Place. Date. Time. Summary of Events. References to
Appendices.
MARHAM. 1/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly, fog clearing slowly.
Operations Night of the 1st/2nd. January, 1942. Target TOADS.
Form B.691 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
11 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 1530. hours.
MARHAM. 2/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly, occasional rain or drizzle.
Flying training.
1050. A/C. G.X.3447. Sgt. FAITH and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1150. returned to Base.
1100. A/C. L.X.3414. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1230. returned to Base.
1110. A/C. R.X.3393. Sgt. DAVIE and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1245. returned to Base.
1110. A/C. T.X.3345. P/O. RUNAGALL )
A/C. Q.X.3450. Sgt. SLADE          ) and Crew took off for FORMATION FLYING and
A/C. O.X.3391. Sgt. SLADE          ) ?
1235. returned to Base.
1112. A/C. X.X.3408. Sgt. WELLER and Crew took off for Cross Country flight and
1435. returned to Base.
1115. A/C. B.Z.1070. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1205. returned to Base.
1130. A/C. A.Z.1084. Sgt. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1215. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 3/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly, local rain or drizzle.
Flying training.
1050. A/C. B.Z.1070. Sgt. BEATTIE and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1200. returned to Base.
1055. A/C. G.X.3447. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1150. returned to Base.
1115. A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. FAITH and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1200. returned to Base.
1445. A/C. E.X.3448. Sgt. GEORGE and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1505. returned to Base.
1445. A/C. R.X.3393. Sgt. DAVIE and Crew took off for Circuits and Bumps and
1510. returned to Base.
1445. A/C. T.X.3345. P/O. RUNAGALL and Crew took off for Circuits and bumps and
1525. returned to Base.
Operations Night of the 3rd/4th. January, 1942. Target.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
15 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 1045. hours.
MARHAM. 4/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly, rain at times.
Flying training.
1100. A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. FAITH and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1200. returned to Base.
1115. A/C. A.Z.1048. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1215. returned to Base.
1125. A/C. E.X.3448. Sgt. GEORGE and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1225. returned to Base.
1130. A/C. K.X.3392. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1200. returned to Base.
1130. A/C. T.X.3468. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1230. returned to Base.
1140. A/C. L.X.3414. Sgt. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Cross Country flight and
1235. returned to Base.
1140. A/C. B.Z.1070. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1250. returned to Base.
1140. A/C. G.X.3447. Sgt. PATTERSON and Crew took off for LORENZ practice and
1240. returned to Base.
Operations Night of the 4th/5th. January, 1942. Target Z.498 1/2.
Form B.694 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
14 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 1700. hours.
MARHAM. 5/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North North Easterly, fair apart from showers.
Flying training.
1115. A/C. H.X.9831. Sgt. GEORGE     )
A/C. L.X.3414. Sgt. LESLIE         ) and Crew took off for FORMATION FLYING and
A/C. G.X.3447. W/C. FREEMAN )
1240. returned to Base.
1120. A/C. S.Y.3413. S/L. GRANT          )
A/C. T.X.3345. P/O. RUNAGALL )
A/C. W.X.3523. F/S. SOAMES      ) and Crew took off for FORMATION FLYING and
A/C. R.X.3393. Sgt. DAVIE           )
A/C. Q.X.3450. Sgt. SLADE          )
1240. returned to Base.
Operations Night of the 5th/6th. January, 1942. Target BREST.
0318. & 0328. A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.Z.1070. Sgt. BEATTIE and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 2. 500 lb. G.P's and 12. S.B.C's.
The 2 aircraft detailed to attack target BREST took off at 0318. and 0328. hours and found weather over target to be 9/10 cloud.
Bombing from 9.500 and 13.000 feet bombs were released and seen to fall into or near target area but no results were observed. One of the aircraft observed a large yellow fire burning on arrival.

5/1/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington IC.
J. X. 9875.





Wellington IC.
B. Z. 1070.




Sgt. HARRIS
Sgt. LOUGHEAD
Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. MCCARTHY
Sgt. JERRAM
Sgt. SMITH

Sgt. BEATTIE
Sgt. RUTHERFORD
Sgt. STEVENSON
Sgt. BROWN
Sgt. MCGRATH
Sgt. STEWART
Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.
0318.






0328.






1010.






1005.






2 aircraft, both from 'A' Flight were detailed to attack Target BREST in accordance with Form B.695 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew.
A/C. B.Z.1070. Sgt. BEATTIE and Crew.

Bomb load
Each of the above aircraft carried 1. 500 lb. G.P. and 6. S.B.C's.
Each of the aircraft carried a camera and 1. Photo Flash Bomb.

A/C. J.X.9875. (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) bombing from a height of 13.000 feet dropped all his on a course 330 degrees probably falling into or close to target which was judged by sight of Pte. DES ESPAGNON followed by BREAKWATER at BREST. At least 2 other aircraft put bombs in same place at same time. No photograph was taken

A/C. B.Z.1070. (Captain Sgt. BEATTIE) bombing from a height of 9.500 feet observed docks through a break in the cloud on approach but they were obscured later. Bombs and incendiaries were estimated to drop North of dock area. A large yellow orange fire North of docks was seen on arrival. A photograph was attempted.

1010. Both aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.


MARHAM. 6/1/42. 1010. Both aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind North to North Westerly, wintry showers.
Flying training.
1545. A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. DUNN and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1615. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 7/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Westerly, fair with local fog patches.
Flying training.
1455. A/C. A.Z.1084. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Cross Country flight to ALCONBURY and
1600. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 8/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North Westerly to Northerly, scattered showers.
Flying training.
1415. A/C. A.Z.1084. Sgt. WELLER and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1615. returned to Base.
1445. A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1530. returned to Base.
1455. A/C. B.Z.1070. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for AIR FIRING practice and
1600. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 9/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North Westerly, showery.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 10/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North Westerly, snow showers.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 11/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North Westerly backing to South Westerly. Fine or fair.
Flying training.
1530. A/C. X.X.3408. Sgt. WELLER and Crew took off for BOMBING practice and
1630. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 12/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly, cloudy with snow or sleet.
Flying training.
LORENZ and BOMBING practice were undertaken on a fairly large scale.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM 13/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South South Easterly, cloudy with snow or sleet.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 14/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Southerly, fair with risk of snow or sleet.
Flying training.
1500. A/C. A.Z.1084. Sgt. BEATTIE and Crew took off for AIR FIRING practice and
1720. returned to Base.
Intensive Local Flying practice was also undertaken with flights of between 1 and 2 hours.
Operations Night of the 14th/15th. January, 1942. Target EMDEN.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1720. A/C. X.X.9831. Sgt. WELLER and crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 12. 250 lb. G.P's and 2. S.B.C's.
The aircraft also carried a camera and 2. Photo flash bombs.
One Freshman took off at 1720. hours to attack target EMDEN but had to abandon the sortie due to inability to climb. All bombs were brought back.
2012. Aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.

14/1/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington IC.
X. X. 9831.





Sgt. WELLER
Sgt. JONES
Sgt. HILL
Sgt. RAMSBOTHAM
Sgt. RINGE
P/O. SCRIVEN

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

1720.






2012.






One aircraft from 'B' Flight was detailed to attack Target EMDEN in accordance with Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. X.X.9831. Sgt. WELLER and Crew.

Bomb load
The above aircraft carried 12. 250 lb. G.P's and 2. S.B.C's.
The aircraft also carried a camera and 2. Photo Flash Bombs.

A/C. X.X.9831. (Captain Sgt. WELLER) was forced to abandon the sortie due to inability to climb and so brought all bombs back.

2012. Aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.


MARHAM. 15/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South to South Easterly, fine with some local fog early in the day.
Flying training.
Local day and Cross Country Night Flying was undertaken.
A/C. G.X.3447. (Captain Sgt. FAITH) crashed on landing and all the crew were killed.
Operations Night of the 15th/16th. January, 1942. Target EMDEN and HAMBURG.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1750. to 1815. A/C. X.X.9831. Sgt. WELLER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. BEATTIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. A.Z.1084. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 8. 250 lb. G.P's and 14. S.B.C's.
Aircraft X.X.9831. (Captain Sgt. WELLER) took off at 1750. hours to attack target EMDEN but was forced to abandon the sortie owing to the main fuse blowing twice.
The other 2 aircraft attacking target HAMBURG and bombing from 12.000 and 13.000 feet in moderate visibility dropped their bombs in centre of docks but no results other than incendiaries were observed. One photograph was taken.

15/1/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington IC.
J. X. 9875.





Wellington IC.
X. X. 9831.





Wellington IC.
A. Z. 1084.




Sgt. BEATTIE
Sgt. RUTHERFORD
Sgt. STEVENSON
Sgt. BROWN
Sgt. MCGRATH
Sgt. STEWART

Sgt. WELLER
Sgt. JONES
Sgt. HILL
Sgt. ROMSBOTHAM
Sgt. RINGE
P/O. SCRIVEN

Sgt. REYNOLDS
Sgt. TONKIN
Sgt. MCGRATH
Sgt. WILKES
Sgt. HARRIS
P/O. MCCRAE

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.
1750.






1805.






1815.






0030.






1835.






0045.






3 aircraft both from 'A' Flight and 1 Freshman from 'B' Flight were detailed to attack Targets EMDEN and HAMBURG in accordance with Form G. received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. BEATTIE and Crew.
A/C. X.X.9831. Sgt. WELLER and Crew.
A/C. A.Z.1084. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew.

Bomb load
2 of the above aircraft each carried 6. S.B.C's.
1 aircraft carried 8. 250 lb. G.P's and 2. S.B.C's.
Each of the aircraft carried a camera and 2. Photo Flash Bombs.

A/C. J.X.9875. (Captain Sgt. BEATTIE) successfully located and attacked target HAMBURG and bombing from a height of 13.000 feet dropped their incendiaries which were seen to bursts. No, other results were observed. Photo was taken at 2105.

A/C. X.X.9831. (Captain Sgt. WELLER) was forced to abandon the sortie due to main fuses blowing twies. All bombs were brought back.

A/C. A.Z.1084. (Captain Sgt. REYNOLDS) successfully located and attacked target HAMBURG and bombing from a height of 12.000 feet dropped his incendiaries which were seen fall in the centre of docks. No results were observed due to evasive action.

All the aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 0045.


MARHAM. 16/1/42. All aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 0045. hours.
Met. conditions.
Wind East to South Easterly. Fair with slight risk of sleet or snow.
Flying training.
1200. A/C. F.X.3589. S/L. HOGG and Crew took off for Cross Country flight to COSFORD and
1515. returned to Base.
Local flying was undertaken during the day.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 17/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind East to North Easterly. Fair.
Flying training.
Four Crews undertook Local Flying practice and four others did practice bombing.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 18/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Easterly. Fine at first with slight snow spreading from the West.
Flying training.
1100. A/C. V.X.3601. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew took off for Cross Country to FELTWELL and
1200. returned to Base.
1515. A/C. A.Z.1084. Sgt. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Cross Country Flight and
1645. returned to Base.
1530. A/C. Q.X.3450. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew took off for Cross Country to TEMPSFORD and
1640. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 19/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind East to South Easterly. Occasional slight sleet or snow.
Flying training.
Intensive local flying was undertaken by the Squadron.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 20/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Southerly, mainly cloudy.
Flying training.
Six Crews undertook Local Flying practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 21/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Easterly, fine or fair.
Flying training.
1130. A/C. K.X.3392. Sgt. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Cross Country flight and
1415. returned to Base.
9 other Crews took off in the early evening for Cross Country flights and returned to Base after dark.
Operations Night of the 21st/22nd. January, 1942. Target SOA(E)STERBERG AERODROME.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1805. & 1810. A/C. A.Z.1084. Sgt. WELLER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 28. 250 lb. G.P's and 4. S.B.C's.
Both aircraft also carried cameras and 2. Photo Flash Bombs.
The weather over the target was found by both aircraft to be good but hazy and bombing from 6.500 and 7.500 feet dropped their bombs which were seen to fall just off the area of the aerodrome. Incendiaries caused two good explosions.
Both aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 2255. hours.

21/1/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington IC.
A. Z. 1084.





Wellington IC.
J. X. 9875.





Sgt. WELLER
Sgt. JONES
Sgt. HILL
Sgt. ROMSBOTHAM
Sgt. RINGE
P/O. SCRIVEN

Sgt. ANDERSON
Sgt. MANN
Sgt. ADMANS
Sgt. ALEANDRI
Sgt. FLORENCE
Sgt. BLACKMAN

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

1805.






1810.






2140.






2225.






2 aircraft (1 from 'A' Flight and 1 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack Target SOASTERGERG in accordance with Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. A.Z.1084. Sgt. WELLER and Crew.
A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. ANDERSON and Crew.

Bomb load
Each of the above aircraft carried 14. 250 lb. G.P's and 2. S.B.C's.
Each aircraft carried a camera and 2. Photo Flash Bombs.

A/C. A.Z.1084. (Captain Sgt. WELLER) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 7.500 feet dropped his bombs but they were not seen to burst owing to haze. Glow from incendiaries was observed turn to red followed by two good explosions.

A/C. J.X.9875. (Captain Sgt. ANDERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 6.500 feet dropped his bombs. A big red flash was observed and smoke as if from burning trees to North East side of the aerodrome. No other results were observed.

Both aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 2255.


MARHAM 22/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Easterly. Fair with slight risk of snow showers.
Flying training.
Extensive Cross Country flying and Bombing practice was undertaken.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 23/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Southerly, almost continuous snow most of the day.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 24/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind West to North Westerly. Fair with chance of light occasional rain.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 25/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Westerly, showers probable.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 26/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Westerly. Wintry showers developing during the morning.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 27/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Southerly, fair at first, slight snow spreading from West.
Flying training.
Local flying practice was carried out by 5 Crews.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 28/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind West to South Westerly, occasional showers.
Flying training.
Some Local flying practice was undertaken.
Operations Night of the 28th/29th. January, 1942. Target MUNSTER.
Form B.--- received from headquarters, No.3 Group.
1825. A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. N.Z.1084. F/S. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried.
The two aircraft took off at 1825. hours and found the weather over the target very poor with 10/10 cloud.
Bombing from 14.500 and 14.000 feet bombs were released on E.T.A. but no results were observed.
Both aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 2320. hours.

28/1/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington IC.
J. X. 9875.





Wellington IC.
N. Z. 1084.




Sgt. HARRIS
Sgt. LOUGHEAD
Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. MCCARTHY
Sgt. JERRAM
Sgt. SMITH

F/S. SOAMES
Sgt. BECKETT
Sgt. MOGFORD
Sgt. BAKER
Sgt. BURNS
Sgt. FREAK

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.
1825.






1825.






2320.






2245.






2 aircraft (1 from 'A' Flight and 1 from 'B' flight) were detailed to attack Target MUNSTER in accordance with Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. J.X.9875. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew.
A/C. N.Z.1084. F/S. SOAMES and Crew.

Bomb load
Each of the above aircraft carried 1. 1.000 lb. G.P. and 4. 500 lb. G.P.'s.
Each of the aircraft also carried a camera and 2. Photo Flash Bombs.

A/C. J.X.9875. (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) bombing from a height of 14.500 feet on E.T.A. dropped his bombs without observing any results.

A/C. N.Z.1084. (Captain F/S. SOAMES) bombing from a height of 14.000 feet on E.T.A. dropped his bombs without observing any results.

Both aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 2320. hours.


MARHAM. 29/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Westerly, showers at first developing later in the morning.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 30/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly, fair with risk of sleet or snow.
Flying training.
1130. A/C. H.X.3635. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1300. returned to Base.
Operations Night of the 30th/31st. January, 1942. Target.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
2 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled later in the day.
MARHAM. 31/1/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North East to Northerly, local wintry showers.
Operations Night of the 31st January/1st. February, 1942. Target.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
2 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled later on in the day.
List of postings to and from Unit during the month of January, 1942.
Officers.
P/O. H. B. PEARCE 106036 Posted from No.3 G.T.F. w.e.f. 23/1/42.
P/O. A. GEORGE NZ.403441 Reported to this Unit on 31/1/42 on appointment to commissioned rank.
P/O. A. G. LITTLE 100089 Posted to N.E. strength of R.A.F. Station, MARHAM w.e.f. 3/12/41.
Airmen Pilots.
978002 Sgt. Pilot ABERCROMBIE, R. Posted to No.40 Squadron. w.e.f. 1/1/42.
1253602 Sgt. Pilot. OWEN, E. Posted to N.E. strength R.A.F. Station, MARHAM, w.e.f. 13/1/42.
R.59549 Sgt. Pilot. RUTHERFORD, V. Posted to No.99 Squadron, w.e.f. 19/1/42.
NZ.404326 Sgt. Pilot. BEATTIE, K. Posted to No.99 Squadron, w.e.f. 19/1/42.
1379351 Sgt. Pilot. EDWARDS, E. Posted from No.99 Squadron, w.e.f. 30/1/42.
1112329 Sgt. Pilot. BUTTERWORTH, F. Posted from No.99 Squadron, w.e.f. 30/1/42.
1256892 Sgt. Pilot. WILLIAMS, J. Posted from No.99 Squadron, w.e.f. 30/1/42.
1289238 Sgt. Pilot. HICKMAN, H. Posted from No.99 Squadron, w.e.f. 30/1/42.