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F540 Operations Record Book August 1960 NO 4 SQUADRON.
RAF Museum Hendon. Holds 2nd copy of F540 1945 to 1970.
PLACE DATE TIME SUMMARY OF EVENTS                                     COMPILING OFFICER   __Flt. Lt. W.R.R. Anderson___ Refs
R.A.F.Jever     Operational Diary, August, 1960
      1.     This month was spent partly under dispersal conditions and partly operating from
our own hangar and pans.  The entire month was spent operating with No. 93 Squadron
as a joint Hunter Squadron.
      2.     By the first of the month the preparations for the Squadron aircraft and ground -
crew to be detached to Royal Air Force, SYLT, were complete.  On the third of the month
the convoy, aircraft, and groundcrew left for the Royal Air Force A.P.S. SYLT, along
with Flt. Lt. J.R. Walker and P.D. Jarvis, who had been selected for training for the
2nd T.A.F. Gunnery Team.  The remaining aircraft and aircrew joined No. 93 Squadron
in their dispersal, to make a combined Squadron under Sqn. Ldr. M.O. Bergh, A.F.C.
3.     On Tuesday 8th., No. 4/93 Squadron was moved out of dispersal back to the hangar.
4.     It was agreed that a large percentage of No. 4 Squadron aircrew should take leave
over this period and that the bulk of the flying should be left to the No. 93 Squadron
segment of the Unit.
5.     From the 16 th. to the 19 th. we had an attachment of four pilots and aircraft
from the Royal Norwegian Air Force, No. 335 Sabre Squadron, based at Bode.

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Formation of 4 Sqn Hunter F.6 (XJ637), Hunter T.7 (XL617), 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 (XD920) and Norwegian Sabre led by Pete Jennings - August 1960.   (Photo not in F540).

6.     From the 24 th. to the 30 th. of the month, the No. 93 Squadron segment had an
exchange of Six pilots and four aircraft with the 2nd. Pursuit Wing of the French
Air Force based at DIJON.
7.     Station Flight are currently operating from our hangar, and we look forward to
      8.     The Squadron devoted a major part of training this month to low level strike, low
level recce, and ground attack.  This resulted in a noticeable improvement in
pilot ability to navigate at low level, particularly along the link routes between the
areas, and afforded practice in sight handling and attack technique.
9.     The Squadron did Battle Flight for the period 9 th. to 15 th.  This period was
devoted to high altitude training in operational cine, cine quarters, and combat.
10.     We were unable to do much training with the Royal Norwegian Air Force Sabres, the
main difficulty being the fact that the Sabres had U.H.F. radio.  However, this was
partly overcome by very through briefings when we did fly with Sabres.
11.     The Squadron did considerable high altitude work with the French Mystere MK.4 A's
who were comparable in handling, if slightly inferior in performance, because they have
our own crystallisation.  Combat with and against them was very productive, and they
combined with us on two exercises.
12.     The Squadron took part in a large interception exercise with D.F.C.S. on the 19th.
13.     The Squadron also took part in Exercise AMLED on the 26 th. and Exercise CO-OP on
the 30 th.
14.     The weather interfered with flying considerably more than might reasonably be
expected in August and it was therefore pleasing to record that the last mission on
the 31 st. achieved 324 hours target for the No. 93 Squadron segment of the Unit, and
the 460 hours total combined target for the month.
                     Total Hours .     Operational Hunter 6.   combined 479:30
                           "                               "                        ( No. 4 Squadron Pilots)= 150:55
                     Sorties.                                                         Combined  - 470
                          "                              "                        (No. 4 Squadron Pilots)= 151
      Comments from O.C. Flying, Royal Air Force, A.P.S. SYLT.
15.     The idea of supplying all the aircraft and groundcrew for the 2nd. T.A.F. Gunnery
Team from No. 4 Squadron, whose last attachment was so satisfactory, has been an
outstanding success.  The groundcrew under Flt. Lt. C. Hopkins, have worked hard and
well; and, after the inevitable early weapons system difficulties had been overcome,
this was reflected both in the aircraft serviceability and the very good performances
of the pilots in all respects.
      16.     The following officers took leave this month:-
Flt. Lt. J.J. Tyrrell          3/8/60 - 23/8/60
Flt. Lt. J.B. Thornton  27/8/60 - 15/9/60
Flt. Lt. P.D. Jarvis      28/8/60 - 16/9/60
Flt. Lt. H. Watson      15/8/60 - 6/9/60
Fg. Off. Holliday        29/7/60 - 27/8/60
Fg. Off. E. Hall          12/8/60 - 2/9/60
Fg. Off. Booth           30/7/60 - 14/8/60
Fg. Off. Carnegie     26/8/60 - 13/9/60
Fg. Off. Farley           14/8/60 - 4/9/60
Fg. Off. Martin           17/8/60 - 1/9/60
Fg. Off. Jennings     22/8/60 - 14/9/60
17.     Fg. Off. Jennings returned from West Raynham on the 16 th. a brand
new I.R.E., and was promptly sent on leave.  Flt. Lts. J.R. Walker and P.D. Jarvis were
detached to Royal Air Force A.P.S. SYLT on the 3 rd. for gunnery training.
      17. This was a very satisfactory month in all respects, and operating as one Unit with
No. 93 Squadronn has been very successful.  French and Norwegian relations were cemented
in the true Squadron tradition and both attachments departed happy if somewhat

JJ Tyrrell                                               
(J.J. TYRRELL)                                          
Flight Lieutenant,                                       
for    Officer Commanding No. 4 Squadron, 
Royal Air Force, Jever.