93S/S.1/1/14/.JR. Copy No........
No. 93 SQUADRON OPERATION ORDER No. 3/53
(Reference Royal Air Force Jever Operation Order No. 1/53)
A - Advance Party
B - Air Party
C - Rear Party
D - Convoy Instructions
All times Bravo
1. This order, to be read in conjunction with the relevant R.A.F. JEVER and
122 WING Operation Orders, is intended to provide further details for the
internal working of the Squadron for Exercise "CORONET".
2. To move No. 93 Squadron to WAHN for Exercise CORONET.
3. The move will take place in the stages:-
(a) Reconnaissance Party. This will leave JEVER by road on the 16th July.
(b) Advance Party. This is shown at Appendix "A". It is to move by road
to WAHN, leaving at 07.00 hours on 22nd July, 1953, and is to take suff-
icient equipment, spares and oils, to receive, service and operate the
aircraft on arrival. Refuellers will move at the same time under
(c) Air Party. This party, detailed at Appendix "B", will fly out a.m.
24th July, 1953.
(d) Rear Party. This party, detailed at Appendix "C", is to dispatch the
aircraft on the 24th July, 1953, load all remaining equipment and proceed
to WAHN at 10.00 hours.
4. Loading. Fg.Off. STANDISH is to arrange that vehicles not already issued
to the squadron are drawn as early as possible on the day before the convoy is
due to leave.
(a) Advance Party. This is to carry, in addition to regulation equipment,
all domestic equipment. It is to be loaded and parked on the convoy
marshalling area by cease work on 21st July, 1953, ready in all respects
to move off early the following morning.
(b) Rear Party. This is to be loaded with all except the equipment
necessary to dispatch the aircraft and parked on the squadron apron
by cease work on 23rd July.
5. Convoy Marshalling. The convoy marshalling area for Flying Wing and
Squadrons is on the road between Air Traffic Control and the Ops Block. Convoys
are to be positioned there by 06.45 and 09.45 on 22nd and 24th July respectively.
6. Vehicles. Drivers of vehicles are to ensure that they have sufficient petrol
for a 300 mile journey. The Squadron Adjutant is to arrange with M.T. Officer
and Catering Officer that all vehicles are provided with sufficient petrol, oil,
interim rations the night before departure and that petrol tanks are topped up.
He is also to issue drivers with maps and/or route cards and a copy of convoy
instructions at Appendix "D". Drivers are to ensure that they have the forms
7. Meals. A daily detail, including Reveille and breakfast hours, is to be
posted on Squadron notice boards by the Squadron Adjutant the day before each
convoy leaves, and is to arrange the early calls and breakfasts necessary.
Haversack rations for the journey are to be obtained by all personnel from
their respective messes at breakfast on the day of departure. The Discipline
N.C.O. is to notify the Catering Section of the number required.
8. Dress. Clean working dress may be worn for the move, plus webbing (with
sidepack only). Water bottles are to be filled and carried. Rifles, bayonets
and steel helmets are to be taken. Best blue is to be packed for walking out.
Knife, fork, spoon, mug and mess tin must be taken. N.C.O. Discip is to make
arrangements for the safe custody of remaining kit, including bedding.
9. Bedding. The Adjutant is to issue one palliasse to each man on personal
charge. This is to be made up into a roll with individual's bedding, covered
with a ground sheet and secured. Personnel are responsible for loading their
own kit. Plt.Off. Ridgeway is to issue beds to S.N.C.O.'s.
10. Rations. Two weeks supply of cigarettes and sweets are to be drawn in
advance by all personnel.
11. Aircrew Baggage. Aircrew baggage and camp kits will travel with the
Advance Party. The Adjutant is to arrange for its collection by 17.00 hours on
21st July. Pilots are responsible for obtaining their own crockery. Flight
Commanders are to arrange issue of revolvers and steel helmets.
12. Accommodation. N.C.O. i/c Advance Party will set up accommodation in the
field under the supervision of Fg.Off. ????? as follows:-
2 - Marquee )at dispersal.
1 - 160 lb tent )
3 - 160 lb tents Officers )
2 - 160 lb tents S.N.C.O.'s ) Sleeping accommodation.
11 - 160 lb tents Airmen's )
1 - 160 lb tent G.S.O. )
Discip N.C.O. is to allocate airmen to tents by name before departure.
13. Aircraft. Aircraft are to be prepared for take off at 07.30 hours 24th
July, with recrystallisation and fitting of drop tanks completed. Drop tanks
are to be filled. Ammunition and B.F.M.'s ? are to be carried, but guns are not
to be loaded. Aircraft not going to fly are to be towed to A.S.F. Hangar by
cease work 23rd July.
14. Laundry. No laundry facilities will be available at WAHN. Airmen are
to pack a change of clothing sufficient for 14 days.
15. Equipment. All Squadron domestic mobile equipment is to be completely
listed before loading, and a copy of the list given to the Adjutant. Items
borrowed from other inventories (e.g. H.Q. inventory - chairs etc) are to be
included. N.C.O.'s i/c sections are to ensure that all ground equipment
necessary to operate 2 flights separately is taken.
N.C.O. i/c Armament Section is to include a complete set of B.F.M.'s
for all aircraft, plus 25% spare, and one spare gun set. Bomb and Rocket trolleys
are not to be taken.
N.C.O. i/c Instrument Section is to include enough camera film to allow for
thirty six sorties a day. All available G45 and G45 camera magazines are to
The Adjutant is to prepare a lockable box with necessary files, stationary
16. Discipline. Order regarding bounds and discipline will be issued later.
17. Arms. N.C.O. i/c Discip is to arrange for issue of rifles, bayonets,
bayonet frogs, and steel helmets.
18. Security. Visitors will be identified by lapel and car labels as follows:-
V.I.P.'s - Green.
Staff - White.
Press - Yellow.
Civilians will normally be accompanied by an R.A.F. Officer, but all personnel
are carefully to scrutinise passes and lapel badges to prevent exercise saboteurs
gaining admission. Special precautions are to be taken to protect aircraft and
dispersals and any person, thought to have gained unauthorised access, or seen
behaving in an unusual manner, is to be detained.
19. Call Signs. (1) In transit N.P.I.? - KINGDOM
(2) at WAHN. No. 4 Squadron - LATESHIP.
H.Q. 2 Group J.O.C. - SLATESHIP
H.Q. 2 Group S.O.C. - SKYLINE.
H.Q. 2 Group Rear - FACECREAM.
2 Group Fixer Deployment only - FACECREAM.
2 Group Fixer during exercise - SKYLINE
20. Frequencies. To be notified later.
Signed Al Paterson
20th July, 1953. (A.W. PATERSON) Flt.Lt.
No. 93 Squadron, R.A.F.
DISTRIBUTION. Copy No.
Flight Commanders 1 - 2
Convoy Commanders 3 - 4
For F540 6
Spares 7 - 10
APPENDIX "A" TO
93s/s.1 1 /14/.JR
DATED 20th JULY, 1953.
Comprising Convoy No. 5
i/c No. 93 Squadron Element - F/Sgt. DAVIS