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F540 Operations Record Book April 1954 NO 93 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2636 Microfilm Row 1 Draws 52-71 from Duncan Curtis
PLACE DATE TIME SUMMARY OF EVENTS                    COMPILING OFFICER  Flt.Lt. H.B. ILES.         REF. TO
APPENDICES
     

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R.A.F. AHLHORN. APRIL, 1954..    
  1st Thursday.        Cloud was low, and flying restricted to low-level battle formation (a four and a
pair) and G.C.A's (4) with a weather recce.
 
  2nd Friday.        Cloud based at 2,000 - 3,000 feet made the MEPPEN RANGE difficult to attack, but
12 cannon sorties, 1 GCA and weather recce were made.
 
  3rd Saturday.        Bad weather prevented flying.  
  4th Sunday.        Stand down.  
  5th Monday. 7th.      Runway unserviceability at JEVER held up our return until 13.40 hours, when the
first eight Vampire aircraft left for JEVER.   Pilots returned by bus and flew seven more
Vampires over, leaving one Vampire u/s and our solitary Sabre for Wing Commander
WEST
.  The advanced road party left early this morning for JEVER.  The pilots who returned to JEVER were, Flt.Lt. H.B.ILES, Fg.Off's. WALLACE, HANNAH, HARPER,
Plt.Off. MACKNISH, F. Sgt's. TELFER, SHRUBSOLE, leaving Plt.Off. MITCHELL at
AHLHORN.
 
R.A.F. JEVER. 6th Tuesday.        The main road party travelled back to-day, as did Fg.Off. MITCHELL in the remaining
Vampire, and also the Sabre (via WUNSTORF).  At JEVER unserviceability restricted
flying to a cross-country to AHLHORN and return, one to BRUGGEN and return for
crystals for Sabres yet to come, (both in Vampires), and three Tiger Moth local
sorties.  Plt. Off. BALFOUR returned with three Sabres from BRUGGEN.
 
  8th Thursday.        Three aerobatic sorties and an air test was all the Vampire flying done due to
unserviceability.  Four Tiger Moth sorties were flown, giving the airmen some air
experience.
 
  9th Friday.        Weather was fair.  We flew a pair on formation and tail - chase, a cross-country to
AHLHORN and return, and 6 aerobatic sorties.  Squadron Leader ALLEN was flown to
JEVER in a T - 11 from WILDENWRATH, and re-assumed command.
 
  10th Saturday.        Only the Tiger Moth flew to-day, one sortie.  The following pilots returned from
WILDENWRATH.  Fg.Off's BELL, COUCH, HICKMAN, Plt.Off's WHITELAW, SENAR,
LEIGH-LANCASTER, and Sgt. KNIGHT. The following pilots went to WILDENWRATH
on Sabre conversion.  Fg.Off's WALLACE, HANNAH, HARPER, SANDERSON, PIGDON.
 
  11th Sunday.        Stand-down.  Fg.Off.REVNELL, Plt.Off. DAVIS returned from EHRWALD.  
      Compiling Officer Fg.Off. G.E. HICKMAN .  
     

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  12th Monday.        Low cloud restricted flying to a certain extent and the only trips were two QGH trips
in Sabres and one Vampire to BUCKEBURG and back.
 
  13th Tuesday.        Although the weather was slightly improved to-day, the unserviceability of our few
aircraft held up the flying programme.  One air test and 3 general flying trips in Sabres
were carried out, in the METEOR one instrument trip and one to BRUGGEN and back
and one air test in a Vampire.
 
  14th Wednesday.        The cloud base was below 1,000 feet first thing this morning with showers of rain
but in the afternoon two general flying trips in Sabres were carried out, and in the
Meteor one trip to BRUGGEN and back, and one instrument trip.  Fg.Off. BELL left to
play Rugby at COLOGNE and Fg.Off. MACKNISH returned from exercise.
 
  15th Thursday.        This morning there were 6 air tests carried out on Vampires, one general flying in
a Sabre and one Meteor trip to BRUGGEN and back.  In the afternoon there was a
Station stand-down for the Easter Grant.  Fg. Off's WALLACE and SANDERSON returned
from WILDENWRATH.
 
  16th Friday
-19th Monday.
       Station Stand - down for Easter.  
  20th Tuesday.        The Easter Grant finished at mid-day and in the afternoon one Vampire went to
WILDENWRATH and back and one local flying sortie was carried out in a Sabre.
 
  21st Wednesday.        The weather was fine to-day but lack of aircraft limited the flying to one local
Sabre trip, 3 Vampire air tests and one local flying in the Tiger Moth.  In the afternoon
the Squadron 'A' team won 6-1 at soccer.  F.Sgt. TELFER went on leave and Plt.Off's
EXLEY and GARTHWAITE returned from the U.K. and Fg.Off. BELL from COLOGNE.
 
  22nd April
Thursday
.
,1954      There were 7 local flying trips in Sabres to-day, one Vampire went to BRUGGEN and
back and two local flying trips were carried out in the Tiger Moth.
Plt.Off. SENAR went on leave and Fg.Off. HANNAH returned from WILDENWRATH.
 
  23rd Friday.        The weather was fine again to-day and the aircraft serviceability was better.  There
were 14 general flying trips in Sabres, and in Vampires there were trips to FASSBERG,
BRUGGEN, BUCKEBURG and back; one to WUNSTORF and one air test and one trip
to WUNSTORF and back in the Tiger Moth.  Fg.Off's PIGDON and HARPER returned
from WILDENWRATH.
 
  24th Saturday.        There was a Station Commanders Parade followed by an inspection of the hangar
by the Squadron C.O., and no flying took place.
     In the afternoon the Squadron 'A' Soccer team won their match 4-1 thus winning the
Station Inter-Section League.  The 'B' team lost 6-1 to Tech Wing.
 
  25th Sunday.        The 'A' Soccer Team lost their last game of the season 6-3 to the league runners-up
Tech. Wing.  Fg.Off. CHADWICK and Plt.Off. RITCHIE returned from leave.
 
  26th Monday.        The weather was fine to-day and there were 11 general flying trips in Sabres.  F. Sgt.
TELFER
returned from leave and Squadron Leader ALLEN left for AMSTERDAM.
Fg. Off's REVNELL and CHADWICK and Plt.Off's RITCHIE, EXLEY, DAVIS and
GARTHWAITE went to WILDENWRATH for Sabre conversion.  The Squadron 'B' team
lost 4-1.
 
  27th Tuesday.        There were 11 general flying trips in Sabres to-day and the Prentice had one local
trip and a trip to BRUGGEN, WILDENWRATH and back.
     Fg.Off. SANDERSON went to WILDENWRATH to play rugby.
 
  28th Wednesday.        At 08.00 hours to-day there was a general briefing in the Station Cinema for
EXERCISE WILDGOOSE.  There were 4 general flying trips in Sabres this morning
and one local aerobatic sortie in the Prentice.  This afternoon there was a stand-down
for a sports afternoon.
Squadron Leader returned, and Plt.Off. CULVER went to BAD EILSEN to collect some
documents.
 
  29th Thursday.        The weather was fair and 5 general flying trips were carried out this morning.  This
afternoon was spent digging in ready for Exercise WILD GOOSE which begins at mid-
night.
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Digging in the Bofors Gun for Execise Wild Goose - 29Apr54.   Sgt Dodds and unknown gunners.

     Fg.Off. SANDERSON returned from WILDENWRATH.
 
  30th April.
Friday.
       Exercise WILD GOOSE began at mid-night yesterday and patrols were out over
night guarding the dispersals at the western end of the airfield.  At about 02.00 hours
intruders were making attacks to test the defences and find out the weak spots.  The
general alarm was raised and a few prisoners were taken.  During the day the weather
was fine with broken cloud and 7 aerobatic trips and sector patrols were carried
out.  There were frequent attacks on the airfield but the ground defences were not
called into action.
 
      Rounds fired in April      :-    1090
Stoppages                       :-    NIL
Stoppage Rate      Infinity
Hours flown in April                 Hours
                                         Day                  Night.          Total.       Total number of sorties 294.
            SABRE MK. 4   181.25                   -              181.25
            TIGER MOTH     11.20                   -                 11.20
            VAMPIRE            51.25                   -                 51.25
            METEOR               8.05                   -                   8.05
            PRENTICE           6.30                   -                   6.30
            T - 11                       .40                    -                     .40   
Total All Types.            259.25                   -              259.25.  


 
      ADMINISTRATION.  
   April, 1954.            Throughout this month Squadron pilots have been converting to Sabres at
WILDENWRATH.  The squadron returned from a successful attachment at AHLHORN
and operated from its Battle dispersal during the ground defence exercise "WILD
GOOSE".  Several S.N.C.O's and Corporals are due for repatriation but despite several
urgent requests for replacements none have arrived yet.
 
   April, 1954.  PERSONNEL.
Flt.Lt.ILES, Fg.Off's WALLACE, HANNAH, HARPER, Plt.Off. MACKNISH, F.Sgt's. TELFER and SHRUBSOLE returned to JEVER from AHLHORN 5th.
Fg.Off. MITCHELL returned to JEVER from AHLHORN 6th.
Plt.Off. MACKNISH left JEVER on exercise 6th.
Flt.Lt's. COLVIN, HORRELL, and Fg.Off. BALFOUR returned JEVER
from WILDENWRATH 7th.
Sqdn.Ldr.ALLEN returned JEVER from WILDENWRATH 9th.
Fg.Off's. BELL, COUCH, HICKMAN, Plt.Off's. WHITELAW, SENAR, LEIGH-LANCASTER,
Sgt. KNIGHT returned JEVER from Sabre conversion at WILDENWRATH 10th.
Fg.Off's. WALLACE, HANNAH, HARPER, SANDERSON, PIGDON, left for
WILDENWRATH (Sabre conversion) 10th.
Fg.Off. REVNELL, Plt.Off. DAVIES returned from Winter Survival Course EHRWALD 11th.
Fg.Off. BELL left for COLOGNE to play rugby.  Fg.Off. MACKNISH returned
from an exercise 14th.
Fg.Off's. WALLACE and SANDERSON returned from WILDENWRATH 15th.
Fg.Off. BELL returned from COLOGNE.  Plt.Off's EXLEY and GARTHWAITE returned
from leave in U.K.  F.Sgt. TELFER went on leave 21st.
Fg.Off. HANNAH returned from WILDENWRATH.  Plt.Off. SENAR went to U.K. on leave
22nd.
Fg.Off's PIGDON and HARPER returned from WILDENWRATH 23rd.
Fg.Off. CHADWICK and Plt.Off. RITCHIE returned from leave 25th.
F.Sgt. TELFER returned from leave.  Sqdn. Ldr. ALLEN left for AMSTERDAM.  Fg.Off's.
REVNELL
and CHADWICK and Plt.Off's RITCHIE, EXLEY, DAVIS and GARTHWAITE
went to WILDENWRATH for Sabre conversion 26th.
Fg.Off. SANDERSON went to WILDENWRATH 27th.
Sqdn. Ldr. ALLEN returned and Plt.Off. CULVER went to BAD EILSEN for the day to collect some documents, 28th.
Fg.Off. SANDERSON returned from WILDENWRATH 29TH.
 
R.A.F.
JEVER.
April, 1954.                                   LIST OF PILOTS AT END OF MONTH.
                'A' Flight.                                                                                'B' Flight.

     Sqdn. Ldr. R.N.G. ALLEN., D.F.C.                                      Flt.Lt. A.J. COLVIN.
     Flt.Lt.     J.A.           HORRELL.                                             Flt.Lt. H.B. ILES.
     Fg.Off.   A.R.          WALLACE                                              Fg.Off. B.J. REVNELL.
     Fg.Off.   W.E.         BELL.                                                      Fg.Off. B.A. SANDERSON.
     Fg.Off.   R.S.          HANNAH                                                Fg.Off. A.C. RAMSAY.
     Fg.Off.   T.              BALFOUR                                              Fg.Off. J.E. PIGDON.
     Fg.Off.   D.S.         CHADWICK.                                           Fg.Off. G.E. HICKMAN.
     Fg.Off.   W.G.        MITCHELL.                                             Fg.Off. J.E. MACKNISH.
     Fg.Off.   D.H.         HARPER.                                                Plt.Off. K.B. SENAR.
     Fg.Off.   G.J.          COUCH.                                                  Plt.Off. D. EXLEY.
     Plt.Off.   J.S.C.      DAVIS.                                                      Plt.Off. W.B.C. RITCHIE.
     Plt.Off.   P.T.          WHITELAW.                                           Plt.Off. J.C. CULVER.
     Plt.Off.   R.            GARTHWAITE.                                        Plt.Off. P LEIGH-LANCASTER.
     F. Sgt.   C.J.         TELFER.                                                  Sgt.R.G. KNIGHT.
     F. Sgt.   W.R.        SHRUBSOLE.                                               .
     .

Signed RNG ALLEN                                       
(R.N.G.ALLEN.) D.F.C.                                      
Squadron Leader,                                             
Officer Commanding                                        
No.93 Squadron.