Last updated: 06 April 2018, 10:50
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 targets other than aircraft hit during intruder missions either in Sardinia in 1943, in the Balkans & Danube Basin in 1944 or in Northern Italy in 1945. Surviving records do not exist in sufficient detail for this to be done accurately.

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 events as categorised in 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 Monday/Tuesday 10-11 February 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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. The GCI stations at Hampston Hill (active from 22.Feb.1941 [AVIA7/1239]) and Langtoft (active from 06.Apr.1941 [AVIA7/1230]) were 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:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes, despite only being a "Probable". Jerry from the first production batch, Position 12 on the chain. Lightly marked "PR" on the reverse side.
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: "He has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft including one at night." Normally, 5 confirmed 'kills' would be required to merit the award of a DFC. The concession in this case suggests a highly probable "Probable", the claim unverified only because the wreckage fell in the sea and without being tracked by CHL radar. Absence of surviving Luftwaffe records for this period precludes cross-checking with German losses.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:0 Probably destroyed:1 Damaged in
air combat:
0 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 2 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 2
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 10-11 February 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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, despite only being a "Probable". Jerry from the first production batch, Position 15 on the chain. Lightly marked "PR" on the reverse side.
Notes:Air Gunner’s surname repeatedly mis-spelt FITZSIMMONS in the Squadron ORB and other records, as well as on the chain.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:0 Probably destroyed:2 Damaged in
air combat:
0 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number: All-time 3 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 3
Date:Daytime, Friday 7 March 1941
Moon phase:(Not applicable)
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:AIR50/98/2 also records this crew being shot down on another occasion

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:0 Probably destroyed:2 Damaged in
air combat:
1 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number: All-time 4 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 4
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 13-14 March 1941
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:23:59 or 00:05 - Records differ
Combat time:00:25 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
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. See also AIR50/98/26. The latter file contains in error material relating to a Flight Sergeant HILLS, dating from 30 July 1944 in Sicily. ("255 Squadron Detachment at Catania"). This is actually 1339983 Derrick Walter HILLS (verified by match to an entry in his Flying Log Book, which as at Aug.2017 was in the possession of his children)
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:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:0 Probably destroyed:2 Damaged in
air combat:
2 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number: All-time 5 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 5
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 13-14 March 1941
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
Took off from:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Take-off time:23:59 or 00:05 - Records differ
Combat time:00:45 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
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:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes, despite only being a "Probable". Dated 12 March 1941 apparently in error. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 17 on the chain. Lightly marked "PR" on the reverse side.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:0 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
2 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number: All-time 6 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 6
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 13-14 March 1941
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:0 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
3 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number: All-time 7 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 7
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 07-08 April 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:This crew made a second sortie the same night, using N3335. Up 01:08, down early at 01:21 due to R/T failure.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:0 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
4 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number: All-time 8 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 8
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 09-10 April 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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:565871 Sergeant James 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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:0 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
5 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number: All-time 9 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 9
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 04-05 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 20 on the chain.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:1 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
5 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number: All-time 10 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 10
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 07-08 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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:565871 Sergeant James 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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:Guns jammed after a one-second burst

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:1 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
6 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 11 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 11
Date:Night of Wednesday/ Thursday 07-08 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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:754519 Sergeant Stanley Joseph JOHNSON. The Chain of Jerries gives only the initial "S". Form 1180 in respect of forced landing of Miles Magister T9820 on 24.July.1941 reportedly corrupts his Service Number.
AIR50 concurs?:Yes. See AIR50/98/16, which is signed "S.J.Johnson" but is mis-indexed in TNA records as being the Combat Report of the Air Gunner.
Air Gunner:NZ402100 Sergeant Robert Thomas AITCHISON (RNZAF).
AIR50 concurs?:Yes - named on AIR50/98/16. The fact that Aitchison was RNZAF may account for the apparent absence of his own AIR50 Combat Report from RAF files.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 23 on the chain.
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. KG53 ceased operations over Britain on 11 May 1941 and moved to Poland to prepare for Operation Barbarossa. (Auxilliary source: Research by Priories Historical Society)

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:2 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
6 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 12 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 12
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 07-08 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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:45550 Pilot Officer Peter Alan 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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:3 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
6 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 13 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 13
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 08-09 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 39 on the chain.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:4 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
6 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 14 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 14
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 08-09 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:4 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
7 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 15 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 15
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 08-09 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 25 on the chain.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:5 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
7 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 16 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 16
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 08-09 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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?:Yes. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 41 on the chain.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:6 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
7 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 17 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 17
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 08-09 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 46 on the chain. Incorrect date engraved, says 9.6.41 in error (Form 541 checked).
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:7 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
7 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 18 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 18
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 08-09 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 36 on the chain.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:8 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
7 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 19 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 19
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 08-09 May 1941
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 44 on the chain.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:9 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
7 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Squadron located at RAF Hibaldstow


Event number:All-time 20 / Hibaldstow 1
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 24-25 June 1941
Moon phase:   🌑New Moon.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 49 on the chain.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:10 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
7 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 21 / Hibaldstow 2
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 10-11 July 1941
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:10 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
8 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 22 / Hibaldstow 3
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 14-15 July 1941
Moon phase:   🌖Waning Gibbous.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:Beware of confusion with a duplicate report of action by Cameron Cox and Fitzsimons, wrongly dated. (See Hibaldstow 2, above)

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:10 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
9 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Squadron located at RAF Coltishall


Event number:All-time 23 / Coltishall 1
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 13-14 January 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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:112516 Flying Officer John Cameron 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 9 on the chain.
Notes:255’s Beaufighter based at West Malling on Detachment

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:11 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
9 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 24 / Coltishall 2
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 15-16 January 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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 R2448 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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:12 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
9 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 25 / Coltishall 3
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 28 February-01 March 1942
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 34 on the chain.
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)

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:13 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
9 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Squadron located at RAF High Ercall


Event number:All-time 26 / High Ercall 1
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 25-26 April 1942
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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?:Yes. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 31 on the chain.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:14 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
9 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Squadron located at RAF Honiley


Event number:All-time 27 / Honiley 1
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 27-28 July 1942
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:14 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
10 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 28 / Honiley 2
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 30-31 July 1942
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:14 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
11 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 29 / Honiley 3
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 23-24 August 1942
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:14 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
12 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 30 / Honiley 4
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 23-24 August 1942
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:14 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



According to T.H.Wisdom’s book Triumph over Tunisia, the squadron made 17 kills whilst based in England. This tallies only if one accepts two Damaged-to-Confirmed upgrades (Dale and Mortimer/Bedford) as 'kills' and all the "probables" as subsequently confirmed, which they were not.



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 Aïn Arnat, but they were encamped several kilometres to the west of the airfield, at a village then called Macdonald (modern name El Mahdia). Most combat missions took off from a forward base at Souk-el-Arba.

In the following section the symbol ‡ identifies data taken from Shores, C., Massimello, G. et al, 2016, A History of the Mediterranean Air War 1940–1945, Volume 3, that has not been verified from primary source material. Be aware that this secondary source stops mid-May 1943 at the time of the Allied victory in Africa. No.255 Squadron remained in Africa for some weeks after, achieving further combat successes not within the scope of Shores & Massimello’s 2016 work.



Squadron located in Algeria and Tunisia


Event number:All-time 31 / North Africa 1
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 05-06 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. The Squadron claimed five 'kills' for the night of 05-06 December, but ‡Luftwaffe records acknowledge only two losses, 6N+DF (Pilot: Lt.Altner) and 6N+JG (Pilot: Lt.Seifert). The entire crews of both German aircraft were posted MiA. Both 255 Beaufighters were under the control of HIGHCLASS. Further work is needed in GCI records to confirm or refute Shores’s suggestion that both Beaufighters attacked the same target.
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 45 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:15 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 32 / North Africa 2
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 05-06 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. The Squadron claimed five 'kills' for the night of 05-06 December, but ‡Luftwaffe records acknowledge only two losses, 6N+DF (Pilot: Lt.Altner) and 6N+JG (Pilot: Lt.Seifert). The entire crews of both German aircraft were posted MiA. Both 255 Beaufighters were under the control of HIGHCLASS. Further work is needed in GCI records to confirm or refute Shores’s suggestion that both Beaufighters attacked the same target.
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 48 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:16 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 33 / North Africa 3
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 05-06 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. The Squadron claimed five 'kills' for the night of 05-06 December, but ‡Luftwaffe records acknowledge only two losses, 6N+DF (Pilot: Lt.Altner) and 6N+JG (Pilot: Lt.Seifert). The entire crews of both German aircraft were posted MiA. Both 255 Beaufighters were under the control of HIGHCLASS. Further work is needed in GCI records to confirm or refute Shores’s suggestion that both Beaufighters attacked the same target.
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 8 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:17 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 34 / North Africa 4
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 05-06 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. The Squadron claimed five 'kills' for the night of 05-06 December, but ‡Luftwaffe records acknowledge only two losses, 6N+DF (Pilot: Lt.Altner) and 6N+JG (Pilot: Lt.Seifert). The entire crews of both German aircraft were posted MiA. Both 255 Beaufighters were under the control of HIGHCLASS. Further work is needed in GCI records to confirm or refute Shores’s suggestion that both Beaufighters attacked the same target.
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 13 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:18 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 35 / North Africa 5
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 05-06 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. The Squadron claimed five 'kills' for the night of 05-06 December, but ‡Luftwaffe records acknowledge only two losses, 6N+DF (Pilot: Lt.Altner) and 6N+JG (Pilot: Lt.Seifert). The entire crews of both German aircraft were posted MiA. Both 255 Beaufighters were under the control of HIGHCLASS. Further work is needed in GCI records to confirm or refute Shores’s suggestion that both Beaufighters attacked the same targets.
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 16 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:19 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 36 / North Africa 6
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 06-07 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. (‡ Identity ambiguous in Luftwaffe records.)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB. Lammer’s private diary records X8264, Squadron Code J.
Callsign:SUNSHINE 16
Pilot:40316 Squadron Leader John Howard PLAYER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121-122 for best publicly available information. A carbon copy of the Combat Report in respect of this incident, found in the Lammer Family Archive, can be read here.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 32 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:A pencilled note added to the flimsy carbon copy of the Combat Report notes that the entire crew of the E/A were killed.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:20 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 37 / North Africa 7
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 06-07 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. (‡ Untraced in Regia Aeronautica records.)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB. Lammer’s private diary records X8264, Squadron Code J.
Callsign:SUNSHINE 16
Pilot:40316 Squadron Leader John Howard PLAYER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121-122 for best publicly available information. A carbon copy of the Combat Report in respect of this incident, found in the Lammer Family Archive, can be read here, starting half way down the first page.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 40 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:A pencilled footnote added to the very end of the flimsy carbon copy of the Combat Report suggests that the entire crew of the E/A were killed.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:21 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 38 / North Africa 8
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 06-07 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. (‡ Regia Aeronautica, serial MM24786, pilot S.Ten Baldassari.)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB. Lammer’s private diary records X8264, Squadron Code J.
Callsign:SUNSHINE 16
Pilot:40316 Squadron Leader John Howard PLAYER
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 121-122 for best publicly available information. A carbon copy of the Combat Report in respect of this incident, found in the Lammer Family Archive, can be read here, starting half way down the second page.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 42 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:The Combat Report states that the shoot-down was seen by F/O Cox, Sunshine 42. A pencilled footnote added to the end of the flimsy carbon copy of the Combat Report records that one member of the crew (‡ the co-pilot, Serg. Silvio Gazzaniga) was blown clear of his aircraft by the explosion, landed by parachute and became a PoW. Remainder of the crew KiA.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:22 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 39 / North Africa 9
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 06-07 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. (‡ Identity ambiguous in Luftwaffe records.)
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 35 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:23 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 40 / North Africa 10
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 12-13 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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:Claimed as a Heinkel He.111. (‡ No He.111 losses reported in Luftwaffe records for that night, but there is a surplus of Ju.88s in the reported losses.) The normal assumption would be that the E/A was, in fact, a mis-identified Ju.88. However, the detailed description of the action in the RAF Pilot’s personal diary (as published by his daughter in 2016) very specifically describes a Heinkel He.111 including reference to the “conspicuous glass nose of the cockpit”.
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 in official records 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:One enemy aircraft CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 21 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:There are discrepancies between official records and Douglas Greaves’ diary accounts of activities around this date. Something was shot down, but what, where and at what time remains obscure. The situation is not helped by an apparent one-night gap in Shores’ records; there is no entry in his book for the night of 13/14 December and no note confirming a 'nil return' as opposed to an editing omission.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:24 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 41 / North Africa 11
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 12-13 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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. (‡ Identity ambiguous in Luftwaffe records.)
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:SUNSHINE 40
Pilot:R/77772 Flight Sergeant Thomas Henry CAMERON (Canadian)
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 37 on the chain.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:25 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 42 / North Africa 12
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 14-15 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌓First Quarter.
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:Claimed as a Heinkel He.111. (‡ No He.111 losses reported in Luftwaffe records for that night, but there is a surplus of Ju.88s in the reported losses.) Therefore the current assumption is that the E/A was, in fact, a Ju.88 – either 4D+ED or 4D+HA.
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 in official records 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:One Heinkel He.111 DESTROYED
Final status:One Ju.88 CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 6 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Take-off and Landing times differ sigificantly in GCI's record (Up 18:40, Down 21:40).

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:26 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 43 / North Africa 13
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 15-16 December 1942. [‡ Shores & Massimello have this listed as the night of 14-15 December apparently in error.]
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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:Mis-identified as Heinkel He.111, actually a Ju.88. Probably 3Z+JH.
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8462, fitted with Mk.IV A.I. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB but Lammer’s private diary records it as YD-G.
Callsign:SUNSHINE 14 or GROPA 14 - conflicting data.
Pilot:33168 Wing Commander D.P.D.G. KELLY
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 124 for best publicly available information. A carbon copy of the Combat Report in respect of this incident, found in the Lammer Family Archive, can be read here.
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:One Ju.88 CONFIRMED DESTROYED
On the chain?:Yes. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 19 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:The surviving flimsy copy of the Combat Report confirms the E/A as an "in-line" Ju.88. It crashed near Lamy, Algeria. One crew member killed, three baled out and were taken prisioner.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:27 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 44 / North Africa 14
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 16-17 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 24 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:The demise of the enemy aircraft was witnessed by SUNSHINE 42. The 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]

‡ Shores reports this incident as 15/16 December and that W/O Robbins baled out. The latter, as least, is incorrect. He was instructed by his pilot to prepare to bale out, but Greaves managed to regain control of the damaged Beaufighter before Robbins jumped. Both were still aboard the aircraft when it made the emergency landing.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:28 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 45 / North Africa 15
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 17-18 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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 [‡ Possible match with 3Z+DL]
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8461. Squadron Code does not appear in either ORB or Lammer’s private diary, or the Combat Report.
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 in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 124-125 for best publicly available information. A carbon copy of the Combat Report in respect of this incident, found in the Lammer Family Archive, can be read here.
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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 4 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Beaufighter damaged by return fire from Ju.88's rear gunner. A pencilled note added to the flimsy carbon copy of the Combat Report states "Entire crew of E/A Killed".

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:29 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 46 / North Africa 16
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 20-21 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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. [‡ The only He.111 loss showing in Luftwaffe records for this date is 1H+GH, lost on a ferry flight from Catania to Tripoli. For geographical reasons, this is unlikely to have been the casualty.]
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 11 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Greaves’ diary notes that his cannons jammed after firing just one round and that the 'kill' was made with machine guns only, expending all ammunition.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:30 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
13 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 47 / North Africa 17
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 29-30 December 1942
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
Took off from:Forward base at Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia
Take-off time:01:55
Combat time:02:55
Combat place:Approximately over Bône
E/A attacked:Piaggio P.108
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:127038 Pilot Officer Philip Stanley KENDALL
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 127 for best available information.
Nav/Radio:112518 Flying Officer Charles Richard HILL
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:03:30
Original claim:One four-engine enemy aircraft damaged
Final status:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:E/A type now thought to be a Piaggio P.108. Earliest known suggestion of a Piaggio is to be found in Freddie Lammer’s private diary.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:30 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
14 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 48 / North Africa 18
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 02-03 January 1943
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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. [‡ Shores & Massimello do not list any Axis casualties for this night.]
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 2 on the chain.
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:31 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
14 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 49 / North Africa 19
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 06-07 January 1943
Moon phase:   🌑New Moon.
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 in official records 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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
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."

‡ Shores & Massimello list a Ju.88C of 5./NJG2 lost (all crew KiA), the same German aircraft having earlier claimed a Wellington bomber shot down near Tunis. This Ju.88 is reported also to have crashed near Tunis, ruling it out as the one claimed as Damaged by Graham and Hickmore 25 miles NE of Bône.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:31 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 50 / North Africa 20
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 07-08 January 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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. [‡ This appears to match with a Cant. Z.1007 bis of the Regia Aeronautica "shot down by Beaufighter" two hours after leaving Castelvetrano, Sicily. Pilot Ten Aldemaro Valeriani and one crew KiA, 3 others PoW.]
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 in official records 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. Second production batch, Position 1 on the chain.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:32 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 51 / North Africa 21
Date:Night of Friday/Saturday 15-16 January 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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 in official records 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. Second production batch, Position 50 on the chain.
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.

[3] ‡ Only one loss of a Cant.Z.1007bis is acknowledged for this date in Italian records. The location "near the Algerian coast" is not a good match, but there are no other contenders.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:33 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 52 / North Africa 22
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 18-19 January 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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 [‡ Regia Aeronautica losses list one Cant.Z.1007bis downed that night. In terms of geography, it is not a good match.]
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 in official records 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. Second production batch, Position 26 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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:34 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 53 / North Africa 23
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 19-20 January 1943 [‡ Shores lists as 18-19 January, apparently in error. Freddie Lammer’s diary says night of 19-20 and the engraved Jerry clearly says 19-1-43.]
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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 in official records 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. Jerry from the first production batch, Position 29 on the chain.
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.

The pilot’s oxygen supply was defective for part of this mission, which may have caused some muddled thinking.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:35 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 54 / North Africa 24
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 21-22 January 1943
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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. [‡ No obvious match in German casualty list.]
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 in official records 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. Second production batch, Position 28 on the chain.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:36 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 55 / North Africa 25
Date:Night of Friday/Saturday 22-23 or Saturday/Sunday 23-24 January 1943. Records differ
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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. [‡ No obvious match in German casualty list for either date.]
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:? LOUISE 40
Pilot:R/77772 Flight Sergeant Thomas Henry CAMERON (Canadian)
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records 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?:Yes. Second production batch, Position 51 on the chain. The last engraved record.
On the tailfin?:Yes - as night of 23-24th.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:37 Probably destroyed:3 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 56 / North Africa 26
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 07-08 February 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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 in official records 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. [‡ Italian records only acknowledge a Cant.Z.1007bis as having been damaged that night, "crew safe".]
Final status:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:No. Inclusion of "Probables" on the Chain had ceased by this time.
On the tailfin?:No. This seems to confirm that the claim was downgraded from "Destroyed" to "Probably Destroyed", the latter not qualifying for inclusion on the Tailfin.
Notes:All guns failed to fire at first attempt due to a problem with the firing button.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:37 Probably destroyed:4 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 57 / North Africa 27
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 11-12 March 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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. [‡ No Ju.88 losses reported in Luftwaffe records for that night.]
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 in official records 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 1/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:38 Probably destroyed:4 Damaged in
air combat:
15 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 58 / North Africa 28
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 23-24 March 1943
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
Took off from:Bône
Take-off time:20:00
Combat time:Shortly after coast crossed at 20:55.
Combat place:On the circuit of Decimomannu aerodrome, Sardinia.
E/A attacked:Twin engined, type unidentified.
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB.
Callsign:RESTA 33
Pilot:65559 Flying Officer Michael John GLOSTER, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 152 for best available information.
Nav/Radio:Flight Sergeant R.B. "Hank" WALL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Intruder operation, out of range of ground-based radar but R/T traffic of FORFAR reported clearly audible at 8,000ft over Decimomannu.
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Sétif
Landing time:23:10
Original claim:One enemy aircraft damaged.
Final status:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:The Squadron's admin section had apparently run out of Form 541 blanks. The surviving reports of this action are recorded on scraps of loose paper.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:38 Probably destroyed:4 Damaged in
air combat:
16 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 59 / North Africa 29
Date:Daytime, Tuesday 13 April 1943
Moon phase:(Not applicable)
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 in official records 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. "Hank" 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 2/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:[‡ German records do not acknowledge the loss of a Do.217 in this action.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:39 Probably destroyed:4 Damaged in
air combat:
16 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 60 / North Africa 30
Date:Daytime, Tuesday 13 April 1943
Moon phase:(Not applicable)
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 in official records 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 3/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:[‡ German records acknowledge the loss of Ju.88A4 1H+JS, Uffz Heinz Hausotte and crew of 3 MiA.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:4 Damaged in
air combat:
16 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 61 / North Africa 31
Date:Daytime, Tuesday 13 April 1943
Moon phase:(Not applicable)
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 in official records 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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:[‡ No casualty acknowledged in German records.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:4 Damaged in
air combat:
17 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 62 / North Africa 32
Date:Daytime, Tuesday 13 April 1943
Moon phase:(Not applicable)
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 in official records 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.
On the tailfin?:No.
Notes:[‡ No casualty acknowledged in German records.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
17 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 63 / North Africa 33
Date:Daytime, Tuesday 13 April 1943
Moon phase:(Not applicable)
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 in official records 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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:[‡ No casualty acknowledged in German records.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
18 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 64 / North Africa 34
Date:Daytime, Tuesday 13 April 1943
Moon phase:(Not applicable)
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 in official records 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 IN AIR COMBAT"
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:[‡ No casualty acknowledged in German records, nor was there any claim in respect of the Beaufighter.]

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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
19 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 65 / North Africa 35
Date:Daytime, Tuesday 13 April 1943
Moon phase:(Not applicable)
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 in official records 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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:[‡ No casualty acknowledged in German records.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
20 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 66 / North Africa 36
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 18-19 April 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
Took off from:Bône
Take-off time:19:10
Combat time:20:55
Combat place:A little to the west of Pabillonis, Sardinia.
E/A attacked:Unidentified type
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:42490 Squadron Leader Hugh William ELIOT, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 170-171 for best available information. No specific mention in the April 1943 Form 540.
Nav/Radio:Flying Officer A. BARKER
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:22:20
Original claim:One enemy aircraft of unknown type Damaged
Final status:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:[‡ No casualty acknowledged in German records.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
21 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 67 / North Africa 37
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 18-19 April 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
Took off from:Bône
Take-off time:21:00
Combat time:22:15 onwards - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:Circuit of Villacidro airfield, Sardinia.
E/A attacked:One E/A of unknown type
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8634. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB.
Callsign:?
Pilot:112516 Flying Officer John Cameron COX
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 170-171 for best available information. No specific mention in the April 1943 Form 540.
Nav/Radio:Sgt D.G. MADGE [‡ Shores has the Navigator mis-identified as Peter Croft.]
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:00:15
Original claim:One enemy aircraft of unknown type Damaged
Final status:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:[‡ No casualty acknowledged in German records.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
22 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 68 / North Africa 38
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 18-19 April 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
Took off from:Bône
Take-off time:21:00
Combat time:22:15 onwards - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:Circuit of Villacidro airfield, Sardinia.
E/A attacked:One Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8634. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB.
Callsign:?
Pilot:112516 Flying Officer John Cameron COX
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folios 157 and 170-171 for best available information. No specific mention in the April 1943 Form 540.
Nav/Radio:Sgt D.G. MADGE [‡ Shores has the Navigator mis-identified as Peter Croft.]
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:00:15
Original claim:One Ju.88 Damaged
Final status:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:[‡ No casualty acknowledged in German records.]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:40 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
23 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 69 / North Africa 39
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 27-28 April 1943
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
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. [‡ This matches with documented German loss of Ju.88A-4 B3+RP Hptm Helmut Meyer KiA, one MiA, two members of the crew recovered from the sea and made PoW.]
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 in official records 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 4/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:A note in the month’s Form 540 identifies this as the Squadron’s 27th success in Africa. That tallies with the number of Confirmed Destroyed events detailed here.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:41 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
23 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 70 / North Africa 40
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 05-06 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
Took off from:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Take-off time:21:45
Combat time:About 00:30 - (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. Freddie Lammer’s diary says Ju.52. [‡ German records acknowledge the loss of Ju.52/3m WNr.7489 shot down at Tunis, pilot WiA.]
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 in official records 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 5/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes, as a Ju.52. Dated as 06 May 1943.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:42 Probably destroyed:5 Damaged in
air combat:
23 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 71 / North Africa 41
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 05-06 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
Took off from:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Take-off time:21:45
Combat time:About 23:45 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:On the circuit of the enemy-held airfield El Aouina, near Tunis
E/A attacked:Another Junkers Ju.52. A summary in the relevant Form 541 again gives the enemy aircraft type as Ju.88, apparently in error. Freddie Lammer’s diary says Ju.52. [‡ German records acknowledge the loss of only one aircraft, Ju.52/3m WNr.7489 shot down at Tunis, pilot WiA.]
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 in official records 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 probably destroyed
Final status:PROBABLY DESTROYED
On the chain?:No.
On the tailfin?:No.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:42 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
23 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 72 / North Africa 42
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 10-11 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
Took off from:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Take-off time:23:20
Combat time:01:00
Combat place:On the circuit of the enemy-held airfield on the Cap Bon peninsular, Tunisia.
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.52 or Ju.88 – reports differ.
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF, Serial V8693. Squadron Code does not appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:61485 Flight Lieutenant John David FOX
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 184–185 for best available information
Nav/Radio:133211 Flying Officer Clifford Alfred PRYOR
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:No reference to GCI assistance in Form 541.
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Paddington (Souk-el-Khemis)
Landing time:03:20
Original claim:One Ju.88 damaged in air combat.
Final status:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:According to Freddie Lammer’s diary (which lists the E/A as a Ju.52), the Beaufighter did a "Touch-&-Go" landing on the enemy airfield! This is not mentioned in the official documentation.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:42 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
0



Event number:All-time 73 / North Africa 43
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 11-12 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌓First Quarter.
Took off from:Bône
Take-off time:19:45
Combat time:From about 21:50 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:On the circuit of the enemy-held airfield at Villacidro, Sardinia.
E/A attacked:Two Junkers Ju.88s on the ground.
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 in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 184–185 for best available information
Nav/Radio:138211 Pilot Officer Dewi Marlais NEDAHL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Intruder operation, out of range of ground-based radar.
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Bône
Landing time:23:20
Original claim:Two Ju.88s Damaged
Final status:One Ju.88s DAMAGED IN GROUND ATTACK
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:42 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
1



Event number:All-time 74 / North Africa 44
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 11-12 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌓First Quarter.
Took off from:Bône
Take-off time:19:45
Combat time:From about 21:50 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
Combat place:On the circuit of the enemy-held airfield at Villacidro, Sardinia.
E/A attacked:Two Junkers Ju.88s on the ground.
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 in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 184–185 for best available information
Nav/Radio:138211 Pilot Officer Dewi Marlais NEDAHL
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:Intruder operation, out of range of ground-based radar.
GCI Callsign:-
GCI Controller:-
AMES ORB ref:-
A/C landed at:Bône
Landing time:23:20
Original claim:Two Ju.88s Damaged
Final status:One Ju.88s DAMAGED IN GROUND ATTACK
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:42 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 75 / North Africa 45
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 11-12 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌓First Quarter.
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. [‡ Aircraft identity ambiguous. RAF Claims assert that two He.111s were shot down that night, but German records only list one.]
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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 6/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:43 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



[End of coverage of Shores & Massimello, Volume 3. Last entry night of 13-14 May.]



Event number:All-time 76 / North Africa 46
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 24-25 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌖Waning Gibbous.
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 in official records 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 7/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:44 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 77 / North Africa 47
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 25-26 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
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 in official records 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 8/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Enemy aircraft crashed about 300 metres from 8004 AMES's operational site.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:45 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 78 / North Africa 48
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 27-28 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 9/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:46 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 79 / North Africa 49
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 27-28 May 1943
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 10/13).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:47 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 80 / North Africa 50
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 24-25 June 1943
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
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; surviving Combat Report states V8580 equipped with Mark IV A.I.
Callsign:BLACKHAIR 16
Pilot:40316 Wing Commander John Howard PLAYER, DFC
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 205-206 for best publicly available information. A carbon copy of the Combat Report in respect of this incident, found in the Lammer Family Archive, can be read here.
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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 11/13).
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 as originally claimed. A pencilled footnote added to the flimsy carbon copy of the combat report states "Entire Crew Killed".

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:48 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 81 / North Africa 51
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 26-27 June 1943
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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 in official records 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 12/13).
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:49 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 82 / North Africa 52
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 26-27 June 1943
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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 in official records 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?:Space existed but the engraving was never done (Instance 13/13).

This is the last identified event apparently inked onto a blank 'Jerry' at some time or other. The name "Lt. B..." is visible and unique, there being no room to the left of "Lt." such that it once read "F/Lt". It is also believed to be the last Jerry available: 51 Jerries recording 50 "Confirmed Destroyed" plus the 3 "Probables" allowed in the UK minus two omissions (Dale and Mortimer/Bedford).
On the tailfin?:Yes
Notes:Lt. Bugge (Royal Norwegian Air Force) was on detachment at the time, not formally posted to No.255 Squadron.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:50 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 83 / North Africa 53
Date:Night of Friday/Saturday 09-10 July 1943
Moon phase:   🌓First Quarter.
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 in official records 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. Number of qualifying events exceeds number of Jerries on the chain.
On the tailfin?:No - discontinued
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:51 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 84 / North Africa 54
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 31 July - 01 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌑New Moon.
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:R/77772 Flight Sergeant Thomas Henry CAMERON (Canadian)
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records 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. Number of qualifying events exceeds number of Jerries on the chain.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:52 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 85 / North Africa 55
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 03-04 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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 in official records 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. Number of qualifying events exceeds number of Jerries on the chain.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:53 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
24 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 86 / North Africa 56
Date:Night of Friday/Saturday 06-07 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
Took off from:La Sebala II, Tunisia
Take-off time:04:15
Combat time:04:27
Combat place:25 miles East of Bizerta
E/A attacked:Junkers Ju.88
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB. Noted as having Mk.VIII AI.
Callsign:?
Pilot:139418 Pilot Officer William LEWIS
AIR50 concurs?:No individual Air Combat (Form F) or Sortie (Form 441A) Reports survive in official records from the Squadron’s time in North Africa. See Form 541 at AIR27/1518 folio 225 side 2 for best available information.
Nav/Radio:139392 Pilot Officer Stanley Albert HURLEY
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:?
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:La Sebala II
Landing time:04:50
Original claim:One Junkers Ju.88 damaged
Final status:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
On the tailfin?:No. E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
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. F541 refers to Sector Control WHIPSNADE telling the Beaufighter to head North and Freelance.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:53 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 87 / North Africa 57
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 08-09 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌓First Quarter.
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 in official records 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. Number of qualifying events exceeds number of Jerries on the chain.
On the tailfin?:No - discontinued
Notes:Maurice DRAKE had actually been commissioned w.e.f. 16 July 1943

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:54 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 88 / North Africa 58
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 12-13 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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 in official records 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. Number of qualifying events exceeds number of Jerries on the chain.
On the tailfin?:No - discontinued
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:55 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Squadron located in Sicily


Event number:All-time 89 / Sicily 1
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 22-23 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:56 Probably destroyed:6 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 90 / Sicily 2
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 22-23 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
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.
Notes:Maurice DRAKE had actually been commissioned w.e.f. 16 July 1943

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:56 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 91 / Sicily 3
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 22-23 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
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”

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:57 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 92 / Sicily 4
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 29-30 August 1943
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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]

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:58 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 93 / Sicily 5
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 07-08 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌓First Quarter.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:59 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 94 / Sicily 6
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 08-09 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:60 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 95 / Sicily 7
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 08-09 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:61 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 96 / Sicily 8
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 08-09 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:62 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 97 / Sicily 9
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 08-09 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:63 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 98 / Sicily 10
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 09-10 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:64 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 99 / Sicily 11
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 09-10 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:65 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 100 / Sicily 12
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 09-10 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:66 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
25 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 101 / Sicily 13
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 09-10 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. Chain AWOL but in any event E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:66 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 102 / Sicily 14
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 11-12 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:67 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 103 / Sicily 15
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 11-12 September 1943
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:68 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 104 / Sicily 16
Date:Night of Saturday/Sunday 23-24 October 1943
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:69 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 105 / Sicily 17
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 01-02 November 1943
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:70 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Squadron located in Italy


Event number:All-time 106 / Mainland Italy 1
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 24-25 January 1944
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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”


Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:71 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 107 / Mainland Italy 2
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 24-25 January 1944
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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)

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:72 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 108 / Mainland Italy 3
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 24-25 January 1944
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:73 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 109 / Mainland Italy 4
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 26-27 January 1944
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
Took off from:Pomigliano
Take-off time:03:50
Combat time:05:38 - (No.1 of 2 on this sortie)
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:74 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
26 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 110 / Mainland Italy 5
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 26-27 January 1944
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
Took off from:Pomigliano
Take-off time:03:50
Combat time:05:43 - (No.2 of 2 on this sortie)
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 IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. Chain AWOL but in any event E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:74 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
27 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 111 / Mainland Italy 6
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 30-31 January 1944
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:75 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
27 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 112 / Mainland Italy 7
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 12-13 April 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
Took off from:Foggia Main
Take-off time:22:40
Combat time:01:25
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:76 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
27 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 113 / Mainland Italy 8
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 17-18 April 1944
Moon phase:   🌘Waning Crescent.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:77 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
27 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 114 / Mainland Italy 9
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 14-15 May 1944
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:78 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
27 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 115 / Mainland Italy 10
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 05-06 June 1944
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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 IN AIR COMBAT - according to Form 540 monthly summary
On the chain?:No. Chain AWOL but in any event E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:Landed at Crotone due to fuel shortage. Radar record needed in order to confirm final outcome

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:78 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
28 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 116 / Mainland Italy 11
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 07-08 June 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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:658362 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:There is some doubt about Douglas Fisher’s rank at this date. A surviving Form 449 dated 30.Sept.1944, microfilmed at AIR27/1519 folio 2 but obviously not properly a part of the ORB, shows him as a Warrant Officer.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:79 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
28 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



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 117 / Mainland Italy 12
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 08-09 June 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:80 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
28 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 118 / Mainland Italy 13
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 12-13 June 1944
Moon phase:   🌗Third Quarter.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:81 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
28 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 119 / Mainland Italy 14
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 02-03 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:82 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
28 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 120 / Mainland Italy 15
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 06-07 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:83 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
28 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 121 / Mainland Italy 16
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 06-07 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:84 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
28 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 122 / Mainland Italy 17
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 06-07 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:85 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
28 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 123 / Mainland Italy 18
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 06-07 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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 IN AIR COMBAT (according to Form 540)
On the chain?:No. Chain AWOL but in any event E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:85 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 124 / Mainland Italy 19
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 06-07 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:86 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 125 / Mainland Italy 20
Date:Night of Friday/Saturday 07-08 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:87 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 126 / Mainland Italy 21
Date:Night of Friday/Saturday 07-08 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:88 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 127 / Mainland Italy 22
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 10-11 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:89 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 128 / Mainland Italy 23
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 27-28 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌓First Quarter.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:90 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 129 / Mainland Italy 24
Date:Night of Sunday/Monday 30-31 July 1944
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:91 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



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 130 / Mainland Italy 25
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 01-02 August 1944
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:92 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 131 / Mainland Italy 26
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 03-04 August 1944
Moon phase:   🌕Full Moon.
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.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:93 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 132 / Mainland Italy 27
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 07-08 August 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
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:J/87874 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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:94 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 133 / Mainland Italy 28
Date:Night of Tuesday/Wednesday 08-09 August 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:95 Probably destroyed:7 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 134 / Mainland Italy 29
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 24-25 August 1944
Moon phase:   🌒Waxing Crescent.
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:Pilot Officer D B WILLIAMS (F541 says FAWKNER-CORBETT in error).
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.
Notes:14024 AMES at Ancona was credited with "One Ju.88 probable"; no confirmation of a 'kill' can be evidenced from radar records as both fighter and hostile plot faded.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:95 Probably destroyed:8 Damaged in
air combat:
29 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 135 / Mainland Italy 30
Date:Night of Monday/Tuesday 04-05 September 1944
Moon phase:   🌖Waning gibbous.
Took off from:Falconara
Take-off time:23:00
Combat time:Not specified in surviving paperwork
Combat place:Not specified in surviving paperwork
E/A attacked:Ju.188
RAF aircraft:Bristol Beaufighter VIF. Neither Serial nor Squadron Code appear in ORB
Callsign:?
Pilot:658362 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 89 side 2 for best available information.
Nav/Radio:979224 Warrant Officer John WALSH
AIR50 concurs?:Idem
GCI Station:?
GCI Callsign:?
GCI Controller:?
AMES ORB ref:?
A/C landed at:Falconara
Landing time:03:35
Original claim:One Ju.188 damaged in air combat
Final status:DAMAGED IN AIR COMBAT
On the chain?:No. Chain AWOL but in any event E/A claimed as damaged did not qualify.
Notes:There is some doubt about Douglas Fisher’s rank at this date. A surviving Form 449 dated 30.Sept.1944, microfilmed at AIR27/1519 folio 2 but obviously not properly a part of the ORB, shows him as a Warrant Officer.

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:95 Probably destroyed:8 Damaged in
air combat:
30 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 136 / Mainland Italy 31
Date:Night of Wednesday/Thursday 21-22 March 1945
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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:-

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:96 Probably destroyed:8 Damaged in
air combat:
30 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Event number:All-time 137 / Mainland Italy 32
Date:Night of Thursday/Friday 22-23 March 1945
Moon phase:   🌔Waxing Gibbous.
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

Running totals for WW2 combat successes, based on data appearing on this web page:
Confirmed destroyed:97 Probably destroyed:8 Damaged in
air combat:
30 Damaged in
ground attack:
2



Reconciliation

A tally done at the end of hostilities and noted in the Operations Record Book asserted that 95 enemy aircraft were destroyed in the course of the whole war, with additional claims of 8 Probables and 34 Damaged. Current thinking regarding the discrepancies between the May 1945 count and the tables above is as follows:
The total number of enemy aircraft attacked is 137 in both the May 1945 tally and the tables above.

Both totals assume that aircraft attacked when on the ground count towards the total of 137. If this assumption is reversed (as it should be), both totals then become 135.

In both tallies, the number of "Probables" is 8, leaving the "Damaged" total heavy by two and the "Destroyed" total correspondingly light. So which events were mis-classified in the ORB? The prime candidates appear to be ones from the early days; by the end of the war there were no Aircrew or Ground Officers present who had been with 255 from the outset. Every post had changed hands at least once, crucially in this context the role of Adjutant. Thus there was no 'folk memory' to fall back on. Aircrew from the early days were just names in a pile of paperwork. The following seem to be the most probable errors:

Night of 07-08 May 1941 : Pilot Officer Dale’s solo attack on an unidentified enemy aircraft, claimed as Damaged but later upgraded to Destroyed on the basis of third party observations. The fact that the event is not recorded on the Chain of Jerries adds weight to the hypothesis that this upgrade escaped the attention of the Squadron administrators, resulting in an over-count of one Damaged and a corresponding under-count of one Destroyed.

Night of 15-16 January 1942 : Pilot Officer Mortimer and Sergeant Bedford’s attack on an unidentified enemy aircraft, originally to have been rated as Damaged but posthumously adjusted to Destroyed on the basis of Y-Station reports. The fact that the event is not recorded on the Chain of Jerries adds weight to the hypothesis that this upgrade escaped the attention of the Squadron administrators, resulting in an over-count of one Damaged and a corresponding under-count of one Destroyed.
It needs to be understood and noted that these figures are just claims, not all of which are corroborated by independent witnessing, examination of wreckage and so on. Take as an example daytime events on 13.April.1943; Humphreys & Robertson claimed a Ju 88 "Destroyed" and surviving German records agree. Greaves & Robbins claimed another Ju 88 as a "Probable", but no second loss is acknowledged by the Luftwaffe, giving rise to a fair presumption that the "Probable" actually made it home and should have been rated as "Damaged". However, the claim was "Probable" so that’s what shows here.







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