Place. Date. Time. Summary of Events. References to
Appendices.
MARHAM. 1/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light Southerly to South East to East South East. Fair
Flying training.
1525. A/C. J.X.9875. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Cross Country Run to SUTTON BRIDGE and
1840. returned to Base.
One aircraft undertook Local Flying Practice.
Three aircraft did Special Training.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 2/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Easterly, veering South Easterly to South, South East. Fair.
Flying training.
Air Tests only undertaken.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 3/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South East to South East East. Extensive fog at first, lifting during the morning.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 4/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Easterly. Occasional slight rain.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 5/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North East to East. Showers of rain, sleet and snow.
Flying training.
One Crew undertook Special Training.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 6/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Easterly. Occasional snow mainly inland.
Flying training.
W/C. FREEMAN undertook Icing Trails.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 7/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light North, North Easterly. Snow.
Flying training.
4 Crews undertook Formation Flying practice.
1 Crew did Local Flying practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 8/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly Fair.
Flying training.
Air Tests only.
Operations Night of the 8th/9th. March, 1942. Target ESSEN.
Form B.745 received from Headquarters No.3 Group.
1910. to 1956. A/C. A.X.3644. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. S/L. HOGG and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. T.X.3419. P/O. RUNAGALL and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S.HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Y.X.3604. F/S. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. S/L. COLEMAN and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 72. bundles of 4.5 Flares, 24. G.P's, and 99. S.B.C's.
13 aircraft also carried cameras.
17 aircraft took part in Operations against ESSEN, and taking off between 10.19 and 19.56 hours found weather over the target to be very good with slight ground haze.
Bombing from heights ranging between 10.000 and 19.000 feet, 14 of the aircraft saw all their bombs and incendiaries fall in the target area starting several large fires, and adding to the already existing fires.
2 of the aircraft had to return early owing to technical trouble, and brought all their bombs back.
Aircraft T.X.3419. (Capt. P/O. RUNAGALL) failed to return from Operations.
MARHAM. 9/3/42. 0555. All aircraft with the exception of aircraft T.X.3419. (Capt. P/O. RUNAGALL) had returned safely to Base from Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly to Southerly, fair.
Operations Night of the 9th/10th. March, 1942. Target ESSEN.
Form B.746 received from Headquarters No.3 Group.
1915. to 1938. A/C. H.X.3408. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3669. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. Sgt. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 60. bundles of 4.5 Flares, 20. 250 lb. G.P's and 45. S.B.C's.
All aircraft carried cameras.
10 aircraft took off between 1915. and 1938. hours to attack target ESSEN.
Crews found weather over the target to be very good and bombing from heights ranging between 15.500 and 19.000 feet dropped their bombs which were seen to fall in the target area causing fires and adding to existing ones. One large red fire with thick black smoke was observed by several Crews, many small fires were also seen.
A/C. R.K.3591. (Captain F/S. DAVIE) was forced to return early due to failure of T.R.1335.
MARHAM. 10/3/42. 0040. All aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind North Easterly or variable, fair apart from local fog at first.
Operations Night of the 10th/11th. March, 1942. Target Essen.
Form B.747 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1900. to 1915. A/C. G.X.3633. S/L. HOGG and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. F/S. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 63. 250 lb. incendiaries and 27. S.B.C's.
All aircraft carried cameras and 3 aircraft carried Long and Short delay Searcher Flares.
10 aircraft took off between 1900. and 1915. hours to attack target ESSEN.
Weather over the target was found to be variable with only moderate visibility, on arrival one large and eight small fires were observed and all bombs were released from a minimum of 13.500 feet.
The first Crews over the target were able to locate their target but those arriving later were unable to do so due to increased cloud.
A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain F/S. SOAMES) was forced to return early at 2034. hours due to I.F.F. failure.
MARHAM. 11/3/42. 0024. All aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind light and variable, much fog and mist at first clearing later.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 12/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind East South Easterly, fair with local mist.
Flying training.
6 aircraft undertook Local Flying practice and 1 did Special Training.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 13/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind East South Easterly, fair with risk of snow showers.
Operations Night of the 13th/14th. March, 1942. Target COLOGNE.
Form B.749 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1839. to 1858. A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. L.X.3464. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C.Y.X.3604. F/S. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 168. 3 x 4.5 Recco. Flares and 56. 250 lb. G.P's.
All aircraft carried cameras.
14 aircraft took off between 1939. and 1858. hours, arriving over the target to find the weather good 12 of the aircraft dropped their bombs into the target area from heights ranging between 14.500 and 16.500 feet, and bursts were observed.
One aircraft brought all its bombs back due to inability to locate target and
one other brought all its bombs back due to the undercarriage becoming unserviceable.
MARHAM. 14/3/42. 0115. All the aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind South Easterly to Southerly, intermittent rain or drizzle.
Flying training.
One Crew undertook Local Flying practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 15/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South to South Westerly, fair.
Flying training.
5 Crews practiced Local Day Flying and
3 Crews Local Night Flying.
1 Crew undertook Special Training.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 16/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Southerly, fair at first occasional rain later.
Flying training.
1515. A/C. X.X.3488. Sgt. BECKETT and Crew took off for Cross Country flight and
1645. returned to Base.
6 aircraft undertook Local Flying practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 17/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Southerly, slight rain or drizzle at first becoming fair.
Flying training.
6 Crews undertook Local Flying practice and 2 others BOMBING practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 18/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South West to Southerly, fair generally.
Flying training.
4 Observers received STRAIGHT and LEVEL FLYING INSTRUCTION.
Day Operations of the 18th. March, 1942. Target RUHR VALLEY.
Form B.754 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
6 Crews stood by for Daylight Operations,
5 took off but were recalled before reaching the DUTCH COAST owing to lack of cloud cover.
MARHAM. 19/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light, variable, widespread fog and occasional drizzle.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 20/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light, variable, cloudy with occasional rain.
Flying training.
1100. A/C. F.X.3589. S/L. HOGG and Crew took off for Cross Country flight to NEWMARKET and
1330. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 21/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light, variable, cloudy with occasional light drizzle.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 22/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North Easterly, cloudy with slight local drizzle.
Flying training.
1010. A/C. F.X.3589. P/O. GEORGE and crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1310. returned to Base.
Operations Night of the 22nd/23rd. March, 1942. Target SPRATT 'B'.
Form B.758 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
17 aircraft including 2 Freshmen stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 1630. hours.
MARHAM. 23/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North to North Easterly, mainly fair or fine.
Flying training.
3 Crews undertook Bombing practice.
Operations Night of the 23rd/24th. March, 1942. Target SPRATT 'B'.
Form B.759 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
17 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 1635. hours.
MARHAM. 24/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind variable, widespread fog becoming fine or fair.
Flying training.
2 Crews did Local Day Flying practice and
2 others Night Flying practice.
Operations Night of the 24th/25th. March, 1942. Target STOAT 'B'.
Form B.760 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
5 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 2200. hours.
MARHAM. 25/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Westerly, fine after early morning mist.
Flying training.
2 Crews did Local DUAL Flying during the day.
Operations Night of the 25th/26th. March, 1942. Target ESSEN.
1940. to 1955. A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. Y.X.3604. P/O. SOAMES and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. X.X.3400. F/S. HYDE and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. C.X.3593. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. Sgt. SLADE and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. TAYLOR and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. Sgt. BECKETT and Crew took of for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 72. bundles of 3 x 4.5 Flares, 36. 250 lb. G.P's, and 63. S.B.C's. and 1. 4.000 lb. H.C.
16 of the aircraft carried cameras.
17 aircraft took off between 1940. and 1955. hours and found weather over the target to be good.
16 aircraft dropped their bombs from heights ranging between 15.000 and 18.000 feet by visual observation and T.R. Fix. Fires were started in the target area but not much detail was obtained due to industrial haze over the town.
One aircraft was forced to return early owing to T.R. going unserviceable and the rear guns not functioning. The bomb was jettisoned alive in the sea.
MARHAM. 26/3/42. 0045. All the aircraft returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind light and variable, fine or fair.
Flying training.
2 Crews did Local Flying practice during the day.
Operations Night of the 26th/27th. March, 1942. Target ESSEN.
Form B.762 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1940. to 1959. A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A.C. C.X.3593. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. TAYLOR and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Y.X.3604. P/O. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. X.X.3488. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 72 Bundles of 3. x 4.5 Flares, 24. 250 lb. G.P's, 72. S.B.C's and 1. 4.000 lb. H.C.
All the aircraft carried cameras.
15 aircraft took off between 1940 and 1959 hours ti attack target ESSEN and found weather over the target to be excellent. Bombs were released by visual observation from heights ranging between 14.000 and 18.000 feed although one or two fires were started several fires were observed in the target area. Photographs were attempted.
A/C. F.X.3589 (Captain Sgt. TAYLOR) and A/C. Y.X.3604 (Captain P/O. SOAMES) failed to return to Base from Operations.
MARHAM. 27/3/42. 0125. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind Easterly, fair.
Flying training.
1435. A/C. S.X.3466. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Flare Trails and
1535. returned to Base.
1400. A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. WELLER and Crew took off for Cross Country Flight to WADDINGTON and
1900. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 28/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North Easterly, fair.
Operations Night of the 28th/29th. March, 1942. Target LUBECK.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1950. to 2050. A/C. A.X.3644. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. C.X.3595. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3541. P/O. WELLER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. X.X.3488. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 24 Bundles of 3. x 4.5 Flares, 1. 4.000 lb. H.C., 5. 1.000 lb. G.P's, 25. 500 lb. G.P's, 8. 250 lb. G.P's and 63. S.B.C's.
All the aircraft carried cameras.
15 aircraft took off between 1930 and 2050 hours to attack target LUBECK and found weather over the target to be excellent. Bombs were released from heights ranging between 3.500 and 16.000 feet and all were seen to fall in the target area starting fires all over the island. Some bursts were not seen due to the fires already well alight. Many photographs were attempted and one very large fire was noticed at the end of the island.
One aircraft due to taking off too early had to be recalled.
A/C. W.X.3541. (Captain P/O. WELLER) failed to return from Operations.
MARHAM. 29/3/42. 0450. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind North Easterly, fair.
Flying training.
0815. A/C. X.X.3488. Sgt. BECKETT and Crew took off for Sweep for Aircraft believed to be down in the sea and
1215. returned to Base without results.
1050. A/C. A.X.3644. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for HOME GUARD exercises and
1145. returned to Base.
1250. A/C. P.X.3662. Sgt. TONKIN and Crew took off for Cross Country to EXETER and
1840. returned to Base.
Operations Night of the 29th/30th. March, 1942. Target
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
10 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled later in the day.
MARHAM. 30/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light, Southerly, fair.
Flying training.
3 crews did Special Training, 2 crews did Cross Country Flights and 1 did Local Flying during daylight.
2035. A/C. K.X.3639. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Local Flying and
2045. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 31/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South - South, South Westerly, occasional rain or drizzle.
Flying training.
4 Crews did Special Training, and 1 did Local Flying.
Operations Night of the 31st. March./1st. April 1942. Target ESSEN.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1900. to 0020. A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 32. 500 lb. G.P's.
6 aircraft stood by, but only 4 took off, taking off between 1900 and 0020, and found weather conditions over the target to be icy.
One aircraft released its bombs on TR fix, another aircraft unable to locate the primary target released its bombs on HAMBORN. The remaining two aircraft were unable to reach their target due to insufficient cover and inability to climb and jettisoned some of their bombs.
MARHAM. 1/4/42. 0310. All aircraft returned safely to Base after Operations.