75 Years Ago from the Archives.

75 Years ago from the Operation Record Books for

R.A.F. Harrowbeer

 

 

June  1942

Wing Commander the Hon. F. F. Ward was the Commanding Officer of R.A.F. Harrowbeer and signed the Operation Record Book for the month of June.

 

Visitors to R.A.F. Harrowbeer included :-

          Air Commodore H. V. Rowley - S.A.S.O. No.10 Group

          Commander in Chief E. Cleck

          Wing Commander A. Vasatko

 

Weather

The beginning of the month was fairly good for flying activities, but it deteriorated around the 18th of the month resulting in little flying practice.

 

From the Station O.R.B.

 

Strength of R.A.F. Harrowbeer personnel :-

          R.A.F. Units = 898          W.A.A.F. = 99          Army = 256

 

The Station Medical Officer was Senior Medical Officer Turmbull.

 

          2nd June          Twelve Spitfire VB's of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron flew to R.A.F. Warmwell to operate with the Middle Wallop and Exeter Wing in a " Rodeo " on the Cherbourg Peninsular.

          3rd June          Eleven Spitfire VB flew to R.A.F. Ibsley and took part in " Circus " No.6 providing cover to twelve Boston Bombers.

          9th June          Three sections of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron flew an Army exercise " Pelican ", attacking colunms of vehicles going towards Exeter.

          18th June          The crew of six airmen from a Whitley aircraft were picked up two miles off Bude by a Walrus aircraft from No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron ' B ' Flight.

          19th June          No.492 Search Light Battery were replaced on the aerodrome by No.313 Search Light Battery. The strength of personnel = 68.

          22nd June          The arrival of three Mustang aircraft of No.16 ( Army Co-operation ) Squadron from R.A.F. Weston Zoyland.

          23rd June          No.10 Group " Ramrod " No.23 took place with No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron operating from R.A.F. Exeter as cover to six Boston Bombers in an attack on Morlaix. The Portreath Wing ( No.19, 234 and 130 Squadrons ) took off from R.A.F. Harrowbeer and met the formation on it's return from the French Coast. Eight to ten miles from Dartmouth several FW190'S attacked the formation. Two enemy aircraft were destroyed and one damaged.

          23rd June          Wing Commander Stansfield of No.16 Squadron flying a Mustang aircraft crashed near the rear of the Communal Site of R.A.F. Harrowbeer. He was admitted to the R.A.F. Hospital, Torquay.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B.

 

No.16 ( Army Co-operation ) Squadron :-

          23rd June          Three Mustang aircraft detached to R.A.F. Harrowbeer for Artillery Range - six successful shots.

                                     Wing Commander P. W. Stansfield crashed in a Mustang at R.A.F. Harrowbeer - seriously injured and conveyed to R.A.F. Hospital, Torquay.

                                     Four modified Mustang aircraft collected from R.A.F. Abbotsinch.

          24th June          Squadron Leader A. G. Pallet takes command of the Squadron vice Wing Commander P. W. Stansfield.

          28th June          VIII Corps. R.A. Exercise held in the afternoon, all Squadron personnel took part.

 

No.19 Squadron :-

          22nd June          The Squadron flew from R.A.F. Perranporth led by Squadron Leader Davies to R.A.F. Harrowbeer to take part in a Wing Sweep acting as cover to six Boston bombers carrying out an attack on Morlaix. On the way back FW190's were seen and Sergeant Ridings and Pilot Officer Henderson went to investigate. Sergeant Ridings was last seen at this time and is reported missing.

 

No.276  Air Sea Rescue Squadron    " B " Flight :-

          Most of June was taken up by local flying exercises, familiarisation flights, air tests, sea landing practice and ferry work. There was a total of thirteen search and recue operations flown by " B " Flight.

          1st June          A Lysander aircraft was ordered off to search for a mine eight miles south south east of Berry Head.  A square search was carried out, but nothing was seen.

          2nd June          A Walrus aircraft was sent out to search for a ditched aircraft three miles off the Lizard Point. An extensive search was made during which two Beaufighter aircraft and three Spitfire aircraft were seen also searching the area. Nothing was seen.

          3rd June          A Lysander aircraft took off to search for a Hampden aircraft that had ditched in the sea eighteen miles off Eddystone. A large patch of oil was discovered but no sign of any aircraft, wreckage or airmen were seen.

          7th June          A Lysander aircraft was ordered to search for a Sunderlanf flying boat reported down in the sea five miles south of Wembury Bay. The Lysander was instructed to return to base as the search turned out to be a false alarm.

          18th June          A Walrus aircraft was ordered to search for the crew of a Whitley bomber reported in the sea two miles west of Bude. As the Walrus was approaching a flare attracted their attention to a dinghy in the sea. The six members of the crew were taken on board the Walrus, but owing to overloading the Walrus was forced to taxi to the beach at Bude. The aircraft was secured on the beach overnight and flown away the next morning. Rescue boats arrived at the scene after the Walrus had been beached.

          27th June          A Walrus proceeded to a position six miles south of Seaton and a thorough search carried out to an area ten miles south of Seaton and northward of Bridport. Two rescue launches were seen searching the area. All that could be found was an oil patch south of Lyme Regis.

          30th June          Although No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron is definitely not a fighting unit it was well represented in the " Honours of Awards List " this month.

                    DFC     to     A/F/O  Seabourne E. W.

                    AFM     to     Flight Sergeant Sainsbury J.

                    BEM     to     LAC  Burke H.

 

No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          1st June          The Squadron took off from R.A.F. Harrowbeer at 0825 hours ( twelve aircraft ) for R.A.F. Warmwell. At 1040 hours a Sweep was carried out over the Cherbourg area together with No's 310 and 154 Squadrons of the Exeter Wing. No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron escorted as top cover to six Boston bombers. No enemy aircraft were encountered.

          3rd June          At 1439 hours the Squadron took off on No.10 Group Circus No.6. The Squadron acted as top cover to twelve Boston bombers over the Cherbourg Peninsular and dockland. On the return flight FW190 enemy aircraft were seen and attacked. One pilot ( Flight Lieutenant Dvorak ) is reported as missing. One enemy aircraft was destroyed and four damaged. The Squadron landed back at R.A.F. Ibsley.

          6th June          At 0705 hours the Squadron flew to R.A.F. Redhill, Surrey. At 1145 hours they took part in a No.11 Group Circus.

          9th June          Three sections took part in an Army Co-operation exercise carrying out dive attacks on columns of vehicles and troops in the Barnstable area.

          14th June          Flight Sergeant Mares, Flight Sergeant Pipa and Sergeant Kohout were posted to No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron from No.313 Squadron.

          19th June          During the day the Squadron took part in three convoy shipping patrols, two Air Sea Rescues and one section on patrol.

          20th June          Five sections sent off on scrambles. Nothing to report.

          22nd June          Five aircraft were sent to R.A.F. Bolt Head to take over readiness there. The ground staff proceeded there by road. The remainder of the Squadron at R.A.F. Harrowbeer carried out six scrambles, one convoy patrol and battle formation practice.

                    Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward made a visit to " B " Flight Dispersal where he talked to the pilots about flying discipline, economy in the use of petrol and security.

          23rd June          The Squadron took off with nine aircraft from R.A.F. Harrowbeer and two from R.A.F. Bolt Head for R.A.F. Exeter. At 1005 hours they took off in the Exeter Wing acting as rear escort for Boston bombers with Morlaix Aerodrome as their target. On the return flight Flying Officer Perina crash landed at R.A.F. Bolt Head and Flight Lieutenant Kasal's aircraft landed at R.A.F. Exeter being damaged by enemy fire. When landing at R.A.F. Bolt Head Flight Sergeant Mares collided with a Spitfire of No.310 Squadron.

                    Air Sea Rescue Searches went on for several hours in a vain search for Wing Commander A. Vasatko. A pilot was discovered in a dinghy but turned out to be a German pilot.

          28th June          There were three scrambles, two shipping reconnaissance sorties, one dawn patrol and several sorties for gun tests carried out today.

          29th June          An order was received from Headquarters Fighter Command to move part of the Squadron and all the aircraft to R.A.F. Redhill on 1st July 1942. According to the movement order the rail party would proceed on 30th June 1942 in the evening with the road party and air party in Spitfire aircraft and two transport planes on 1st July 1942.

 

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May 1942 

 

Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward was the Commanding Officer for R.A.F. Harrowbeer and signed the Station Operation Record Book for the month of May.

 

Visitors to R.A.F. Harrowbeer included :-

          Air Commodore Peake  ( Director of Airforce Welfare )

          Reverend Group Captain A. McHardy  ( Staff Chaplain )

          Air Vice Marshall A. H. Orlebar  ( Air Officer Commanding H.Q. No.10 Group )

          Squadron Officer Nichol  ( H.Q. No.10 Group )

          Brigadier Bush  ( Commander of No.55 A.A. Brigade )

          Sector Commander C/G O.C.M. James DFC, AFC  ( Commanding Officer of R.A.F. Exeter )

          Lieutenant General Grasett  ( VII Corps Commander )

 

Weather

 

          The weather at the beginning of May was very poor with mist, drizzle and strong winds. Towards the middle of the month the weather improved allowing more flying practice and training flights to be carried out.

 

From the Station O.R.B.

 

          Strength of R.A.F. Harrowbeer Personnel :-  R.A.F. = 875          Army = 82

          No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron moved from R.A.F. Harrowbeer to R.A.F. Heston on the 7th May 1942.

          No.312 (Czech ) Squadron arrived at R.A.F. Harrowbeer from R.A.F. Fairwood Common on the 1st May 1942.

          Two Polish airmen were killed in a flying accident.

          On the 4th May 1942 Squadron Leader F. Constable was posted as Medical Officer to the Station.

          On the 27th May 1942 a Lancaster aircraft from No.207 Squadron crashed at Standen Hill, near Tavistock. A rescue party from R.A.F. Harrowbeer attended the accident, bringing the occupants back to base.

          30th May 1942 the new W.A.A.F. Site was occupied for the first time.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B.'s

 

No.16 Squadron :-

          On the 28th May 1942 No.16 Squadron were operating out of R.A.F. Weston Zoyland. On this day VII Corps Commanding Officer, Lieutenant General Grasett was flown to R.A.F. Harrowbeer and then back to R.N.A.S. Yeovilton.     ( The purpose of this visit is not known )

 

No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron     " B " Flight :-

          A large amount of flying activity carried out during the month of May which was spent mainly on ferry duties, air tests, experience flights for new pilots and air to air firing practice.

          There were seven A.S.R. sorties carried out during the month.

          4th May     A Walrus aircraft was ordered off to search for a dinghy in the sea thirty two miles off the Lizard Point, Cornwall. The aircraft took off in good weather but later experienced mist with poor visibility. A square search was carried out but nothing found. The search was abandoned on instructions from the controller.

          4th May     A Lysander aircraft at readiness was scrambled to search for an aircraft in the sea approximately half a mile from Maidcombe Bay. All that could be found was a large oil patch, there was no sign of any wreckage or aircrew. The search included several M.G.B.'s and M.L.'s but the search was unsuccessful.

          5th May     An Air Sea Rescue conference was held in R.A.F. Harrowbeer's Station Commander's Office. The position of No.276 A.S.R. was reviewed and suggestions of improvements based on the previous six months experience formulated. The number of aircraft distribution was discussed and it was decided that each detached flight should consist of three Lysanders or Defiants and one Walrus. A pool of four Lysanders was to be held of which two would be at R.A.F. Warmwell, Dorset and two at R.A.F. Harrowbeer, Devon.

          6th May     Lysander aircraft, serial No.T1698 was damaged on landing.

          9th May     Three Defiant aircraft arrived at Squadron Headquarters, ( Harrowbeer ).

          19th May     No.276 A.S.R. Squadron dispersal was invaded by press and film photographers who made a film of Air Sea Rescue work. The film was later shown at a Plymouth cinema.

          19th May     A Lysander aircraft was sent off to search for a barge proported to be carrying two men. The area was thoroughly searched but there was no trace of a barge. What was found was a number of small fishing vessels in the area. Later in the day a Walrus aircraft was ordered off to search for two men in a small boat eighteen to twenty miles off Bolt Head. A rescue boat and an armed vessel were discovered. It would appear that the occupants of the small boat had been picked up by one of these vessels.

 

No.286 ( A.A.C. ) Squadron :-  ( A.A.C. = Army Air Co-operation )

          No.286 ( A.A.C. ) Squadron moved from R.A.F. Colerne to R.A.F. Lulsgate Bottom on the 30th April 1942 and on the 1st May 1942 a detachment was sent to R.A.F. Harrowbeer. This consisted of two Miles Magister aircraft which were flown by Flying Officer Wilton to be used on Army Co-operation flights with No.55 Brigade in the Plymouth area.

          The detachment was closed down on the 26th May 1942.

 

No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron :-

          1st May     Aircraft from No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron which were still at R.A.F. Harrowbeer returned to R.A.F. Warmwell, Dorset in the morning to continue with their air firing practice course.

          5th May     Orders were received for No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron to move to R.A.F. Warmwell and then on to R.A.F. Heston.          At 1920 hours a large van was at Warmwell's railway station loaded with the Squadron's tool kits and on the 6th May a train was loaded along with twenty five airmen and their kit for onward travel to R.A.F. Heston.

          6th May     At 0630 hours five Officers and ninety airmen of No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron left R.A.F. Harrowbeer by rail to R.A.F. Heston.

          6th May     A Miles Magister aircraft en route from R.A.F. Harrowbeer to R.AF. Warmwell and then onto R.A.F. Heston crashed a few miles from R.A.F. Warmwell killing both the pilot and passenger.

          7th May     Seventeen aircraft left R.A.F. Warmwell for R.A.F. Heston after their air firing practice course.

 

No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron :-

          The aircraft being operated by No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron at this period of time was the Spitfire VB.

          The Squadron Commanding Officer was Squadron Leader J. Cermak.

          An advance party arrived at R.A.F. Harrowbeer on the 1st May 1942, followed by a road and rail party.

          On the 4th May the Squadron was at readiness in six sections from 0540 hours and carried out four shipping convoy patrols and one scramble.

          6th May     Nine scrambles carried out today.

          Sections of No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron were being sent daily to operate from R.A.F. Bolt Heads on stand-by duties until the 12th May 1942.

          On the 8th May five sections were detailed to patrol in an area north of Plymouth from 1100 hours. These patrols were intended to cover the area where the Royal Family were visiting.

          17th May     A detachment of the Squadron was sent to R.A.F. Warmwell, Dorset for a group practice camp ( air firing practice ) with a road and rail party following up on the 18th May. The detachment returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer on the 30th May.

          31st May     Practice wing formations with No.310 and No.154 Squadrons were carried out.

          The total number of flying hours for No.312 ( Czech ) Squadron for the month of May 1942 was  376.25  hours. Most of this time was spent carrying out shipping convoy patrols, cross country flights, familiarization flights, scrambles and air tests.

 

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April  1942

 

Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward was the Commanding Officer for R.A.F. Harrowbeer and signed the Operation Record Book for the month of April.

 

Visitors to R.A.F. Harrowbeer included :-

 

          H. R. H. the Duke of Gloucester

          Major Howard Kerr

          Lieutenant Colonel H. C. Lloyd  CBE, DSO, MC, GOC

          Brigadier T. Fairfax  MC  ( Commander of 211 Infantry Brigade )

 

Weather

 

          The month started very changeable with a mixture of sunshine and showers. The second week of April was very poor resulting in several days of no flying activity due to poor visibility caused by thick mist. At the end of the month there was a great improvement in the weather which resulted in a lot of flying practice and operational sorties.

 

From the Station O.R.B.

 

          On April 2nd R.A.F. Harrowbeer was ordered to man all automatic weapons and to take up defensive positions over the night-time periods until the 7th April.

          H. R. H. the Duke of Gloucester and Major Howard Kerr made a visit to R.A.F. Harrowbeer when on route to R.A.F. Mount Batten. H. R. H. lunched in the Officer's Mess and talked to pilots of No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron and No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron.

          April 12th          Circus No.122 was carried out by No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron in the Hazebrook ans St. Omer areas of France.

          April 14th          Circus No.133 carried out by No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron in the area of Caern, France.

          R.A. F. Harrowbeer Station Salvage Drive commenced after working hours each day. Up until the 23rd April seventeen tons of metal had been salvaged along with large quantities of paper, cardboard, rags etc.

          On the 17th April the Station Reference Library and Technical Site were opened.

          High explosive and incendiary bombs were dropped in the Yelverton area on the 23rd April. There was no damage to R.A.F. property.

         April 24th          Station Rifle Competition.

          R.A.F. Harrowbeer Station National Saving's Group completed it's first six months. The saved a total of £1244.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B.'s

 

No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron   " B " Flight :-

          A lot of April was spent on local flying, practice dinghy drops, sector reconnaissance, air tests and ferry work. Also carried out were seven Lysander aircraft rescue sorties.

          Six new pilots were posted to the Squadron.

          1st April          A change in administration procedures was introduced. " Previous records have been submitted as individual flight reports but this has not been proved very successful. It has therefore been arranged for Flight Commanders to submit weekly reports of all activities and they are being amalgamated at Squadron Headquarters to form a Squadron Operation Record Book ".

          On the first of April a Walrus aircraft was damaged in a severe gale when the aircraft was blown onto it's port wing.

          3rd April          A search was carried out by No.276 A.S.R. Squadron for a parachute that was seen eight miles out from the Eddystone Lighthouse. A shipping vessel picked up the parachute but there was no sign of anything else.

          8th April          Sergeant Yates and Sergeant Lloyd carried out their first solo flights in the Lysander aircraft.

          On the 10th April the Squadron held it's first Squadron Dance on the airfield which was well attended by officers and airmen.

          Another search was carried out on the 17th April in an area of sea to the east of Dartmouth in conjunction with a Royal Naval vessel. The area was thoroughly searched, first by a strip search and then by a square search of the area. The only thing that was found was a quantity of small fishing vessels.

          Members of the Air Sea Rescue Squadron were introduced to H. R. H. the Duke of Gloucester where he had the chance to talk to some of the pilots.

          A Lysander aircraft was written off when it burst a tyre on landing. The aircrew were not injured in the incident.

          During the month No.276 A.S.R. Squadron played No.78 Signals Wing Calibration Flight to a football match, the result was a draw.

 

No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron :-

          The Squadron spent a lot of time during the first week of April operating from R.A.F. Bolt Head on standby where they carried out twelve scrambles. All uneventful.

          Other duties carried out from R.A.F. Harrowbeer included convoy patrol duties, scrambles and practice flights. During the last two weeks of the month the Squadron took part in operational sweeps which were carried out from R.A.F. Tangmere, Sussex and R.A.F. Warmwell, Dorset over France. No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron would join together with other Squadrons where they would act as top or bottom escort cover to bombers going too or returning from France or Germany.

          2nd April          Two shipping convoy patrols were flown but due to bad visibility they were cancelled as the convoys could not be found.

          5th April          Due to a break in the bad weather two scrambles to the Exeter area were undertaken, one at 20,000 feet and the other at 30,000 feet. Both proved uneventful and all aircraft returned safely to base.

          8th April          A Spitfire aircraft flown by Flying Officer Kaminski came off the runway and skidded, damaging a wing and the propeller. The pilot was uninjured.

          10th April          A convoy patrol was carried out by No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron in the area ten miles east of the Eddystone Lighthouse. Nothing unusual to report.

          12th April          Squadron Leader Kowalski plus eleven other Spitfire aircraft flew to R.A.F. Tangmere, Sussex for a sweep over France. Light flak was experienced. No enemy aircraft were seen and the Squadron returned to R.A.F. Tangmere. Squadron Leader Kowalski then flew on to R.A.F. Northolt and the remaining eleven Spitfire aircraft returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer.

          14th April          Fourteen Spitfire aircraft led by Squadron Leader Kowalski flew to R.A.F. Tangmere, Sussex for a sweep over France, they were assisted by No.308 Squadron. Owing to the Controller from R.A.F. Middle Wallop ordering Nos.302 and 308 Squadrons off too late, the rendezvous over Ibsley was not made. The two Squadrons flew towards Cherbourg where they approached the French Coast with No.302 Squadron at 16,000 feet and No.308 Squadron at 18,000 feet.          By this time the rest of the force were seen leaving the target area. No.302 and No.308 Squadrons acted as high escort cover to the force on the return journey. After landing at R.A.F. Tangmere No.302 Squadron returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer.

          15th April          Twelve Spitfire aircraft led by Squadron Leader Kowalski were airborne for R.A.F. Warmwell, Dorset. After landing and refuelling they took off for a sweep acting as bomber escort to the Cherbourg area. There was no combat. On landing back at R.A.F. Warmwell, Sergeant Nozovski ( No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron ) crashed his Spitfire aircraft and was admitted to the Station Sick Quarters. The remaining eleven aircraft returned to R.A.F. Harrowbeer.

          More sweeps were carried out  during the rest of April. ( Details can be found in a copy of the " No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron Operation Record Book " which is held at the Knightstone / R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives ).

          17th April          Pilot Officer Rytka shot down a ME109 north of Cherbourg.

          24th April          A Flying Officer while flying over R.A.F. Harrowbeer encountered trouble with the engine of his Spitfire aircraft and it started emitting black smoke. He crashed north east of Dousland, Yelverton and was admitted to hospital due to his injuries.

          26th April          Squadron Leader Kowalski claimed a FW190 as a probable.

          On the 26th April eleven Spitfire aircraft were detailed to fly to R.A.F. Warmwell to No.10 Group Practice Camp for air firing training. The rest of the month was spent at Warmwell carrying out air to air and air to ground firing practice. On the 30th of April the Squadron aircraft were refuelled and re-armed to carry out a sweep over France. After this operation the Spitfires returned to R.A.F. Warmwell where they carried on with their air firing course.

 

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March  1942

 

Wing Commander the Hon. E. F. Ward was the Commanding Officer for R.A.F. Station Harrowbeer for the month of March and signed the Operation Record Book.

 

Weather

          The Beginning of March started very cold and stormy with a large amount of mist and heavy rain. Towards the middle of the month the weather improved but was still misty and showery at times. The end of the month saw more improvements as the weather turned sunny with slight winds, the evening turning misty.

 

From the Station O.R.B.

 

          Very little was written for the month of March.

No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron acted as high cover to bombers raiding Abbeyville, France. No combat took place.

Aircraft from No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron took part in an operation from R.A.F. Tangmere, Sussex as close escort to bombers raiding Le Trait, France. There were no claims or casualties.

 

From the Squadron O.R.B.'s

 

No.276 Air Sea Rescue Squadron   " B " Flight :-

          Most of March was spent on sector reconnaissance flights, air tests, practice dinghy drops. W/T and R/T tests and ferry flights.

          On the 8th March an Air Sea Rescue search was carried out twenty miles south of Seaton to investigate red flashes. The only sighting in the area was a small Naval patrol.

          An Air Sea Rescue mission was undertaken by No.276 Squadron on the 20th March when a Lysander aircraft was detailed to search an area ten miles off Torquay. A square search was carried out, but nothing seen.

          The 25th March another Air Sea Rescue search was carried out forty eight miles from Start Point. The search was uneventful apart from sighting what appeared to be an empty Mae West.

          On the 28th March there was another search twenty miles off Lyme Regis by a Lysander aircraft which discovered a dinghy with five occupants. The Lysander orbited the dinghy until it was forced to return to base due to lack of fuel. On their return flight five miles from where the dinghy was could be seen rescue boats heading towards it.

 

No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron :-

          During the month of March No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron carried out a fair amount of formation flying, practice flying and night flying experience.

          Operational flying consisted of :- sixteen convoy shipping patrols over the English Channel and twelve scrambles - four from R.A.F. Bolt Head and eight from R.A.F. Harrowbeer.

          On the 8th March thirteen aircraft took off to join up with other fighter and bomber aircraft at R.A.F. Redhill, Surrey to carry out bomber escort duties over France. No.302 ( Polish ) Squadron acted as high cover. The operation was uneventful. On their way back to R.A.F. Harrowbeer the Squadron was diverted into R.A.F. Exeter for the night.

          On the 10th March there was an uneventful scramble in the Exmouth / Torquay area.

 

          A convoy shipping patrol was carried out on the 20th March to fourteen vessels under the code name " Watch ".

          The 25th March saw twelve aircraft take off for R.A.F. Tangmere, Sussex. Nine aircraft flew from there to rendezvous with Boston Bombers on a " Circus " over France. The target was a factory in the region of Le Trait, France. On the way out eight ME109's were sighted but not challenged. The bombing of the target was carried out successfully, all aircraft returned safely to their respective bases.

 

 

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