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F540 Operations Record Book January 1956 NO 118 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2705 Microfilm Row 1 Draws 52-71
Place Date Time Summary of Events                     COMPILING OFFICER__Fg. Off. C. W. Powell_________   REF. TO APPENDICES
JEVER 1.1.56   STAND-DOWN  
JEVER 2.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     A strong cross-wind prevented flying for the first hour or so of this morning,
during which time the pilots did some aircraft recognition training.
     Full flying commenced about 1000 hrs. with a section of three getting airborne
on high level battle formation.
     A total of about 12 hours were flown today, together with a few Vampire T11
sorties to re-rate the newer pilots.
PERSONNEL
     Fg. Off Irish returned from the U.K. this evening by air.
 
JEVER 3.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     Although only two aircraft were available this morning, an early start was
made and the pair was airborne by 0815 hours.   Flying continued all day in excellent
weather and more aircraft became serviceable during the day.
     A close formation trip was carried out by four aircraft this afternoon, and
some night flying was done for a total of about 24 hours on operational type.
PERSONNEL
     Flt. Lt. Goodwin arrived tonight having returned early from U.K. leave.
 
JEVER 4.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     One pair got airborne fairly early this morning, but the rather doubtful
weather clamped soon afterwards and flying ceased for the rest of the day.
     The rest of the morning was spent looking at cine films and doing an aircraft
recognition test.
 
JEVER 5.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     TO BE ADDED LATER
 
JEVER 6.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     Once again poor visibility prevented flying.   A lecture on sports was given by
the S.M.O. and then the squadron did some ejector seat and dinghy drill
     During the afternoon, some of the pilots played basketball.
 
JEVER 7.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     After a squadron drill parade, the squadron M.T.O. took a convoy run to give
the drivers a little practice, so no flying was possible.
 
JEVER 8.1.56        STAND-DOWN  
Jever 9.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     Again the weather was bad with light snow, but a few sorties were flown during
the afternoon until the weather clamped again.
PERSONNEL
     A new pilot arrived tonight.   He is Plt. Off. D. HENDERSON from Chivenor O.C.U.
F.S. Ward also arrived back from U.K. leave.
 
JEVER 10.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     The thin cover of snow which fell yesterday evening froze during the night and
made conditions rather bad.
     Although attempts were made to make the runway serviceable, not much success
was met with until after lunch, when flying started on a reduced scale.   The
surface still wasn't very good, and all flying ceased quite early.
     One pilot slid off the taxi track onto the grass, but without damage to the
aircraft.
 
JEVER 11.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     The forecasted snow did not arrive during the night, and milder conditions
precluded the formation of ice.   As the visibility and cloudbase were good, flying
started immediately after met. briefing.
     About lunch-time, the viz. decreased considerably, due to drizzle, but the
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JEVER 11-27.1.56   TO BE ADDED LATER  
Jever 27.1.56   ...done until after lunch when a few sorties were flown, mainly on cine exercises.  
JEVER 28.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     Ice and snow prevented flying this morning.
 
JEVER 29.1.56   STAND-DOWN.  
JEVER 30.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     Once again icy runways and taxi-tracks prevented flying.
PERSONNEL
     Flt. Lt. Denison rejoined the squadron from leave and Fg. Off. Craig returned
from the Winter Survival Course at Bad Kohlgrub.
 
JEVER 31.1.56   OPERATIONAL
     A reasonable amount of flying was done today after a late start, bringing the
total hours on operational type for the month to over 200.
     In view of the squadron's imminent detachment to A.P.S. Sylt, most of the
sorties were on simulated flag attacks, together with a few individual trips.
 
                                        FLYING HOURS                                           SQUADRON STRENGTH
  Aircraft                        Hrs.         Mins.    Sorties                    Officers                                         18
Hunter F Mk. 4            211            55           286                      S.N.C.O.'s(Aircrew)                       1
Vampire T 11                17            55             22                      S.N.C.O.s                                       9
                        TOTAL  229            50           308                      Corporals                                     15
                                                                                                      A.C.'s                                             46  
                                                                                                      TOTAL                                           89  

signed NCP Buddin Sqn. Ldr.
(N.C.P. BUDDIN)                   
Squadron Leader,                 
Officer Commanding,           
No. 118 Squadron,               
Royal Air Force.