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F540 Operations Record Book February 1956 NO 93 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2803 Microfilm Row1 Draws 52-71
Place Date Time Summary of Events                                                  Compilation Officer:   Fg. Off. J.S.C. Davis Refs
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R.A.F. Jever 1st February

          Only five pilots able to fly.   Six were on aircraft ferrying duties
in the U.K., four were sick and one was on leave.
          Three aircraft out of seven were serviceable and nine sorties were flown.
Until 13.00 hours flying was restricted to experienced Hunter pilots only. The remaining pilots concentrated on the completion of the end of month returns. Flying continued until 17.00 hours.
          The pilot state was the same as yesterday, but four aircraft were made serviceable. Eighteen conversion sorties were flown.


          The pilot state was the same as yesterday, but four aircraft were made serviceable.
Eighteen conversion sorties were flown.


          Twenty one sorties were flown, of which three were in manual controls.   Fg. Off.
found his aircraft in an unstable condition on finals in manual and
after overshooting twice he landed with the fuel gauges reading zero zero.


Stand down.


Stand down.


          After met. briefing Flt. Lt. Fairfax, the station Intelligence office, gave
a very interesting lecture on communism.
          Flying commenced at 10.00 hours.   Three aircraft were serviceable and fourteen
sorties were flown before flying ceased at 17.00 hours.


          With four aircraft fourteen conversion sorties were flown.


          Snow storms continued all day.   There was no flying.   The pilots attended
to their squadron jobs whilst the ground crew worked on aircraft in the hangar.
In the afternoon the Wing pilots soccer team beat Admin. Wing 2-1.   The pilots
team have now won the station league.


          With six aircraft serviceable 22 hours 40 minutes were flown on conversion
exercises.   Four pilots have now completed conversion training and are practising
close and battle formation.


          The flying programme consisted of close and battle formation, cross country
navigation exercises and conversion exercises.   On all 19 hours 20 minutes were flown.


          After the Squadron parade all eligible airmen attended trade training
lectures in A.S.F.   Flying commenced at 10.00 hours and seven sorties were flown, all of
which were manual control conversion exercises.
          All pilots are confident of their ability to fly the aircraft in manual
controls and are of the opinion that the associated problems are exaggerated.

  13th Monday

          Six pilots commenced a week of lectures in preparation for the promotion
examinations which are held on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February.
          Only eight pilots were available for flying.   The aircraft serviceability
rate continues to improve as the ground crew gain more and more experience on the
new equipment.   Fourteen hours were flown on conversion exercises, close and battle


          Low cloud and snow storms persisted throughout the day.   There was no flying.
          The pilots attended to squadron jobs.   Flt. Lt. Hayes ('A' Flight Commander)
commenced to produce range and endurance charts for Hunter aircraft.


          Restricted flying commenced at 10.55 hours.   Five hours were flown, all of
which were close and battle formation exercises.
          A number of pilots helped to decorate the Officers Mess for the Winter Ball,
whilst the remainder attended to Squadron jobs.   Sports afternoon was cancelled.


          Low clouds covered the North German plain.   There was no flying.   The pilots
continued to decorate the Mess and attend to Squadron jobs.   Two pilots were
engaged on snow ploughing to keep the runway clear.


          At 11.35 hours restricted flying of one pair per Squadron commenced.   Four
hours were flown, close formation Q.G.H.'s were practised.


Stand down.


Stand down.


          Squadron Leader Browne returned to the Squadron after a period of leave, during
which, he competed in the 2nd T.A.F. Skiing Championships.
          Four pilots went to fly while the remaining four attended to Mess decorations.
          A total of 5.25 hours was flown.   This low figure was due to flying being
restricted to one pair of aircraft, staggered within the Squadrons.


          Snow storms persisted all day.   There was no flying.   The pilots decorated
the Mess.   One new pilot (Fg. Off. Taylor) was posted in today from No. 263
Squadron (U.K.)


          Flying commenced at 08.00 hours and continued uninterrupted throughout the
day.   The sports afternoon was cancelled.
          Six aircraft were serviceable at the beginning of the day.   The flying
programme consisted of close and battle formation, cine ranging and tracking and
three conversion exercises.   Fg. Off. Ritchie flew his first solo on type.   A
total of 21 hours 25 minutes were flown.
          P.O. Biggs arrived today.   He was posted to the Squadron from R.A.F. Fassberg,
whose aircraft were too small to accommodate him.


          Another good days flying was achieved.   A total of 23 hours and 55 minutes
was flown.
          The flying programme consisted of high level battle formation, close formation,
cine quarter attacks and conversion exercises.   The Squadron flew its first
formation of five aircraft today.   A section of three were being 'bounced' by the
sub section after which all five flew past in tight vics and echelons.
          A third new pilot arrived today, Plt. Off. Landon from O.C. at Chivenor.
          Seven pilots returned from promotion examination, thus increasing the number
of available pilots to 16.   Fg. Off. Clayton-Jones proceeds to the UK for 3 weeks


          Flying continued uninterrupted all day.   The programme consisted of close and
high level formation, cine quarter attacks at medium altitudes and
conversion exercises.   The Squadron flew its first six aircraft formation today.
This formation practised battle formation at 45,000 feet and finished the sortie
with a close arrow head formation over the airfield.   28 Hunter sorties were flown.
          In the evening a Winter Ball was held in the Officers Mess.   The Squadron's
contribution to the Mess decorations was an 'ice cavern' dance hall, adjacent to
which was a warm and comfortable cocktail bar.

(Not from F540)

          The Squadron was told tonight that we were the runners up for the Duncan Trophy
- a moral victory for the Squadron because the winning Squadron No. 57 had had their
scores doubled as they were night fighters - a great disappointment to us however.

Stand down.

  26th   Stand down.  

          Hazy conditions and poor visibility existed all day.   Restricted flying
commenced at 10.00 hours.   A total of 25 sorties were flown.   These consisted
of high level battle formation, cine ranging and tracking and cine quarter attacks.


          An approaching cold front produced snow showers and poor visibility all day.
There was no flying. A period of aircraft recognition followed met. briefing.   In the afternoon the
pilots attending to Squadron jobs.


          A warm sector providing low cloud and poor visibility covered the North German
Plain.   There was no flying.   In the morning the pilots attended to the normal
end of month returns.   Pilots not engaged on returns attended A.S.F. for lectures
on Daily Servicing.
          Sports afternoon consisted of a mass cross country run.

                                                         FLYING HOURS.
Operational Type                                      Hours                             Sorties
Hunter Mk. 4                                              221.05                                   287
Sabre MK. 4                                                   1.20                                       2.
Training Type
Vampire                                                       10.50                                     16  
                                    Totals                    235.15                                   305  

          It was fortunate for the Squadron that February's weather, when compared with
last year was quite good; there was the equivalent of 13 days fit for full flying.
(50% weather factor), during which conversion of all pilots proceeded quickly and
          A total of 223 hours on operational type were flown with a strength of only
nine Hunters, of which one was A.O.G. and two have been on Minors throughout the
month.   In fact the number of hours flown is the percentage flying target for nine
aircraft.   The high standard of serviceability produced by the ground crew, in
spite of their inexperience on type and shortages in key trades, is a true
reflection of their untiring efforts.
          The posting in of three new aircrew has brought the Squadron strength of pilots
up to establishment and provided the aircraft strength improved on during
March, over half of the pilots will be operational in April (i.e. 50 Hunter hours
per pilot).

          The posting in of three new aircrew has brought the Squadron strength of pilots up to
establishment.   However, the lack of aircraft and shortage of tradesmen in the Engine,
Instrument and Airframe trades is serious.  The new pay code has encouraged two corporals
to extend their service and it is hoped that more will decide to re-engage.   Bulk
manning at station level has been introduced and it appears that demands are met
more promptly now than before, that is when men are available.



Fg. Offs. Exley, Busby, Leigh-Lancaster, Hickman, Garthwaite and Chadwick returned
from aircraft ferrying duties in the U.K.


Fg. Off. Taylor was posted in from No. 263 Squadron. (U.K.)


Plt. Off. Biggs was posted in from No. 266 Squadron, Fassberg.


Plt. Off. Landon was posted in from O.C.U. Chivenor.
                                                        NOMINAL ROLL
                                           163501 Sqn. Ldr. D.F.N. Browne.
                   A Flight.                                                                                 B Flight.
    2600756 Flt. Lt. R.W. Hayes                            57653       Flt. Lt. A.J. Colvin
    3121595 Fg. Off. J.S.C. Davis                         4016660  Fg. Off. B.A.E. Sanderson
    3511207 Fg. Off. D.S. Chadwick                    311302     Fg. Off. G.E. Hickman
    3512052 Fg. Off. H. Garthwaite                      3512046  Fg. Off. D. Exley
    4091475 Fg. Off. J.P. Busby                            2542285  Fg. Off. W.B.C. Ritchie
    3512089 Fg. Off. T. Page                                 4086091  Fg. Off. P Leigh-Lancaster
    4102087 Fg. Off. Clayton-Jones                    4078920  Fg. Off. J.E. Pigdon
    4076381 Fg. Off. C. Taylor                              4104045  Fg. Off. B.D.D. Dunbar
    4143635 Fg. Off A.J. Landon                         3517980   Fg. Off. R.H. Biggs
                                                                                                               (D.F.H. Browne)
                                                                                                               Squadron Leader
                                                                                                               Officer Commanding
                                                                                                               No. 93 Squadron.

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