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F540 Operations Record Book June 1955 NO 98 SQUADRON.
PRO Kew No. AIR27 Piece 2640 Microfilm Row1 Draws 52-71
Place Date Time Summary of Events                                                  Compilation Officer:   Fg. Off. G.A.C. Gray Refs
JEVER JUNE 1955   Weather was generally good at the beginning of the month.  Routine training flying proceeded normally, hampered slightly by serviceability problems.  
JEVER 1st & 2nd   The C.O. led a formation of four aircraft in practice for a forthcoming demonstration, for students of the Imperial Defence College, at FASSBERG.  Conversion exercises and cross countries formed the bulk of the other flying.  
FASSBERG 3rd   Four aircraft flew to FASSBERG for a demonstration rehearsal.   An aircraft flown by Flying Officer G.A.C. GRAY on a high level cross country flight had fuel gauge trouble and was forced to divert to GUTERSLOH.   It was found that the wiring to the fuel gauge was incorrect.   The aircraft arrived on the Squadron in this condition.  
FASSBERG 7th   Four aircraft from the Squadron again flew to FASSBERG for the demonstration.   The pilots were Squadron Leader J.H. Smith-Carington, A.F.C., Flight lieutenant J. de M. Severne, A.F.C., Flying Officer W.D. Brunger, and Flying Officer P.J. Hirst.  
JEVER 7th   A reserve aircraft flown by Flying Officer W.E.F. OSTROM experienced complete hydraulic failure on the return to JEVER.   The pilot reverted to manual controls and when in the circuit lowered the undercarriage by the emergency system.   On the final approach, he selected emergency flaps.   However, the handle came away without operating the flap, and a flap-less manual landing was carried out successfully.   The emergency brake system was very satisfactory and supplied ample pressure.  
JEVER 8th   Weather was very bad all day.   No flying.  
JEVER 9th   A parade was held in honour of Her Majesty The Queen's birthday.   For the rest of the day the station stood down.  
JEVER 10th   Parade in honour of the birthday of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.  
JEVER 11th   Weather poor.   An informative lecture was given on the Hunter fuel system.  
JEVER 13th   The Squadron pilots were given a lecture on harmonisation of the Hunter's four Aden guns, by the Station Armament Officer.   Obviously some snags still remain to be ironed out but the effectiveness of these guns is apparently not to be doubted.  
JEVER 14th&15th   All Hunter aircraft were grounded for a check to be carried out on the undercarriage sequence valves.   Rain and low cloud persisted on both days but some flying was done in the Vampire trainers in preparation for instrument re-rating tests.  
JEVER 16th-18th   Normal flying, but limited serviceability.  
JEVER 20th   Exercise "CARTE BLANCHE" commenced today, but the Squadron is not participating until 22nd June.   No. 2 Group who have been moved into the field could not be contacted until late in the afternoon, so little flying was carried out.  
JEVER 21st   Persistent low cloud and poor visibility precluded any flying.  
JEVER 22nd   As from today, the Squadron is providing four aircraft and six pilots on Exercise "CARTE BLANCHE".   However, no sorties were called for by No. 2 Group.   Stand down was at 20.00 hours.  
JEVER 23rd-24th   During this period the personnel taking part in "Carte Blanche" were available from 03.00 hours each morning.   The weather remained fine almost throughout but no intensive flying was called for on the exercise.   Due to good aircraft serviceability normal flying was carried out by all pilots not actively engaged on "Carte Blanche".   This flying had to take place inside a limited area and was therefore restricted to battle formation, cine and individual details.   On two occasions, the airfield was atom-bombed and put out of action for some hours.   However, these were only temporary phases, and aircraft were always available when called for.  
JEVER 27th   "Carte Blanche" ended today, a shade prematurely.   A total of 40 sorties was flown by the Squadron during the six days we were engaged on the exercise.  
JEVER 28th   Weather continuing fine.   Intensive flying all day.  
JEVER 29th   Four aircraft took off this morning on attempt to intercept a formation of Bombers from D.F.L.S., en route for SYLT.   The four were split up during a snake climb when the leader's compass became unserviceable.   Numbers 1 and 2 eventually returned to base without making any contacts.   The other pair intercepted part of the D.F.L.S. formation at about 40,000 feet but almost immediately Number 4, Flying Officer W.E.F. OSTROM, experienced trouble with his engine which eventually flamed out.   The pilot relit successfully at 33,000 feet and returned to base.  
JEVER 30th   Normal flying all day.  
      During this month the Squadron flew 307 hours on 397 details.   Considerable flying was done in training types.   Three white and one master green instrument ratings were renewed and three initial green ratings obtained.  
      ADMINISTRATION  
      Flight Lieutenant J. de M. Severne, A.F.C. was detached to Royal Air Force LAARBRUCH as a member of a Court Martial from 14th to 17th June 1955.
Flying Officer W.D. Brunger and Flying Officer E.A. McCullagh attended an interview with the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Second Allied Tactical Air Force at MUNCHEN GLADBACH in connection with the granting of General List Permanent Commissions.
 
      FLYING TIMES
Total hours on types (day)....................................................................     236.20
Total hours on type (night)...................................................................        Nil
Total hours training types....................................................................        70.40
Instrument flying (actual).....................................................................        22.20
Instrument flying (simulated)..............................................................        15.20
 
JEVER     SQUADRON STRENGTH AS AT 30TH JUNE 1955
Officers           SNCOs            Cpls.            Airmen
    18                       7                    13                 50

 
     

Signed JH Smith-Carrington                                   
(J.H. SMITH-CARRINGTON)                              
Squadron Leader                                                 
Officer Commanding,                                          
No. 98 Squadron