|| Summary of Events. COMPILING OFFICER_FLT. LT. A.J. GUNN__
(a) Flying Training.
(i) April proved to be a busy month and was off to a good start when
the alert was sounded shortly before dawn on the 2nd for Exercise
'QUICKTRAIN'. The squadron flew 25 sorties before lunch on this
(ii) The 'SASSOON' competition was held on the 7th of the month and
the squadron was represented by Flight Lieutenants St. Aubyn, Rimington,
Newing, Flying Officer Hagan, and Pilot Officer Holden Rushworth.
Flight Lieutenant Wallis was reserve. The team landed after the
competition fairly confident and results proved later that it had been
a clear result. Barley 200 points out of the possible total of 5,000
separated the first four teams, 2 Squadron being fourth.
(iii) Exercise 'JOKER' was flown soon after 'SASSOON' and the same
pilots entered the contest. Flight Lieutenant Rimington had the best
results and will be the squadron's representative next month
(iv) On the 21st of the month the squadron took part in Exercise 'PINPOINT'.
Army targets consisted of an 'Honest John' missile site defended by an
assortment of L. 70 and 'Skysweeper' L.A.A. positions.
(v) Exercise 'AMLED' was flown again this month and on the 29th April,
the squadron flew 14 sorties against targets in Denmark.
(i) On N.A.T.O. day, on the 8th April, the squadron sent a section
of 4 aircraft to Bruggen to take part in the N.A.T.O. fly-past.
Weather was very bad and when the section arrived, it was to find that
only the R.A.F. elements were there. The pilots taking part were
Flight Lieutenants Sharp, Wallis, Adair and Barcilon.
(ii) The R.A.F. Germany eliminating aerobatic contest was held at Bruggen
on the 23rd April and Flight Lieutenant Rimington and Sheppard represented
the squadron. Against some stiff opposition they came third and fourth.
(iii) Flight Lieutenant Sheppard took a Swift to an air display at
Chievres on the 30th of the month. His flying display proved to be the
only R.A.F. flying event.
(a) Ground Training. Pre-A.O.C.'s inspections took place at the beginning of
the month and the inspecting officers left completely satisfied with the
squadron's ground training. The squadron carried out some dry dinghy drill
and a small amount of parachute training. Several sessions of 'recce' training
were also carried out using the epidiascope. An interesting lecture on current
allied field equipment was given during the month by the G.L.O. 's.
The subject covered a wide range from A.F.V.'s to radar and missiles and was
much appreciated by the pilots.
(v) Visits. Five of the pilots attended a demonstration of fire-power
by the army on the 22nd April. The demonstrations were the 5th Tank
Regiment, the 4th Royal Horse Artillery and the Gordon Highlanders.
All the pilots enjoyed the impressive display and it is hoped to arrange
further demonstrations of this nature.
(c) Sport. The final of the Inter-Section Soccer League was played
on the 9th April and although the squadron soccer team played well, they
were beaten 4 - 2 by Tech. Wing.
(d) Entertainment. The social whirl continues and consisted this month
of a formal Squadron Dinner Night and several informal parties in quarters.
At the Dinner Night, the squadron had the opportunity to say goodbye
to Squadron Leader Bergh and Flight Lieutenants Burton and Watson. Other
guests were Major Williams, the G.L.O., and Flight lieutenant Bruce, who
(e) Attachments and Detachments. Flight Lieutenant Crawshaw was
detached to Wildenwrath for 4 days this month on the Aviation Medicine
S.N.C.O.'s. Corporals. Airmen.
In 2 2 1
Out 1 1 2
(g) Squadron Strength.
W.O. S.N.C.O.'s. Corporals. Airmen.
1 9 16 36
Sqn. Ldr. C.A. Wade.
'A' FLIGHT 'B' FLIGHT
Flt.Lt. D.B. Hives Flt.Lt. E. Sharp
Flt.Lt. R. Rimington Flt.Lt. B. Wallis
Flt.Lt. W.P. Sheppard Flt.Lt. P.H. Crawshaw
Plt.Off. P. Holden-Rushworth Flt.Lt. A.G. Newing
Flt.Lt. P.J. Adair Flt.Lt. B.J. St. Aubyn
Flt.Lt. R.L. Barcilon Fg. Off. G.E. Hagan
Flt.Lt A.J. Gunn Flt. Lt. M.E.A. Dale
Squadron Commander'S Remarks.
This was an exceptionally busy month, both operationally and socially.
signed (D.B. Hives)
11 May. 60. No 2 Squadron