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F540 Operations Record Book February 1959 NO 4 SQUADRON.
RAF Museum Hendon. Holds 2nd copy of F540 1945 to 1970.
PLACE DATE TIME SUMMARY OF EVENTS                              COMPILING OFFICER   __Fg. Off. R.E. Holliday._________ Refs
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R.A.F. Jever 2.2.59        Todays flying was severely restricted by fog lying only a few miles outside the cir-
cuit for the greater part of the day.
                                            SORTIES : 11nbsp;          HOURS : 10.15
  3.2.59        Another day of bad visibility, with the Squadron starting a weeks Battle Flight duty.
                                            SORTIES :   2nbsp;          HOURS : 1.25
  4.2.59        No flying today due to further fog and low cloud.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  5.2.59        The weather improved during the day, and after a late start, a certain amount of fly-
ing was possible, with the accent on air tests and P.I.'s.
                                            SORTIES : 13nbsp;          HOURS : 14.10
  6.2.59        Fog has now descended again and the Squadron was stood down during the afternoon,
with the exception of those on Battle Flight duties.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  9.2.59        The weather has not changed from general fog, and there is no change due from the forecast.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  10.2.59        No flying today due to fog and low cloud.   There is no change in the forecast.
Today was the last day of Battle Flight.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  11.2.59        Fog and low cloud.   No flying.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  12.2.59        No flying this morning due to fog.   There was some improvement this afternoon and
the Squadron did some day and night flying.
           DAY SORTIES : 12   DAY HOURS : 13.20   NIGHT SORTIES : 10   NIGHT HOURS : 11.05
  13.2.59        No flying today due to fog and low cloud.   No change in the forecast.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  16.2.59        No flying today due to fog.   A Squash competition between the three Squadrons was
played in the afternoon.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  17.2.59        No flying today - bad weather again.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  18.2.59        No flying today due to bad weather.   Work was started on the Squadron dispersal
and most of the tentage was completed.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  19.2.59        No flying today due to bad weather.   The Squadron finished the dispersal today and
a basketball competition was held between the Squadrons.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  20.2.59        No flying today due to bad weather.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  21.2.59        There was an improvement in the weather today, and a fair amount of flying was possible.
                                            SORTIES : 20           HOURS : 23.20
  23.2.59        There was no flying this morning due to fog but a clearance in the afternoon allowed
some useful flying to be obtained.   At 0900 this morning the Station was brought to a
state of military vigilance as part of exercise "Battle Call".
                                            SORTIES : 13           HOURS : 15.35
  24.2.59        Early this morning there was a practice Orange Alert.   The Squadron dispersed, and in
a very short time was ready for operations.   At 1200 a practice Scarlet Alert was given.
Unfortunately due to bad weather no flying was possible.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  25.2.59        There was fog this morning but by lunch time the weather was good enough for a
limited flying programme.   Of the nine sorties, eight were cine' weave in preparation
for the next Sylt detachment.
                                            SORTIES :   9           HOURS : 9.25
  26.2.59        Good weather today, an early start was possible and a fair amount of flying was done.
The sorties were comprised of low level strikes, high level P.I.'s and cine' weave.
                                            SORTIES : 28           HOURS : 31.45
  27.2.59        Another good day with an early start and a fair amount of mixed flying.
                                            SORTIES : 20           HOURS : 22.55
  28.2.59        Good weather this morning.   A balanced days flying of cine' weave and low level strikes.
                                            SORTIES : 19           HOURS : 21.00
                T.J. McElhaw
          (T.J. McELHAW)
          Squadron Leader,
          Officer Commanding,
          No. 4 Squadron.