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

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)

LAC Horace Gwyn Jones

Leading Aircraftman H G Jones: report of death. Pilot Officer G Grant-Govan: injured; Lysander P1672 exploded on landing at Bekesbourne near Canterbury, Kent, 22 May 1940

Source

PLANE CRASHED AT BASE Sympathetic reference to the death of a former pupil, Horace Gwyn Jones, First Class Aircraftman,who was killed in France (sic) also made by the Headmaster. I understand ' said Capt. Silk, that his aeroplane, which was returning from a raid over enemy territory, crashed on landing at the air base. He was a Governors' scholar of the school and was admitted in September, 1931. He left for the Royal Air Force in July. 1936. He took a keen interest in the usual social and athletic activities of school, and I cherish very pleasant memories of him particularly in junior school Rugby games. He would have been 21 in November next. The Governors decided to send a letter of sympathy to the bereaved Parents

Published: Friday 14 June 1940 Newspaper: South Wales Gazette County: Monmouthshire, Wales

Source

Type: Westland Lysander
Serial number: P1672, KO-?
Operation: Columns south of Boulogne
Lost: 22/05/1940
P/O (Pilot) G. Grant-Govan - safe
Leading Aircraftman (Air Gnr.) Horace G. Jones, RAF 534886, 2 Sqdn., age 20, 22/05/1940, Nantyglo and Blaina (Blaina) Cemetery, UK
Destroyed when unreleased bombs detached at Bekesbourne on return from mission, at 20.30 hrs.

Source

Lysanders of 2 Sqn support troops defending Calais

Flying from Hawkinge eight Lysanders took off at ten minute intervals without fighter cover to drop supplies to troops defending Calais. Canisters containing water, food and ammunition were dropped from 50 feet but this exposed the aircraft to ground fire - two were lost and, whilst the remaining six returned to Hawkinge, they were all damaged.

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT By: NO. 2 SQUADRON

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Remarks References
LYSANDER KOL P/O. THOMAS. TAC/R. under black VIOLET. 06.50 07.20 Area ST. OMER - ARDRUIQ - BERGUES. Reconnaissance in preparation for supply dropping sorties later in day.
LAC. DIXON.
   "     KOL P/O. THOMAS. TAC/R. under black VIOLET. 08.50 10.15 Area ST. OMER - ARDRUIQ - BERGUES. Reconnaissance in preparation of supply dropping sorties later in day.
LAC. DIXON.
   "     KOU S/Ldr DRYSDALE Supply dropping 09.45 10.30 8 Lysanders under S/Ldr. DRYSDALE took off to drop ammunition supplies, and water on the garrison holding CALIAS. The containers were required to fall within the CITADEL. The flight was led in over the CITADEL at a height of about 50 feet, and the containers all fell within the citadel, with the exception of one falling wide, P/O DUDENCY experiencing a hang-up on both racks.
P/O. LIGHT.
   "     KOS F/O. PIMM.   "       "     09.45 10.30
CPL. PICKLES.
   "     KOF P/O. SHEARMAN.   "       "     09.45 10.30
SGT. SPURR.
   "     KOC P/O. DEARDEN.   "       "     09.45 10.30
P/O. BOSTOCK.
   "     KOD P/O. COX.   "       "     09.45 10.30
LAC. SIMS.
   "     KOV P/O. DUDENCY.   "       "     09.45 10.30
LAC. JARVIS.
   "     KOP P/O. MASON.   "       "     09.45 10.30
CPL. OLIVER.
   "     KOB P/O. BAKER.   "       "     09.45 10.30
LAC. GALLOWAY.

(AIR 27/19/10)

610 Sqn attack Do 17s and Bf 109 escorts south of Hythe

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT By:610 SQUADRON.

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Remarks References
8-7-40.
SPITFIRE.
Q. P.9545 P/O.W.H.C.WARNER. Patrol convoy 1345 1639 Blue section order to patrol convoy off DOVER. Attacked 9 Do.215s, 10 miles out to sea. No.2 silenced the rear gunner of one of the enemy aircraft . No 3 saw a Spitfire on fire in the sea, 6 miles off Dover. This was probably No.2 of the section, P/O.A.L.B.RAVEN, who failed to return. The pilot was seen to leave the aircraft and swim.
N. R.6806 P/O.A.L.B.RAVEN
L. P.9495 SGT.ELSE,P.
B. L.1009 P/O.S.C.NORRIS. Patrol. 1456 1639 Red and Green sections ordered on patrol. 5 miles South of HYTHE, saw 7 Do.215s, escorted by 12 Me.109s. Attacks carried out but without apparent result. P/O.PEGGE after breaking away encountered 3 Me.109s. He attacked one and saw it dive for the sea, emitting black smoke, and over the vertical.
H. L.1064 P/O.CO.J.PEGGE.
P. R.6694 SGT.PARSONS.H.
T. R.6755 P/O.P.LITCHFIELD.
K. P.9495 SGT.ARNFIELD.S.J.
P. R.6695 SGT.RAMSAY.

(AIR 27/2106/16)

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) 610 Squadron

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
BIGGIN HILL 1940
8th.July
P/O A.L.B.RAVEN (91089) reported missing after an engagement with Do.215s off DOVER.

(AIR 27/2106/15)

32 Sqn. escort convoy off Dungeness

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT By:No.32 Squadron.

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Remarks References
Hurricane
N.2459 P/O.Grice. Escort Convoy. 1500 1625 Yellow Section as Escort to Convoy W. of Dungeness Height 3,000'. P/O.Gillman return to Base owing to oil trouble. P/O.Smythe and P/O.Grice attacked 3 He.112's. P/O.Smythe was shot up and landed Hawkinge. * Red Section carried on the Escort and encountered no enemy aircraft. Being relived by Yellow Section at 1645 hours who encountered no enemy aircraft. 8.7.40
N.2460 P/O.Smythe. 1610
P.3481 P/O.Gillman. 1610
N.2461 F/Lt.Crossley. 1550 1720*
P.3677 P/O.Daw. 1720*
N.2670 F/Sgt.Turner. 1640 1810*
N.2588 F/O.Humpherson. 1810
P.3679 F/O.Clerke. 1645 1810
N.2409 Sgt.Henson. 1650 1720

(AIR 27/360/22)

54 Sqn transfer from Hornchurch to Manston

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Details of Sortie or Flight. References
R 6893 P.O. Gray 0515 0540 To Manston 12.8.40
R 6893 P.O. Gray 0515 0540 ,, ,,
R 6815 P.O. Kemp 0515 0540 ,, ,,
R 6914 P.O. Turley George 0515 0540 ,, ,,
R 7021 P.O. Hopkin 0515 0540 ,, ,,
R 6981 F/Lt. Deere 0520 0540 To Manston 12.8.40
X 4019 P.O. Coleman 0520 0540 ,, ,,
R 7017 P.O. Campbell 0520 0540 ,, ,,
R 7019 P.O. Matthews 0520 0540 ,, ,,
R 6814 P.O. Howes 0520 0540 ,, ,,

610 Sqn Scramble

Spitfires of 610 Sqn scramble from Hawkinge.

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Details of Sortie or Flight. References
W.R.6993 S/LDR. J.ELLIS Interception 0731 0830
K.D.4067 SGT. ARNFIELD,S.J.
V.K.9770 P/O. H.K.COX
Q.R.6891 F/O. F.T.GARDINER.
M.K.9947 F/O. D.S.WILSON
N.N.3124 SGT. GARDNER,G.
H.K.9818 F/LT. E.B.B.SMITH
J.R.6599 SGT. CHANDLER,H.H.
S.K.9975 SGT. WILLCOCKS,C.
A.R.6976 F/O. P.G.LAMB
E.P.9433 P/O. C.O.J.PEGGE
F.X.4028 P/O. B.V.REES

54 Sqn Scramble

Spitfires of 54 Sqn scramble from Manston.

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Details of Sortie or Flight. References
R 7021 P.O. Hopkin 0730 0835 Patrol as Ordered 12.8.40
R 6893 P.O. Gray 0730 0845   ,, ,,
R 6708 F/Sgt. Tew 0730 0800   ,, ,,
R 6899 Sgt. Robbins 0730 0855   ,, ,,
R 6815 P.O. Kemp 0730 Patrol as Ordered, Force Landed at Lympe
R 6914 P.O. Turley George 0730   ,, ,, ,, ,,
R 6981 F/Lt. Deere 0735 0950 Patrol, Landed at Hornchurch
X 4019 P.O. Coleman 0735 0950 Patrol, Landed at Manston
R 7017 P.O. Campbell 0735 0905 Patrol, Landed at Hornchurch
R 7019 P.O. Matthews 0735 0900   ,, ,, ,,
R 6814 P.O. Howes 0735 0855 Patrol, Landed at Manston

Most later returned to Hornchurch.

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Details of Sortie or Flight. References
X 4019 P.O. Coleman 0920 0940 To Hornchurch 12.8.40
R 6814 P.O. Howes 0920 0945 ,, ,,
R 6708 F/Sgt. Tew 0930 0950 ,, ,,
R 6898 Sgt. Norwell 0930 0950 ,, ,,
R 7021 P.O. Hopkin 0930 0950 ,, ,,
R 6899 Sgt. Robbins 0930 0950 ,, ,,
R 6893 P.O. Gray 0930 0950 ,, ,,

P.O. Gray is credited with 2 Bf 109s and P.O. Matthews is credited with one certain and one probable.

P.O. Kemp and P.O. Turley George are both injured. (It is notable that they force land at Lympne which, by the end of the day, has been bombed out of action.)