|| Summary of Events. COMPILING OFFICER_FLT. LT. A.J. GUNN__
(a) Royal Flush 5. At the beginning of the month the Swift element
of the Royal Flush team, managed by FLT.LT. A. MARTIN and PLT.OFF. HOLDEN
RUSHWORTH, started work-up practice at Bruggen. The squadron was
represented by FLT.LT. R. RIMINGTON. After a week's training at
Bruggen, the team moved to Bremgarten, the French base from which
the competition was to be flown. A further week's training followed
and the Swift team decided upon viz:- FLT.LTS. HARVEY and COBHAM from
No. 79 Squadron and FLT.LT. RIMINGTON as reserve. The competition was
flown in favourable weather on the 16th, 17th and 18th and although the
team did well, the competition was won by 4 A.T.A.F.
(b) Exercise Northern Lights. FLT.LTS. HIVES and NEWING set forth for
KARUP on the 23rd of the month. Unfortunately FLT.LTS. HIVES had engine
trouble en route and the pair were diverted to Skrydstrup and the exercise was
(c) Exercise AMLED. Eleven sorties were flown to targets in Denmark
on the 27th May.
(d) Flying Training. Although continuity was disrupted somewhat with
practice for the flypast, a varied flying training programme was flown.
Cine was stepped up in preparation for the Sylt detachment and the
and the squadron practiced air to ground firing for a week on Strohen range.
In addition, a Fullhouse exercise was run on the 3rd May during which
8 sorties were flown.
(e) Demonstrations. On the occasion of the A.O.C.'s annual inspection
on the 10th May, a wing flypast was flown. The Wing Commander Flying led
the formation in a Swift and the squadron element consisted of 5 Swifts
flown by SQN.LDR. WADE, FLT.LTS. HIVES, ST AUBYN and NEWING and FG.OFF.
(a) Annual Inspection by the A.O.C. On the 10th May, the A.O.C.'s annual
inspection took place. The Squadron Standard was paraded and after A.V.M.
CRISHAM had completed his itinerary, the wing carried out a flypast in his
(b) Ground Training The focus of ground training was switched this
month to weapons training in preparation for the Sylt detachment. Lectures
on ranging and tracking were given by the Wing and Squadron P.A.I.'s and
cine' debriefs were given at the end of the day's cine' training.
Reconnaissance training was also practised with the aid of the epidiascope.
(c) Visits On the 12th of the month a party of headmasters and careers
from the English secondary and public schools vistaed the station. The
squadron demonstrated flight planning techniques but unfortunately ,
the flypast laid on for their entertainment on the 13th, was cancelled
due to bad weather.
(d) Sport. With the advent of the cricket season, the squadron team
had their first fixture against 2 M.F.P.S. The result was a somewhat
(e) Attachments and Detachments. FLT.LT. A.J. GUNN was detached for
4 days to Wildenwrath on the Aviation Medicine Course.
(f) Postings. After his return from Bremgarten where he was
managing the Royal Flush team, FLT.LT. A. MARTIN finally left the station
on the 27th May carrying the best wishes of the squadron with him.
Postings Airmen. S.N.C.O.. CPLS. AIRMEN
IN NIL NIL ONE
OUT NIL NIL NIL
(g) Squadron Strength
W.O. S.N.C.O.'s. CORPORALS. AIRMEN.
2 9 16 37
Sqn.Ldr. C.A. Wade
"A" Flight "B" FLIGHT
Flt.Lt. D.B. Hives Flt.Lt. E. Sharp
Flt.Lt. R. Rimington Flt.Lt. B.Wallis
Flt.Lt. W.P. Sheppard Flt.Lt. P.H. Crawshaw
Flt.Lt. P.J. Adair Flt.Lt. A.G. Newing
Flt.Lt. R.L. Barcilon Flt.Lt. B.J. St. Aubyn
Flt.Lt A.J. Gunn Flt. Lt. M.E.A. Dale
Plt.Off. P. Holden-Rushworth Flt.Lt. G.E. Hagan
Flt.Lt. C Brooks
Squadron Commander's Remarks.
NO 2 SQUADRON