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F540 Operations Record Book May 1955 NO 118 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2643 Microfilm Row 1 Draws 52-71
Place Date Time Summary of Events                                              COMPILING OFFICER   Refs
Fassberg 2.5.55   Operational
     The Squadron has now virtually finished flying, the only sortie being 1 air test.
     Most of the time is now taken up packing for the Squadron move to Jever which takes place this Friday.   Tomorrow morning the Advance Party leaves followed by the rest on Friday.
     Fg. Off. R.G.V. Irish went on 3 weeks U.K. leave.
Fassberg 3.5.55.   Operational
     Fg. Off. W. Dodds left early this morning with the Advance Party.   God's speed and no breakdowns.   Here meanwhile, everything and everyone is at a tense pitch of excitement.   Packing and loading is going fast and furiously - the whole place is being moved from under our feet.
     Fg. Off. F.A. Butcher returned from Compassionate leave.
Fassberg 4.5.55.   Operational
     Once again the only activity was more preparation for the move.   All the offices
are now bare with the odd telephone sitting in the corner of the room on the floor.
Fassberg 5.5.55.   Operational
     The pack-wagons were loaded up to-day ready to move off tomorrow morning.
Fassberg 6.5.55.   Operational
     Fg. Off. Hardy left this morning by rail with the Main Party.   A number of other
pilots departed in their own cars.
     Four officers attended the funeral at Hannover of a pilot of No. 14 Squadron
     Flt.Lt. J. Castagnola left for Jever in the Vampire T II.
FASSBERG 7.5.55.   Operational
     This morning was spent moving furniture into the Squadron offices at Jever.
Jever 8-13.5.55.   TO BE ADDED LATER  
Jever 14.5.55.        STAND-DOWN  
Jever 15.5.55.        STAND-DOWN  
Jever 16.5.55.   Operational
           Bad weather most of the day prevented any first solos until late afternoon.
Fg. Off.'s Hardy and Wraight then made their first trip in swept wing aircraft.
           There are now five aircraft on acceptance checks in the hangar and another in
Jever 17.5.55.   Operational
           Only one sortie was made today due to fairly low cloud, intermittent rain and poor
           The aircraft state remained as yesterday.
Jever 18.5.55.   Operational
           Because of a strong cross-wind, no flying was done this morning.
           Eight aircraft have now been accepted, although two of them are un-serviceable.
Three more are now on acceptance checks and the other is A.O.G.
           This afternoon was a sports afternoon.
Jever 19.5.55.   Operational
           This mornings forecast was strong gusty winds and frequent showers, possibly of
           Nevertheless four first solos were made and a few pilots did their second con-
version trip, a total of ten sorties.
           Two more aircraft arrived today bringing the Squadron up to full strength of 14
           Fg. Off.'s McLennan, Darrington and Yeomans arrived today from Fassberg.
Jever 20.5.55.   Operational
           Today was the best flying day since the Squadron converted.   A total of twenty-
four sorties were made, mainly on conversion flights.
           Six aircraft were serviceable all day.
           One or two pilots reached the stage in conversion of flying the aircraft with the
controls in "manual".
  21.5.55.   Operational
           A station parade was held this morning, followed by an inspection of the airmen's
barrack block and the hangar.   Consequently, no flying at all was carried out.
Jever 22.5.55.   Operational
Jever 23.5.55.   Operational
           All the original twelve aircraft have now been accepted.
           Reasonably good weather and serviceability enabled the Squadron to carry out 19-
sorties, all on conversion exercises, except for one or two airtests.
Jever 24.5.55.   Operational
           Another fairly good day with a total of 18 sorties.   Again most of the sorties
were conversion exercises, but one cross-country flight was made.
           The last two aircraft which arrived last Thursday are still undergoing acceptance
Jever 25.5.55.   Operational
           Because of the Whit-sun Grant today was a full working day.   A total of 27 sorties
were made including a couple of close formation trips and a cine trip.
           One or two pilots have now completed their ten conversion exercises.
           A number of cases of R/T trouble were reported today.   Pilots were transmitting
quite well but could not receive the controller.