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OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK

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Detail of Work Carried Out

By : 215 Squadron

For the Month of :September  1944

Microfilm start 1329a341 – Appendices 1331c021

 

Place

Date

Time

Summary of Events

References to Appendices

 

 

 

At the beginning of the month Armament Training under the direction of No. 23 Armament Practice Camp commenced at Jessore, for most crews other than those training at Amarda Rd.

The outstanding event of the month was the move of the Squadron from Jessore to Digri, which was accomplished within four days No. 23 Armament Practice Camp accompanied the Squadron, and the interrupted training program was quickly resumed at Digri. Armament Training for other aircrews continued a Amarda Road, and a further five crews went to Amarda Road for this purspose, during September.

The arrival of six new crews on the 12th. September brought the Squadron's aircrew strength up to the established figure of 23 crews. The expected establishment for ground staff, after conversion to Liberator Aircraft, was 7 officers and 165 N.C.O's and B.O.R.s. New personnel continued to arrive, at intervals, throughout the month.

On the 17th September a new Flight Commander arrived for 'B' Flight; S/Ldr. P. R. O'Connor from 99 Squadron. S/L Webster, who he displaced, took over S/Ldr. O'Connor's duties at 99 Squadron.

 

Jessore

1.9.44

09.10

F/O Shaw and crew, in a/c 'B' flew to Amarda Road for Armament Training.

 

Jessore

1.9.44

08.00

Armament Training commenced for most crews still at Jessore, under the direction of No. 23 Armament Practice Camp.

 

Jessore

3.9.44

16.15 – 17.15

F/Lt. M. Williams and crew, in a/c 'F', flew to Amarda Road for armament training.

 

Jessore

5.9.44

09.25 – 13.30

F/O Clarke and crew in a/c 'H', F/O Downie and crew in a/c 'E?' and W/O Camaron and crew, in a/c 'Q?' practiced formation bombing and fighter affiliation.

 

Jessore

7.9.44

09.55 – 01.25

W/Cdr. Sindall and crew in a/c 'E?', F/Lt. R. Williams and crew in a/c 'Q?', F/O Colson? and crew in a/c 'R' and W/O Tindall and crew, in a/c 'U?' engaged in formation bombing and fighter affiliation.

 

Jessore

9.9.44

09.05 – 13.45

W/Cdr. Sindall and crew, in a/c 'H', F/Lt. R. Williams and crew in a/c 'Q?', and W/O Tindall and crew, in a/c 'R?' engaged in fighter affiliation, and formation bombing practice.

 

Jessore

9.9.44

08.40 – 19.45

P/O Haycock (of 99 squadron) flew F/O Brodie to Allahabad in the Squadron's Harvard Trainer, for a Court of Inquiry. On the return journey, the pilot lost course in bad weather, and crash-landed after dark in the Sundertana? Owing to shortage of petrol. P/O Haycock suffered extensive superficial injuries, and the aircraft was badly damaged. F/O Brodie baled out from a low altitude, and landed unharmed.

 

Jessore

10.9.44

09.15 – 13.00

W/Cdr Sindall in 'E' with F/O H?oward as passenger, flew to Digri and return, to make preliminary arrangements for the moving of the Squadron.

 

Jessore

10.9.44

09.30 – 13.50

F/O Downie and crew in a/c 'Q' and W/O Cameron and crew in a/c 'R' engaged in Formation Bombing Practice, and Fighter affiliation.

 

Jessore

11.9.44

09.35 – 13.45

W/O Tindall and crew in a/c 'R' and F/Lt. R. Williams and crew in a/c 'Q' engaged in Formation Bombing Practice and Fighter Affiliation.

 

Jessore

12.9.44

10.10 – 14.40

F/O Clarke and crew in a/c 'R' engaged in Formation Bombing and Fighter Affiliation Practice.

 

Jessore

12.9.44

17.30

6 new crews arrived for Kolar, bring the Squadron Strength up to 23 complete crews.

 

Jessore

14.9.44

09.50

The Advance Road Party, in charge of F/O Howard, left Jessore for Digri.

 

Jessore

15.9.44

10.00 – 17.00

9 a/c of the Air Party flew from Jessore to Digri.

 

Jessore

15.9.44

22.00

The Mail Rail Party, in charge of F/Lt. Cos, left Jessore for Digri.

 

Digri

15.9.44

15.30

The Advance Road Party arrived at Digri.

 

Jessore

16.9.44

06.00

The Rear Road Party, in charge of F/O Harris, left Jessore for Digri.

 

Digri

17.9.44

18.00

The Rail Party arrived at Digri.

 

Digri

19.9.44

11.50

The Rear Road Party arrived at Digri.

 

Digri

20.9.44

11.40 - 1300

F/O Clarke in A/c 'G?', W/O Cameron in a/c 'S', and F/Lt. R. Williams in a/c 'E' practiced Formation Bombing and Fighter Affiliation.

 

Digri

21.9.44

10.30

W/O McPhee and crew flew to Amarda Road, for Armament Training.

 

Digri

21.9.44

15.30

F/O Graham and crew flew to Amarda Road, for Armament Training.

 

Digri

21.9.44

15.15 – 17.00

W/O Tindall & crew in a/c 'G?' practiced Formation Bombing and Fighter Affiliation.

 

Digri

23.9.44

14.15 – 17.23

F/O Colmon and crew in a/c 'E' and F/O Downie and crew in a/c 'S?', practiced Formation Bombing and Fighter Affiliation.

 

Digri

24.9.44

11.50

S/Ldr. O'Connor and crew flew to Amarda Road for Armament Training.

 

Digri

25.9.44

09.50 – 13.40

F/O Clarke and crew in a/c 'C?', F/O Colman and crew in a/c 'K?', W/O Tindall and crew in a/c 'C', F/O Downie and crew in a/c 'E?' practiced Formation Bombing and Fighter Affiliation.

 

Digri

26.9.44

07.10 – 13.40

F/O Downie and crew in a/c 'G', F/O Colson? and crew in a/c 'E', F/Lt. R. Williams and crew in a/c 'C', F/O Clarke and crew in a/c 'C?', W/Cdr. Sindall and crew in a/c 'G?', F/O Brodie and crew in a/c 'E', practiced Formation Bombing and Fighter Affiliation.

 

Digri

27.9.44

06.30 – 13.10

F/O Tindall and crew in a/c 'E', F/O Clarke and crew in a/c 'C', W/O Cameron and crew in a/c 'P', F/O Coson and crew in a/c 'E', F/Lt. Williams and crew in a/c 'C', and F/O Downie and crew in a/c 'P', practiced Formation Bombing and Fighter Affiliation.

 

 

29.9.44

10.10 – 17.10

Sgt. Miller and crew in a/c 'B', W/O Cameron and crew in a/c 'P', practiced Formation Bombing and Fighter Affiliation

 

 

 

 

POSTINGS

 

 

 

 

F/O W. M. Bassarab GD(NAV.B) -  Posted to B.R.D. Worli, pending embarkation, wef. 30.8.44

 

 

 

 

P/O J. Paterson GD(AB)
P/O E. L Silcocks GD(AB)
P/O A. E. Smith GD(AB)
P/O P. G. Straman GD(AB)
P/O L. R. Tancock GD(AB)

Posted ex No. 3 R.F.U.  to F/O Flying duties 215 Squadron with effect from 7.8.44.

 

 

 

 

P/O C.C. Upson Tech(s) -   Posted from 215 Squadron, supernumerary, to F/O Signals (G) wir Squadron, with effect from 27.8.44

 

 

 

 

P/O H. Horler GD9P) -  Posted to 3rd T.A.F. Comm. Squadron, for flying duties, weith effect from 10.9.44.

 

 

 

 

P/O E. G. Ossington A&SD(Spec) -  Posted to 169 Wing, supernumerary, with effect from 6.9.44.

 

 

 

 

PROMOTIONS

 

 

 

 

F/Lt. (A/S/L) C. Y. Beadon GD(P) -  Promoted to the rank of S/Ldr. (Temp) with effect from 1.7.44.

 

 

 

 

F/Lt. (A/S/L) A. Webster GD(P) -  Promoted to the rank of S/Ldr. (Temp) with effect from 1.7.44.

 

 

 

 

F/O (A/F/L) L. A. Lawrence GD(WOP/AIR) -  Promoted to the rank of F/Lt. (W.S.) with effect from 18.11.43.

 

 

 

 

Appendices 1 to 5 - Weekly Opreps During Training Period/

Nos. 1 - 5

 

 

 

 Signed J.H. Sindall

Wing Commander Commanding

No. 215 Squadron R.A.F

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

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