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F540 Operations Record Book January 1953 NO 4 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2590 Microfilm Row1 Draws 52-71
PLACE DATE TIME SUMMARY OF EVENTS                                            COMPILING OFFICER   __Fg. Off. E.N.H. Lack_______ Refs
     Full flying day.   Two abortive missions for the flight - on the first, no target 
located; on the second it was told to return to base after being airborne for only ten minutes. 
In the late afternoon, hunting for an F.84 formation, the flight leader suddenly found 
the horizon apparently spinning madly round beneath a stationary sun.   Rapidly diagno-
sing onset of anoxia he excuted an emergency descent on emergency oxygen and arrived 
safely at base.   The remainder of his formation wandered disconsolately in search of 
their target, swimming through pale seas of cirrus at angels forty; but were finally 
compelled to abandon the chase, and returned.
          There were, in addition, some attempts to fire rockets at Meppen range - all 
thwarted by a thousand feet cloud base.   This is in practice for a demonstration to be 
held shortly.   A little air to ground firing was possible during the afternoon, under 
impossible conditions - namely a 50 m.p.h. cross wind.   24 Sorties    20.25. hrs.
   The gale force winds abated this evening after a good day's flying.   The flight 
flew four missions, the most interesting, and frustrating, being a thrust at a Super-
fortress   On a vector of 170 - 90 mls. the interceptors clambered to angels 25. 
Unfortunately, the target turned away, while still at 25 mls. range.   Despite a valiant 
.7 Mach, battle flight's closing speed was too low under the circumstances, and control 
had to return it to base.   It is comforting to know that a close watch is kept on 
performance limitations ; the flight took 22 minutes at 25,000 ft., 200 kts. to reach 
base, and landed with an average 80/90 galls.
     The rest of the Squadron was kept busy at low level and 35,000 ft., and on 
individual flights.   A four, led by Flt Lt. Lee, returned from 35,000 ft. under 
very bad conditions.   Daylight was fading, it had begun to rain and cloud had come 
down to about 200 ft.   In very poor visibility all four made good landings.
  		                       31 Sorties                    27.00 hrs.
    	       There was no flying, because of low stratus and steady rain.   A team of three 
Squadron Leaders from C.F.E., paying informal visits to stations in this Command 
called at our Squadron this afternoon.

                  A normal month's training was marred by a spell of bad weather when little 
or no flying was possible.   Three visits out of camp - to R.A.F. Oldenburg for lectures 
on Land/Air Warfare, to our local G.C.I. post, and to Oldenburg baths for long overdue 
wet dinghy drill.   The Squadron flew once on a Exercise Barrage, and made a short 
"mobility" move across the airfield to No. 112 Squadron's hangar, while our own was 
used for a boxing tournament.
         Flying.         Total Vampire day       187.35.
                            Total Vampire night        2.15.
                            Total Meteor                  5.45.
                            Grand Total.                195.35.

  Compiled by..signed ENH Lack...FG/OFF.   Authorised by   signed PGK Williamson  Sqdn. Ldr.
                      (E.N.H. LACK)                                          (P.G.K. WILLIAMSON)