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F540 Operations Record Book December 1955 NO 118 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2643 Microfilm Row 1 Draws 52-71
Place Date Time Summary of Events                                COMPILING OFFICER Fg. Off. C.W. Powell REFS TO APPENDICES
Jever 1.12.55.   Operational
         Limited flying was done today after a late start.   Only one pair per Squadron was
allowed as the visibility was only 2,000 yards.
         The sorties were mainly on cine exercises and one detail on G.C.A.'s at Ahlhorn.
         Two new pilots arrived from O.C.U., Chivenor, they are Fg. Off. 's Misselbrook and
Jever 2.12.55.   Operational
         Poor visibility and low cloud prevented flying today.   This afternoon the pilots
played No. 93 Squadron at football and won 4-2.
Jever 3.12.55.   Operational
         After the usual parade, met briefing was held.   Again the weather wsn't good
enough for flying.
        Sqn. Ldr. Gibbs left this morning on completion of his tour.   He has gone to join
the directing staff at the Staff College at Bracknell.
Jever 4.12.55.   Operational
Jever 5.12.55.   Operational
         The airfield colour state started as 'green', but rapidly deteriorated to 'amber'
and then 'red' as low stratus and mist enveloped the airfield.
        This afternoon the Squadron pilots again played No. 93 Squadron at football and
this time drew 3-3.
Jever 6.12.55.   Operational
         Quite a good flying day apart from a strong cross-wind.   A T. XI was available to
the Squadron all day and a few I.F. trips were carried out.
        The operational flying was mainly on cine exercises.    Two aircraft were diverted
to Oldenburg at the end of the afternoon.
Jever 7.12.55.   Operational
     No flying was done today due to low cloud base and rather strong winds.   The
morning was spent watching films and a couple of lectures.
Jever 8.12.55.   Operational
     The airfield colour state was "green" this morning with good visibility and a risk
of showers.
     A good deal of flying was done, mainly on individual trips comprising aerobatics,
practice forced landings and so on.
     The Squadron had another fatal accident today when Fg. Off. Yeomans crashed after
overshooting from a G.C.A. at Ahlhorn.
[Not in F540: Hunter F.4 WV373 The pilot carried out three G.C.A. approaches when flying
in manual.   He then decided to revert to powered controls.   He was seen at 3000 feet,
climbing slightly and then diving with his left wing low towards the ground.   Although the
canopy was jettisoned, the pilot did not eject.   It seems probable that the pilot obtained a
false anchorage of the ailerons when he reverted to powered controls and this only
allowed free movement in one direction.   Extract from "Category Five" book by Colin Cummins.]
     Tonight twelve sorties were flown at dusk and night sector recces.
Jever 9.12.55.   Operational
     Fairly low stratus limited flying this morning to one pair per Squadron.   After
the first detail the airfield went "red" until 11.45 hours, when again one pair per
Squadron/green cards only were allowed to fly.
     Again the weather clamped and the aircraft were re-called.   There was no further flying.
Jever 10.12.55.   Operational
     After this mornings Squadron drill parade, the weather did not clear sufficiently
for flying until almost 11.00 hours.   The sorties were then flown, of one pair each
doing cine quarters.
Jever 11.12.55.        STAND-DOWN  
Jever 12.12.55.   Operational
     Bad weather prevented flying this morning.   This afternoon a rehearsal was held
for tomorrow's parade.
Jever 13.12.55.   Operational
     The funeral of Fg. Off. Yeomans took place today at Hamburg, the whole proceedings
taking up all day.
Jever 14.12.55.   Operational
     A thick sheet of ice covered everything this morning and almost prevented walking
let alone flying.
        The morning was spent on aircraft recognition and watching films.
Jever 15.12.55.   Operational
     Low cloud and poor visibility prevented flying all day.
       A lecture was given on 'Guided Missiles' and then the pilots returned to the
Squadron and participated in an inter-flight quiz.
        A game of basket-ball was played this afternoon.
        Two new pilots Fg. Off.'s Baines and Brewer arrived today from O.C.U. at Chivenor.
Jever 16.12.55.   Operational
Once gain low cloud and bad visibility prevented flying today.
        F.S. Ward went on 3 weeks U.K. leave.
Jever 17.12.55.            STAND-DOWN  
Jever 18.12.55.            STAND-DOWN  
Jever 19.12.55.   Operational
        Ice and snow prevented flying for most of the day, but one T .XI sortie and one
Hunter sortie were flown this afternoon.
        Flt.Lt. Goodwin and Fg. Off. Dodds went on 3 weeks U.K. leave.
Jever 20.12.55.   Operational
        For the first time, the Squadron was on Battle Flight with Hunters.   However, fog
prevented flying all day, except for one Hunter which arrived from the U.K. via Laarbruch.
Jever 21.12.55.   Operational
The Squadron was on Battle Flight again today.   Ice on the runway and low cloud
prevented any flying.
Jever 22.12.55.   Operational
     At last a clear day, with little ice on the runway.   Flying continued all day,
but on a limited scale as only two or three aircraft were serviceable.
Some Cine quarters were carried out and some individual trips by the newer pilots.
     Fg. Off.'s Irish and Faulkes set off today by car for the U.K. on leave.
Jever 23.12.55.   Operational
     Todays forecast was probable rain showers, which would freeze on the ground as the
ground temperature is only 28 degrees F.   However, conditions improved sufficiently to
get a couple of sorties airborne during the later part of the morning.
     The visibility decreased rapidly at lunchtime and no further flying was done.
Jever 24.12.55.        STAND-DOWN.  
Jever 25.12.55.   Operational

Today the Squadron was again on battle flight.   As only five available pilots are
operational they had to be on duty all day from 11.00 to 17.00 hours local time.   One
pair was on 10 minutes and the other on 30 minutes readiness.      No flying was done all day, probably because the conditions were marginal or maybe
as it was Christmas Day.
Jever 26.12.55.        STAND-DOWN.  
Jever 27.12.55.        STAND-DOWN.  
Jever 28.12.55.        STAND-DOWN.  
Jever 29.12.55.   Operational
     Good flying conditions today, except for a crosswind of 20-30 knots at 10 to 30
degrees off the runway.
     Because of this, Hunter flying was limited to the more experienced pilots.
     A total of eleven hours were flown on cine exercises, together with a couple of
Vampire T. XI trips.
Jever 30.12.55.   Operational
     Weather conditions this morning were not so good.   The wind has died down completely
and most of the zone is covered in fog or mist.   Visibility improved sufficiently for
limited flying to commence about 10.00 hours and later full flying about 11.00 hours.
         A number of individual sorties were flown including one air to air firing.
Jever 31.12.55.   Operational
     The Station Commander's parade was cancelled this morning due to ice, this also
prevented flying until 09.30 hours when one pair per Squadron was permitted.


Flying Hours
                                                                                        Squadron Strength
    Minutes       Sorties                                       Officer's                              18
                            146                                          S.N.C.O's(Aircrew)              1
           35              20                                          S.N.C.O's                              8
           00           166                                          Cpl.'s                                    15
                                                                            A.C.'s                                    18
                                                                            Total                                     90
                                                                                         (N.C.P. BUDDIN)
                                                                                         Squadron Leader,
                                                                                         Officer Commanding
                                                                                         No. 118 Squadron
                                                                                         Royal Air Force

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