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F540 Operations Record Book December 1957 NO 93 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2803 Microfilm Row1 Draws 52-71
Place Date Time SUMMARY OF EVENTS                                  COMPILING OFFICER   Fg. Off Cummins       REF. TO APPENDICES
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      MONDAY DECEMBER 2nd - FRIDAY DECEMBER 6th 1957
                         Varied weather caused some flying to be missed, notably Wednesday, when
no flying took place at all, and Friday when only two abortive sorties were flown.
The squadron pilots played football against No. 68 squadron aircrew, winning 3 - 1.
The station stood down for 48 hours after duty on Friday.
              Monday 2nd          Highest Score - Fg. Off. Thomson 23%
                                              Squadron Average - 11.5%
              Tuesday 3rd         Highest Score - Flt. Lt. Thomson 37%
                                              Squadron Average - 16.7%
              Thursday 5th         Highest Score - Flt. Lt. Parker 39%
                                              Squadron Average - 13.5%
 
       MONDAY DECEMBER 9th - FRIDAY DECEMBER 14th 1957
                                  A full days firing was carried out on Monday, but snow in the
evening stopped flying for the rest of the week.   On Tuesday five pilots visited
the marine section at Hornum.   Wednesday morning was devoted to basketball.
                         Monday 9th    Highest Score - Fg. Off. Thomson 39%
                                                 Squadron Average - 15.6%
 
      MONDAY DECEMBER 23rd 1957
             Some continuation trips were flown.   The squadron stood down after duty
for the Christmas Grant.
 
       MONDAY DECEMBER 30th - TUESDAY DECEMBER 31st 1957
                                  The squadron started Battle Flight on Tuesday.   High Level battle
formation
was flown on Monday, but on Tuesday a combination of poor serviceability
and bad weather kept the aircraft on the ground all day.
 
                                                          FLYING HOURS
Operational Type                     Day                    Night                     Sorties
     Hunter Mk. 6                     96.20                      Nil                            176
     Hunter Mk. 4                         .50                       Nil                                1
Training Type
     Vampire T.11


 
 
14th
17th
20th
20th
27th
  PERSONNEL
Fg. Off. P.D. Raeburn returned from I.R.E. Course
Fg. Off., B.F. Raffle posted on to the Squadron
Flt. Lt. D. Watson posted back to U.K.
Fg. Off. R.E. Hymans posted back to the U.K.
Fg. Off. L.T. Biggs posted back to the U.K.

OPERATIONAL
           (a) Training
                           (i)     The squadron continued the detachment to A.P.S. Sylt during the
first fortnight of the month, returning to R.A.F. Jever on the 16th December,1957.                            (ii)    Unfortunately the weather factor during the first fortnight
was such that only 3½ days out of 11 days available were fit for flying.   Consequently
the medium level scores obtained were low due to complete lack of continuity.
                           (iiI)  The final results obtained by the squadron during the
detachment were as follows:-
                                     10,000 feet average     -     17.9%
                                     20,000 feet average     -     14.7%
                                             Overall average     -     16.5%
                                             Stoppage rate        -     1 in 1376 (out of 23,400 rndsfired)
                                     Effective firing sorties per pilot     -     11
                                     Effective cine sorties per pilot     -         5
                           (iv)    The return to Jever was completed by Friday, 20th December,
but little flying time was available as the Christmas Grant occurred from 24th
December to the 29th December inclusive , followed by the preparation of aircraft
for Battle Flight commencing 31st December.
           (b) Aircraft Serviceability
                                            (i)     Little advantage could be taken of the excellent
serviceability obtained at A.P.S. Sylt - 8 or 9 aircraft serviceable per day - due
to the very bad weather factor.   All the aircraft were flown back to R.A.F. Jever
on the 16th December except the one belly damaged in the flying accident involving
Fg. Off. Rastall.
                                            (ii)    Serviceability at the end of the month has gone
down considerably, probably due to the after effects of firing and the long period
of no flying.
 
      Signed HSCarver                                                           
(H.S. CARVER)                                                          
Flight Lieutenant                                                        
Officer Commanding                                                 
No. 93 Squadron