93S/S.1/5/AIR Copy No..18...
NO. 93 SQUADRON OPERATION ORDER NO. 7/52
(Reference No. 2 Group Operation Instruction No 32/52)
'A' - Main Party
'B' - Air Party
'C' - Convoy Instructions
'D' - Homer party
1. No. 93 Squadron will be detached to FLORENNES, BELGIUM for the period
18th August to 27th August, 1952 inclusive, to operate with the Belgian Air Force.
The main movement will be by road in vehicles provided by Royal Air Force JEVER
and all serviceable squadron aircraft will fly to FLORENNES on Monday, 18th
August, 1952. Accommodation, messing, medical facilities and AVTUR fuel will be
provided by the Belgian Air Force. All other requirements are to be provided
from R.A.F. sources and transported by road.
2. To move No. 93 Squadron to FLORENNES by 18th August, 1952, complete with
first line servicing equipment, to carry out normal squadron training with the
Belgian Air Force for a period of ten days.
3. The move will take place in three stages :-
(a) Main Party, as detailed at Appendix 'A', will move to FLORENNES by road
departing 16th August, 1952, and arriving 18th August, 1952, together with
the necessary squadron equipment, night stopping at Royal Air Force SUNDERN
over the night 16th/17th August, 1952, and WILDENWRATH the night 17th/18th
(b) Air Party, as listed at Appendix 'B', will fly all serviceable aircraft
direct to FLORENNES on 18th August, 1952 at 1400A. In the event of the
weather being unfit the move will take place at the earliest opportunity.
(c) V.H.F. Homer Party, as detailed at Appendix 'D', will depart 15th August,
1952, arriving at FLORENNES 16th August, 1952, staging through Royal Air Force
4. Motor Transport. Royal Air Force JEVER will make the following vehicles
available to the squadron by the 14th August, 1952.
10 - 3 tonners.
1 - 12cwt. Van.
1 - Jeep.
1 - T.C.V.
3 - Refuellers.
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Vehicles are to carry sufficient petrol, oil and water in jerricans to cover the
stages JEVER - SUNDERN, SUNDERN - WILDENWRATH, and WILDENWRATH - FLORENNES.
5. Convoy Instructions. Attached at Appendix 'C'.(Copy to be issued to all
6. Frontier Passes. Frontier Passes are to be raised by Royal Air Force
JEVER by vehicles as per Appendix 'A'. The frontier crossing point is
NDR. KRUTCHTEN/ROERMOND. The Convoy Commander is to collect these Passes and
is responsible for their custody throughout the journey.
7. Reveille. Reveille will be at 06.00 hours daily on the 16th, 17th and
18th August, at JEVER, SUNDERN and WILDENWRATH. The O.C. Convoy is to arrange
early calls with the Guardroom at each Station. Airmen are to have breakfast
and be at the convoy assembly area with their kit by 06.45 hours each day ready
8. Vehicle Maintenance. Drivers of all vehicles must ensure each night
en route that their vehicles are in all respects prepared to move off by 0.700
hours the following morning. Any delay in convoy departure caused by failure
to observe this order will be severely dealt with.
9. Rations and meals. Royal Air Force JEVER is to provide early breakfast at
06.15 hours on the 16th August, 1952, and haversack rations for the journey.
10. R.A.F. SUNDERN will provide a meal on arrival of the convoy at approx.
16.00 hours on 17th August, 1952, breakfast at 06.15 hours on 18th August, 1952,
and haversack rations for the journey.
11. R.A.F. WILDENWRATH will provide a meal on arrival of the convoy at approximately
17.00 hours on 16th August, 1952, breakfast at 06.15 hours on 17th August, 1952,
and haversack rations for the journey.
123. The Convoy Commander is to ensure that all personnel collect their haversack
13. Accommodation. R.A.F. SUNDERN will provide accommodation and bedding for
the night 16th/17th August, 1952, and R.A.F. WILDENWRATH for the night 17th/18th
14. Convoy Assembly. All vehicles must be loaded at R.A.F. JEVER and prepared
for the journey by 20.00 hours on 15th August, 1952. They are to be parked
in order of march in the square facing the Airmens' Mess by 21.00 hours and
15. At SUNDERN and WILDENWRATH the Convoy Commander is to obtain a convoy assembly
area near to the Airmens' Mess and ensure that all vehicles are parked each night
ready to move off next morning.
16. The convoy is to move off at 07.00 hours each day.
17. Kit. All airmen are to take their Knife, Fork, Spoon and Mug but not their
bedding. Airmen are personally responsible for loading their kit on the vehicle
on which they will travel.
18. Aircrew Baggage. Aircrew Baggage is to travel in Vanguard 49 AR 82. It
is to be ready for collection at 20.00 hours on 15th August, 1952, and the driver
of the vehicle is responsible for its collection, loading and custody throughout
19. Bedding. Bedding need not be handed in at JEVER, but bed rolls are to be
made up and left on beds. Rooms unoccupied are to be locked. The Discip.
N.C.O. is to make arrangements for the security of all kit left behind.
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20. Dress. Clean working dress may be worn for the move, but best blue must be
packed for use when walking out.
21. Pay and Currency Exchange. There will be a Pay Parade and Currency Exchange
at 16.00 hours on Friday, 15th August, 1952. The Paying Officer will be Flying
Officer HARDCASTLE, who is to collect the pay and currency at 14.00 hours.
22. N.A.A.F.I. Rations. All personnel are to draw an advance ration of 100
cigarettes to last the detachment. This is the maximum amount which may be taken
through Belgian Customs so personnel should ensure that non-smokers draw a ration
and sell it to others requiring more cigarettes in Belgium.
23. Tea, Sugar and Milk. As no N.A.A.F.I. facilities are available in Belgium a
bulk issue of tea, sugar and milk will be made which is to collected by the O.C.
Convoy before departure. He is also to obtain a heater and an urn for making tea
en route and in dispersal at FLORENNES.
24. Mail. There will be no facilities or the collection of mail during the
detachment other than occasional aircraft returning to JEVER. Mail from FLORENNES
may be despatched through Belgium postal channels.
25. Laundry. The Discip. N.C.O. is to arrange for the collection and distribution
of laundry on 15th August, 1952. An endeavour will be made to obtain laundry
facilities at FLORENNES but personnel should be prepared with changes of clothing
to cover the period till the 29th August, 1952.
26. Servicing. No second line servicing will be available at FLORENNES; aircraft
requiring it will be flown back to base when possible.
27. Aircraft. Aircraft are to be fitted with drop tanks which are to be filled
on the morning of the 18th August, and pre-flight servicing carried out by the
remaining party. Crystallisation of the aircraft is to be completed by 12.00 hours
on 16th August, 1952. On arrival at FLORENNES pilots will be responsible for the
parking and care of their aircraft until the arrival of the Main Party. Particular
care must be taken when taxying owing to poor clearances around perimeter tracks.
28. Clearance. Flight Commanders are to file flight plans by 12.00 hours on
16th August, 1952. Flight planning and briefing will be carried out on the morning
of the 18th August, 1952.
29. Customs. Customs examination will be carried out at FLORENNES on pilots and
aircraft by the Base Commander. The Main Party will be subject to Customs examination
at the frontier. All personnel are warned of the danger of failing to declare
30. Equipment. The following items of equipment are available at FLORENNES and
need not be included with the squadron's normal range of equipment and spares
taken on detachment.
Oxygen and Air.
24 V. trolley accs. - 6.
Oxygen trolley (minus hose) - 1.
31. The following items of equipment must be included :-
Salvage sling. Aircraft covers.
Oxygen hose (to trolley). Spares pack up to type.
Oils to type. Air trolley.
Jacks and Trestles. Air Compressor.
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32. Safety Equipment. All pilots must take full safety equipment including
dinghies and Mae Wests. Parachutes becoming due for repacking during the
detachment are to be repacked before departure.
33. Discipline. Personnel are not permitted to leave the convoy area at halts
without the permission of the Convoy Commander.
34. Files and Stationary. The Discip. N.C.O. is to prepare a lockable box
containing necessary film and stationary for the detachment.
35. The Convoy Commander is to report to the O.C. Detachment immediately on arrival
at FLORENNES, before the unloading of the convoy.
36. Aircraft Crystallisation.
In Transit to FLORENNES. At FLORENNES.
Channel 'A' 116.64 (6480/5940) Florennes Local R.A.F. Homer. 116.64
'B' 103.68 (5760/5220) Belgian Fixer C/s 'MUSES'. 103.68
'C' 117.16 (6510/5990) 2 TAF Fixer C/s 'FACECREAM'. 104.04 (See (i)
'D' 117.36 (6520/5580) Belgium Group Guard and 117.36 'Z.)
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'E' 116.1 (5910) Allied Fighter Guard and 116.1
'F' 118.1 (6021.1) Civil Approach and COXYDE G.C.A. 118.1
'G' 121.5 (6210) International Aeronautical Distress. 121.5
'H' - -
'I' 104.04 (5240) Belgium Common Intercept. 117.18 (See (i)
'J' 106.20 (5360) Jever approach and Homer. 106.20 'C'.)
37. Ground Communications.
(a) Speech circuits are available between H.Q. 2 Group and FLORENNES via
EVERE for operational traffic.
(b) Signals messages are to be routed between FLORENNES and JEVER via EVERE
Jever signed SMMCGREGOR S/L
14th August, 1952. S.M.Mc GREGOR
No. 93 Squadron.
DISTRIBUTION. Copy No.
Headquarters 2nd T.A.F. 1.
Headquarters 2 Group. 2 - 3.
R.AF. SUNDERN. 4.
R.A.F. WILDENWRATH. 5.
FLORENNES. 6 - 7.
Air Attache, Brussels. 8.
R.A.F.Movements, HANNOVER. 9.
R.A.F.JEVER. 10 - 13.
Internal. Flight Commanders. 14 - 15.
Convoy Commander. 16.
Operations Record Book. 17 - 18.
Spare. 19 - 23.
APPENDIX 'A' to
No. 93 Squadron
Operation Order No.7/52
(In order of march)
|Type & No. of Vehicle.
||Co-Driver or Passengers.
||45 AR 82
||Plt. Off. M.C.COBURN (3131540)
||Plt.Off. G.FREEMAN (2511461)
|| (French Air Force)
||18 AA 02
|| 570938 F.S. DAVIS, W.D.
||3083411 Cpl. MILLER, A.E.
||49 AF 69
||4039768 LAC. McCASKELL, J.H.
||535416 Sgt. HARRISON, A.V.
||48 AF 57
||573804 Sgt. O'KANE, H.J.
||4823692 Cpl. JACKSON, B.
||49 AF 11
||574546 S/Tech CROCKETT, K.
||4020969 Cpl. WESTWOOD, D.
||47 AF 04
||654085 Sgt. O'NEILL, J.P.
||4012833 Cpl. McKENNIE, C.F.
||46 AF 73
||545634 Sgt. CULSHAW, H.
||4039703 LAC. RITCHIE, W.
||46 AF 08
||4051356 LAC. PROUDFOOT, R.
||575295 Cpl. ANKERS, A.
||47 AF 46
||2473907 AC.1. McMANUS, J.K.
||3508270 LAC. HESLOP, G.
||45 AF 59
||3508462 LAC. DOBSON, V.
||3508457 LAC. WARWICK, D.H.
||51 AF 54
||4056821 LAC. MacGREGOR, D.
||4058155 LAC. HARRISON, B.J.
||50 AF 95
||4042113 LAC. GORSAN, D.
||4011465 Cpl. HUDSON, G.
|T. C. V.
||09 AK 82
||3500613 LAC. MESSINGHAM.
||4019764 Cpl. SHARMAN, P.
||3508476 LAC. QUEEN, J.K.
||2541685 AC.1. WALLACE, J.K.
||3507050 LAC. GOODES, A.I.
||4046898 LAC. BROWN, J.
||2505181 AC.2. NEWLAND, R.
||4050127 LAC. WILSON, B.C.
||4064720 LAC. PEACE, E.
||4039581 LAC. ALLEN, O.S.
||2453551 LAC. HARRISON, H.
||4056074 AC.2. DENHAM, P.M.
||4070174 AC.1. RICHARDS S.
||4051069 LAC. HODGSON, M.G.
||4037060 LAC. CARROLL, P.
||4039606 SAC. GOODALL, A.
||4061957 LAC. FULCHER, K.
||2510975 LAC. DAVEY, L.
||4049675 LAC. McCLEAN, J.J.
||4071376 LAC. MOREY, J.
||30 AD 08
||4027012 LAC. SMITH, W.R.
||2540200 AC.1. KNIGHT, A.S.
||30 AD 52
||4014593 LAC. McGUIRE,
||4054086 AC.2. PACKER, R.
||30 AD 32
||2501337 AC.1. HILLS.
||4071327 LAC. GRAY, G.
APPENDIX 'B' to
No. 93 Squadron
Operation Order No. 7/52
Sqn. Ldr. S. M. McGREGOR.
Flt. Lt. A. W. PATERSON.
Flt. Lt. K. M. PEARCH.
Flt. Lt. J. HIGHET.
Fg. Off. A. V. E. STURMAN.
Fg. Off. J. E. F. HARDCASTLE.
Fg. Off. E. K. G. BATES.
Sgt. D. J. THOMAS.
Sgt. D. WEBSTER.
Sgt/C. BARBOU (French Air Force).
Aircraft. (B) W A 357 10 Channel.
(C) V Z 877 "
(F) W F 584 "
(Q) W F 585 "
(U) W A 342 "
(E) V V 451 4 Channel.
(G) W A 191 " (if available)
(H) W A 198 "
(P) V V 662 "
(S) V Z 341 "
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APPENDIX 'C' to
No. 93 Squadron
Operation Order No.7/52
1. Convoy Commanders will operate a Time and Distance Graph in respect of the
journey to and from Belgium, three copies of which will be required by Headquarters
No. 2 Group on completion of the Exercise together with a list of vehicles and
description of contents with approximate weight.
Density of Vehicles
2. 26 V.T.M..(Country running).(Approx. 50 yards between vehicles)
80 V.T.M, (Town running) ( " 10 " " " )
If vehicles have to halt at the frontier they will close right up.
3. Average - 15 - 20 m.p.h.
Maximum - 20 m.p.h.
4. Short - for 20 minutes for every even clock hour.
Long - 1 hour after 6 hours of movements for maintenance, rest and meals.
5. Each convoy Commander or appointed officer will report Passport and Customs
Control at the Frontier Control Inspection Post at least 30 minutes ahead of
respective convoy with duplicate list showing:-
(a) Details of vehicles by type and R.A.F. number in order of March.
(b) Details of all personnel in Convoy by Number, Rank and Name, together
with Movement Order and Frontier Pass.
6. Convoy Commanders are to inform all personnel prior to crossing the border
that all articles carried in excess of entitlement must be declared. It is the
intention of the Custom Officials to select a percentage of vehicles and personnel
7. Drivers are to be in possession of the following documents:-
(a) Form 658 together with Pro-forma as per Appendix to Section 2, Chapter 1
of A.P. 3090 - R.A.F. M.T. Regulations.
(b) Form 1250.
(c) Form 656 - M.T. Servicing Form.
(d) F.M.T. 3 - Traffic Accident Report - to be carried in an envelope with
a blank sheet of foolscap.
(e) Vehicle Log Book.
8. Each convoy is to carry sufficient P.O.L. to complete the total movement.
Reserve P.O.L. is to be carried dispersed throughout the convoy and not held in bulk.
9. A complete tool kit must be carried on each vehicle with spare wheel and
serviceable fire extinguisher.
10. Two drivers to each vehicle where driver availability permits.
11. A GREEN flag is to be flown on the leading vehicle and a BLUE flag on the
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12. The convoy commander is to notify SUNDERN and WILDENWRATH approximately
two hours in advance of the convoys estimated time of arrival.
Approximate Route RAF Jever to Florennes.
[Not from original Movement Order. Courtesy Microsoft Autoroute.]
13. (a) Stage I - 16th August, 1952.
JEVER - SANDE - OLDENBURG - follow Route 69 to outskirts of AHLHORN,
then Route 213 to KLOPPENBURG - Route 68 to QUACKENBRUCK - BRAMSCHE -
OSNABRUCK. At OSNABRUCK follow the town circuit for BIELEFELD and then
Route 68 to HALLE. At HALLE take right fork in centre of town and follow
sign posts for SUNDERN.
(b) Stage II - 17th August, 1952.
SUNDERN - proceed to Autobahn - Autobahn to DUSSELDORF. At DUSSELDORF
leave Autobahn at sign post for WILDENWRATH on to major road. Turn left off
major road following blue arrows to KREFELD. At KREFELD follow sign posts
for MUNCHEN GLADBACH. Join town circuit at MUNCHEN GLADBACH and follow
Blue arrows surrounded by white circle for WILDENWRATH.
(c) Stage III - 18th August, 1952.
WILDENWRATH - GEILENKIRCHEN - AACHEN-(Frontier Post) - LIEGE - HUY -
NAMUR - DINANT - ROSEE - FLORENNES.
14. 1st Stage. R.A.F. OLDENBURG.
OSNABRUCK MIL. Tel. 7481, Ext. 208.
L.A.D. 2nd HUSSARS.
R.A.F. SUNDERN, Ext.740.
2nd Stage. No. 10 A.T.K. Regt. DORTMUND MIL. 314.
No. 1 MED. WORKSHOPS, MUNCHEN GLADBACH MIL. 5047.
3rd Stage. M.P. Company, AACHEN 23543, Ext. 484.
15. Police escort will be provided within Germany.
APPENDIX 'D' to
No. 93 SQUADRON
Operation Order No.7/52
V.H.F. HOMER PARTY.
Vehicle No. - 04 AV 43
920371 CPL. KNAPP, J. R/T. D/F. Op.
4051437 LAC. GRANT, I. R/T. D/F. Op.