Place. Date. Time. Summary of Events. References to
Appendices.
some of these note's were handwritten, some words or letters were not or partially readable.
MARHAM. 1/4/40. 0830. Heavy rain. Southerly gale.
The Squadron is to move to KINLOSS to work with 9 Sqdn. at LOSSIEMOUTH.
All personnel preparing for movement ordered the previous Saturday. App. B.18. Mar. 1940.
G/C HARRISON, at LOSSIEMOUTH in command of WING.
1200. Advance party in charge of P/O SMITH, adjutant, and comprising F/S STATHAM, disciplinary N.C.O., and two A.C.'s arrived at KINLOSS. App. N 5-6
1700. Main rail party in charge of P/O RANKIN left for KINLOSS. App. 'N' 5-6
KINLOSS. 2/4/40. 0700. Fine day. Southerly wind.
Civil air party in charge of F/S ALLEN, Armoury N.C.O. arrived by train, the Scylla aircraft in which they were travelling having been blown over by a gust of wind while refuelling at DREM. App. N 5-6
1110. 'A' Flight, the C.O., W/C MILLS, with P/O BARBER took off for KINLOSS from MARHAM. App. N 5-6
1040. 'B' Flight took off for KINLOSS from MARHAM. App. N 5-6
1415. 'B' Flight arrived at KINLOSS. App. N 5-6
1450. 'A' Flight arrived at KINLOSS. App. N 5-6
1700. Main rail party arrived at KINLOSS. App. N 5-6
KINLOSS. 3/4/40. 0830. Overcast. Strong Southerly wind.
The Squadron was settling down and getting organised to be prepared for operations tomorrow.
1400. Lecture by Lt. WALFORD, R.N. on ship recognition.
KINLOSS. 4/4/40. 0630. Rain. North Westerly wind. Clearing later.
The whole Squadron with twelve aircraft is standing by for fleeting targets at sea.
0930. Lecture by Lt. WALFORD, R.N. on square search.
1930. Stand down.
KINLOSS. 5/4/40. 0730. Overcast. Wind light, variable.
Stand by as yesterday.
F/S POWELL arrived from MARHAM. App. N 7.
1450. P/O GIBBES left for MARHAM App. N 8.
1830. Stand down.
KINLOSS. 6/6/40. 0700. Rain. Southerly wind
Stand by again as yesterday.
1200. Stand down. Squadron had half day off.
KINLOSS. 7/4/40. 0700. Cloudy. South westerly wind.
Stand by again the same.
Fleeting Targets at Sea.
1105. The twelve aircraft took off one at a time.
(in accordance with Form Green App.B.19.)
App.B.19.
1115. The last aircraft took off. They met 9 Sqdn. and set course.
The target, a cruiser and 6 destroyers, was not discovered.
'A' Flight got left behind on the return journey and was attacked by between two and four M.E.110's.
Two of our aircrafts were shot down, captains P/O WICKENKAMP and P/O GAYFORD.
It is believed one enemy aircraft was shot down.
(Form 541, App. C.17.)
App.C.17.
1825. First aircraft returned.
1855 The last aircraft returned

From 1105 hrs 7/4/1940 to 1855 hrs 7/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
R P.9230.





Wellington
S P.9229.





Wellington
J P.9284.





Wellington
O P.9271.





Wellington
V N.2989.





Wellington
Q N.2988.
S/L. DuBOULAY
W/C. MILLS
F/O. SHEERAN
Sgt. RUFFLE-HAZEL
L.A.C. MILLER
F/O. GRAINGER

F/O. WOOD
F/O. FRASER
Sgt. JAKEMAN
Lt. WALFORD
L.A.C. STOW
A.C. ASWARD

F/S. BOORE
Sgt. MARTIN
Sgt. ROBERTS
A.C. WAITE
L.A.C. SMITH (?)
A.C. Jones (?)

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

F/O. DONALDSON
P/O. GERRY
Sgt. STOWE
A.C. JOHNSTON
L.A.C. KEMSLEY
A.C. ROBERTSON

F/S. POWELL
P/O. SMYTH
Sgt. PETERSEN
P/O. MARSHMAN
L.A.C. STONE
A.C. MOIR
Attack on enemy cruiser and destroyer at sea, in accordance with 18G. Form green RO/G4/7/?. 1110.






1110.






1110.






1110.






1110.






1110.
1840.






1840.






1825.






1840.






1840.






1840.
Square search for cruiser and destroyer.

The search was made between
56°N and 57°N and 6°E and 8°E.

App. B.19.

From 1105 hrs 7/4/1940 to 1855 hrs 7/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington IA.
D.9226.





Wellington IA.
B P.9236.





Wellington IA.
F P.2524.





Wellington IA.
A P.9227.





Wellington IA.
B P.9235.





Wellington IA.
K N.2949.
S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON
P/O. MORRIS
Sgt. SMITH (383)
A.C. JOHNSTON
L.A.C. LEINS
L.A.C. HODGSON (046)

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

P/O. WICKENKAMP
P/O. WARDLAW
Sgt. MACDONALD
A.C. ABLETT
A.C. PEEL
P/O. CHESTER-MASTER

F/O. BARBER
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
P/O. TUCKERBULL
L.A.C. WESTCOTT
Sgt. PEARCE

F/O. SCOTT
Sgt. NEWBERRY
Sgt. SMITH (?54)
A.C. BAX
A.C. CROCKER
A.C. ORFORD

P/O. GAYFORD
Sgt. NICOL
Sgt. MOOR
A.C. MOSS
L.A.C. ARMSTRONG
Sgt. MURPHY
Attack on enemy cruiser and destroyer at sea, in accordance with 18 G. Form green RO/G4/7/4. 1115.






1115.






1115.






1115.






1115.






1115.
1830.






1830.






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1830.






1855.






----
Square search for cruiser and destroyers in area 100 miles N.W of SYLT.

No warships sighted. Although search lasted 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. (1345.-1525.).

At approximately 1510. 'A' Flight, which had lagged through avoiding 9 Squadron in a turn, were attacked by 2-? Me.110's.

Very good formation was kept but no avoiding action for fear of straggling.

The enemy concentrated on beam attacks and N.2949., and P.2624. were shot down in flames into the sea.

Three other aircraft, P.9226., P.9236. and P.9227. were damaged by canon fire and M.G. bullets, the tanks being pierced in each cases.

All these aircraft had to be returned to the makers for repair.

S/L MARWOOD-ELTON and A.C.2 BAX were slightly wounded, the latter being off duty for 48 hours and the former, 10 days.

App. B.19.

KINLOSS. 8/4/40. 0730. Fine. Westerly wind.
'B' 2 section are standing by.
Political Information.
BRITAIN has laid mines in NORWEGIAN Territorial water this morning, which form the SWEDISH iron ore route for GERMANY.
1430. F/O GIBBES returned from MARHAM. App. 'N'9.
Personnel.
Naval Officers of the Fleet Air Arm from HATSTON, - Lt/Cdr. BEARD, Lt. BOSTOCK, Sub. Lts. FRANKLIN, NEWING and WILLIS, Mid mn. WATKINSON and McKEE, and Pet/Off. CUNNINGHAM arrived during the night, 8/9.
KINLOSS. 9/4/40. 0730. Fine. Light Westerly wind.
'B' Flight and one aircraft from 'A' flight, F/O SCOTT, were standing by to attack cruisers in BERGEN Harbour.
Political Information.
GERMANY has invaded DENMARK and NORWAY.
1235. F/L NEWMAN and P/O BARBER took off for MARHAM with damaged aircraft for repair. App 'N'9.
Attack of Ships in Harbour.
1520. Message to take off.
Form Green, App. B.20.)
App. B.20.
1555. 'B' Flight took off.
F/S BOORE was ten minutes late, having to change to another aircraft at the last moment.
He caught the formation in two hours.
The cruisers were bombed and a hit registered.
Considerable A.A. fire was experienced from ships and shore.
(Form 541, App. C.18-)
App. C.18.
2055. The six aircraft returned, one damaged by pom-pom fire from ship.

From 1540 hrs 9/4/1940 to 2105 hrs 9/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
R P.9280.





Wellington
S P.9229.





Wellington
Q N.29?8.





Wellington
O P.9271.






Wellington
J P.9284.





Wellington
G P.9235.
S/L. DuBOULAY
F/O. SHEERAN
Lt. BEARD
Sgt. RUFFLE-HAZEL
L.A.C. MILLER
P/O. GRAINGER

F/O. WOOD
Lt. WALFORD
P.O. FRASER
Sgt. JAKEMAN
L.A.C. STOW
A.C. WARD

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

F/L. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Lt. BOSTOCK
Sgt. LAMBERT
A.C. FALLOWS
Cpl. PILGRIM
A.C. BUTLER

F/O. GIBBES
P/O. THORBURN
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
Attack on cruiser in BERGEN harbour in accordance with 18 G. Form green RO/G10/9/4. 1540.






1540.






1610.






1540.






1540.






1540.
2050.






2050.






2105.






2055.






2055.






2055.
To attack two GERMAN cruisers reported at BERGEN

Attacks made from 2500' - 6000', and one hit on stern with 500 lb SAP., made by S/L DuBOULAY.

P.9235. received hit by pom pom which cut geodetics in starboard control plane but damages was repaired within 36 hours.

F/Sgt. BOORE had to transfer to reserve aircraft and took off 10 minutes after the others. To caught up however before target was reached.

App. B.20.

KINLOSS. 10/4/40. 0830. Fine. Light Westerly wind.
F/L PRINGLE's section and F/O WELL's section comprising F/O SCOTT and F/S POWELL were standing by.
Attack of Ship in Harbour.
1445. Message to take off.
(Form Green App. B.21.)
App. B.21.
1530. The six aircraft took off to attack a cruiser in CHRISTIANSAND Harbour.
1655. F/L NEWMAN, P/O BARBER, P/O MORRIS and P/O RANKIN returned by D.H.86.
The aircraft return, having been recalled at 1630.
Personnel.
Lt/Cdr. BEARD and Lt. BOSTOCK recalled to HATSTOW.
(Form 541. App. C.19.)
App. C.19.

From 1525 hrs 10/4/1940 to 1655 hrs 10/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
O P.9271.





Wellington
S P.9229.





Wellington
G P.9235.





Wellington
J P.9284.





Wellington
T P.9285.




Wellington
V N.2989.
F/L. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Sgt. LAMBERT
A.C. FALLOWS
Cpl. PILGRIM
A.C. BUTLER

F/O. GIBBES
P/O. THORBURN
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. KEMSLAY
A.C. ROBERTSON

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

F/O. SCOTT
Sgt. NEWBERRY
Sgt. SMITH (084)
A.C. CROCKER
A.C. ORFORD

F/S. POWELL
F/O. SMYTH
No more info
Attack on cruiser in CHRISTIANSAND harbour in accordance with 18 G. Form green RO/G10/10/4. 1530.






1530.






1530.






1525.






1525.





1525.
1655.






1655.






1655.






1655.






1530.





1655.
Cruiser in harbour at CHRISTIANSAND.

Recalled by 18 Group when approximately 70.80 miles out.

App. B.21.

KINLOSS. 11/4/40. 0800. Overcast. Westerly wind.
Orders and Instructions.
3 G. Operation Instruction No.30 cancelling No.26 received from 3 Group.
1000. F/O WELLS took off for MARHAM.
Attack on Aerodrome.
1800. S/L DuBOULAY's section and P/O BARBER's section comprising F/O SCOTT and F/S POWELL took off to attack STAVANGER Aerodrome.
(Form Green App. B.22.)
App. B.22.
2300. The first aircraft returned.
2345. F/S POWELL, the fifth aircraft to return, landed with undercarriage up owing to damage by A.A.
One aircraft, P/O BARBER, was brought down by A.A. at STAVANGER.
(Form 541, App. C.20.)
App. C.20.

From 1800 hrs 11/4/1940 to 2345 hrs 11/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
R P.9230.






Wellington
S P.9229.





Wellington
T P.9285.





Wellington
J P.9284.





Wellington
G P.9235.





Wellington
O P.9271.
S/L. Du BOULAY
W/C. MILLS
F/O. SHEERAN
Sgt. RUFFLE-HAZEL
A.C. McNEWIN
L.A.C. MILLER
P/O. GRAIGER

F/O. WOOD
P/O. FRASER
Sgt. JAKEMAN
A.C. SHATERTON
L.A.C. STOW
A.C. WARD

F/S. BOORE
Sgt. MARTIN
Sgt. ROBERTS
A.C. WAITE
L.A.C. SMITH (?90)
A.C. JONES (?)

P/O. BARBER
P/O. RANKIN
Sgt. JUBY
P/O. TUCKERBULL
L.A.C. WESTCOTT
Sgt. PEARCE

F/O. SCOTT
Sgt. NEWBERRY
Sgt. SMITH (054)
A.C. BAX
A.C. CROCKER
A.C. ORFORD

F/S. POWELL
F/O. SMYTH
Sgt. SMITH (?83)
A.C. JOHNSTON
L.A.C. LEINS
L.A.C. HODGSON (049)
Attack on STAVANGER Aerodrome accordance with 18G. Form green RO/G9/11/4. 1810.







1810.






1810.






1800.






1800.





1800.
2315.







2305.






2315.






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2330.





2345.
STAVANGER Aerodrome.

To bomb runways, aircraft, aerodrome installations or hanger.

S/L DuBOULAY's section attacked with 500 lb SAP. (2 per aircraft) at 1000'.

Hits were near runways, and petrol fire thought to be started.

P/O BARBERS's section attacked between 200' - 500', missed aerodrome in run up, and then encountered very accurate light A.A. fire.

P.9284. was shot down and crashed in flames.

P.9271. was hit 3 times, and F/S. POWELL and LAC. HODGSON wounded, and hydraulic damaged.

F/S. POWELL flew home and landed with wheels up. (Was awarded D.F.M. for this flight)

P.9235. was hit by one light A.A. shell and the navigator, Sgt. SMITH badly wounded.
Sgt. NEWBERRY, 2nd pilot, navigated home.

This section dropped no bombs on target, owing to damage received.

Very intense light A.A. and M.G. fire encountered by both sections at the target.

App. B.22.

KINLOSS 12/4/40. 0900. Fine. Westerly wind.
The usual stand by availably at one hours notice for one section. (F/L PRINGLE's was only one available.)
No Stand down till dark.
KINLOSS. 13/4/40. 0830. Cloudy. Patches of blue. South westerly wind.
Four aircraft were standing by today.
F/L PRINGLE's section and F/O WELLS.
F/O GIBBES and F/O WELLS were to take off at 1930. for a night attack, and F/L PRINGLE and F/O DONALDSON at 0200. for a dawn attack on STAVANGER aerodrome.
Finally, F/L PRINGLE's section were ordered to take off for dawn attack.
(Form Green App. B23.)
App. B.23.
KINLOSS. 14/4/40. 0200. F/L PRINGLE's section took off singly, joined up and proceeded in formation.
0715. F/L PRINGLE's section returned at 10 minute intervals, having successfully attacked STAVANGER aerodrome.
(From Green App. C.21.)
App.C.21.
0830. Overcast. Westerly wind.
Honours.
Signal from A.O.C. 18 Group congratulating 115 Squadron.
Movements
Signal to return to MARHAM.
1430. Five aircraft, Captains - S/L DuBOULAY, F/S BOORE, F/L PRINGLE, F/O GIBBES and F/L NEWMAN took off for MARHAM. App. 'N' 10.
1545. F/O WOOD took off for MARHAM. App 'N' 10.
1530. First train party in charge of P/O MORRIS left for MARHAM. App 'N' 10 and 11.

From 0200 hrs 14/4/1940 to 0730 hrs 14/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
R P.9230.





Wellington
T P.9285.





Wellington
S P.9229.
F/L. PRINGLE
P/O. EVANS
Sgt. LAMBERT
A.C. FALLOWS
Cpl. PILGRIM
A.C. BUTLER

F/O. GIBBES
P/O. THORNBURN
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

Attack on STAVANGER Aerodrome in accordance with 18 G. Form green RO/G16/13/4. 0200.






0200.






0200.
0715.






0725.






0730.


STAVANGER Aerodrome, Runways, and Aircraft, and Seaplanes in Fjord.

Aircraft took off singly. Joined formation and remained together for the flight across in darkness.

Waited some 30 minutes for sufficient light to attack and dropped 14. 250 GP. bombs on aircraft drawn up on each side of runway.

One aircraft (F/O. GIBBES) also machine gunned the seaplanes.

All aircraft returned singly.

Heavy light A.A. and M/G. fire encountered; this was staved off temporarily by firing of white light.

One aircraft hit, in starboard petrol tank, but leak not discovered for 14 days.

App. B.22.

KINLOSS. 15/4/40. 0830. Cloudy. Strong Westerly wind. Blustery.
1130. First train party arrived back in MARHAM. App 'N' 10 and 11.
1300. The C.O. with F/O Wells left for MARHAM. App 'N' 13.
1415. Second train party in charge of F/O SMYTH left for MARHAM. App 'N' 12 and 13.
KINLOSS. 16/4/40. 0830. Showery. Wind Westerly.
1600. Rearguard in charge of P/O SMITH, adjutant, left by air - D.H.86 Captain PUCH for MARHAM. App. 'N' 15.
MARHAM. Training.
1900. F/O. LASLETT took off for searchlight co-operation and returned at 0005.
1130. Second train party arrived back. App 'N' 16.
MARHAM 17/4/40. Perfect day. Cloudless. Light Westerly wind.
Visits.
0225. G/C LLOYD and G/C DAVIES visited the station.
Training
1320. F/S MOORES and F/O LASLETT took off alternately at approximately hour intervals for high level bombing at BERNERS HEATH.
Visits.
1400. G/C HARRISON called to collect STAVANGER operations reports.
Personnel.
Sgt. MURPHY posted here for observer duties.
MARHAM 18/4/40. 0830. Sunny. Haze overhead. South Westerly wind.
1440. S/L MARWOOD-ELTON's section comprising F/O LASLETT and F/S MOORES took off for formation practice.
1500. Full military funeral of L.A.C. CARTER, injured in F/O STATHAM's crash.
F/L PRINGLE's section standing by for night attack on STAVANGER aerodrome.
Washed out 1900 hours.
F/L PRINGLE's section standing by for night attack on STAVANGER aerodrome.
Washed out 1900 hours.
2100. The C.O. broadcast from B.B.C. on operations from KINLOSS.
The C.O. and S/L DuBOULAY also broadcast late to America.
Decorations.
F/S. POWELL was granted the D.F.M.
MARHAM. 19/4/40. 0830. Rain. Low cloud. Wind South East.
Squadron stood off till midday.
Nothing of interest occurred today.
MARHAM. 20/4/40. 0830. Overcast. Has been raining. Sun coming out. Calm.
Training.
1015. F/O SCOTT and F/O LASLETT took off for local cloud and instrument flying.
1040. S/L MARWOOD-ELTON, F/O WELLS and F/S MOORES took off for formation flying avoiding the cloud flying, ect.
1345. The Station Commander, G/C KEITH gave a talk to the Officers in the ante-room on Air-raid morals, necessity for stand by times and Church.
1120. F/O WOOD took off for cross country to TERNHILL, SEALAND, I.O.MAN, and PRESTWICK.
1525. F/O SCOTT took of for cross country to NORTHAMPTON, CHELTENHAM and READING.
MARHAM. 21/4/40. 0830. High cloud. Sun. Wind South Easterly.
Training.
1030. We had the WASH range for air-firing today.
0920. F/O WOOD, S/L MARWOOD-ELTON, F/O WELLS, F/O LASLETT, F/O SCOTT, F/S MOORES, F/O LASLETT again, S/L DuBOULAY, F/O WOOD again, and F/L NEWMAN took off at intervals for the WASH in the order given.
Personnel.
P/O HOGG and P/O WILDE, C.A.G's posted here for air-gunnery duties. App 'N' 16.
S/L MARWOOD-ELTON, F/O WOOD and F/S BOORE were standing by for night attack on STAVANGER aerodrome, later this was cancelled.
MARHAM. 22/4/40. 0830. Fine. Easterly wind.
Special Sweep.
1120. F/O LASLETT took off for Special Sweep.
(3 G. OP. Instr. No.21. App. B.10 - Mar.1940.) (Form 541. App. C; 22.)
App. B.10. Mar.1940.
1155. F/S MOORES took off for Special Sweep. App. C.22.
Training.
1410. Sgt. MARTIN took off for air firing at the WASH.
Personnel.
P/O MOORE was attached here for flying duties.
The same three crews as yesterday were standing by.
The raid was again cancelled.

From 1120 hrs 22/4/1940 to 1340 hrs 22/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
F P.9297.





Wellington
H P.9298.

F/O. LASLETT
P/O. DODSHUN
Sgt. FLOWER
A.C. GLENDGIWNING?
A.C. LUDLAN
P/O. WHITTON

F/S. MOORES
Sgt. HOOPER
Sgt. HUGHES
A.C. FLANIGAN
A.C. DUGGAN
P/O. WATERER
Special Sweep in accordance with 3 G Op Instr. 21. 1120.






1135.

1340.






1355.

Special sweep by individual aircraft for training purpose.

Nothing of interest seen.

Course - Base to Course to 53°N 2°30'E to 54°01'N.
2°E to WELLS and Base.

App. B.22.

MARHAM. 23/4/40. 0830. High cloud. Strong Easterly wind.
The Squadron was stood off till 1200. hours.
1430. All personnel on the station were ordered to wear gas masks till 1500.
Training.
1520. S/L MARWOOD-ELTON, F/O WELLS and F/S MOORES took off for section drill.
1545. F/O SCOTT took off for cross country.
Attack on Enemy Aerodrome.
Three aircraft took off to attack WESTERLAND Aerodrome, SYLT, individually with three aircraft from 39 Squadron and six aircraft from HONINGTON.
Aircraft took off as follows;
(Form B.117, App. B.24.)
App. B.24.
2100. F/O LASLETT.
2055. S/L DuBOULAY.
2110. F/O WOOD.

From 2100 hrs 23/4/1940 to 0355 hrs 24/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
R P.9230.




Wellington
T P.9255.




Wellington
G P.9235.

S/L. DuBOULAY
F/O. SHEERAN
Sgt. KIRKHAM
A.C. McNEVIN
L.A.C. TUCKER

F/O. WOOD
P/O. FRASER
Sgt. JAKEMAN
A.C. WARD
L.A.C. STOW

F/O. LASLETT
P/O. DODSHUN
Sgt. FLOWER
P/O. WHITTON
A.C. LUDLAN
Attack on WESTERLAND Aerodrome in accordance with Form B.117. 2055.





2110.





2100.
0230.





0335.





0300.
WESTERLAND Aerodrome.

Bombs dropped effectively as far as could be ascertained.

Great deal of A.A. encountered, especially by F/O. WOOD who arrived in the latter part of the raid, and had some difficulty in escaping from an interior ar? of fire.

App. B.24.

MARHAM. 24/4/40. 0230. S/L Du BOULAY returns.
0300. F/O LASLETT returns.
0335. F/O WOOD returns.
(Form 541, App. C.23.)
App. C.23.
0830. High fog. Slight rain. Light Northerly wind.
Training.
1445. F/O WELLS took off for ZZ practice.
1520. F/O SCOTT took off for ZZ practice.
MARHAM. 25/4/40. 0830 Fine. Mist in distance. Northerly wind.
Visits.
1100. The Inspector General Air Chief Marshal Sir Edgar LUDLOW-HEWITT made an informal visit.
Training.
We had BERNERS HEATH today and aircraft took off for high level bombing as under:
1105. F/O LASLETT and F/O SHEERAN
1130 F/O WELLS.
1210. S/L MARWOOD-ELTON.
1330. F/S MOORES.
MARHAM. 26/4/40. 0830. Fine sunny day. Very light Easterly wind.
Training.
1005. S/L MARWOOD-ELTON's section took off for formation practice.
1110. F/L PRINGLE's section took off for section drill.
Reconnaissance and Weather Flight.
1905. S/L MARWOOD-ELTON took off for a reconnaissance flight over STAVANGER.
(Form B.122 .App. B.25.)
App. B.25.
Training.
2045. F/O. CLARKE gave dual in night flying to P/O. FRASER.
2200. F/L. PRINGLE gave dual to P/O. EVANS.
2235. F/L. PRINGLE gave dual to P/O. GERRY.

From 0700 hrs 26/4/1940 to 0140 hrs 27/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
E R.3150.



S/L. MARWOOD-ELTON
P/O. MORRIS
Sgt. SMITH (383)
A.C. JOHNSTON (247)
L.A.C. LEINS
Reconnaissance over STAVANGER in accordance with Form B.122. 0700.



0140.



Area reached successfully at 2016. hours, but weather too cloudy for attack by following aircraft.

No attack made, as target could not be located in darkness.

The moon not having risen at that time.

App. B.25.

MARHAM. 27/4/40. Reconnaissance and Weather Flight.
0140. S/L MARWOOD-ELTON returned having found the weather unfit for operations.
(Form 541. App. C.24.)
App. C.24.
MARHAM. 28/4/40. No entry? page missing?
MARHAM. 29/4/40. No entry? page missing?
MARHAM. 30/4/40. No entry? page missing?

From 1825 hrs 30/4/1940 to 0315 hrs 30/4/1940. Up Down Remarks
Wellington
O P.9299.





Wellington
Q R.31?3.





Wellington
Q R.31?4.

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

F/O. DONALDSON
P/O. GERRY
Sgt. STOW
L.A.C. KEMSLEY
A.C. ROBINSON
A.C. JOHNSON

F/O. GIBBES
F/O. CLARKE
P/O. MARSHMAN
Sgt. PETERSEN
L.A.C. STONE
A.C. MOIR
Attack on STAVANGER Aerodrome in accordance with Form B.126. 1825.






1825.






1825.
0205.






0230.






0315.
Our aircraft operated in conjunction with aircraft from FELTWELL, and from MILDENHALL, and three from HONINGTON in attacking STAVANGER aerodrome.

250 GP. bombs with up to 12 hours delay were used.

The attack was successful.

F/O. DONALDSON made two runs over the target, being baulked by another aircraft the first time, and returned independently.

F/L. PRINGLE and F/O. GIBBES kept together till near the ENGLISH coast.

F/L. PRINGLE then homed successfully.

F/O. GIBBES after losing his leader, was unable to locate his aerodrome in poor visibility with patches of low cloud, owing to W/T failure.

Eventually with cruising at 1000', he hit the ground at SPAUNTON MOOR, near LASTINGHAM, YORKS, crashed aircraft a write off.

F/O. CLARKE and P/O. MARSHMAN killed, remainder only slightly hurt.

App. B.26.

MARHAM. 31/4/40. No entry? page missing?