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    Default No.242 Squadron, 27th May 1940.

    Good evening,

    No.242 Squadron's F540 states that 6 Hurricanes of this Unit flew two patrols over France on the 27th of May 1940. Leaving Biggin Hill For Manston at 06.00. hrs. all aircraft returning safe to base at 13.00. hrs.

    On the same day No.213 Squadron F540 states that 12 Hurricanes of this Squadron flew a patrol over Ostende-Zeebruge (05.45 Biggin Hill - 07.50 Manston) in company with 6 Hurricanes of No.242 Squadron.

    Later in the morning, No.213 Squadron flew another patrol Ecclod - Maldegem (09.25 Manston - 11.25 Manston), this time there is no mention of any other squadron involved but I think that No.242 flew this patrol with No.213 Squadron (Nos.213 and 242 Squadrons where both home based at Biggin Hill during Dynamo and flew quite a few patrols together during this operation).

    Would anybody have a possibility to check this by a No.242 Squadron's pilot logbook?

    Many thanks.

    J.

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    Hi J,
    According to Willie Mcknights (242 squadron) logbook he flew two 'offensive patrols' to Zeebrugge on the 27th May in Hurricane LE-D.
    On the 28th he flew LE-K on two 'offensive patrols' to Ostend marked as 'covering the withdrawl of all Britsih forces from France'.

    R D G Whites (213 squadron) logbook states that he flew 3 sorties to France on the 27th May in Hurricane P2795 'W'.
    The first flight commenced at 05:40 hours and states 'Patrol Ostende - Zeebrugge, ship protection as they were then evacuating. Nothing seen.
    The second flight commenced at 09:25 and he states 'patrol Eecloo - Maldagen, same as above, nothing seen but one barrage balloon.
    Flight 3 commenced at 16:10 and he comments 'Patrol Gravelines - Furnes. At end of patrol about 18 Me109's appeared. Got two, both did Brolly hops, first one funny, as pressing firing button seemed to eject pilot from cockpit.

    White flew four times on the 28th May again all in P2795 'W'.
    05:25 - escort Blenheims on bombing raid, then patrol Gravelines - Nieuport. Plenty of AA on raid broke up bombers who carried on independently. then He111 seen in cloud dropped bombs. Attacked, put starboard engine out. one seen to crash later. Then 18 109's got one - broke up at 6000 feet. Pilot dead. P/O Winning and Sgt Boyd missing. Boyd returned later. Our own AA fire.

    10:00 - Patrol Dunkirk beaches. At end of patrol 10 Me109's so got one in dive from which he couldn't have recovered. On way home found CO and one other and mistook about 80 109's and 12 Ju88's for friendly aircraft. On disillusionment CO and I turned and attacked. Got one possible. PO Stone (dead), Sgt Lishman (in hospital) and Sgt Butterfield (in Paddle steamer. With 2 Me109's, one Me110, 1 Ju88 and a DFM) missing.

    14:50 - return to Biggin Hill from Manston.

    19:45 - Patrol 'Dunkirk beaches'. Wing formation with 229 and 242 but nothing seen, unfortunately.

    Cheers

    Gerry

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    Default No.242 Squadron, 27th May 1940.

    Good evening Gerry,

    I do thank you a lot for your kind and very usefull reply.

    I believe that the pilot named Whites who you mention is actually "WIGHT Ronald Derek Gordon (34187)" who was killed on the 11th of August 1940.

    Do you have his entire logbook?

    Best regards.

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