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F540 Operations Record Book October 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. J.R. Walker___ Refs
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Royal Air Force,
October. 1960. INTRODUCTION  
      1.     Another successful month for the Squadron despite the Battle Flight commitment.
The month ended most encouragingly on another high weapons achievement.
      2. Flying in the initial part of the month was concentrated on high level work
which includes both Operational Cine on the weapons side and Broadcast Control from
the tactical aspect.  A certain amount of serious weapons system handling is always
a useful prelude to a session of firing and this policy seemed to be proved by the
week's air to ground firing at Ströhen Range from the 24th to 28th of the month.
Despite only an average of a little under three shoots per pilot, the overall
Squadron average of 49.44% was yet another proof of the Squadron's inherent
superiority in this field.  It is hoped that future sessions allowing perhaps more
consolidation for the junior pilots might make a squadron target of 60% not an

3.     Battle Flight from 8th to 10th, 18th to 20th, and on the 24th, was as usual
carried out with efficiency as was proved by the creditable performance of the
Squadron on the three scrambles received during the session.  Naturally some
flying time was lost to the Squadron through this commitment.

4.     Total hours for October, 1960 ........            238.35
        Total sorties                               .........            219.

5.     5.25 hours were flown at night during this month.
      6. The following pilots took leave during the month of October.
                                     Flight Lieutenant J.R. Walker.
                                     Flying Officer R. Booth
                                     Flight Lieutenant C. Hopkins.

7.     No pilots attended courses this month.
      8.     After the Squadron efforts by both groundcrew and ground equipment on behalf
of the Command Gunnery Team, the month has been spent checking inventories.  It is
creditable that little or no equipment has been misplaced as a result of some two
months operation away from base, together with moves involving many thousands of
miles by road transport.
      9. Another successful month proving yet again the Squadron's excellent weapons

RJ Spiers                                                
(R.J. SPIERS)                                            
Squadron Leader,                                     
Officer Commanding, 4 Squadron.