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F540 Operations Record Book March 1952 NO 112 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2588 Microfilm Row1 Draws 52-71
Place Date Time Summary of Events                                                                Compilation Officer:.......................... Refs
Fassberg 1/3/52        The wing flew down to Celle to attend a lecture by Major JABAZA, D.S.C., D.F.C. U.S.A.F., everyone was most impressed, and it was refreshing to find someone who gave the facts and said what he thought rather than what people would like to hear.   We all thought he 'should' not 'would' go far in the U.S.A.F.   At the end of the lecture Group Captain E.M. Donaldson, D.S.O., A.F.C. stood up obviously very moved, and said exactly what we felt.  
  3/3/52        No flying due to weather and a lot of packing was done, except by the people taking the promotion exam, who did a last minute' cram!  
  4&5/3/52        More packing and no flying.  
  6/3/52        The C.O. flew the Meteor to Jever to collect P/O Holmes for our farewell party.  
  7/3/52        The Squadron took off for Jever and with heavy hearts and heads did a spot of formation and a beat up of their old wing and home, and headed in to the unknown to announce their arrival at Jever in a similar manner, which didn't look as bad after all and an alka-seltzer.  
R.A.F. Jever 8/3/52        A few sector recces were flown and it was noticed with much pleasure that base was very easy to find.  
  10/3/52        A complete clamp, so a spot of sorting out went on.  
  11/3/52        A fair amount of flying, mainly sector recces and low flying with a spot of simulated cine.  
  12/3/52        A reasonable days flying with nothing outstanding.    F/O Creswick invigilated at an examination and cine sorties were carried out..  
  13/3/52   A very fine day and a lot of very pleasant flying was carried out.  
  14/3/52        With the prospect of a "48" over the week-end and the hated drop tanks once more in their rightful place (at the back of the Hanger) it was a case of 'bottoms up' for all the chaps in a clear blue sky.   In the afternoon two aircraft took part in an battle flight and again more simulated cine.  
  15/3/52        Our Wing Commander, Wg Cdr T.A.P. Elsdon, O.B.E., D.F.C. arrived today to the relief of all flying wing.  
  17/3/52        Everyone back from week-end, and the return of Sgt. Grice from Ehrwald looking as brown as a berry after his Arctic survival course, called for a small 'balbo'.  
  18/3/52        Not much flying but P/O Williamson did a spot of I.F. in the Meteor, also a spot more of simulated cine.  
  19/3/52   The best days flying yet, low level navigation, I.F., and a rocket and 20mm programme at Fassberg thanks to their ???? amount ???? 26? and 14 Squadron re-arming and refuelling, not to mention supplying a range safety officer on a sports afternoon.  
  20/3/52        The C.O. and Sgt. Grice flew to Fassberg and discharged some rockets while the rest did a few Q.G.H.'s etc until flying was cancelled due to a weather deterioration.  
  21/3/52        A low cloud base but a few low level sorties were carried out.  
  22/3/52        Not a very pleasant day and no flying carried out.  
  24/3/52        A good days flying with reasonable weather.  
  25/3/52   Another fine day and everyone in the air to do one of the best days flying this month.  Two sections tried some low level interceptions which were great fun and excellent training.  
  26/3/52        A clamp and no flying.  A sports afternoon in which everyone partook in some form of sport.  
  27/3/52        Another clamp but Sgt Fletcher gave a very interesting lecture and practical demonstration of how arm up and clear stoppages on the 20mm cannon.   We then took the pilots down and we all crawled around on 'creepers' doing what we had just learnt.  We are now ready for time when we go firing once more at Fassberg as we all have to look after the arming of our individual aircraft.  
  28/3/52        A good days flying in very pleasant conditions later on in the day.  
  29/3/52        In the morning ??? ????? pleasantly doing aerobatics, practice pull ups and dummy R/P attacks.  
  31/3/52        A sleep ????????????? ...to an end.  We are?????that ?% D.A. BLAKE of 4 Squadron................................on doubling up.  
      GENERAL  
      ?.....................was ???? to 14 Squadron, he had been with no ?.................the Squadron Adjutant.
     Our.............marshalling was very slow and bad weather flying, ..............?handicapped by inferior equipment??...........
     Towards .......................days flying were done and the target.......Scramble due to no films being available.............................were carried out.
DISCIPLINE AND MORALE      the poor ???? with Fassberg which was exceptionally good but ..........?possible for the Squadron to 'go down ????.
 
      THE EVENING.   The quarters are good so the squadron is settling down quickly and discipline and morale is good.  
      SPORTS.  
           The Squadron soccer team has entered the fray with magnificent energy and keenness despite the usual setbacks.  
      BREAKDOWN OF FLYING TIMES.  
                                                        Individual:                                    37.20
                                                  Interception :                                  1.50
                                                  Sqdn and Wing exercises        73.35
                                                  Navigation :                                   7.00
                                                  Weapons   :                                 34.05

                                                  Total on operational types              153.50

                                                  Instrument    :                              11.15
                                                  Incidental     :                                1.45

                                                  Total flying hours  :                   166.50

 
      STRENGTH
                       PILOTS.
                       Sqn.Ldr.    I.D.  BOLTON                                                       S.N.C.O.'s   7                        Flt.Lt.         R.B. ROBINSON
                       Fg.Off.       W.G. HOLMES
                       Fg.Off.       K.A.  WILLIAMSON                                               Corporals   5
                       Fg.Off.       E.D. CRESWICK
                       Fg.Off.       T.G.D. DAWKINS
                       Sgt.           R       GRICE                                                          Airmen      53
                       Sgt.           B.L.   JONES


Signed ID Bolton                         
(I.D. BOLTON). SQN LDR.         
OFFICER COMMANDING           
No 112 Squadron.