/40. 0830. Overcast, little snow has fallen. Northerly wind.
Training.
1300. F/O. STATHAM and F/S. BOORE took off for air firing over the WASH.
1345. S/L. DuBOULAY and F/O. WOOD took off for the same programme.
MARHAM. 7/3/40. 0830. Fine. Morning mist. North Easterly wind.
Visits.
1100. The A.O.C. and U.S.A. Attachés visited the station.
Discipline.
W/C. McKEE arrived to investigate the circumstances of S/L. GLENCROSS forced landing.
Personnel.
F/O. LASLETT returned from ST. ATHANS Navigator course.
Training.
F/L. PRINGLE took off for ZZ landing at MILDENHALL.
MARHAM. 8/3/40. 0830. Foggy. Visibility 1000 yds. Northerly wind.
Training.
1430. F/S. POWELL took off to test ?ton lamp with Fighters at WITTERING.
1435. F/O. GIBBES took off for T.R.? test.
1500. F/L. NEWMAN took off for cooperation with local Searchlight Company.
1800. Nickels cancelled in view of forecast of fog tomorrow morning, F/L. PRINGLE and F/O. DONALDSON had been standing by for this.
Orders and Instructions
Form B.90., Nickel and Operation Instruction No 24, Night Reconnaissance, received from S.H.Q.
MARHAM. 9/3/40. 0830. Fine. South East wind.
Training.
0900. Lecture by Lt. WALFORD R.N. on Ship Recognition.
Special Sweeps.
1115. F/L. PRINGLE's section took off for special sweep. (App. B.10. Op. Instr No 21)
1355. F/L. NEWMAN's section took off for special sweep.
1445. F/L. PRINGLE's section returned. App. C.5. Form 541
1500. F/O. WELLS returned with W/T trouble.
1500. F/L. NEWMAN and P/O. GAYFORD returned. App. C.6. Form 541
Training.
1435. F/O. GIBBES took off for CAMBRIDGE and back for T.R.q test.
1530. P/O. RANKIN took off for night flying test.
2000. Operation Nickels, for which F/L. PRINGLE and F/O. DONALDSON were standing by were cancelled in view of weather forecast.

From 1115 hrs 9/3/1940 to 1445 hrs 9/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
U N.2899.





Wellington IA.
P N.2990.





Wellington IA.
T N.2902.

F/L. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Sgt. SINCLAIR
Sgt. PALMER
Cpl. PILGRIM
A.C. BUTLER

F/O. GIBBES
F/O. CLARKE
Sgt. PETERSON
A.C. ROSE
L.A.C. STOWE
A.C. NOIR

F/O. DONALDSON
P/O. GERRY
Sgt. STOWE
P/O. GRAINER
A.C. KEMSLEY
A.C. ROBERTSON
Special Sweep in accordance with 3G. Op. Instr. No 21. 1115.






1115.






1115.



1445.






1445.






1445.



Visibility was bad with considerable cloud .
F/O Donaldson missed the formation and came in over WELLS, the others came in further North

They arrived at the aerodrome at the same time.

Course - Base to 53°N 2°E
to 55°20'N, 1°E
to WELLS and base.

(App. B.10. 3G. Op. Instr. No 21.)

From 1355 hrs 9/3/1940 to 1630 hrs 9/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
P.2524.





Wellington IA.
P.9235.





Wellington IA.
N.2949.

F/L. NEWMAN
P/O. WARDLAW
Sgt. HARDY
A.C. PEEL
L.A.C. SMITH (322)
Sgt. MACDONALD

F/O. WELLS
P/O. WHITE
Sgt. TEMPLETON
A.C. PURDOM
L.A.C. BLADON
A.C. PRESTON

P/O. GAWFORD
Sgt. NICOL
Sgt. MOORE
A.C. MOSS
L.A.C. ARMSTRONG
Sgt. MURPHY
Special Sweep in accordance with 3G. Op. Instr. No 21. 1355.






1355.






1355.



1630.






1500.






1630.



F/O Wells returned after an hour owing to W/T failure.

The other two observed the superstructure of a large steamer sunk in shallow water in the WASH.

Course - Base to 53°00N 2°E 3D'E
to 55°25'N, 1°30E to CROMER and base.

(App. B.10. 3. Op. Instr. No 21.)

MARHAM. 10/3/40. 0830. Rain. Southerly wind. Clearing later.
Training.
1045. F/L. SIMPSON and F/O. CLARKE took off for formation practice.
F/L. PRINGLE with F/O. DONALDSON took off for local ZZ practice.
1115. The C.O. with S/L. GLENCROSS took off for local circuits and landings.
1200. The C.O. gave a lecture in crew room on destruction secret documents prefaced by talk by the M.O. F/L. MALEY.
2000. Nickels, for which F/L. PRINGLE and F/O. DONALDSON were again standing by were cancelled.
MARHAM. 11/3/40. 0830. Overcast. Wind South East.
Training.
0900. Lecture on I.F.F. by F/O. CANEY.
High level bombing at BERNERS HEATH was carried out.
Fa? bombs. One per run. Aircraft took off as under.
1000. F/O. GIBBES.
1030. F/L. PRINGLE.
1025. F/O. DONALDSON.
1120. F/O. STATHAM and F/O. LASLETT.
1150. F/L. NEWMAN and F/O. WELLS.
1340. F/O. GIBBES and F/O. SHEERAN.
1420. F/O. STATHAM and F/O. LASLETT.
1450. F/L. NEWMANN and F/O. WELLS.
1520. F/S. BOORE.
1430. S/L. GLENCROSS took off for ZZ practice at MILDENHALL.
Visits.
The C. in C's visit was cancelled.
MARHAM. 12/3/40. 0830. Overcast. Southerly wind.
Training.
0830. S/L. GLENCROSS and P/O. WICKENKAMP took off for cross country to BROOKLANDS.
1030. F/O. WELLS took off for local ZZ practice.
Other aircraft took off for ZZ practice at MILDENHALL as under.
1130. F/O. WOOD.
1330. F/O. GIBBES.
1425. F/L. PRINGLE.
1445. F/L. NEWMAN took off for local ZZ practice.
Personnel.
F/S. BOWMAN was posted to ? in place of F/S. SMITH.
MARHAM. 13/3/40. 0830. Overcast. Westerly wind.
Training.
1115. F/S. MOORES took off for formation with F/O. SHEERAN but experienced tail wheel collapse when landing after a ? ?.
1135. F/O. SHEERAN took off for cloud flying to MILDENHALL and CAMBRIDGE.
1420. F/O. LASLETT and F/O. CLARKE took off for cloud flying to MILDENHALL and CAMBRIDGE and formation practice.
Orders and Instructions.
Operation Instruction No 25 Night Reconnaissances was received from S.H.Q. and operation Instruction No 24 returned.
MARHAM. 14/3/40. 0830. Snowing. North Easterly wind.
Personnel.
F/S. GROVES was posted to POLISH Operational Training Station - ?
Orders and Instructions.
Form B.90. was returned to S.H.Q.
Operation Order No Ex 7, Practice Sweeps, received from S.H.Q.
Training.
1405. F/O. GIBBES took off for Nickel dropping test from light bomb container, which proved successful.
2030. S/L. GLENCROSS with P/O. RANKIN took off for local night flying circuits and landings.
MARHAM. 15/3/40. 0830. Overcast. Snow gone. Heavy frost. South West wind.
Training.
We had the WASH range today and aircraft took off as under.
0900. F/S. POWELL
0925. P/O. GAYFORD.
0945. P/O. BARBER.
1050. F/S. POWELL.
1110. P/O. GAYFORD.
1130. P/O. BARBER.
1310. F/O. STATHAM.
1320. F/S. BOORE.
1345. F/O. WOOD.
1425. F/O. STATHAM.
1445 F/S. BOORE.
1515. F/O. WOOD.
Orders and Instructions.
Forms B.93. and B.94. received from S.H.Q. Form B79 80
Special Sweep.
1020. F/L. PRINGLE's section took off for Special Sweep.
(App B.11; O.O. No EX 7.)
1520. Returns from Special Sweep.
Fleeting Targets at Sea.
1500. P/O. BARBER's section took off to attack mine sweeper and patrol vessel.
(App. C.7. Form 541.)
1815. P/O. BARBERS's section returned not having located targets.
(App - Op Inst No 20 ret. to S.H.Q.) (App C.8. Form 541.)
Entertainment.
A successful and well attended dance was held at the Officers Mess.

From 1020 hrs 15/3/1940 to 1520 hrs 15/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
S.P.9229.





Wellington
Q N.2988.





Wellington
V N2989


F/L. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Sgt. LAMBERT
A.C. MCKEE
Cpl. PILGRIM
A.C. BUTLER

F/O. GIBBES
F/O. CLARKE
Sgt. PETERSON
P/0. MARSHMAN
L.A.C. STONE
A.C. MOIR

F/O. DONALDSON
P/O. GERRY
Sgt. STOWE
A.C. TOHMSTON
A.C. KEMSLEY
A.C. ROBERTSON
Special Sweep in accordance with 3G. Op. order No EX 7. 1020.






1020.






1020.



1520.






1520.






1520.



3 Group Operation No. Ex.7. Search of ships at sea.

This section picked up the sighting ? of another section and ? located the target ship.

Course - FRANCE to 0°N -2°E ?lang
latitude 56°N.

(App. B.11. 3 G. Op. Ord. No EX 7.)


From 1500 hrs 15/3/1940 to 1815 hrs 15/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
A P.9227.





Wellington IA.
D P.9226.





Wellington IA.
G P.9235.


P/O. BARBER
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBE
P/O. TUCKER-BULL
L.A.C. WESTCOTT
Sgt. PEARCE

P/O. GAYFORD
Sgt. NICOL
Sgt. MOORE
A.C. MOSS
L.A.C. ARMSTRONG
Sgt. MURPHY

F/S. POWELL
F/O. SMYTH
Sgt. FOX
A.C. SPIBY
L.A.C. KIRKBY
A.C. WALSH
Attack on Fleeting Target according to Form B.93. 1500.






1500.






1500.



1815.






1815.






1815.



A/C ? in Company ? Section of 9 Sqdn to attack a Patrol ship as Nine Squadron ? earlier in the day.

No target found.

Course - Base to Eastern end of sweep line.
Sweep line 54°20N, 5°E to 54°20'N, 2°E
D? to Base

Ships were reported to be at 54°25'N 3°53'E.

(App. B.11. 3 G. Op. Ord. No EX 7.)


MARHAM. 16/3/40. 0830. A glorious morning. Not a cloud in the sky. South West wind.
Special Sweep.
(App. B.10. Op Instr No 21.) (APP. C.9. Form 541.)
1110. P/O. BARBER's section took off.
1130. F/O. DONALDSON took off for ZZ practice.
1300. F/O. STATHAM and F/O. SHEERAN took off for cross country above YEOVIL, CARDIGAN ant return.
Nickels and Reconnaissance.
(App. B.12. List No 25.) (App. B.13. + B.14. Form B.93 + 94.)
2000. F/L. PRINGLE took off.
F/O. WOOD took off.
Training.
2100. P/O. BARBER's section took off for night cross country - GRANTHAM, NEMARK, TRENT, HUMBER. App. C10 Form 541

From 1110 hrs 16/3/1940 to 1445 hrs 17/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
A P.9227.





Wellington
D P.9226.





Wellington
G Q.9235.


P/O. BARBER
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
P/O. TUCKER-BULL
LAC. WESTCOTT
Sgt. PEARCE

P/O. GAYFORD
Sgt. NICOL
Sgt. MOOR
A.C. MOSS
L.A.C. ARMSTRONG
Sgt. MURPHY

F/S. POWELL
F/O. SMYTH
Sgt. FOX
A.C. SPIBY
L.A.C. KIRKBY
A.C. WALSH
Special sweep in accordance with 3 G Op. Instr. No 21. 1110..






1110.






1110.



1445.






1445.






1445.



Special Sweep valuable training carried out.

Nothing of interest seen.

Course - Base to sweep line
Sweep line - 53° N, 2° E. to
55° N, 1° E. to WELLS and Base.

(App B.10. 36 Op Instr No 22.)


From 2000 hrs 16/3/1940 to 0225 hrs 17/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
S P.9229.





Wellington IA.
O N.2987.



F/L. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Sgt. RUFFLE-HAZEL
P/O. MARSHMAN
Cpl. PILGRIM
A.C. BUTLER

F/O. WOOD
Sgt. MARTIN
Sgt. JAKEMAN
A.C. CHATTERTON
L.A.C. STOW
A.C. WARD
Nickels and reconnaissance in accordance with 3 G Opp instr No 25, Form B.94. 2000.






2015.




0225.






0220.




F/L PRINGLE reconnaissance was unsuccessful due to cloud.
Nickels were dropped over WILHELMSHAVEN.
Searchlights seen, mostly blue convoy observed at 54°N 5°E.
Intercom, was found to be weak at height.
In view of hydraulic failure came home with bomb doors open and wheels down

F/O WOOD's reconnaissance over R. ELBE HITZACKER 15 11° 20'E also was unsuccessful due to cloud.
East of DANNENBERG a few enemy aircraft were seen.
Aerodrome observed, probably ? with boundary and obstructions lights and beacon.
A.A. and searchlights encountered at BRÜNSBUTTEL and HAMBURG.
Fishing vessels seen and GERMAN Village near DUTCH frontier not blacked out.

(App. B12, B14) (3G. Op. Instr. No 25 Form B.94.)

MARHAM. 17/3/40. Nickels and Reconnaissance.
0220. F/O. WOOD returned.
0225. F/L. PRINGLE returned.
0830. Rain all day. Southerly wind. Southerly gale warning.
Squadron stand down after daily inspection and after all forms required by the night operations had been ?ndened.
Personnel.
P/O. CHESTER-MASTER returned from advanced gunnery course at WARMWELL.
MARHAM. 18/3/40. 0830. Fine morning. Warm and clear. South Westerly wind.
Training.
We had the WASH range in the morning. Air crafts took off as under. B? attacks were practiced.
0905. P/O. BARBER.
0935. P/O. GAYFORD.
1000. F/S. POWELL.
1025. F/O. STATHAM.
1055. F/O. GIBBES.
1115. F/L. PRINGLE.
1440. F/L. PRINGLE took off for local ZZ practice.
Heavy rain in afternoon hampered flying.
Visits.
Armament specialists from MANBY visited the Station, stayed to lunch and were taking over to stations.
MARHAM. 19/3/40. 0830. Lovely morning. Clear. Westerly wind.
Casualties.
1100. F/O. WOOD and F/O. STATHAM took off for VICKERS, WEYBRIDGE.
F/O. STATHAM had an engine cut near HUNTINGDON and he crashed in making a forced landing.
F/O. FANSHAWE, 2nd pilot A.G. ROSE Air gunner and A.C. LYNCH, maintenance crew were killed.
F/O. STATHAM and Sgt. SINCLAIR and A.G. CARTER seriously injured. Number of aircraft O.N.2987.
1110. Training.
F/O. CLARKE took off for local ZZ practice.
SP 02274 (3) map coordinates to be brought into F? 0200 hours tomorrow.
Message to stand by at one hours notice from 0700 hrs, for coastal duties.
1600. Gale warning.
MARHAM. 20/3/40. 0645. Fine. Light West wind.
Sca?te? scheme comes into effect at 0800 this morning.
Use of N. COATES 1000 yds range for us washed out as aerodrome was unserviceable.
Routine Sweep.
(App. - Op. Instr. Nr 20.) (Returned to S.H.Q.) (App. C.11. Form 541.)
1350. F/L. NEWMAN's section and P/O. BARBER's section took off. Nothing seen. Weather good over land, very poor over the sea.
Nothing seen. Weather good over land, very poor over the sea.
Training.
1605. S/L. GLENCROSS with F/O. SCOTT and P/O. CHESTER-MASTER took off for local flying practice.
1100. F/L. PRINGLE took off for cooperation with A.A. units.
Orders and Instructions.
Form B.96. received from S.H.Q.

From 1530 hrs 20/3/1940 to 1820 hrs 20/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
D P.9226.





Wellington IA.
B P.9236.





Wellington IA.
T N.2902.





Wellington IA.
A P.9227.





Wellington IA.
Q N.2988.





Wellington IA.
G P.9235.
F/L. NEWMAN
P/O. MORRIS
Sgt. HARDY
A.C. PEEL
L.A.C. SMITH (322)
Sgt. MACDONALD

F/O. WELLS
P/O. WHITE
Sgt. TEMPLETON
A.C. PURDOM
L.A.C. BLADON
L.A.C. PRESTON

F/S. BOORE
F/S. MOORES
Sgt. ROBERTS
A.C. WAITE
L.A.C. SMITH (390)
A.C. JONES (518)

P/O. BARBER
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
P/O. TUCKER-BULL
L.A.C. WESTCOTT
Sgt. PEARCE

F/O. GAYFORD
Sgt. NICOL
Sgt. MOOR
A.C. MOSS
L.A.C. ARMSTRONG
Sgt. MURPHY

F/S. POWELL
F/O. SMYTH
Sgt. FOX
A.C. SPIBY
L.A.C. KIRKBY
A.C. WALSH
Routine sweep in accordance with 3 G Instr No 20 1350.






1350.






1350.






1350.






1350.






1350.
1800.






1800.






1820.






1820.






1820.






1820.
Nothing of interest seen.

Course - Sweep line 52°N 3°20'E
55°25'N, 1°30'E, to Base.

(App. - 3 G. Op. Instr. No 20 not availably.)


MARHAM. 21/3/40. 0830. Fine and warm. Low cloud. Westerly wind.
Training.
1030. F/S. MOORES took off for local flying practice.
1100. F/S. POWELL took off for ZZ practice at the Station.
1420. P/O. BARBER's section took off for demonstration dive bombing on submarine at MILDENHALL.
1500. F/O. WOOD with F/S. BOORE returned from WEYBRIDGE to bring aircraft back.
1510. F/O. SHEERAN took of for bomb container test.
1555. F/O. WOOD took off for similar test.
Visits.
1445. Visit by C. in C. who left at 1550. for NORTHOLD.
Nickels and reconnaissance. App. B12
(App. B.12. Op Instr No 25.) (App B.15. Form B.96.) (App C.12. Form 541.)
1915. F/L. NEWMAN and F/O. WELLS took off for operation in accordance with Form B.96.
1930. P/O. BARBER and P/O. GAYFORD took off for similar operation.
Orders and Instructions
Form B.98. received from S.H.Q.

From 1915 hrs 21/3/1940 to 0300 hrs 22/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
F P.2524.





Wellington IA.
B P.9236.





Wellington IA.
H N.2949.





Wellington IA.
G P.9235.
F/L. NEWMAN
P/O. MORRIS
Sgt. HARDY
A.C. PEEL
L.A.C. SMITH (322)
SGT. MACDONALD

F/O. WELLS
P/O. WHITE
Sgt. TEMPLETON
A.C. PURDOM
L.A.C. BLADON
L.A.C. PRESTON

P/O. GAYFORD
Sgt. NICOL
Sgt. MOOR
A.C. MOSS
L.A.C. ARMSTRONG
Sgt. MURPHY

P/O. BARBER
W/C. MILLS
P/O RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
L.A.C. WESTCOTT
Sgt. PEARCE
Nickels and reconnaissance according to Form B.96. and 3 G Opp Instr No 25. 1915.






1925.






1930.






1930.





0300.






0155.






0210.






0140.





F/L NEWMAN. Weather prevented recco. of HAMBURG to BOIZENBURG.
Flak ship observed S.W. of TERSCHELLING fired red balls.
Floods at HAMBURG. Searchlights at CUXHAVEN.

F/O WELLS W/T became u.s during trip.
Searchlights and A.A. at CUXHAVEN and HAMBURG.
Nickels dropped on HAMBURG. Ba? JUNEAU observed at HAMBURG.
Some enemy aircraft seen.
Beacons and navigation lights seen.

P/O GAYFORD. Nickles were dropped on BREMERSHAVEN.
Oil tanks seen here.
Some searchlights and A.A. experienced.
One enemy aircraft seen.

P/O BARBER. Nickles dropped on HAMBURG.
10/10 cloud.
Along FRISIAN ISLANDS searchlights and beacon assisted navigation.

(App. B.12. B.15. 3G. Op. Instr. No 25 and Form B.96.)


MARHAM. 22/3/40. 0140. P/O. BARBER returned, 0155., F/O. WELLS returned, 0210., P/O. GAYFORD returned, 0300., F/L. NEWMAN returned.
0830. Cloudy. Slight rain. Southerly wind.
Training.
1020. Sgt. MARTIN took off for local flying practice.
1430. F/O. WOOD, F/O. SHEERAN, and F/S. BOORE took off for section drill.
F/S. POWELL was standing by for Nickels and Reconnaissance according to Form B.98.
Also full night bombing programme at BERNERS HEATH.
All washed out due to weather.
Orders and Instructions
Form B.99. received from S.H.Q.
MARHAM. 23/3/40. 0830. Fine. Southerly wind. Southerly Gale warning at 0400.
Training.
Air firing on WASH Range W/T watch kept on base.
W/T watch kept on base.
Aircraft took off as under.
1030. F/O. WELLS and F/O. SCOTT.
1130. T? C.O. with F/O. SHEERAN.
1400. F/L. NEWMAN.
Use of N. COATES cancelled in view of commitments.
Personnel.
P/O. PLAT and P/O. SNELL of the Battle Towing Flight and ten Sergeants Pilots attached to FINNINGLY pending posting to FRANCE.
S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON was posted here for Flying duties.
1500. The full military funeral of F/O. FANSHAWE took place.
+ Tuesday, March 19, 1940 - Serv. No 39311 - age 28 - Source: CWGC.
Nickels and Reconnaissance.
(App. B.12. Op. Instr. No 25) (App B.16 Form B.99) (App C.13 Form 541)
2000. F/S. POWELL took off.
A cylinder blew off just after setting course and he crashed on forced landing just about of the aerodrome.
Only superficial injuries were sustained by the crew.
Aircraft burnt out.
2015. F/O. DONALDSON took off.
2020. F/O. GIBBES took off.

From 2000 hrs 23/3/1940 to 0240 hrs 24/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
? N.2950.





Wellington IA.
R P.9230.





Wellington IA.
V N.2989.




F/S. POWELL
F/O. SMYTH
Sgt. FOX
A.C. SPIBY
L.A.C. KIRKBY
A.C. WALSH

F/O. GIBBES
F/O. CLARKE
Sgt. PETERSEN
P/O. MARSHMAN
L.A.C. STONE
A.C. MOIR

F/O. DONALDSON
P/O. GERRY.
Sgt. STOWE
A.C. JOHNSTON
L.A.C. KEMSLEY
A.C. ROBERTSON
Nickels and reconnaissance according to Form B.99. and 3 G Opp Instr No 25. 2000.






2020.






2015.




2010.






0240.






0210.





N.2950 ? while attempting to ? flame ? following cut ? of starboard engine soon after setting course.
Crew escape with minor injuries due to co? of Captain and second Pilot in ? and ? ? f? ?. Aircraft completely destroyed by fire.

Shortly after take off from RAF Marham, while climbing, the pilot informed ATC about engine problems and attempted to make an emergency landing.
The aircraft stalled and crashed in flames in a field.
All five crew members were unhurt while the aircraft was wrecked. Source: baaa-acro.com

F/O GIBBES. Cloud 10/10. Targets at BREMEN and BREMERSHAVEN not identified in view of cloud and haze. No Searchlights of A.A.

F/O DONALDSON. Cloud 10/10 at 500 ft. Recco of ELBE-WESER CANAL near HANOVER. Canal fast found near WUNSTORF strings of barges, flouds and two trains moving at huge speed seen SEHNDE station not blacked out. Recco finished ? as cloud 300 ft. Bridges ? ?. Only slight searchlight and A.A. activity.

(App. B.12., B.16. 3G. Op. Instr. No 25 Form B.99.)


MARHAM. 24/3/40. 0210. F/O. DONALDSON returned.
0240. F/O. GIBBES returned.
0830. Fog. 2-300 yds visibility. Wind Westerly.
Squadron stood off until 1345. hrs.
Personnel.
S/L. GLENCROSS was posted to STRADISHALL for duties in operations room.
F/O. CLARKE attached to BOSCOMBE for 14 Days.
F/O. MILES arrives to take charge of the Towing Flight.
Training.
Night bombing at BERNERS HEATH was carried out.
Low level at 400 - 1000 ft.
Aircraft took off as under.
1945. F/O. GIBBES.
2045. F/L. PRINGLE.
2145. F/O. DONALDSON.
2240. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON.
2340. P/O. GAYFORD.
MARHAM. 25/3/40. 0005. F/O. WELLS.
0045. P/O. BARBER.
0115. F/L. NEWMAN.
0145. F/O. SCOTT.
0830. Fine. High cloud. Easterly wind.
Personnel.
F/O. LASLETT and F/S. MOORES were attached to 214 Squadron STRADISHALL to take over crews for training.
Orders and Instructions.
Form B.101. was received from S.H.Q.
1440. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON, F/L. NEWMAN and F/O. WELLS took off for section drill.
Message to stand by tomorrow 1 hours notice from 0700.
MARHAM. 26/3/40. 0645. Rain. North East wind.
1210. Stand down.
No flying today in view of weather and commitments.
Orders and Instructions
Form B.102. received from S.H.Q.
MARHAM. 27/3/40. 0830. Lovely morning. Northerly wind.
Personnel.
S/L. SOLBE arrives, ? for flying duties.
P/O. FRASER., P/O. HUNKIN and P/O. SYDNEY-SMITH arrive pending ?.
The two latter are part of S/L. SOLBE's crew with Sgt. BOTELER and two airman.
All coming from 214 Squadron STRADISHALL.
Training.
0930. F/O. WOOD took off for local ZZ.
0940. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON's section took off for formation practice.
1035. F/S. BOORE took off for Nickel dropping test.
1040. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON and F/O. SCOTT took off for local ZZ.
1510. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON took off for circuits and landings.
1540. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON took off for circuits and landings.
1510. F/S. BOORE took off for air test and local ZZ.
Nickels and Reconnaissance.
(App B.12. Op Instr No 25.) App B.17. Form B.102.) (App C.14. Form 541.)
1940. F/O. SCOTT took off.
2145. F/O. SCOTT returned with wireless u.s.

From 1940 hrs 27/3/1940 to 2145 hrs 27/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
G P.9235.



F/O. SCOTT
P/O. WICKEKAMP
Sgt. SMITH (054)
A.C. BAX
A.C. CROCKER
A.C. ORFORD
Nickels and reconnaissance in accordance with 3 G Opp. Instr. No 25 and form B.102. 1940.



2145.



A/c returned i? W/T failure.

(App. B.12., B.17. 3G. Op. Instr. No 25 Form 102.)


MARHAM. 28/3/40. 0830. Magnificent morning. A cloud here and there North East wind.
Visits
Lord TRENCHARD comxxx the Squadron in the afternoon.
Special Sweeps.
(App B.10. Op Instr No 21 App C.15. Form 541.)
1000. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON's section took off.
1230. This section returned.
1500. S/L. SOLBES section composing F/O. WOOD and F/S. BOORE took off.
1720. This section returned.
1955. F/L. PRINGLE's section took off for R.A.E. test of exhaust pipe flame ?esson.
F/L. PRINGLE piloted a Wellington I., fitted with the devices and brought up by Mr. WILSON of FARNBOROUGH.
F/O. GIBBES carried observation including the C.O. and Mr. WILSON.
F/O. DONALDSON piloted the aircraft used for comparison.
The test was not entirely successful in view of considerably high speed of the Wellington I.
App C.16. Form 541.

From 1000 hrs 28/3/1940 to 1230 hrs 28/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
D P.9226.





Wellington
F P.2524.





Wellington
B P.9236.



S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON
P/O. MORRIS
Sgt. SMITH (2?3)
A.C. JOHNSTON
L.A.C. BLADON
L.A.C. HODGSON (046)

F/L. NEWMAN
P/O. WARDLAW
Sgt. HARDY
A.C. PEEL
A.C. ABLETT
?/P. CHESTER-MASTER

F/O. WELLS
P/O. WHITE
Sgt. TEMPLETON
A.C. PURDOM
L.A.C. PRESTON
Special sweep in accordance with 3 G Operation Instr No 21. 1000.






1000.






1000.



1230.






1230.






1230.



Nothing of interest Seen.

Course - YARMOUTH to Sweep line.
53°N 3°E, to 54°N 2°38'E.
to WELLS and Base.

(App. B.1O. 3 G Op Inst No 21.)


From 1500 hrs 28/3/1940 to 1720 hrs 28/3/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
Q N.2988.





Wellington
S P.9229.





Wellington
T N.2902.



S/L. SOLBE'
P/O. HUNKIN
Sgt. BOTELER
P/O. SYDNEY-SMITH
A.C. GAU?
A.C. BUTLER

F/O. WOOD
Sgt. MARTIN
Sgt. JAKEMAN
A.C. STOW
A.C. CHATTERTON
A.C. WARD

F/S. BOORE
P/O. FRAZER
Sgt. McKENZIE
L.A.C. SMITH (390)
A.C. WHITE
A.C. JONES (518)
Special sweep in accordance with 3 G Op Instr No 21. 1500.






1500.






1500.




1720.






1720.






1720.




Nothing of interest Seen.

Course - to Sweep line.
53°N 2°E, to 55° 20'N 1°E.
to WELLS and Base.

(App. B.10. 3 G. Op. Instr. No 21.)


MARHAM. 29/3/40. 0830. Overcast. South West wind.
Training.
Aircraft took off for ZZ practice as follow.
0940. F/O. SCOTT.
1050. F/L. NEWMAN.
1145. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON.
1135. P/O. EVANS took off for local flying practice.
MARHAM. 30/3/40. 0830. Overcast muggy. Strong N. E. wind.
Personnel.
F/O. HOLLIS arrives for training flight duties.
This flight is now on Station strength but housed in our hangers.
Movement.
Orders were received to move to KINLOSS according to 3 Group Administrative Instruction No 1.
(App B.18. 36. Adm. list No 1.)
1005. S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON, F/L. NEWMAN, F/O. WELLS and F/O. SCOTT took off for formation flying.
MARHAM. 31/3/40. 0830. Cloudy. Some blue sky. Wind South Westerly.
Training
We had the WASH range today.
'A' aircraft from S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON's section and 'B' flight including S/L. SOLBE's took off at half hour intervals.
Movement.
1430. The advance party in charge of P/O. SMITH adjutant and consisting of F/S. STATHAM disciplinary N.C.O and two A.C.H.'s left for KINLOSS by rail.