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F540 Operations Record Book March 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. J.F. Farley._________ Refs
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R.A.F. Jever 2.3.59        Poor visibility led to a late start but by 1000 hours flying was under way and there
followed a varied programme in AIII conditions.
                                            SORTIES : 20           HOURS : 19.55
  3.3.59        Fg. Off. P.D. Jennings returned from leave today.   A good days flying with some flag
                                            SORTIES : 21           HOURS : 22.40
  4.3.59        Today started with a brief on the Hunter 7 by Flt. Lt. D. Bell of 229 O.C.U.
Chivenor.   This was followed by pre-Sylt training in the form of flag cine' and Cine'
                                            SORTIES : 10           HOURS : 10.55
  5.3.59        Flying today was followed by night flying which resulted in one of the biggest totals for many months.
                                            SORTIES : 31           HOURS : 35.10
  6.3.59        Despite yesterdays efforts the Squadron still had aircraft to fly today, the accent
being on exercise Argus.
                                            SORTIES :   9           HOURS : 10.15
  9.3.59        More cine exercises of various types, also four Meteor sorties flown by Squadron
                                            SORTIES : 18           HOURS : 20.00
  10.3.59        Poor serviceability and Battle Flight reduced todays programme in several instances
to singleton exercises.
                                            SORTIES : 14           HOURS : 14.50
  11.3.59        Today was marked by two Battle Flight scrambles one in the morning and one in the
afternoon.   The scramble times being 3 minutes and 4 minutes with the aircraft on 5 minutes
                                            SORTIES : 18           HOURS : 19.00
  12.3.59        This morning produced yet another Battle Flight scramble.   This time with the pilots
first put to standby in the cockpits.   This crop of incidents is tied up with IFF distress
coding now recognisable by our G.C.I. station.   Normal training was continued with
cine weave and cine flag exercises.
                                            SORTIES : 21           HOURS : 21.35
  13.3.59        This morning was the last pre-Sylt flying, with the exception of air tests and any
Battle Flight scrambles, and so the programme was entirely devoted to cine exercises.
     In the evening the Squadron held a party to introduce our new C.O. Sqn. Ldr. R.J.
to the station.   Sqn. Ldr. T.J. McElhaw is leaving on repat this weekend.
                                            SORTIES : 14           HOURS : 16.20
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Invitation to a 4 Sqn Teddy Boys Party to celebrate the release of Reggie Spiers from the Ministry of Defence to take command of 4 Sqn from Sqn Ldr Tim McElhaw.  It was held in the large cellars underneath the Officers' Mess Eastern Accommodation Block 174 - Friday 13Mar59.   (Thanks to Pete Jenningsand Gladys Watson.)

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          4 Sqn Teddy Boys Party.  Pete Jennings and Pete Jarvis as Barmen - Friday 13Mar59.
          (Thanks to Pete Jennings.)           [Photos added - not in the original F540].
  16.3.59        Today's one sortie was a Battle Flight scramble.   On start up only the leaders
was at first serviceable, the second aircraft became serviceable before the leader took
off but since he knew the nature of the scramble (IFF distress from friendly aircraft)
the leader decided not to wait for his no. 2.
                                            SORTIES :   1           HOURS : 1.00
  17.3.59        Two airtests only today, due to the pre-Sylt preparation.
                                            SORTIES :   2           HOURS : 1.10
  18.3.59        One airtests today.
                                            SORTIES :   1           HOURS :    .45
  19.3.59        One further air test.   All our aircraft are now ready for Sylt, and the road and rail
parties have left.
                                            SORTIES :   1           HOURS :    .25
  20.3.59        Two Chipmunk sorties today.   The pilots were stood down at lunch time until Monday
morning when we hope to fly to Sylt.
                                            SORTIES :   2           HOURS : 2.00
  23.3.59        Today there was early morning thick fog at Jever and Sylt.   After lunch Jever im-
proved but Sylt remained red all day.   No flying was carried out.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  24.3.59        Today started, if anything, worse than yesterday but during the afternoon conditions
lifted enough to fly all our aircraft to Sylt in pairs.   Despite the delays and the very damp
conditions of the past few days, all our aircraft destined for Sylt, that is ten
from our twelve established, were serviceable and only one had a minor snag after landing.
                                            SORTIES : 10           HOURS : 4.10
R.A.F. Sylt 25.3.59        The weather did not allow any flying today.   The usual sea fog and drizzle continued
without a break.   All preliminary lectures were completed and all we need now is some fine
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  26.3.59        The weather showed no change today and the Squadron stood down mid-day for the
Easter Grant until Tuesday 31st March, 1959.
                                                               SORTIES : NIL
  31.3.59        Today the Squadron commenced its flying.   Good weather and reasonable serviceability
led to a large number of cine exercises on the flag in addition 7 pilots received live
dual demonstrations from the weapons training squadron in Vampire T11 aircraft.
      R.J.Spiers S/L
Squadron Leader
Officer Commanding,
No. 4 Squadron.