605 Sqn. fly night interception patrol

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Resumé of Operation or Sortie. Object Weather Height Opposition encountered and results achieved If on Patrol area to be attacked References
L.2058P/O. EdgeNight patrol20452220PatrolNight InterceptionCloud 8[?]/10 - 10/10 at 6-8000 ft12000 ft to sea levelFired at 3 aircraft1-M-S
L.2118P/O. Austindo20452140dodododododo
L.2013Sgt. Mainlanddo21002200dodododododo
L.2352P/O. Currantdo21002210dodododododo

Main air raid on Orkney starts

Estimates vary, possibly as many as 60 aircraft, Junkers 88s and Heinkel 111s, 7-10,000ft. One wave approaches from the east and another from the south-east.

605 Sqn. Hurricanes are scrambled from Wick and 804 Sqn. Gladiators are scrambled from Hatston.

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) No. 605 Squadron.

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
WICK.10.4.40.Fine day with little wind. No activity in the morning and patrols were ordered over South going convoy from Kirkwall. At approx. 1545 hours P/O.Muirhead while on convoy patrol sighted enemy aircraft and carried out two attacks before losing him in cloud. An hour later F/O. Leeson leading red section saw two enemy aircraft at 14000 ft. climbed and brought the one down and two of crew jumped with parachute. It is unknown for certain whether the first machine encountered by F/O. Muirhead was brought down or not. For the next six hours there was intense activity far greater than anything seen previously. The released Squadron was brought to Stand-By; at one time we had three sections at Stand-By and it was still said there there were not sufficient fighter aircraft. Four pilots fired rounds at enemy aircraft and made out reports. F/O Lesson P/O. Carter, P/O. Muirhead and Sgt.Moffatt. Red section were available for 2¼ hours. "A" Flight were supplying the night phase pilots at at approx. 2045 hours Wick Air Raid Warning sounded; two of Red and Yellow section took off together with others from 43 and 111 Squadrons there were about 10 aircraft in the air after dark to encounter a raid on Scapa of about 40 enemy aircraft who came over in successive waves. Anti-Aircraft fire was intense and there were one or two loud reports of bombs one on the Pentland Skerries but no damage at all was reported. P/O. Edge and Flying Officer Austin P/O Currant and Sgt Mainland took part; F/O. Edge attacked three separate enemy aircraft and P/O. Current used all his ammunition on one enemy aircraft but neither pilots was able to say definitely with what results. It was reported that this station together with Hatston and anti-aircraft had accounted for seven enemy aircraft during the day.

Source: @Ness_Battery

Sgt. Pilot Robert Marwick Mainland

Sgt. R.M. Mainland is killed in a training accident.

566418 Sgt Robert Marwick Mainland

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) No. 605 Squadron.

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
WICK.25.4.40.It is with regret that a report is made on the death of 566418 R.M. MAINLAND, Sgt.Pilot killed on a flying accident on a non-operational flight. His Section leader instructed Yellow 2 and 3 to break formation to allow him to do a barrell roll. It appears that this airman did not break away sufficiently when the leader had completed 270° the back of his cockpit hood struck the starboard mainplane breaking off 4-5 ft from the tip. The aircraft went into a spin from 5000 ft the pilot did not jump until about 500 ft from the ground, his parachute only partly opening and was killed instantly - position 6 miles due west of Thurso - Forss House on Thurso-Melvick road. P/O. Currant Yellow 1. returned safely to to [sic] his base - aircraft badly damaged. R/O. P. Danielson damaged his aircraft at 2200 hours by accidentally taxying into the Floodlight due to confusion of lights. At the time it was reported that German aircraft were over the aerodrome. Whether good and warm.

His funeral is postponed twice before being buried with full military honours.

His grave is located in Grave 411, Section O, in Wick Cemetery, Caithness.

Grave of Robert Mainland in Wick Cemetery

Robert Marwick Mainland was born on September 9th 1916 at 11 Broad Street, Kirkwall. He was the son of Robert Mainland, Essaquoy, and Jessie Marwick, Scockness. His name was added to the Rousay War Memorial in the Spring of 2017, and a dedication service was attended by his cousin, niece and nephew, and representatives of the Kirkwall Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Rousey war memorial

Sources: Rousay remembered

Sgt Mainland's funeral postponed

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) No. 605 Squadron.

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
WICK.27.4.40.Funeral of 566418 R.M. Mainland altered three times finally fixed for 29/4/40 at Wick. The Officer Commanding has incurred displeasure at H.Q.F.C. and No. 13 Group. by omitting to render a report on the accident to 645484. AC. Taylor - also by not reporting on accident to Hurricane aircraft which was placed on its nose by F/O. B. Hillcoat when taxying on a high wind on March 31st. Weather Fair, nothing to report. P/O PASSY joined Unit.

Sgt Mainland's funeral postponed again

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) No. 605 Squadron.

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
WICK.29.4.40.Owing to the difficulties of Railway transport and a misunderstanding by Sergt MAINLAND father of Sgt Mainland Killed on 25/4. The funeral arrangements for 1500 hours to-day had to be changed three times and finally postponed until 1000 hours tomorrow owing to Father not arriving until 1730 hours. F/O Austin having to take a Magister to INVERNESS to collect him. Weather very cold, no operations.

Sgt Mainland buried with full military honours in Wick cemetary

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) No. 605 Squadron.

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
WICK.30.4.40.With full Military Honours Sgt Mainland was carried from the Bignold Hospital at 0930 hours and interred at Wick Cemetery at 1030 hours. Weather bad, cold and poor visibility.

R.A.F. Wyton station intelligence officer issues photos of He 113 for squadron files

Secret. From:- R.A.F.Sation,Wyton(Intelligence) To:- O.C. 15 Squadron. O.C. 40 Squadron. Date:- 16th May 1940. Ref:- WS/S.476S/S/Int.
15. SQUADRON
ROYAL AIR FORCE
5 16 May 1940
Ref:- 1054/PHOTO.
Photographs - German Aircraft. Herewith 5 copies each of three photographs of the Heinkel 113 for including in your dossier of aircraft photographs. C????????S/Ldr.
for group Captain, Commanding,
R.A.F.Station,Wyton,Humbs.

(AIR 27/260/1)

15 Sqn bomb roads near Montreuil

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) XV(B) Squd

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
WYTON 21.5.40 Three Two sections from the squadron led by S.LDR Glen & F/LT Webster and F/O Oakeshott were given orders to find and impede the progress of armoured fighting vehicles believed to be approaching Boulogne from the direction of Montreuil via Étaples. Most of our a/c bombed roads near Montreuil. F/LT Webster failed to return.

(AIR 27/202/3)

15 Sqn bomb roads near Montreuil for second day

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) XV(B) Squd

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
WYTON 22.5.40 At 1730 hrs two sections led F/O Oakeshott and F/O Trent set of to bomb the same roads and area as on the previous day. Little enemy opposition was encountered and all machines returned safely. Fighter escort was in company.

(AIR 27/202/3)

Previous day's bombing was recorded as being near Montreuil.

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT By:XV (B) SQUADRON

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Remarks References
BLENHEIMS.
L8851 F/O OAKSHOTT 1735 2000 Task allotted was bombing of German armoured fighting vehicles believed to be on main roads leading from ABBEVILLE to BOULOGNE. "A" Flight did not receive this message but perchance bombed the right target. Height at which bombs were dropped 6000'feet high level pattern. All machines returned safely. P/O Henderson's A/C had been hit by an explosive shell between the leading edge and the nascelle of the of the port engine . but no serious damage resulted to either the engine or crew.
SGT CAMP
LAC TREHERNE
L8848 F/O GEORGE
SGT BOX
LAC O'DONNELL
N 6177 P/O HENDERSON
SGT HOLMES
LAC AUSTIN
L8855 F/O TRENT
SGT STEPHENS
CPL SUTCLIFFE
P6913 P/O HARRMAN
SGT BLOOMER
LAC MOORHOUSE
L9403 P/O MASTERS
SGT TUCKER
LAC THOMAS

(AIR 27/202/4)

2 Sqn carry out bombing raid on roads south of Boulogne

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Details of Sortie or Flight. References
Lysander F/Lt. P.F. EDINGER
CPL. CHADWICK
Dive Bombing 1950 2040 Bombing raid on roads south of BOULOGNE.
Lysander P/O. M.L.HENDERSON
P/O.V.R[?]. KELLY (AG)
-ditto- 19.45 Bombing raid on roads south of BOULOGNE. Aircraft had failed to return.
Lysander P/O. G.GRANT GOVAN
LAC.JONES
-ditto- 1930 2015 Bombing raid on roads south of BOULOGNE. Bombs failed to release, until shock caused by landing, when they exploded, LAC. JONES., killed, Pilot wounded.
Lysander P/O. B.W. SMITHERS
CPL. BOVINGTON
-ditto- 2?00 2050 Bombing raid on roads south of BOULOGNE
Lysander P/O. B.K.THOMAS
LAC. JORDAN
-ditto- 1950 2035 Bombing raid on roads south of BOULOGNE, Pilot injured by shrapnel in left hand.

(AIR 27/19/10)

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) No. 2 Squadron RAF

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
BEKESBOURNE 22.5.40. 6 Aircraft took part in a bombing raid on Roads South of BOULOGNE The crews being:-
F/Lt. P.F. EDINGER - Cpl. CHADWICK - P/O. M.L.G. HEDERSON & P/O. V.B. KELLY - P/O. E.L. WOOLDRIDGE & LAC. JORDAN.
P/O. L.L.G. HENDERSON & P/O. V.B. KELLY failed to return from this flight.
3 bombs failed from to release from P/O. G. GRANT GOVANS aircraft. The shock of landing released the bombs from their racks and they exploded beneath the airframe LAC. JONES was killed by this explosion, andthe airframe badly damaged. P/O. E.L. WOODRIDGE was was slightly wounded in the left hand.

(AIR 27/9/19)