Last updated: 04 September 2016, 11:21
The combat successes of
No.255 Squadron, RAF



This section of the website lists all known WWII air-to-air combat successes recorded in AIR27/1518 and AIR27/1519 at The National Archives. No attempt has been made to list all anti-shipping successes from 1944, at which time the Squadron was attacking oil barges on the River Danube. Surviving records do not exist in sufficient detail for this to be realistically possible. The same applies to ground attack operations such as the destruction of ammunition trains at Brežice railway station on 8 June 1944.

Where possible, entries in the following list have been cross-checked with the Combat Reports in TNA Class AIR 50, also with the records of Squadron Leader Mike Dean, MBE, representing the Historical Radar Archive, AIR 29 (Operation Record Books of Radar Establishments), Intelligence Reports of wreckage examination and PoW interrogations in AIR 40. Also with personal diaries, Flying Log Books and autobiographies. Some details of individual entries are still being researched, but the list is thought to be substantially complete. If you find any errors or omissions, however minor, please alert us by using the mail link at the foot of the Sitemap Page.

In the following tables, "On the Chain?" refers to the original “Chain of Jerries”, the Squadron’s first commemorative trophy. In like manner, "On the tailfin?" refers to the 325 Wing trophy created in North Africa. Event Numbers are locally allocated, are unofficial and will change if new information adds or deletes events. Cumulative totals refer to these tables and may differ from other sources.



Squadron located at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey


Event number:All-time 1 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 1
Date:Night of 10-11 February 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:22:24
Combat time:22:57
Combat place:6 miles east of Spurn Head at 11,000ft. (Position over the sea, no wreckage on land)
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N1770. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:BLUE 1
Pilot:42163 Flight Lieutenant Richard Macklow TROUSDALE (a New Zealander, born on 23 January 1921 at Waimate North, New Zealand. At the time, Dick Trousdale was serving in the RAF, not the RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/30. See also mis-filed telex message at AIR50/98/41, final page
Air Gunner:NZ40733 Sergeant Francis John William CHUNN (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/31
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume Kirton Sector Control. GCI stations at Hampston Hill (22.Feb.1941 [AVIA7/1239]) and Langtoft (06.Apr.1941 [AVIA7/1230]) not yet operational
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:23:20
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 probably destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:Following this action, Dick Trousdale was awarded the DFC, on account of his cumulative score in both 255 and previous squadrons. Gazetted 04 March 1941

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:1 Probably destroyed:0 Listed as damaged:0



Event number:All-time 2 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 2
Date:Night of 10-11 February 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:22:27
Combat time:23:14
Combat place:8 miles E of Mouth of the Humber, at 7,000ft. (Position over the sea, no wreckage on land)
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3335. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:BLACK 1
Pilot:43009 Pilot Officer Roger Montague Dickinson HALL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/15
Air Gunner:NZ39097 Sergeant Harold Douglas John FITZSIMONS (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/15
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control. CHL/GCI stations not yet active
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:23:55
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 probably destroyed
Final status:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:Air Gunner’s surname mis-spelt FITZSIMMONS in this entry in the Squadron ORB

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:1 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:0



Event number: All-time 3 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 3
Date:Daytime, 7 March 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:14:55
Combat time:15:27
Combat place:Over South Ferriby at 2,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3333. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:RED 1
Pilot:85650 Pilot Officer Arthur Alexander BALLANTINE
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/1
Air Gunner:Sergeant C. McTAGGART
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/2
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or the dedicated GCI station at Hampston Hill (operational since 22.Feb.1941, according to AVIA7/1239)
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:16:15
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:Yes - possibly unjustified since only damaged
Notes:AIR50/98/2 also records this crew being shot down on another occasion

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:1 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:1



Event number: All-time 4 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 4
Date:Night of 13-14 March 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:23:59 or 00:05 - Records differ
Combat time:00:25
Combat place:Scunthorpe to Hull at 1,000ft
E/A attacked:Probably a Junkers Ju.88 or Do.215 (Records differ)
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N1765. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:CUSHION 15
Pilot:37510 Flight Lieutenant James Gilbert SANDERS, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/43
Air Gunner:745903 Sergeant Charles Richard HILL. Indexed "Hills" in AIR50 in error.
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/42. This file appears also to contain in error material relating to a Flight Sergeant HILLS, probably dating from 30 July 1944 in Italy. ("255 Squadron Detachment at Catania"). This cannot be the same person because, by then, C.R.Hill had been commissioned
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or a dedicated GCI station such as Hampston Hill
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:01:20
Original claim:One enemy aircraft damaged
Final status:
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:1 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:2



Event number: All-time 5 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 5
Date:Night of 13-14 March 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:23:59 or 00:05 - Records differ
Combat time:00:45
Combat place:East Retford area at 12,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N1765. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:CUSHION 15
Pilot:37510 Flight Lieutenant James Gilbert SANDERS, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/43, AIR50/98/27
Air Gunner:745903 Sergeant Charles Richard HILL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/42
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or a dedicated GCI station such as Hampston Hill
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:01:20
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 probably destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes, but dated 12 March 1941
Notes:By repute, the wreckage of this aircraft was the source of the prop that formed part of the Chain of Jerries trophy. However, the is some doubt about this because the prop seems too slender to have come from a He.111.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:2 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:2



Event number: All-time 6 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 6
Date:Night of 13-14 March 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:00:01
Combat time:00:41
Combat place:Over Hull (North) at 14,000ft
E/A attacked:Dornier 17.Z
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3364. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89625 Pilot Officer Michael Foxton WYNNE-WILLSON
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/44
Air Gunner:Sergeant H. "Jack" PLANT
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/45 and AIR50/98/33
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or a dedicated GCI station such as Hampston Hill
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:01:03
Original claim:Dornier Do.17 damaged, but apparently still under control when contact was lost
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:2 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:3



Event number: All-time 7 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 7
Date:Night of 07-08 April 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:00:20
Combat time:00:25
Combat place:Over RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, at 1,000ft. Pilot was taxying when target over-flew the airfield.
E/A attacked:Probably a Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N1617. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:37510 Flight Lieutenant James Gilbert SANDERS, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/43
Air Gunner:745903 Sergeant Charles Richard HILL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/42
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft (operational since 06.Apr.1941, see AVIA7/1230)
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:00:39
Original claim:Enemy aircraft, probably a Junkers Ju.88, damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:This crew made a second sortie the same night, using N.3335. Up 01:08, down early at 01:21 due to R/T failure.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:2 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:4



Event number: All-time 8 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 8
Date:Night of 09-10 April 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:22:30
Combat time:00:05
Combat place:Between Kirton-in-Lindsey and Hemswell, at 3,000ft
E/A attacked:Unidentified; twin engine, twin rudder
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3481. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Sergeant CRAIG
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/8
Air Gunner:NZ40204 Sergeant Clifford Stanley EMENY (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/7
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:00:25
Original claim:Unidentified enemy aircraft damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:2 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:5



Event number: All-time 9 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 9
Date:Night of 04-05 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:01:15
Combat time:02:25
Combat place:Over Donna Nook at 12,000ft. (Position over the sea, no wreckage on land)
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3378. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:37129 Squadron Leader Roddick Lee SMITH
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/28
Air Gunner:77374 Flying Officer Eric FARNES
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/29
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:02:52
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:Independent corroboration from H.M. Patrol Vessel CORCYRA recorded in ORB of RAF Kirton Lindsey, TNA reference AIR28/427, entry dated 05 May 1941

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:3 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:5



Event number: All-time 10 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 10
Date:Night of 07-08 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:22:40
Combat time:Approx 23:45
Combat place:Approx 20 miles SW of Goole, at 12,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3316. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Sergeant CRAIG
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/10 and AIR50/98/11
Air Gunner:Sergeant W. MAIR
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/9
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:00:26
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:Guns jammed after a one-second burst

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:3 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 11 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 11
Date:Night of 07-08 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:22:36
Combat time:00:15
Combat place:Over the River Trent, west of Kirton-in-Lindsey, initially at 10,000ft. Crash of enemy aircraft seen from the airfield
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N1617. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Sgt. JOHNSON (? 1237469 Sergeant Peter Lister JOHNSON)
AIR50 concurs?:Missing from AIR50 Index. Re-try See AIR50/98/16 (the Air Gunner's record) as a substitute. NB Possibility of incorrect initial in ORB
Air Gunner:NZ402100 Sergeant Robert Thomas AITCHISON (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/16
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:00:57
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:Victim reported as He111H, 33210, A1+BA of Stab/KG 53. The entire crew bailed out but one was killed when his parachute failed to open. The enemy aircraft came down in flames near the sand quarry at Scrooby, its bomb load exploding on impact. The incident was witnessed by air and groundcrew on the airfield.

Kampfgeschwader 53 (KG53) was the 'Legion Condor', named to commemorate the unit’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War supporting Franco’s army. It took part in numerous missions during the Battle of Britain attacking Nottingham, Liverpool, Hull, Doncaster and London. The squadron ceased operations over Britain on 11 May 1941 and moved to Poland to prepare for Operation Barbarossa. (Auxilliary source: Research by Priories Historical Society)

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:4 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 12 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 12
Date:Night of 07-08 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:00:40
Combat time:01:30
Combat place:Vicinity of Hull at 14,000ft
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.17z or Do.215 or Do.217
RAF aircraft:Hawker Hurricane Mk.1, Serial V7222. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Pilot Officer R.A. DALE
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/12
Air Gunner:None - single seat aircraft
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:01:49
Original claim:One enemy aircraft (Dornier) seriously damaged
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - First known omission
Notes:Outcome uncertain to pilot, claimed as "damaged". Kill later confirmed independently. Enemy Aircraft recorded as a Dornier Do.215 in the Operations Record Book of RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey (AIR28/427, date 8 May 1941). Mk. of Hurricane is wrong in AIR50 entry. It says Mk.X, but V7222 was actually a Mk.1. P/O DALE the subject of an entry in the ORB dated 7 April 1941: "Sgt Pilot R.A. DALE granted a commission for the duration of hostilities"

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:5 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 13 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 13
Date:Night of 08-09 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:01:05 or 01:15 - Records differ. The stated combat time makes the earlier take-off much more probable.
Combat time:01:20
Combat place:Hull area at 12,000ft to 18,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Hawker Hurricane I, Serial V7286. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:37129 Squadron Leader Roddick Lee SMITH
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/28
Air Gunner:None - single seat aircraft
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:03:10
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:A further claim of a Heinkel He.111 damaged on the same sortie appears separately, below.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:6 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 14 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 14
Date:Night of 08-09 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:01:05
Combat time:01:25
Combat place:Hull area, initially at 15,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3316. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89626 Pilot Officer Hugh Graham Stanhope WYRILL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - mis-filed as part of AIR50/98/40
Air Gunner:NZ402114 Sergeant Norman Henry MAUL (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - mis-filed as part of AIR50/98/40
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:02:50
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:One Luftwaffe crew member seen to bale out. Rumour has it that the crew member survived and was interrogated. No record of this yet found

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:7 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 15 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 15
Date:Night of 08-09 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:01:06
Combat time:01:28
Combat place:Over Hull at 15,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3364. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89625 Pilot Officer Michael Foxton WYNNE-WILLSON
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/32, AIR50/98/37
Air Gunner:Sergeant H. "Jack" PLANT
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/38
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:01:40
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:On the chain?: Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:8 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 16 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 16
Date:Night of 08-09 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:01:07
Combat time:01:30
Combat place:Starting east of Hull, the chase continued out to sea. Initial height about 16,000ft. Crash position over the sea, no wreckage on land
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3335. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89594 Pilot Officer John Douglas WRIGHT
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/34
Air Gunner:NZ40194 Sergeant Robert Ian McCHESNEY (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - Papers mis-filed in AIR50/98/24
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:02:20
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:9 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 17 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 17
Date:Night of 08-09 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:01:24
Combat time:01:40 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:"A few miles east Hull" at 14,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3378. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:42163 Flight Lieutenant Richard Macklow TROUSDALE, DFC (A New Zealander serving in the RAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/30
Air Gunner:NZ40733 Sergeant Francis John William CHUNN (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/31
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:02:20
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:10 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 18 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 18
Date:Night of 08-09 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:01:24
Combat time:01:50 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:Over Hull at about 10,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3378. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:42163 Flight Lt. Richard Macklow TROUSDALE, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/30
Air Gunner:NZ40733 Sergeant Francis John William CHUNN (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/31
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:02:20
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:11 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:6



Event number:All-time 19 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 19
Date:Night of 08-09 May 1941
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:01:05 or 01:15 - Records differ. The stated combat time in respect of the first encounter with the enemy makes the earlier take-off much more probable.
Combat time:About 02:40
Combat place:Over Hull between 12,000ft and 18,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, Serial V7286. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:37129 Squadron Leader Roddick Lee SMITH
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/28
Air Gunner:None - single seat aircraft. A copy of the Combat Report relating to this action erroneously appears in AIR50/98/29, the file relating to Air Gunner Flying Officer Eric FARNES.
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Landing time:03:10
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:A further claim of a Heinkel He.111 destroyed on the same sortie appears separately, above.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:11 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:7



Squadron located at RAF Hibaldstow


Event number:All-time 20 / Hibaldstow 1
Date:Night of 24-25 June 1941
Took off from:RAF Hibaldstow
Take-off time:00:46
Combat time:01:10
Combat place:15 miles NE of Flamborough Head at 10,000ft. (Position over the sea, no wreckage on land)
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial N3364. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:CUSHION 37
Pilot:785014 Sergeant Philip Stanley KENDALL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/17. Additional material at AIR50/98/20
Air Gunner:NZ40204 Sergeant Clifford Stanley EMENY (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/18. Additional material at AIR50/98/21
GCI Station:Hampston Hill (operational since 22.Feb.1941, see AVIA7/1239), located near Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire)
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Hibaldstow
Landing time:01:50
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:12 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:7



Event number:All-time 21 / Hibaldstow 2
Date:Night of 10-11 July 1941
Took off from:RAF Hibaldstow
Take-off time:01:04
Combat time:02:00
Combat place:About 15 miles N of Hull, on coast
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111 or Dornier Do.215
RAF aircraft:Boulton Paul Defiant I, Serial T3995. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:785011 Sergeant John CAMERON-COX
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/3
Air Gunner:NZ39097 Sergeant Harold Douglas John FITZSIMONS (RNZAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/4
GCI Station:
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Hibaldstow
Landing time:02:30
Original claim:One enemy aircraft damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:Sgt. Fitzsimons was wounded in the right arm by a tracer bullet fired by the rear gunner of the enemy aircraft.

THIS COMBAT REPORT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ERRONEOUSLY DUPLICATED IN RAF RECORDS, SUGGESTING AN EXACT REPEAT ON 15 JULY 1941. The squadron’s action on the 15th in fact involved Sergeant P.S. Kendall flying a Mk.1 Hurricane. Fitzsimons could not have been active on the 15th due to his injuries sustained on the 11th.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:12 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:8



Event number:All-time 22 / Hibaldstow 3
Date:Night of 14-15 July 1941
Took off from:RAF Hibaldstow
Take-off time:00:30
Combat time:01:20
Combat place:About 3½ miles E of Hunmanby, Yorkshire at about 8,000ft
E/A attacked:Unidentified by type, but observed dropping bombs
RAF aircraft:Hurricane Mk.I, Serial V7222. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:785014 Sergeant Philip Stanley KENDALL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/19. Additional material at AIR50/98/20 includes a map and gives unusual detail of the incident. Intelligence Officer’s report at AIR50/98/22
Air Gunner:None - Single seat aircraft
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume either Kirton Sector Control or dedicated GCI stations at Hampston Hill or Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Hibaldstow
Landing time:02:03
Original claim:One enemy aircraft (bomber) possibly damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:Beware of confusion with a duplicate report of action by Cameron-Cox and Fitzsimons, wrongly dated. (See Hibaldstow 2, above)

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:12 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:9



Squadron located at RAF Coltishall


Event number:All-time 23 / Coltishall 1
Date:Night of 13-14 January 1942
Took off from:RAF West Malling
Take-off time:21:44
Combat time:Not stated. Nothing additional in records of No.29 Squadron hosting the detachment
Combat place:Approximately 30 miles off Ostend at 5,000ft
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter IIF, Serial T3023. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:84989 Pilot Officer John Christopher COX
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/5
Radio/Obs.:1190532 Flight Sergeant Peter Lionel CROFT
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/6
GCI Station:CHL Foreness
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF West Malling
Landing time:23:45
Original claim:One Dornier Do.217 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:255’s Beaufighter based at West Malling on Detachment

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:13 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:9



Event number:All-time 24 / Coltishall 2
Date:Night of 15-16 January 1942
Took off from:RAF Coltishall
Take-off time:21:00
Combat time:(Before 23:55)
Combat place:(Unknown)
E/A attacked:(Unknown)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter IIF. Serial R2448, Squadron Code YD-O
Callsign:?
Pilot:102157 Pilot Officer Michael John MORTIMER
AIR50 concurs?:(See notes below)
Radio/Obs.:751501 Sergeant Geoffrey BEDFORD
AIR50 concurs?:(See notes below)
GCI Station:In the absence of information to the contrary, assume Coltishall Sector Control, Neatishead or GCI Happisburgh
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:[Aircraft did not return]
Landing time:[Aircraft did not return]
Original claim:None - aircrew deceased. Claim based on R/T traffic
Final status:One enemy aircraft of unknown type CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - second known omission
Notes:Mortimer and Bedford were killed when FR2448 crashed at 23:55 (or 23:59 - records differ). Their earlier victory was confirmed from Y-Station intercepts. After Mortimer’s funeral his pet dog Bruce, a Bull Mastiff, was adopted as the squadron’s mascot and (on an honorary basis within the squadron) was given his late master’s rank of Pilot Officer.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:14 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:9



Event number:All-time 25 / Coltishall 3
Date:Night of 28 February-01 March 1942
Took off from:RAF Coltishall
Take-off time:18:25
Combat time:20:18
Combat place:About 36 miles due north of RAF Coltishall, IE some miles out to sea
E/A attacked:(Unknown)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter IIF. Serial R2333, Squadron Code YD-B
Callsign:?
Pilot:70424 Squadron Leader Frederick Peter James McGEVOR
AIR50 concurs?:See telex message mis-filed as page 8/8 of AIR50/98/23
Radio/Obs.:1178664 Sergeant Leonard Samuel BARKER
AIR50 concurs?:See telex message mis-filed as page 8/8 of AIR50/98/23
GCI Station:[In the absence of information to the contrary, assume Coltishall Sector Control, Neatishead or GCI Happisburgh]
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:[Aircraft did not return]
Landing time:[Aircraft did not return]
Original claim:"I've got him" over R/T
Final status:One enemy aircraft of unknown type CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
Notes:The Beaufighter was first reported damaged at 20:20 and a course for home was requested at 20:23. At 20:29 the pilot reported starboard engine ablaze, "abandoning ship". The body of Sgt. Barker was recovered at 10:40 "Sunday" (the actual date being 1st March) by HSL 130 at 53°04½'N, 01°20'E. Squadron Leader McGEVOR’s body was never found; he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 65. Sergeant Barker is buried in Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk, close by RAF Coltishall. The Operations Record Book (Form 540) for this date contains some highly critical remarks about lack of cooperation between rescue craft and the squadron’s air sea rescue patrols. (AIR27/1518 folio 64)

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:15 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:9



Squadron located at RAF High Ercall


Event number:All-time 26 / High Ercall 1
Date:Night of 25-26 April 1942
Took off from:RAF High Ercall
Take-off time:22:35 or 22:55 - records differ
Combat time:About 23:35
Combat place:Near Hereford at 14,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Serial X7933, Squadron Code YD-U
Callsign:?
Pilot:89626 Flying Officer Hugh Graham Stanhope WYRILL
AIR50 concurs?:AIR50/98/35 and AIR50/98/41
Nav/Radio:973558 Sergeant John WILLINS
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/36 mis-indexed as WILLIAMS
GCI Station:Comberton
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF High Ercall
Landing time:00:40
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - third known omission
Notes:Enemy aircraft reported as being Ju.88A-6 Werk Nr.3459 of IV Gruppe, 12 Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 3, and was coded 5K+DW. It crashed near Glascwm, Radnorshire, with two of the four aircrew surviving to become PoW's. The two casualties were first buried in Glascwm Churchyard, later to be re-interred at the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof at Cannock Chase

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:16 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:9



Squadron located at RAF Honiley


Event number:All-time 27 / Honiley 1
Date:Night of 27-28 July 1942
Took off from:RAF Honiley
Take-off time:00:30
Combat time:02:27
Combat place:Birmingham area
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial X7931. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:785014 Sergeant Philip Stanley KENDALL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/23
Nav/Radio:112518 Pilot Officer Charles Richard HILL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/24
GCI Station:Comberton
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:Squadron Leader GRANT
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Honiley
Landing time:02:40
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:16 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:10



Event number:All-time 28 / Honiley 2
Date:Night of 30-31 July 1942
Took off from:RAF Honiley
Take-off time:23:25
Combat time:00:55
Combat place:Gloucester area, initially at 10,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial X7933. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89626 Flying Officer Hugh Graham Stanhope WYRILL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/39
Nav/Radio:973558 Flight Sergeant John WILLINS
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/40, mis-indexed as WILLIAMS
GCI Station:Comberton
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Honiley
Landing time:01:25
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 damaged. Fragments from target hit Beaufighter
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:16 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:11



Event number:All-time 29 / Honiley 3
Date:Night of 23-24 August 1942
Took off from:RAF Honiley
Take-off time:22:10
Combat time:23:07 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:South of Peterborough, initially at 11,500ft
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial X7944. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89626 Flying Officer Hugh Graham Stanhope WYRILL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/39
Nav/Radio:973558 Flight Sergeant John WILLINS
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/40, mis-indexed as WILLIAMS
GCI Station:Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:Squadron Leader BRACE
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Honiley
Landing time:00:22
Original claim:One Dornier Do.217 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:A Do.217 that crashed at 23:25 was claimed by No.25 Squadron based at Church Fenton, but the GCI Controller at Langtoft expressed the opinion that it was the one shot at by F/O Wyrill. Squadron Leader ALINGTON, AFC, flying out of RAF Church Fenton, was under GCI control of Easington. See AIR50/13/2 for his version of events. The E/A, confirmed from wreckage as a Do.217, crashed near Sutton Bridge

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:16 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:12



Event number:All-time 30 / Honiley 4
Date:Night of 23-24 August 1942
Took off from:RAF Honiley
Take-off time:22:10
Combat time:About 23:30 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:South of Peterborough, initially at 8,000ft
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial X7944. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89626 Flying Officer Hugh Graham Stanhope WYRILL
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - but see both AIR50/98/39 and AIR50/98/40
Nav/Radio:973558 Flight Sergeant John WILLINS
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - AIR50/98/40, mis-indexed as WILLIAMS
GCI Station:Langtoft
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:Squadron Leader BRACE
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:RAF Honiley
Landing time:00:22
Original claim:One Dornier Do.217 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:16 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



NOVEMBER 1942 - Relocation to the Western Mediterranean

On 14 November 1942 all eighteen of the Squadron’s Beaufighters flew from RAF Portreath (Cornwall) to Gibraltar without incident. The following day all but one proceeded to Maison Blanche (near Algiers) and for a few days operated out of Maison Blanche and Bône. Personnel and equipment coming from the UK by sea disembarked at Bône 13-14 December 1942. From 15 December 1942 the squadron was nominally based at Sétif, Algeria, at an airfield also known at the time as Ain Arnat, but they were encamped several kilometres to the west of the airfield, at a village then called Macdonald (modern name Mahdia).

(According to T.H.Wisdom’s book Triumph over Tunisia, the squadron made 17 kills whilst based in England......)



Squadron located in Algeria and Tunisia


Event number:All-time 31 / North Africa 1
Date:Night of 05-06 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:00:45
Combat time:About 01:10 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:East-West patrol from Souk-el-Arba at 10,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 27
Pilot:66570 Flying Officer Geoffrey HUMES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1062107 Flight Sergeant John Lindsay SAYER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:01:45
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:17 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 32 / North Africa 2
Date:Night of 05-06 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:00:45
Combat time:About 01:20 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:East-West patrol from Souk-el-Arba at 10,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 27
Pilot:66570 Flying Officer Geoffrey HUMES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1062107 Flight Sergeant John Lindsay SAYER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 (COL) AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:01:45
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:18 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 33 / North Africa 3
Date:Night of 05-06 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:00:45
Combat time:01:45 - (No.1 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Over the sea north of Bône at 14,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 33
Pilot:65559 Flying Officer Michael John GLOSTER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121 for best available information
Nav/Radio:130111 Pilot Officer James Frederick OSWALD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 (COL) AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:02:50
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:19 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 34 / North Africa 4
Date:Night of 05-06 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:00:45
Combat time:01:45 - (No.2 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Over the sea north of Bône at 14,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 33
Pilot:65559 Flying Officer Michael John GLOSTER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121 for best available information
Nav/Radio:130111 Pilot Officer James Frederick OSWALD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 (COL) AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:02:50
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:20 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 35 / North Africa 5
Date:Night of 05-06 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:00:45
Combat time:About 02:30 - (No.3 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Over the sea north of Bône at 14,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 33
Pilot:65559 Flying Officer Michael John GLOSTER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121 for best available information
Nav/Radio:130111 Pilot Officer James Frederick OSWALD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:02:50
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:21 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 36 / North Africa 6
Date:Night of 06-07 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:19:55
Combat time:About 20:30 - (No.1 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Over and offshore of Bône
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 16
Pilot:40316 Squadron Leader John Howard PLAYER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121-122 for best available information
Nav/Radio:81940 Flight Lieutenant Alfred LAMMER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE (His one-hundreth 'Jerry' as a GCI Controller)
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:23:50
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:22 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 37 / North Africa 7
Date:Night of 06-07 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:19:55
Combat time:About 20:30 - (No.2 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Over and offshore of Bône
E/A attacked:Cant Z.1007 bis (Corrected from original claim of Savoia Marchetti SM.79)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 16
Pilot:40316 Squadron Leader John Howard PLAYER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121-122 for best available information
Nav/Radio:81940 Flight Lieutenant Alfred LAMMER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:23:50
Original claim:One Savoia Marchetti SM.79 destroyed
Final status:One Cant Z.1007 bis CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:?
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:23 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 38 / North Africa 8
Date:Night of 06-07 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:19:55
Combat time:About 20:30 - (No.3 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Over and offshore of Bône
E/A attacked:Cant Z.1007 bis (Corrected from original claim of Savoia Marchetti SM.79)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 16
Pilot:40316 Squadron Leader John Howard PLAYER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121-122 for best available information
Nav/Radio:81940 Flight Lieutenant Alfred LAMMER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:23:50
Original claim:One Savoia Marchetti SM.79 destroyed
Final status:One Cant Z.1007 bis CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:24 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 39 / North Africa 9
Date:Night of 06-07 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:20:55
Combat time:About 22:45
Combat place:Between Souk-el-Arba and Bône at 15,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 42
Pilot:112516 Flying Officer John CAMERON-COX
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 122 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1190532 Flight Sergeant Peter Lionel CROFT
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:24:00
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:25 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 40 / North Africa 10
Date:Night of 12-13 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:23:10
Combat time:00:45
Combat place:Over the sea off Bône
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 40
Pilot:Flight Sergeant Thomas Henry CAMERON (Canadian)
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 123 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1393655 Sergeant James Lascelles HOOD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:01:10
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:894 AMES Controller's records differ as regards Up and Down times. Occasionally the times appearing in 894 AMES records appear to be just the time that the aircraft was under 894’s control.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:26 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 41 / North Africa 11
Date:Night of 12-13 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:18:15
Combat time:20:10
Combat place:Not recorded
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 32
Pilot:113989 Flying Officer Douglas Haig GREAVES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 123 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1161497 Warrant Officer Frederic Mitton ROBBINS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:21:45
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:27 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 42 / North Africa 12
Date:Night of 14-15 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:23:15
Combat time:Not recorded
Combat place:Over Bône Bay at 10,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 32
Pilot:113989 Flying Officer Douglas Haig GREAVES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 123 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1161497 Warrant Officer Frederic Mitton ROBBINS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:03:15
Original claim:DESTROYED
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes, dated as the 14th
Notes:Take-off and Landing times differ sigificantly in GCI's record (Up 18:40, Down 21:40 541 CHECKED). The date on the tailfin trophy may, therefore, be correct.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:28 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 43 / North Africa 13
Date:Night of 15-16 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:20:20
Combat time:Sometime after 22:00
Combat place:Over land near Bône at 8,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8462. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 14
Pilot:33168 Wing Commander D.P.D.G. KELLY
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 124 for best available information
Nav/Radio:81940 Flight Lieutenant Alfred LAMMER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône, but only until 23:20. Freelancing thereafter
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:00:10
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:29 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 44 / North Africa 14
Date:Night of 16-17 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:21:15
Combat time:23:55
Combat place:Near Bône at about 8,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 32
Pilot:113989 Flying Officer Douglas Haig GREAVES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 124 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1161497 Warrant Officer Frederic Mitton ROBBINS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Bône, Algeria
Landing time:00:20
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Demise of enemy aircraft witnessed by SUNSHINE 42. Beaufighter was damaged by debris from exploding fuel tanks of enemy aircraft. A successful emergency landing was made at Bône, Algeria.

At Bône there was no flarepath laid out and only the Chance light to guide the pilot. On the approach one of the wheels struck a tent. The aircraft was a complete write-off. The reason for the difficulty in controlling the aircraft was due to the starboard aileron having been completely burnt off. [AIR27/1518 folio 118 side 2]

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:30 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 45 / North Africa 15
Date:Night of 17-18 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:22:40
Combat time:About 02:15
Combat place:Over the coast initially at about 8,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8461. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 14
Pilot:33168 Wing Commander D.P.D.G. KELLY
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 124-125 for best available information
Nav/Radio:81940 Flight Lieutenant Alfred LAMMER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutanant ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:Not recorded
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED, confirmed by 894 AMES Controller
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Beaufighter damaged by return fire from Ju.88's rear gunner

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:31 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 46 / North Africa 16
Date:Night of 20-21 December 1942
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:19:30
Combat time:About 20:15
Combat place:Bône Bay, initially at about 10,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:GROPA 32
Pilot:113989 Flying Officer Douglas Haig GREAVES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 125-126 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1161497 Warrant Officer Frederic Mitton ROBBINS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant PRATLEY
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:Not recorded
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:32 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 47 / North Africa 17
Date:Night of 02-03 January 1943
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:17:45
Combat time:About 18:30
Combat place:?
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89594 Flight Lieutenant John Douglas WRIGHT
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 131 for best available information
Nav/Radio:111977 Flying Officer Louis Henry SANDOW
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:19:45
Original claim:One Dornier Do.217 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:33 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:13



Event number:All-time 48 / North Africa 18
Date:Night of 06-07 January 1943
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:17:45
Combat time:18:18
Combat place:25 miles NE of Bône
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:LOUISE 35
Pilot:60526 Flight Lieutenant Robert Merton GRAHAM
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 132 for best available information
Nav/Radio:109497 Flying Officer Edward Stanley HICKMORE
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:20:05
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No
On the tailfin?:No
Notes:Form 541 notes: "This interception was carried out contrary to Controller’s advice, as Beaufighter was very easily visible against half light in the western sky."

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:33 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 49 / North Africa 19
Date:Night of 07-08 January 1943
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:04:30
Combat time:05:37
Combat place:20 miles E of Bône at 22,000ft
E/A attacked:Cant. Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:LOUISE 37
Pilot:127038 Pilot Officer Philip Stanley KENDALL
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 132 for best available information
Nav/Radio:112518 Flying Officer Charles Richard HILL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:? [8003 AMES Philippeville not operational until the 14th]
GCI Callsign:AWAKE
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant PRATLEY
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/189
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:06:00
Original claim:One Cant. Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Navigator Radio F/O Hill completed this mission at 22,000ft despite failure of his oxygen supply. Event also logged in ORB of 894 AMES

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:34 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 50 / North Africa 20
Date:Night of 15-16 January 1943
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:00:45
Combat time:01:15
Combat place:50 miles NNE of Bône initially at 20,000ft
E/A attacked:Cant. Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:LOUISE 37
Pilot:127038 Flying Officer Philip Stanley KENDALL
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 134 for best available information
Nav/Radio:112518 Flying Officer Charles Richard HILL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):8003 AMES located at Philippeville
GCI Callsign:AWAKE
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant PRATLEY
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/189
GCI Station (2):894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:01:55
Original claim:One Cant. Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:[1] Beaufighter’s cannon at first failed to fire; they were re-cocked by the navigator in flight (this would have involved vacating his normal position in the aircraft and crawling into the wing roots)

[2] Pilot’s name incorrect in 8003 AMES record

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:35 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 51 / North Africa 21
Date:Night of 18-19 January 1943
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:18:20
Combat time:19:34
Combat place:?
E/A attacked:Cant. Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:LOUISE 33
Pilot:65559 Flying Officer Michael John GLOSTER, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 135 for best available information
Nav/Radio:130111 Pilot Officer James Frederick OSWALD, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:20:15
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes - Reportedly dated 19-01-1943 on the chain
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Upon being hit by the Beaufighter’s cannon fire the enemy aircraft exploded in mid air, impacting debris possibly accounting for the failure of the R/T

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:36 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 52 / North Africa 22
Date:Night of 19-20 January 1943
Took off from:Tingley, Algeria
Take-off time:04:00
Combat time:About 05:00
Combat place:?
E/A attacked:Records differ (see below)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:LOUISE 32
Pilot:113989 Flying Officer Douglas Haig GREAVES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 135-136 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1161497 Warrant Officer Frederic Mitton ROBBINS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:07:00
Original claim:One Cant Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:One Dornier Do.217 CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes - Reportedly dated 15 January 1943 on the chain, but this may be a transcription error on the part of MoD Police rather than an error on the original.
On the tailfin?:Yes, as a Do.217
Notes:Canons failed to fire properly until re-cocked by navigator. "Just before last burst pilot saw that enemy aircraft had a single tail unit". That’s odd, since the Cant did exist in single tail form but the Dornier Do.217 did not.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:37 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 53 / North Africa 23
Date:Night of 21-22 January 1943
Took off from:Tingley, Algeria
Take-off time:19:00
Combat time:20:17
Combat place:Over the sea W of Philippeville at about 8,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:LOUISE 34
Pilot:46925 Flying Officer Valentine George James PHILLIPS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 136-137 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant D.S. POLLARD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):892 AMES at Djidjelli
GCI Callsign:STEELROD
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant JOYCE
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
GCI Station (2):894 AMES at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:22:00
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes - This was the last event engraved on the chain. Three more 'kills' were added to blanks in ink, no longer legible
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:[1] Night take-off from Tingley achieved despite lack of a flarepath
[2] The records of the GCIs 892 AMES (STEELROD) and 8003 AMES (BRICKWALL) both record another success the same night. However this is properly attributed to "RESTA 34" of No.600 Squadron (piloted by Sgt Owen with Sgt McAllister as N/R). That combat success is not claimed by No.255 Squadron

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:38 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 54 / North Africa 24
Date:Night of 22-23 or 23-24 January 1943. Records differ
Took off from:Tingley, Algeria
Take-off time:20:15
Combat time:About 20:35
Combat place:Bône area initially at about 14,000ft
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:? LOUISE 40
Pilot:Flight Sergeant Thomas Henry CAMERON (Canadian)
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 138 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1393655 Flight Sergeant James Lascelles HOOD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Landing time:23:50
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Presumed to be the first of the three illegible entries in ink
On the tailfin?:Yes - as night of 23-24
Notes:255 Squadron’s Forms 540 and 541 appear to differ regarding the date of this incident. It is recorded as taking place on the evening of the 23rd in the 894 AMES ORB

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:39 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 55 / North Africa 25
Date:Night of 07-08 February 1943
Took off from:Sétif, Algeria
Take-off time:18:40
Combat time:20:30
Combat place:About 40 miles N of Philippeville at 18,000ft
E/A attacked:Cant. Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:116059 Flying Officer John David Annesley THARP
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 141-142 for best available information
Nav/Radio:132988 Pilot Officer David Arthur KING
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8003 AMES at Philippeville
GCI Callsign:BRICKWALL
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/189
A/C landed at:Tingley, Algeria
Landing time:21:20
Original claim:One Cant. Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Presumed to be the second of the three illegible entries in ink
On the tailfin?:No - an omission
Notes:All guns failed to fire at first attempt due to a problem with the firing button

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 56 / North Africa 26
Date:Night of 11-12 March 1943
Took off from:Tingley, Algeria
Take-off time:18:40
Combat time:19:45
Combat place:40 miles NE of Bône at about 6,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RESTA 29
Pilot:123299 Flying Officer Frank Hancock STREET
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See informal substitute Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 150 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1103218 Flight Sergeant Gilbert Llewellyn THOMAS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:894 AMES located at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flying Officer PICKFORD
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Sétif
Landing time:20:50
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Presumed to be the third of the three illegible entries in ink
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:41 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 57 / North Africa 27
Date:Daytime, 13 April 1943
Took off from:Sétif
Take-off time:16:30
Combat time:Dogfight from 18:00
Combat place:60 miles W of southern Sardinia at 50ft
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:GREEN 1
Pilot:65559 Flying Officer Michael John GLOSTER, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Forms 540 and 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 166-167 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant R.B. WALL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:None - events out of range of GCI
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Sétif
Landing time:20:30
Original claim:One Dornier Do.217 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:42 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 58 / North Africa 28
Date:Daytime, 13 April 1943
Took off from:Sétif
Take-off time:16:25
Combat time:Dogfight from 18:00 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:60 miles W of southern Sardinia at 50ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:GREEN 2
Pilot:122132 Flying Officer Humphrey Knowles HUMPHREYS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Forms 540 and 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 166-167 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant P. ROBERTSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:None - events out of range of GCI
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Sétif
Landing time:19:50
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:43 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:14



Event number:All-time 59 / North Africa 29
Date:Daytime, 13 April 1943
Took off from:Sétif
Take-off time:16:25
Combat time:Dogfight from 18:00 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:60 miles W of southern Sardinia at 50ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:GREEN 2
Pilot:122132 Flying Officer Humphrey Knowles HUMPHREYS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Forms 540 and 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 166-167 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant P. ROBERTSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:None - events out of range of GCI
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Sétif
Landing time:19:50
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL but would not have qualified anyway
On the tailfin?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:43 Probably destroyed:1 Listed as damaged:15



Event number:All-time 60 / North Africa 30
Date:Daytime, 13 April 1943
Took off from:Sétif
Take-off time:16:45
Combat time:Dogfight from 18:00 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:60 miles W of southern Sardinia at 50ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:BLUE 1
Pilot:113989 Flying Officer Douglas Haig GREAVES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Forms 540 and 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 166-167 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1161497 Warrant Officer Frederic Mitton ROBBINS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:None - events out of range of GCI
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Sétif
Landing time:19:10
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 probably destroyed
Final status:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:43 Probably destroyed:2 Listed as damaged:15



Event number:All-time 61 / North Africa 31
Date:Daytime, 13 April 1943
Took off from:Sétif
Take-off time:16:45
Combat time:Dogfight from 18:00 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:60 miles W of southern Sardinia at 50ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:BLUE 1
Pilot:113989 Flying Officer Douglas Haig GREAVES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Forms 540 and 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 166-167 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1161497 Warrant Officer Frederic Mitton ROBBINS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:None - events out of range of GCI
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Sétif
Landing time:19:10
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL but would not have qualified anyway
On the tailfin?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:43 Probably destroyed:2 Listed as damaged:16



Event number:All-time 62 / North Africa 32
Date:Daytime, 13 April 1943
Took off from:Sétif
Take-off time:16:45
Combat time:Dogfight from 18:00
Combat place:60 miles W of southern Sardinia at 50ft
E/A attacked:Type uncertain - possibly a Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:BLUE 2
Pilot:123299 Flying Officer Frank Hancock STREET
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Forms 540 and 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 166-167 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1103218 Flight Sergeant Gilbert Llewellyn THOMAS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:None - events out of range of GCI
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:[Aircraft did not return]
Landing time:[Aircraft did not return]
Original claim:A claim was submitted on behalf of the lost crew by others involved in the dogfight. The enemy aircraft may have been destroyed but nobody who survived saw it crash
Final status:Claim allowed as "DAMAGED"
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL but would not have qualified anyway
On the tailfin?:No
Notes:A lengthy account of this event is to be found in The National Archives, commencing at AIR27/1518 folio 166 side 2 and totalling three pages

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:43 Probably destroyed:2 Listed as damaged:17



Event number:All-time 63 / North Africa 33
Date:Daytime, 13 April 1943
Took off from:Sétif
Take-off time:16:45
Combat time:Dogfight from 18:00
Combat place:60 miles W of southern Sardinia at 50ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:BLUE 3
Pilot:127032 Flying Officer Kevin Thomas Anthony O’SULLIVAN
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Forms 540 and 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 166-167 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sgt. W. HOOD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:None - events out of range of GCI
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Bône
Landing time:19:15
Original claim:Damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL but would not have qualified anyway
On the tailfin?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:43 Probably destroyed:2 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 64 / North Africa 34
Date:Night of 27-28 April 1943
Took off from:Bône, Algeria
Take-off time:19:50
Combat time:20:00
Combat place:Offshore of Bône at 10,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8693. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:RESTA 37
Pilot:127038 Pilot Officer Philip Stanley KENDALL DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 174 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant J.M.C. TALBOT
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):894 AMES at Morris, near Bône
GCI Callsign:HIGHCLASS
GCI Controller:Flying Officer PICKFORD
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
GCI Station (2):US Army Signal Corps at Cap Tokouch
GCI Callsign:FORFAR
GCI Controller:Unknown US personnel at Cap Tokouch
US Radar Log:No attempt has been made to trace within US records
A/C landed at:Bône, Algeria
Landing time:22:35
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:44 Probably destroyed:2 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 65 / North Africa 35
Date:Night of 05-06 May 1943
Took off from:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Take-off time:21:45
Combat time:About 23:45 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:On the circuit of the enemy-held airfield El Aouina, near Tunis
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.52. A summary in the relevant Form 541 gives the enemy aircraft type as Ju.88, apparently in error, if only because the target was reported as having been flying below the stalling speed of a Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8693. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:RESTA 37
Pilot:127038 Flying Officer Philip Stanley KENDALL DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 180-181 for best available information
Nav/Radio:138211 Flying Officer Dewi Marlais NEDAHL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8011 AMES at Cap Serrat
GCI Callsign:SCHEMER
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
A/C landed at:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Landing time:01:15
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.52 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes, as a Ju.52. Dated as 06 May 1943
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:45 Probably destroyed:2 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 66 / North Africa 36
Date:Night of 05-06 May 1943
Took off from:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Take-off time:21:45
Combat time:About 23:50 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:On the circuit of the enemy-held airfield El Aouina, near Tunis
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.52 or Ju.88 - records differ
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8693. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:RESTA 37
Pilot:127038 Flying Officer Philip Stanley KENDALL, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 180-181 for best available information
Nav/Radio:138211 Flying Officer Dewi Marlais NEDAHL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8011 AMES at Cap Serrat
GCI Callsign:SCHEMER
GCI Controller:Acting Flight Lieutenant G.W.B. PLANT
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
A/C landed at:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Landing time:01:15
Original claim:Probably destroyed
Final status:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL but would not have qualified anyway
On the tailfin?:No
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:45 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 67 / North Africa 37
Date:Night of 11-12 May 1943
Took off from:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Take-off time:22:25
Combat time:00:10
Combat place:Near Bizerte, height about 7,500ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB; reported elsewhere as V8518
Callsign:Resta 30
Pilot:127032 Flying Officer Kevin Thomas Anthony O’SULLIVAN
AIR50 concurs?:Combat Report appears at p.61 of Chaz Bowyer’s book Beaufighters at War, without source file reference being quoted.
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant W.G. HOOD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8004 AMES Porto Farino? [No ORB?]
GCI Callsign:? - See below
GCI Controller:Listed in squadron records as "Brownie" and "Donald". Brownie was the callsign used by 74440 Squadron Leader John Laurence BROWN, MBE whilst at Porto Farino. "Donald" was the informal personal callsign of Squadron Leader ROEBUCK, nicknamed "Donald Duck"
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/189
A/C landed at:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Landing time:00:50
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:46 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 68 / North Africa 38
Date:Night of 24-25 May 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:03:30
Combat time:04:00
Combat place:20 miles N of Bizerte
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:46925 Flying Officer Valentine George James PHILLIPS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 190 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant D.S. POLLARD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:898 AMES
GCI Callsign:CAROL (changed from MIXTURE on 21.May.1943)
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Landing time:05:40
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:47 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 69 / North Africa 39
Date:Night of 25-26 May 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:04:00
Combat time:04:10
Combat place:Near Port Farina at about 6,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8693. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:127038 Flying Officer Philip Stanley KENDALL DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 191 for best available information
Nav/Radio:138211 Flying Officer Dewi Marlais NEDAHL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:898 AMES
GCI Callsign:CAROL (supposedly changed from MIXTURE 21.May.1943, but still shows as MIXTURE in ORB)
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Landing time:05:25
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Enemy aircraft crashed about 300 metres from 8004 AMES's operational site

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:48 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 70 / North Africa 40
Date:Night of 27-28 May 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:20:45
Combat time:About 21:30 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:15 to 20 miles NE of Bizerte at 8,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB, reported elsewhere as V8510
Callsign:RESTA 30
Pilot:127032 Flying Officer Kevin Thomas Anthony O’SULLIVAN
AIR50 concurs?:Combat Report appears at p.60 of Chaz Bowyer’s book Beaufighters at War, without source file reference being quoted. Typographic error mis-attributes to 225 Squadron
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant W.G. HOOD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8004 AMES Porto Farino
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:Flying Officer GREGSON
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/189
A/C landed at:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Landing time:22:50
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:49 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 71 / North Africa 41
Date:Night of 27-28 May 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:20:45
Combat time:About 21:45 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:Offshore of Bizerte at about 6,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB, reported elsewhere as V8510
Callsign:RESTA 30
Pilot:127032 Flying Officer Kevin Thomas Anthony O’SULLIVAN
AIR50 concurs?:Combat Report appears at p.60 of Chaz Bowyer’s book Beaufighters at War, without source file reference being quoted. Typographic error mis-attributes to 225 Squadron
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant W.G. HOOD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8004 AMES at Porto Farino
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:F/O GREGSON
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/189
A/C landed at:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Landing time:22:50
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:50 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 72 / North Africa 42
Date:Night of 24-25 June 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:01:20
Combat time:04:15
Combat place:20 miles NNE of Bizerte at 12,000ft
E/A attacked:Cant Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:40316 Wing Commander John Howard PLAYER, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 205-206 for best available information
Nav/Radio:81940 Flight Lieutenant Alfred LAMMER, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:898 AMES located at La Sebala
GCI Callsign:MIXTURE
GCI Controller:Squadron Leader ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:La Sebala II
Landing time:05:20
Original claim:One Italian Cant Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Originally, the crew were informed that they had shot down a 'friendly', but upon further investigation the aircraft was found to have been an Italian Cant Z.1007 bis

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:51 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 73 / North Africa 43
Date:Night of 26-27 June 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:23:40
Combat time:About 02:10
Combat place:60 miles NNW of Bizerte at 17,000ft
E/A attacked:Cant Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flight Sergeant W.C. PHILLIPS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 206-207 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant G.P. SMITH
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:898 AMES located at La Sebala
GCI Callsign:MIXTURE
GCI Controller:Squadron Leader ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:La Sebala II
Landing time:03:25
Original claim:One Cant Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:An entry in the Squadron's Operations Record Book suggests this as being the squadron's 50th victory of the war and the 35th in North Africa - apparently an under-statement on both counts

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:52 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 74 / North Africa 44
Date:Night of 26-27 June 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:02:15
Combat time:03:30
Combat place:75 miles NE of Bizerte at 11,000ft
E/A attacked:Cant Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Lieutenant P. BUGGE [Per Olivarus BUGGE, known as Peter?]
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 207 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant P.A. ROBERTSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:898 AMES located at La Sebala
GCI Callsign:MIXTURE
GCI Controller:Squadron Leader ROEBUCK
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:La Sebala II
Landing time:05:35
Original claim:One Cant Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Lt. Bugge (Royal Norwegian Air Force) was on detachment at the time, not formally posted to No.255 Squadron

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:53 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 75 / North Africa 45
Date:Night of 09/10 July 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:01:25
Combat time:03:20
Combat place:50 to 60 miles NNE of Bizerte at 11,000ft
E/A attacked:Cant Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:139418 Pilot Officer William LEWIS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 213 for best available information
Nav/Radio:139392 Pilot Officer Stanley Albert HURLEY
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:898 AMES located at MAFOG pinpoint bO.106659 (half way between Tunis and Bizerte)
GCI Callsign:MIXTURE
GCI Controller:[Duty controller not named in ORB]
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:La Sebala II
Landing time:04:50
Original claim:One Cant Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:No - discontinued
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:54 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 76 / North Africa 46
Date:Night of 31 July - 01 August 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:03:30
Combat time:05:20
Combat place:40 miles NE of Palermo at 13,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flight Sergeant Thomas Henry CAMERON (Canadian)
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 218 for best available information
Nav/Radio:145917 Pilot Officer James Lascelles HOOD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8015 AMES located at ?
GCI Callsign:GARNET
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190 (folio missing)
A/C landed at:La Sebala I, Tunisia, due to fog at own base
Landing time:06:45
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:No - discontinued
Notes:The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:55 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 77 / North Africa 47
Date:Night of 03-04 August 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:03:25
Combat time:05:08
Combat place:45 miles NE of Palermo
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:.... 43 (record incomplete)
Pilot:122132 Flying Officer Humphrey Knowles HUMPHREYS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 223-224 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant P.A. ROBERTSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8044 AMES
GCI Callsign:GARNET
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/192
A/C landed at:La Sebala II
Landing time:06:20
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:No - discontinued
Notes:Surviving 8044 AMES records (ORB in AIR 29/192) only cover the period March to June 1943 inclusive. Therefore this combat record has not been verified by reference to Radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:56 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 78 / North Africa 48
Date:Night of 08-09 August 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:20:00
Combat time:22:10
Combat place:30 miles S of Palermo initially at 17,000ft
E/A attacked:Cant Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:121291 Flying Officer David GILES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 226 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1397113 Flight Sergeant Frederick Maurice DRAKE
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8044 AMES
GCI Callsign:GARNET
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/192
A/C landed at:La Sebala II
Landing time:23:40
Original claim:One Cant Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:No - discontinued
Notes:Maurice DRAKE had actually been commissioned w.e.f. 16 July 1943

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:57 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 79 / North Africa 49
Date:Night of 12-13 August 1943
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:21:25
Combat time:22:35
Combat place:30 to 40 miles N of Palermo
E/A attacked:Cant Z.1007 bis
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RUTBAR 39
Pilot:61485 Flight Lieutenant John David FOX
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 228 for best available information
Nav/Radio:133211 Flying Officer Clifford Alfred PRYOR
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8012 AMES located at Aspra, Sicily
GCI Callsign:WALLS ICE
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
A/C landed at:La Sebala II
Landing time:00:35
Original claim:One Cant Z.1007 bis destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
On the tailfin?:No - discontinued
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:58 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Squadron located in Sicily


Event number:All-time 80 / Sicily 1
Date:Night of 22-23 August 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:03:00
Combat time:04:25 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:5 to 10 miles N of Palermo at 6,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:121291 Flying Officer David GILES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 231 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1397113 Flight Sergeant Frederick Maurice DRAKE
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8044 AMES
GCI Callsign:GARNET
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/192
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:06:20
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Maurice DRAKE had actually been commissioned w.e.f. 16 July 1943

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:59 Probably destroyed:3 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 81 / Sicily 2
Date:Night of 22-23 August 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo
Take-off time:03:00
Combat time:04:25 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:5 to 10 miles NNE of Palermo
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:121291 Flying Officer David GILES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 231 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1397113 Flight Sergeant Frederick Maurice DRAKE
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:None. Freelance contact as a follow-on from the above
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:06:20
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 probably destroyed
Final status:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Maurice DRAKE had actually been commissioned w.e.f. 16 July 1943

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:59 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 82 / Sicily 3
Date:Night of 22-23 August 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo
Take-off time:04:40
Combat time:05:12
Combat place:60 miles N of Palermo at 3,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:111570 Flying Officer Leslie James LEPPARD
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 231 for best available information
Nav/Radio:119464 Pilot Officer Philip Joseph HOUGHTON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):8044 AMES at ?
GCI Callsign:GARNET
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/192
GCI Station (2):896 AMES COL located at Ustica
GCI Callsign:HAIRPIN
GCI Controller:107450 Flight Lieutenant Arthur Denis FARRELL
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:06:00
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:896 AMES’s ORB noted bad weather at the time: “23 August 1944 at 04.15 hours 1 E/A destroyed. Hostiles returning from Palermo passed through the area and contact was made with one of the last. Had not high winds dictated the lashing of the aerial, further results might have been obtained. Controller F/LT Farrell”

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:60 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 83 / Sicily 4
Date:Night of 29-30 August 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo
Take-off time:04:00
Combat time:05:25
Combat place:About 30 to 40 miles N of Ustica initially at 16,000ft
E/A attacked:Savoia Marchetti SM.84
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:46925 Flying Officer Valentine George James PHILLIPS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 234 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant D.S. POLLARD
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:896 AMES COL at Ustica
GCI Callsign:HAIRPIN
GCI Controller:Lieutenant Kimberlin (USA)
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:06:00
Original claim:Originally claimed as a Cant Z.1007 bis in error
Final status:One SM.84 CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Debris from the destroyed aircraft was found in one engine of the Beaufighter.

The radar station reported the incident thus: “896 AMES Ustica operating as COL with 360° sweep. 30 August 1944 at 05.35 hours 1 E/A destroyed. The hostile picked up 12 miles South of the station. Contact was made and the E/A destroyed after a 30 miles chase. Controller, Lt Kimberlin USA.”

[Comment by Historical Radar Archive: COL configuration of AMES Type 8 aerial gave increased range and better low-level cover at the expense of height-finding, which was only possible in GCI configuration]

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:61 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 84 / Sicily 5
Date:Night of 07-08 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:22:15
Combat time:00:20
Combat place:50 miles SW of Bo Rizzo
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:121291 Flying Officer David GILES
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 239-240 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1397113 Flight Sergeant Frederick Maurice DRAKE
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:896 AMES located at Ustica
GCI Callsign:HAIRPIN
GCI Controller:107450 Flight Lieutenant Arthur Denis FARRELL
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/185
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:01:00
Original claim:One Dornier Do.217 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:[1] The target exploded, some pieces hitting the Beaufighter. The following appears in the ORB of 896 AMES but has not been conclusively shown to relate to the same incident: “On the night of the 8th-9th a fighter on patrol was vectored to investigate an unidentified track 50 miles North of the Station. Just before contact, it was given by Filter Room as friendly, but the fighter held his contact and chased the aircraft for about 100 miles on a SW vector. During this time he called on all stations within R/T range to assist him in identification, and when finally satisfied that it was hostile he destroyed it at 00.45 hours. (Controller 107450 Flight Lieutenant Arthur Denis FARRELL)”

[2] Maurice DRAKE had actually been commissioned w.e.f. 16 July 1943

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:62 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 85 / Sicily 6
Date:Night of 08-09 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:18:45
Combat time:22:00
Combat place:5 to 10 miles S of Ponziane Islands at about 4,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flight Sergeant H.J. HALE
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 240 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant D.C. COOPER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8015 AMES on board LST 385, maybe moored at Palermo Bay
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:23:25
Original claim:One He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:63 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 86 / Sicily 7
Date:Night of 08-09 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:20:15
Combat time:21:53
Combat place:About 15 miles N of Capri at 1,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flying Officer P.R. BROOK
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 240 for best available information
Nav/Radio:J/15664 Flight Lieutenant Charles James Donald GREENLAND (Canadian, RCAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Freelancing - ADLUX unable to see Beaufighter
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:00:15
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:This 'kill' is detailed in the Appendix (Form 541) to the monthly report. See AIR27/1518 folio 240 side 2. The Operations Record Book (Form 540) omits this action and substitutes the combat victory of Wing Commander H.W. ELIOT, DFC (Pilot) and Flying Officer A. BARKER (Nav/Radio), which seems actually have happened 24 hours later. Given the number of other errors in September’s 540s, the more detailed report contained in Form 541 is taken as being correct.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:64 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 87 / Sicily 8
Date:Night of 08-09 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:20:30
Combat time:21:45
Combat place:3 miles S of Capri at 11,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Serial not recorded, Squadron Code YD-U
Callsign:?
Pilot:118435 Flying Officer Joseph BERRY
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 240-241 for best available information
Nav/Radio:128549 Flying Officer Ian WATSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Freelancing - aircraft unable to contact ADLUX
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:00:40
Original claim:One Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Listed as a Messerschmitt Me.210 on Form 540, apparently in error

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:65 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 88 / Sicily 9
Date:Night of 08-09 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:03:00
Combat time:04:50
Combat place:20 to 30 miles SE of Capri
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:111570 Flying Officer Leslie James LEPPARD
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 241 for best available information
Nav/Radio:119464 Flying Officer Philip Joseph HOUGHTON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8015 AMES on board a LCT
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:06:30
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:66 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 89 / Sicily 10
Date:Night of 09-10 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:20:30
Combat time:22:05
Combat place:Near Lorrento at 5,000ft
E/A attacked:Messerschmitt Me.210
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:42490 Wing Commander Hugh William ELIOT, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 241 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flying Officer A. BARKER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Freelancing - ADLUX unable to see Beaufighter on radar
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:00:10
Original claim:One Messerschmitt Me.210 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED, reported confirmed by visual observation from ADLUX control
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Listed as 'Night of 08-09 September 1943' on Form 540, apparently in error. It seems probable that Wing Commander Eliot would have been escorting Wing Commander Kelly around the Bo Rizzo base on the evening of the 8th/9th, in connection with a combat readiness assessment being conducted by NACAF HQ, Algiers. Therefore the date given on Form 541 is taken here as being correct

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:67 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 90 / Sicily 11
Date:Night of 09-10 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:23:45
Combat time:01:30
Combat place:Lago Paola [Form 541 says 41°15'N, 31°10'E, but this is clearly incorrect. Could be a typing error for 13°10'E] after a chase of over 100 miles lasting 25 minutes
E/A attacked:Messerschmitt Me.210
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Serial not recorded, Squadron Code YD-Y
Callsign:?
Pilot:118435 Flying Officer Joseph BERRY
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 242 for best available information
Nav/Radio:128549 Flying Officer Ian WATSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8015 AMES on board LST 385
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:02:50
Original claim:One Messerschmitt Me.210 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED, visual confirmation from RUTBAH 23
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:[1] Wrong enemy aircraft type on Form 540 (says Ju.88)

[2] The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:68 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 91 / Sicily 12
Date:Night of 09-10 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:01:25
Combat time:04:56 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:15 miles SE of Capri at 9,000ft
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.111
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RUTBAH 16
Pilot:60526 Squadron Leader Robert Merton GRAHAM
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 242 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant G.P. SMITH
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8015 AMES on board LST 385
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:06:25
Original claim:One Heinkel He.111 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:[1] Wrong aircraft type on Form 540 (says Do.217)

[2] The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:69 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:18



Event number:All-time 92 / Sicily 13
Date:Night of 09-10 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:01:25
Combat time:05:03 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:15 miles SE of Capri at 8,000ft
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RUTBAH 16
Pilot:60526 Squadron Leader Robert Merton GRAHAM
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 242 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Sergeant G.P. SMITH
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8015 AMES on board LST 385
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:06:25
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL but would not have qualified anyway
Notes:The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:69 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Event number:All-time 93 / Sicily 14
Date:Night of 11-12 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:23:50
Combat time:03:20
Combat place:Centre of the Gulf of Palermo
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flying Officer A.J.W. GUNN
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 244 for best available information
Nav/Radio:118591 Pilot Officer George Henry Michael CARTER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Freelancing - Beaufighter unable to contact ADLUX
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:04:30
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:70 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Event number:All-time 94 / Sicily 15
Date:Night of 11-12 September 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:23:45
Combat time:About 03:00
Combat place:West of Gulf of Salerno
E/A attacked:Probably a Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flying Officer P.R.BROOK
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 244 and 245 (two separate entries) for best available information
Nav/Radio:J.15664 Flight Lieutenant Charles James Donald GREENLAND (Canadian, RCAF)
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8015 AMES on board LST 385
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:[Aircraft did not return]
Landing time:[Aircraft did not return]
Original claim:Lodged by senior officer due to crew being missing, on the basis of a visual report from RUTBAH 27
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:[1] The starboard engine of the Beaufighter failed after this combat and the aircraft was losing height at 1,500ft per minute. At 02:45 the crew bailed out over the sea 265 degrees 63 miles from Licosa Point. F/O Brook was rescued and returned to the squadron on the 16th of the month, but F/Lt Greenland was posted as missing. MIA status reclassified as 'Presumed dead' 28 July 1944. He is commemorated on Panel 10, Column 1 of the Malta Memorial, as one of those who have no known grave but the sea. ? Under investigation as a possible "Friendly Fire" incident brought about by incompatible IFF equipment. Brook's report traced, awaits transcription. See e-mail inbox for 26/7/2014.

[2] The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:71 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Event number:All-time 95 / Sicily 16
Date:Night of 23-24 October 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:17:10
Combat time:18:55
Combat place:Presumed offshore of the Volturno River, airspace over Axis-held territory still being out of bounds in order to stop an example of Mk.VIII AI and the associated IFF equipment falling into enemy hands. The casualty was reported "crashed in flames on the land, about 12 miles from the coast and a little south of the Volturno River".
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Serial not recorded, Squadron Code YD-T
Callsign:RUTBAH 38 ?
Pilot:118435 Flying Officer Joseph BERRY
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 255 for best available information
Nav/Radio:128549 Flying Officer Ian WATSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:871 AMES located near Salerno
GCI Callsign:VIRTUE
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/184
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:20:55
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Omitted from October’s Form 540. AMES ORB has Beaufighter’s callsign as REDCAR 38

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:72 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Event number:All-time 96 / Sicily 17
Date:Night of 01-02 November 1943
Took off from:Bo Rizzo, Sicily
Take-off time:17:00
Combat time:19:30
Combat place:85 miles north of Naples
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RUTBAH 19 ?
Pilot:130196 Flying Officer Donald McEWAN
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Sicily. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 261 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flying Officer R. LEWIS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:871 AMES near Sorrento
GCI Callsign:VIRTUE
GCI Controller:[Controller not named in AMES ORB]
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/184
A/C landed at:Bo Rizzo
Landing time:21:00
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:73 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Squadron located in Italy


Event number:All-time 97 / Mainland Italy 1
Date:Night of 24-25 January 1944
Took off from:Pomigliano, Italy
Take-off time:16:45
Combat time:About 17:40 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:Not stated in combat report, but over the sea not land and in the general area of Ponza. Reported visible from 8012 AMES now established on the island of Ponza
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.177
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial MM911. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:1147173 Flight Sergeant John SCOLLAN
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 25-26 for best available information
Nav/Radio:159521 Pilot Officer Thomas Basil MINETT
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):8015 AMES (now ashore at ?)
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
GCI Station (2):8012 AMES at Ponza
GCI Callsign:WALLS ICE
GCI Controller:No Controller specifically named but could have been F/O Goddard who is just mentioned as Supernumary. In addition, the Beaufighter was freelancing
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
A/C landed at:Pomigliano
Landing time:20:20
Original claim:One Heinkel He.177 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:[1] Verified visually from WALLS ICE site.

[2] AIR 23-5555 E101 records: "20 Oct 1943 - CAF Command Post to NACAF(R) "AMES 8015 has disembarked from LST 385 on orders from TAF. ADLUX will no longer be available for LOW BOYS (AI Mk 7 & AI Mk 8 night fighters").

[3] 8012 AMES ORB: “Sailed to Ponza via Naples arriving 16 Jan. Instructions on new site from 62 Fighter Wing. Difficulties unloading. 24.1.44 - 4 Beaufighters. Hostiles over shipping. Flares and Flak. 2 He 117's shot down and one damaged. SVs also shot one down. All visible from site”


Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:74 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Event number:All-time 98 / Mainland Italy 2
Date:Night of 24-25 January 1944
Took off from:Pomigliano
Take-off time:16:45
Combat time:About 17:50
Combat place:Patrol line between Gaeta and Ponza Island at 6,000ft
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial KV977. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:121291 Flying Officer David GILES
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 25 for best available information
Nav/Radio:136915 Flying Officer Tom Everard JOHNSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8015 AMES (now ashore)
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:Pomigliano
Landing time:19:10
Original claim:One Dornier Do.217 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:[1] Extensive discussion of Mk.VIII AI and IFF in the Squadron ORB at this time. Possibly relevant to Friendly Fire suspicions. [2] The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:75 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Event number:All-time 99 / Mainland Italy 3
Date:Night of 24-25 January 1944
Took off from:Pomigliano
Take-off time:16:45
Combat time:About 18:10 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:Offshore from enemy-held territory, approx 10 miles SW of Monte Ciroco
E/A attacked:Heinkel He.177
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial MM911. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:1147173 Flight Sergeant John SCOLLAN
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 25-26 for best available information
Nav/Radio:159521 Pilot Officer Thomas Basil MINETT
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):8015 AMES (now ashore at ?)
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
GCI Station (2):8012 at Ponza
GCI Callsign:WALLS ICE
GCI Controller:?. In addition, the Beaufighter was freelancing
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
A/C landed at:Pomigliano
Landing time:20:20
Original claim:One Heinkel He.177 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Enemy aircraft seen by Beaufighter crew to crash in enemy-held territory (at the time, out of bounds to No.255 Squadron aircraft due to secrecy of Mk.VIII radar design)

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:76 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Event number:All-time 100 / Mainland Italy 4
Date:Night of 26-27 January 1944
Took off from:Pomigliano
Take-off time:03:50
Combat time:05:38
Combat place:About 5 miles W of Rome
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial ND169. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flying Officer J.A.W. GUNN
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) and few Sortie Reports (Form 441A) survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 26-27 for best available information
Nav/Radio:118591 Flying Officer George Henry Michael CARTER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):8020 AMES at Torre Patria near Pomigliano
GCI Callsign:ATOM
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
GCI Station (2):8015 AMES (now ashore)
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:Pomiglano
Landing time:07:00
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 damaged
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:[1] Originally claimed as 'damaged', destruction believed to have been confirmed later by ADLUX Control. This was the aircrew’s second sortie of the night and the first of two claims relating to this sortie. [2] The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:77 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:19



Event number:All-time 101 / Mainland Italy 5
Date:Night of 26-27 January 1944
Took off from:Pomigliano
Take-off time:03:50
Combat time:05:43
Combat place:About 5 miles W of Rome
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial ND169. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flying Officer J.A.W. GUNN
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 26-27 for best available information
Nav/Radio:118591 Flying Officer George Henry Michael CARTER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):8020 AMES at Torre Patria near Pomigliano
GCI Callsign:ATOM
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
GCI Station (2):8015 AMES (now ashore)
GCI Callsign:ADLUX
GCI Controller:Untraced due to absence of surviving ORB
AMES ORB ref:Original document missing
A/C landed at:Pomigliano
Landing time:07:00
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL but would not have qualified anyway
Notes:[1] This was the aircrew’s second sortie of the night and the second claim relating to that sortie. [2] The surviving ORB for 8015 AMES at AIR 29/190 only covers the period from October 1944 to May 1945. Therefore this incident has not been cross-checked with radar records

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:77 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:20



Event number:All-time 102 / Mainland Italy 6
Date:Night of 30-31 January 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:21:25
Combat time:About 22:35
Combat place:15 miles SW of Vis Island
E/A attacked:Dornier Do.217
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial MM864. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:42490 Wing Commander Hugh William ELIOT, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 28 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Lieutenant A. BARKER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):Foggia Sector Control
GCI Callsign:CARDCLUB
GCI Controller:?
Sector logbook:?
GCI Station (1):8016 AMES
GCI Callsign:FRUITY
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:23:00
Original claim:One Dornier Do.217 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Passenger on board: 401391 (RAAF) Flying Officer Bruce Albert BRETHERTON

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:78 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:20



Event number:All-time 103 / Mainland Italy 7
Date:Night of 12-13 April 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:22:40
Combat time:001:25
Combat place:15 miles SE of Vieste
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:89635 Squadron Leader John ARNSBY
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 46 for best available information
Nav/Radio:138370 Flying Officer William James HYETT
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):15052 (COL) AMES located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
GCI Station (2):873 (COL) AMES located at Fossacesia
GCI Callsign:SAILSMAN
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/184
GCI Station (3):8016 AMES located at ?
GCI Callsign:FRUITY
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:01:40
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:79 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:20



Event number:All-time 104 / Mainland Italy 8
Date:Night of 17-18 April 1944
Took off from:Grottaglie
Take-off time:03:36
Combat time:05:30
Combat place:Not stated in report
E/A attacked:Either Ju.88 or Ju.188 - pilot uncertain
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:Either Ju.88 or Ju.188 - pilot uncertain
Pilot:122235 Flying Officer Donald Sidney PINKS
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 47 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant M. NOBLE
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):8032 AMES at Taranto
GCI Callsign:EQUAL
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/191
GCI Station (2):8010 AMES near Bari
GCI Callsign:BROADSHIRT
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190
GCI Station (3):8016 AMES at ?
GCI Callsign:FRUITY
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/190 or Missing ?
A/C landed at:Grottaglie
Landing time:06:46
Original claim:One Junkers aircraft destroyed. Uncertain whether a Ju.88 or a Ju.188
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:80 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:20



Event number:All-time 105 / Mainland Italy 9
Date:Night of 14-15 May 1944
Took off from:Grottaglie
Take-off time:02:00
Combat time:04:21
Combat place:About 50 miles SE of control station "Moustache"
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.188
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:122235 Flying Officer Donald Sidney PINKS
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 55 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant M. NOBLE
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):"Moustache"
GCI Callsign:MOUSTACHE
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
GCI Station (2):8000 AMES COL located at ISOLA near Crotone (from 03:59)
GCI Callsign:UPSTAIRS
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/189
A/C landed at:Grottaglie
Landing time:05:15
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.188 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:81 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:20



Event number:All-time 106 / Mainland Italy 10
Date:Night of 05-06 June 1944
Took off from:Grottaglie
Take-off time:03:09
Combat time:06:15
Combat place:Not stated in report
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flight Sergeant G.R. SMITH
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 64 for best available information
Nav/Radio:124882 Pilot Officer Harry Chamberlain TAFFS
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:"Moustache"
GCI Callsign:MOUSTACHE
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Crotone
Landing time:07:25
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:DAMAGED - according to Form 540 monthly summary
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated. If only damaged, would not have qualified anyway
Notes:Landed at Crotone due to fuel shortage. Radar record needed in order to confirm final outcome

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:81 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:21



Event number:All-time 107 / Mainland Italy 11
Date:Night of 07-08 June 1944
Took off from:Grottaglie
Take-off time:03:00
Combat time:About 04:30
Combat place:About 40 miles SE of Maria de Leuca
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88 or Ju.188
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Flight Sergeant Douglas FISHER
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 64 for best available information
Nav/Radio:979224 Warrant Officer John WALSH
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:"Moustache"
GCI Callsign:MOUSTACHE
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Grottaglie
Landing time:06:20
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:82 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:21



On the night of the 8/9th, a ground attack mission opportunistically targetting Brežice railway station resulted in a claim of 2 ammunition trains destroyed, 1 additional locomotive damaged and 1 tented camp “at least frightened”. This marked the beginning of a very active period of Intruder Patrols in the Balkans, the Squadron’s attention being turned - for a while - upon railway and river transport targets in both the Balkan mountains and the Danube Basin. This accounts for the apparent lull in activity over Italy especially after 11 July 1944. From then on the task of dealing with NSG 9 was largely left to No.600 Squadron, who made a very good job of it.



Event number:All-time 108 / Mainland Italy 12
Date:Night of 08-09 June 1944
Took off from:Grottaglie
Take-off time:03:05
Combat time:04:28
Combat place:General area of Cap Maria De Lenca
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:122235 Flight Lieutenant Donald Sidney PINKS
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 65 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant M. NOBLE
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:"Moustache"
GCI Callsign:MOUSTACHE
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Grottaglie
Landing time:[Check]
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:83 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:21



Event number:All-time 109 / Mainland Italy 13
Date:Night of 12-13 June 1944
Took off from:Grottaglie
Take-off time:02:30
Combat time:About 03:20
Combat place:160 miles SE of Grottaglie
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:1373797 Flight Sergeant Thomas Walker BURNETT
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 67 for best available information
Nav/Radio:147281 Flying Officer Richard Broadfoot BOOTH
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:"Moustache" [Possibly Sector Control, Taranto?]
GCI Callsign:MOUSTACHE
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Grottaglie
Landing time:05:10
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:84 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:21



Event number:All-time 110 / Mainland Italy 14
Date:Night of 02-03 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:22:35
Combat time:Not stated in report
Combat place:Over Ancona - "66 miles NW of Penna Point"
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88. See notes below
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:Squadron Leader H.F.P. PATTON
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 74 and greater detail on Form 540 at AIR27/1519 folio 71 for best available information
Nav/Radio:986385 Sergeant R. BLUNDELL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Roster (or Rooster?)
GCI Callsign:ROSTER
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:01:10
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Possible match with Aufkl. Gr.6(F)./122 (formerly Westa 26)’s loss of a Ju.88-A4 while on a night recce sortie to Ancona and the Tremiti Islands. If so, then 5M+G, Werk Nummer 550435.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:85 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:21



Event number:All-time 111 / Mainland Italy 15
Date:Night of 06-07 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:21:45
Combat time:Not stated in report - (No.1 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Battle of Ancona (Enemy aircraft crashed NW of Ancona)
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 18
Pilot:401391 (RAAF) Flying Officer Bruce Albert BRETHERTON
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 75 for best available information
Nav/Radio:136915 Flying Officer Tom Everard JOHNSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:15052 AMES (COL) located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:01:10
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:86 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:21



Event number:All-time 112 / Mainland Italy 16
Date:Night of 06-07 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:21:45
Combat time:Not stated in report - (No.2 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Battle of Ancona (Enemy aircraft crashed on a hill just outside Ancona)
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 18
Pilot:401391 (RAAF) Flying Officer Bruce Albert BRETHERTON
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 75 for best available information
Nav/Radio:136915 Flying Officer Tom Everard JOHNSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:15052 AMES (COL) located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:01:10
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:87 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:21



Event number:All-time 113 / Mainland Italy 17
Date:Night of 06-07 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:21:45
Combat time:Not stated in report - (No.3 of 3 on this sortie)
Combat place:Battle of Ancona (Enemy aircraft crashed W of Ancona)
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 18
Pilot:401391 (RAAF) Flying Officer Bruce Albert BRETHERTON
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 75 for best available information
Nav/Radio:136915 Flying Officer Tom Everard JOHNSON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:15052 AMES (COL) located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:01:10
Original claim:Destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:88 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:21



Event number:All-time 114 / Mainland Italy 18
Date:Night of 06-07 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:23:07
Combat time:Not stated in pilot’s report
Combat place:Battle of Ancona - no detail in pilot’s report
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 23
Pilot:Flight Sergeant T.C. GRIFFITHS
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 75
Nav/Radio:Sergeant E.R. KIMBERLEY
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:15052 AMES (COL) located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:02:55
Original claim:Damaged/probably destroyed
Final status:DAMAGED (according to Form 540)
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL but would not have qualified anyway
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:88 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 115 / Mainland Italy 19
Date:Night of 06-07 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:01:35
Combat time:Not stated in pilot’s report
Combat place:Battle of Ancona - detail not stated in pilot’s report
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 31
Pilot:Squadron Leader J. McCLAREN
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 75
Nav/Radio:143868 Flying Officer Albert Walter TOZER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:15052 AMES (COL) located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:04:50
Original claim:One Ju.87 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:89 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 116 / Mainland Italy 20
Date:Night of 07-08 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:23:10
Combat time:Not stated in report - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:Battle of Ancona - this incident over land near Ancona
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 43
Pilot:125444 Flying Officer Robert Edward REYNOLDS
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 75 for best available information
Nav/Radio:176457 Flying Officer Michael Anthony WINGHAM
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:15052 AMES (COL) located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:02:15
Original claim:One Ju.87 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:90 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 117 / Mainland Italy 21
Date:Night of 07-08 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:23:10
Combat time:Not stated in report - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:Battle of Ancona - 8 miles SE of Ancona (over the sea)
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 43
Pilot:125444 Flying Officer Robert Edward REYNOLDS
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 75 for best available information
Nav/Radio:176457 Flying Officer Michael Anthony WINGHAM
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:15052 AMES (COL) located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:02:15
Original claim:One Ju.87 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:91 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 118 / Mainland Italy 22
Date:Night of 10-11 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:00:35
Combat time:Not stated in report
Combat place:Ancona area, over land
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 31
Pilot:Squadron Leader J. McLAREN
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 76 for best available information
Nav/Radio:143868 Flying Officer Albert Walter TOZER
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:15052 AMES (COL) located at Penna Point
GCI Callsign:ADIEU
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:03:15
Original claim:One Ju.87 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Omitted from Form 540 monthly summary

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:92 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 119 / Mainland Italy 23
Date:Night of 27-28 July 1944
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:21:01
Combat time:Not stated in report
Combat place:Ancona area, over the sea
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.87 (Stuka) of the night ground attack arm of the Luftwaffe, NSG 9 (Nachtschlachtflieger 9)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 43
Pilot:125444 Flying Officer Robert Edward REYNOLDS
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 78 for best available information
Nav/Radio:176457 Pilot Officer Michael Anthony WINGHAM
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8043 AMES near Falconara
GCI Callsign:HURLER
GCI Controller:Flight Lieutenant C.S. BROWN
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/192
A/C landed at:Foggia Main
Landing time:23:45
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.87 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:93 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 120 / Mainland Italy 24
Date:Night of 30-31 July 1944
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:02:00
Combat time:Not stated in report
Combat place:25 miles NW of Ancona
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 18
Pilot:401391 (RAAF) Flying Officer Bruce Albert BRETHERTON
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 78 for best available information
Nav/Radio:106674 Flight Lieutenant Walter Thomas CUNNINGHAM
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:? (Not stated in very brief aircrew report)
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:04:40
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:According to Form 540 "Probably destroyed", but later CONFIRMED DESTROYED by Y-Station intercept
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Target chased down into the sea without the Beaufighter firing either its cannons or machine guns

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:94 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



A note in the monthly summary for July 1944 states that the Intruder Patrol operations had destroyed or damaged 110 barges and “other waterborne craft”. Such combat successes were in addition to the enemy aircraft noted above.



Event number:All-time 121 / Mainland Italy 25
Date:Night of 01-02 August 1944
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:03:35
Combat time:Not specified in report
Combat place:NE of Ancona
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88. This cross-checks with Luftwaffe records as being Ju.88-A4 F6+NP of Aufkl.Gr.122.
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 43
Pilot:125444 Flying Officer Robert Edward REYNOLDS
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 81 for best available information
Nav/Radio:176457 Flying Officer Michael Anthony WINGHAM
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):8043 AMES at Falconara
GCI Callsign:HURLER
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/192
GCI Station (2):15051 AMES located at San Giorgio (or 15052?)
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
GCI Station (3):?
GCI Callsign:BRIDLE
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
GCI Station (4):?
GCI Callsign:TRACKROD
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:?
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:IDs of GCIs not stated in very brief aircrew report. Log of 15051 AMES at San Giorgio records that the chase was taken over by them from HURLER, handed over to BRIDLE, taken back and then handed over to TRACKROD

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:95 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 122 / Mainland Italy 26
Date:Night of 03-04 August 1944
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:23:55
Combat time:Not specified in report, given as 00:15 in AMES log
Combat place:"NW of Ancona"
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:RAMOK 18
Pilot:401391 (RAAF) Flying Officer Bruce Albert BRETHERTON
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 81 for best available information
Nav/Radio:106674 Flight Lieutenant Walter Thomas CUNNINGHAM
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:8043 AMES at Falconara
GCI Callsign:HURLER
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/192
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:02:35
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Apparently in error, recorded as night of 04-05 on Form 540. An extended account of this action is to be found in the records of 8043 AMES Falconara:

AUGUST 5th. At 0015 hours RAMOK 18, 255 SQUADRON BEAUFIGHTER equipped with MK VIII AI was vectored onto a track not showing IFF, travelling West at 8000 feet, 40 miles North-East of the Station. At 00:24½ hrs RAMOK 18 obtained contact. At 0030 hrs RAMOK 18 reported having destroyed an enemy aircraft and left it burning on the sea North-East of RIMINI.

“This was later confirmed as a Ju.88. The Hun had kept a perfectly straight Westerly course and it was necessary to give the fighter only one vector to effect interception.

“At 01:02 hrs another enemy aircraft was picked up 18 miles West of us (OI 3800) approaching, RAMOK 18 was vectored onto it but track faded in our Ground Ray. RAMOK 18 was stooged out to sea in case the hostile came out again. 01:29 - The bandit was picked up at 23 miles North-West of us (OI 4903) travelling North-West and climbing, obviously having made his exit low down - too low for us. RAMOK 18 was sent across to intercept and obtained head-on contact near PESARO as target made an orbit. Both tracks faded at this point and we were unable to assist RAMOK 18 when contact was lost.

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:96 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 123 / Mainland Italy 27
Date:Night of 07-08 August 1944
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:01:30
Combat time:Not specified in aircrew report
Combat place:6 miles N of Rimini (enemy aircraft crashed onto the coast road)
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:J87874 Warrant Officer C.V. JAMES (Canadian)
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 81 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1566817 Sergeant John Jack McGIBBON
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:14024 AMES located at Ancona
GCI Callsign:TRACKROD
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:04:30
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:97 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 124 / Mainland Italy 28
Date:Night of 08-09 August 1944
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:02:00
Combat time:03:05
Combat place:(Conflicting data as between Forms 540 and 541)
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88A-4 F6+DP of 6(F)/122
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:401391 (RAAF) Flying Officer Bruce Albert BRETHERTON
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 82 for best available information
Nav/Radio:106674 Flight Lieutenant Walter Thomas CUNNINGHAM
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Not stated in aircrew report
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:03:35
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Claim verified by three enemy aircrew captured

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:98 Probably destroyed:4 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 125 / Mainland Italy 29
Date:Night of 24-25 August 1944
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:02:00
Combat time:Not specified in report
Combat place:About 15 miles NE of Ancona
E/A attacked:Ju.88 or Ju.188 - pilot uncertain
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:1392815 Flight Sergeant Burchall Cyril DINHAM-PEREN
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 84 for best available information
Nav/Radio:1579311 Flight Sergeant Raymond Victor FAWKNER-CORBETT
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Not stated in aircrew report. There is a compatible log entry in the records of 14024 AMES Ancona
GCI Callsign:TRACKROD
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR29/193
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:05:25
Original claim:One Junkers aircraft probably destroyed
Final status:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:14024 AMES Ancona credited with "One Ju.88 probable"; no confirmation of a 'kill' can be evidenced from radar records as both fighter and hostile plot faded

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:98 Probably destroyed:5 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 126 / Mainland Italy 30
Date:Night of 21-22 March 1945
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:23:16
Combat time:?
Combat place:3 miles offshore, between Pola and Trieste
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.188
RAF aircraft:Mosquito NF XIX. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:Possibly "FRESHEGG nn"?
Pilot:175359 Flying Officer John SCOLLAN
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 130 for best available information
Nav/Radio:986385 Flight Sergeant R. BLUNDELL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:14024 AMES Ancona
GCI Callsign:TRACKROD
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR 29/193
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:00:18
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.188 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:-

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:99 Probably destroyed:5 Listed as damaged:22



Event number:All-time 127 / Mainland Italy 31
Date:Night of 22-23 March 1945
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:02:54
Combat time:03:28
Combat place:River Po delta
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.188
RAF aircraft:Mosquito NF XIX, Serial TA431, Squadron Code YD-N
Callsign:Possibly "FRESHEGG nn"?
Pilot: 116759 Flight Lieutenant William Reginald PERTWEE
AIR50 concurs?:With minor exceptions, no individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive from the Squadron’s time in Italy. See Form 541 at AIR27/1519 folio 130 for best available information
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant F.E. SMITH
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station (1):?
GCI Callsign:HIGHFIELD
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
GCI Station (2):14024 AMES Ancona
GCI Callsign:TRACKROD
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:AIR 29/193
GCI Station (3):?
GCI Callsign:GAMBOL
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:04:03
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.188 destroyed
Final status:CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:No - chain AWOL and not being updated
Notes:Apparent date error in Form 540 for March 1945, but see clarification on Page 9 of the original document

Squadron running total: Confirmed destroyed:100 Probably destroyed:5 Listed as damaged:22



A tally at the end of hostilities, noted in the Operations Record Book, was 95 enemy aircraft destroyed, plus 8 probables and 34 damaged. The discrepancies between records are still under investigation.







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