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F540 Operations Record Book August 1953 NO 93 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2636 Microfilm Row 1 Draws 52-71 from Duncan Curtis
PLACE DATE TIME SUMMARY OF EVENTS                    COMPILING OFFICER  Plt.Off. W.E. Bell.                 REF. TO
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JEVER. AUGUST 1st SATURDAY.     The convoy was expected to return from Wahn at approx. 12.00 hours.  A
report came through to say that two three tonners had left the road.  Fortunately
nobody was hurt.  
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(Photo thanks to Lofty Hope - not from F540).

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Then a German Lorry shunted all the convoy vehicles but one.   (Photo thanks to Lofty Hope - not from F540)

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Damage between shunted vehicles.   (Photo thanks to Lofty Hope - not from F540)

The convoy finally arrived at 16.00 hours and was unloaded by the pilots and groundcrews.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe station was stood down for the August grant.
    2nd Sunday.               August Grant.  
    3rd MONDAY.            August Grant.  
    4th TUESDAY.          August Grant.  
    5th WEDNESDAY.   The tents and camouflage nets, that were still damp from the exercise
were laid out to dry in one of the disused hangars.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesToday the groundcrews had a chance to catch up on all the repairs that
could not be done at Wahn.
    6th THURSDAY.       The Squadron is acting as Battle Flight for the rest of the week.  There
were no interceptions carried out today because 2 Group radar was u/s.  One sortie was
flown local flying.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFg.Off. Wallace flew with Plt.Off. Revnell to Celle to order the
Squadron badges.
    7th FRIDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesAs 2 Group radar was still u/s today, Battle Flight flew two local flying
sorties.  Flt.Lt. Paterson interrupted the second sortie catching the pilots completely
by surprise
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesF/Sgt. Telfer flew with F/Sgt. Shrubsole in close formation through
cloud.  They completed the exercise with a Q.G.H.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNew pilots, Plt.Off. Balfour and Plt.Off. Macknish flew on their first
sorties on the Squadron today.  They both did sector recces to find out the landmarks
of the local area.
    8th SATURDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThis morning's parade was a rehearsal for the coming A.O.C.'s parade
in September.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesF/Sgt. Telfer and Sgt. Thomas flew to Gutersloh in the Meteor to
collect some secret documents.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPlt.Off. Revnell, the Squadron herald, has written away to London to
order the Squadron ties.  Various designs of ties were put forward.  Two were finally
selected.  One for the whole Squadron to wear and the other for the pilots.  They should
be ready in about 16 weeks.
    9th SUNDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesWeekend Stand down.  
    10th MONDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe Squadron has resumed working parades at 07.45 for the airmen to
smarten up their drill movements.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesA total of 30 sorties were flown today.  these included two low level
cross countries.  Several pairs practiced combat dog fights above 10,000 ft., and three
pilots practiced aerobatics.
    11th TUESDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe weather has been very fine gain today.  Fg.Off. Bates lead a formation
of simulated dive bombing attacks preparing for exercise "Momentum".
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSgt. Thomas led "Black" formation, practising close and battle formation.
Sqn.Ldr. Allen took off shortly afterwards to try to intercept "Black" section.
    12th WEDNESDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe Squadron began the morning with an A.O.C.'s rehearsal parade.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesF/Sgt. Telfer did a 50 minute I:F sortie with Sgt. Knight in the Meteor.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe rest of the morning, pilots spent compass swinging or painting starter
trolleys ready for the A.O.C.'s inspection.
    13th THURSDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFlt.Lt. Paterson led an aerobatic formation this morning.  The formation
took off at 08.10 hours.  As the sortie took off before the ground crews arrived, all
the aircraft pre-flights were made by the pilots.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe rest of the Squadron carried out local formation flying until 11.30,
when a message came through to say that the Squadron had the use of the Meppen Range.  19
R/P sorties were flown at Meppen during the rest of the days flying.
    14th FRIDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe days flying did not start until 11.00 because of bad weather at Meppen
Range.  As soon as the low cloud base improved, cannon attacks were
carried out.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOn the way to and from Meppen, various formations were practiced.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFlt.Lt. Paterson led a low level Battle formation in the afternoon.
During a break Fg.Off. Spearman and Plt.Off. Hannah collided.  Fg.Off. Spearman was
killed.  Fortunately Plt.Off. Hannah managed to bale out unhurt.
    15th SATURDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesExercise "Momentum" started today.  Sqn.Ldr. Allen led a formation of
6 aircraft to the U.K. to make a simulated bombing attack on Bristol.  There was an
8/5 cloud cover for most of the flight making Bristol impossible to see.  However the
target was bombed using D.F. fixes.  The aircraft were re-fuelled at Merryfield whilst
the pilots had lunch.  The formation took off on the return journey at 14.45.  Five
minutes after take off Plt.Off. Bell had fuel pump trouble.  Before he could return to
Merryfield he had to jettison his drop tanks due to overloading.  F/Sgt. Shrubsole had undercarriage trouble and diverted to West Raynham.  The rest of the formation
arrived safely back at Jever later that evening after being diverted to Gutersloh
because of bad weather.
    16th SUNDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPlt.Off. Bell's aircraft was serviced successfully at Merryfield and he
returned in the morning with a flight of "4" Squadron aircraft.  F/Sgt. Shrubsole and
Sgt. Thomas also returned from West Raynham safely.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPlt.Off. Revnell flew across to the U.K. with a formation of "4" Squadron
aircraft at 15.20 hours.
    17th MONDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesStand Down.  
    18th TUESDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThirteen sorties were flown practising G.C.A.'s at Gutersloh and Wunstorf.
The standard of talk down was very good except for a slight tendency to come in too high.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesF/Sgt. Telfer did an I:F sortie in the Meteor.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe night flying programme had to be restricted to 12 sorties as bad
weather was forecast.
    19th WEDNESDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe weather has been very bad today.  The only sortie flown was an air
test by F/Sgt. Shrubsole.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSqn.Ldr. Allen has resumed his position as Squadron Commander as Wing
Commander Coulson
has returned from hospital.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPlt.Off. Revnell went to Hamburg to meet Fg.Off. Spearman's relatives
who have come for tomorrows funeral.
    20th THURSDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe whole Squadron went to Fg.Off. Spearman's funeral today, which took
place at Hamburg.  The service was conducted by Padre Gray, who made it very simple and
ideal for the occasion.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSqn.Ldr. Allen and the two Flight Commanders went to the A.O.C.'s
conference at Wunstorf.
    21st FRIDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSqn.Ldr. Allen gave the pilots a lecture on Flying Discipline this morning.
Much more attention must be paid to briefings and debriefings in future.  Also the two
Flights are going to act much more independently of each other than has been in the past.
    22nd SATURDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSix aircraft were scheduled to fly across to Merryfield, via Bristol on
Exercise "Momentum".  The formation took off at 12.45 short of Flt.Lt. Pearch and Fg.Off.
who both had starter trouble.  The flight was intercepted by Sabres on both
the outward and return journeys.  The interceptions were reported to be weak line astern
attacks.  Plt.Off. Revnell returned from Hamburg.
    23rd SUNDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFlt.Lt. Pearch led three aircraft over to the U.K.  Refuelling had to be
carried out at Oakington due to a warm front through Merryfield.  Four interceptions
were made by Sabres.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesLow level cross countries were flown by Plt.Off. Bell and Plt.Off. Revnell.
    24th MONDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesStand Down.  
    25th TUESDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe Met. forecast low cloud coverage clearing by about 10.00 hours.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesVarious types of battle and close formations were practises during the
days flying.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFg.Off. Standish flew to Gutersloh to practise G.C.A.'s.  The standard
was not very good as there was heavy rain storms in the area.  The brakes on Plt.Off.
aircraft failed whilst taxying round the peri-track.  To avoid collision
with a hangar Plt.Off. Bell retracted his undercarriage.   [Maybe WA342?]
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSqn.Ldr. Allen returned from the Court of Inquiry at Wunstorf.
    26th WEDNESDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe A.O.C.'s rehearsal parade took up half the morning.  The
latter part of which was spent servicing aircraft.  All out of date compass
swings were completed by the pilots.
    27th THURSDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesBad weather was forecast at Meppen Range this morning.  Fg.Off.
took off with Plt.Off. Bell to make an actual report on the weather at Meppen.
The cloud base was fairly low, but not bad enough to prevent the cannon firing programme
from being carried out.  Thirty one sorties were flown to the range during the day.
Rain on the dive path made it difficult for the pilots to see the targets.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSixteen night flying sorties were flown under moonlight conditions.
These consisted of cross countries and Q.G.H.'s.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPlt.Off. Macknish had a turbine blade failure in his aircraft after
take off.  He landed the aircraft safely back at base.
    28th FRIDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe Squadron was on Battle Flight today.  Sgt. Knight led the first
formation.  Two good P.I.'s were made on another Vampire.  On the second flight, which
was led by Sgt. Thomas, Plt.Off. Revnell's canopy disintegrated whilst he was flying
at 9,000 ft.  He managed to land safely.  Part of the canopy hit the hydraulic
tank which sprayed fluid over Plt.Off. Revnell making it very difficult for him to see.
    29th SATURDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe Squadron four serviceable aircraft were on Battle Flight today.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFlt.Lt. Sturman led the first two formations.  The first was a P.I. on
formation of Venoms which was quite successful.  The second flight consisted of four
P.I.'s which ended in tail chases.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe third flight of the day was led by Flt.Lt. Pearch.  Three
satisfactory P.I.'s were made.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFlt.Lt. Sturman led the last interception with four aircraft.  F/Sgt.
had to return to base almost immediately after take off due to a fuel leak
from his port wing.  Two P.I.'s were carried out against a flight of Venoms.  The first
one was quite a long way out and ended in a tail chase.
Date suspect 29th SATURDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFlt.Lt. Sturman went on a close formation practice with Plt.Off.
  F/Sgt. Shrubsole repeated the exercise with Plt.Off. Balfour when the aircraft
had landed.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFlt.Lt. Paterson gave a short lecture on formation flying to ensure
all pilots are standardised in their method of formation flying.
Date suspect 30th SUNDAY.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesStand down.  
      1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSorties flown1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes- 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesVampire 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes- 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes325 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesMeteor 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes- 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes1
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesRounds fired - 20 m.m.   -   2619
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesR/P1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes76
Fg.Off. WOOD.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes-     Leave 5th to 29th August, 1953.
Flt.Lt. STURMAN1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes-         "       6th to 27th August, 1953.
Plt.Off. RAMSAY1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes-         "       9th to 11th August, 1953.
Fg.Off. WALLACE1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes-         "       10th to 5th September, 1953.
Fg.Off. SPEARMAN1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes-     Fatally injured  -  14th August, 1953
Fg.Off. WALLACE1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes-     9th August, 1953 in Swedish A.E.  -  Detached.
Plt.Off. REVNELL1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes-     Detached  -  19th to 22nd August, 1953.
Plt.Off. RAMSAY1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes-  Leave 22nd August, 1953.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe early part of the month was spent in general, reorganisation after exercise
Coronet.  All mobile field equipment has been checked and stored for further use.
Later in the month the emphasis shifted to preparations for the forthcoming A.O.C.'s
inspection.  A large part of the technical accommodation in the Hangar is being
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe most serious manning problem in the Squadron is in the Armoury.  We started
the month with 1 Corporal against an establishment of 2 Corporals and a promise of 1 Sergeant.
The manning of armourers is still generally unsatisfactory.  have 15 against an
establishment of 25.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSQN.LDR. R.N.G. ALLEN. D.F.C..

 "A" FLIGHT1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes"B" FLIGHT
FLT.LT. A.W.   PATERSON.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFLT.LT.  K.M.  PEARCH.
Flt.Lt. A.V.H.   STURMAN.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFlt.Lt.  J.S.M.  WALLACE.
FG.OFF. J.C.M.   WOOD.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFG.OFF.  E.K.G.  BATES.
FG.OFF. A.R.   WALLACE.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPLT.OFF. A.C.  RAMSAY.
FG.OFF. D.W.   STANDISH.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSGT. D.J.   THOMAS.
PLT.OFF. W.E.   BELL.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSGT. R.G.   KNIGHT.
FG.OFF. R.S.   HANNAH.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPLT.OFF. B.J.   REVNELL.
PLT.OFF. T.   BALFOUR.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPLT.OFF. B.A.E.   SANDERSON.
PLT.OFF. G.J.   COUCH.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPLT.OFF. H.D.   RIDGEWAY.
F/SGT. C.J.   TELFER.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesPLT.OFF. J.E.   MACKNISH.

Signed RNG Allen                                              
(R.N.G. ALLEN.) SQN.LDR.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes
Officer Commanding,1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes
NO. 93 Squadron, R.A.F.1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes

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