Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Circus 27, 30th June 1941, 11 Group, Fighter support for 2 Group Bombers.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Woking, Surrey
    Posts
    544
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Circus 27, 30th June 1941, 11 Group, Fighter support for 2 Group Bombers.

    Guys,

    As happens all too frustratingly on issues that occur on the last or first day on each month, in the 11 Group archives, l have found great detail on the circus operations up to No 27 and after but very little on No 27 itself. Does anyone have the detailed analyses of Circus 27? It could include squadrons from 12 group so l will look there.

    This is similar in the 2 Group, Bomber Command ORB's that they also have this operational report missing but l know it happened.

    On 30th June 1941, with Weather indicating cloud 10/10ths at 1500ft, visibility 4 miles, the 8 No. 139 Squadron bombers took off at 17.32 hours, led by Squadron Leader Thompson, DFC and 10 aircraft from 18 Squadron. The bomber squadrons, supported by fighter escort, were to rendezvous at Clacton, as part of Circus 27, Raid I A J 440, on a bombing raid on Pont-A-Vendin Thermic Power Station 4 miles North East of Lens in the French department of the Pas-de-Calais.

    All these operations had usually three squadrons in each of the various elements of support, with six Squadrons in target support.

    These elements being Escort Wing, Escort Cover Wing, Target Support Wing and Rear Support Wing.

    I know that the Hornchurch Wing, Squadrons, 54, 603 and 611 and the Tangmere Wing, Squadrons 145, 610 and 616 were acting as Target Support, and that the Biggin Hill Wing with Squadrons 72, 92 and 609 took part but l do not know in what capacity, Escort Cover Wing or Rear Support Wing? 242 (North Weald) and 303, 306 and 308 (Northolt) acted as Escort Wing but who else was involved?

    Does anyone know what the Biggin Hill Wing were doing in support of the Circus and which of the other Wings/Squadrons were involved from the following, Northolt, North Weald, Kenley or even 12 Group, who usually acted as Rear Support Wing.

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    Nick
    KenFentonsWar.com
    Last edited by NickFenton; 2nd August 2014 at 22:29.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Woking, Surrey
    Posts
    544
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Just found details that Hornchurch and Northolt were involved so adjusted original post.

    Nick

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Aubers, France
    Posts
    2,385
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts

    Default

    Hello Nick

    Here's an extract from No. 609 Squadron ORB form 540 :
    June 30th. The last day of the month saw a full 12 A/C (at last) take-off, experience no cannon stoppages, and shoot down 3 109’s, with a Probable and a Damaged in addition. The Circus (27) had a powerhouse at Lens for target. Biggin Hill taking off at 17.37 hours as Target Support Wing, 609 at 20,000 feet in fours. Many small formations of Me.109, mostly 'Es', menaced them from target area onwards without seriously attacking, and whenever they did, our A/C used their superior manoeuvrability to assume an attacking position themselves. S/Ldr Robinson, after chasing two down to 5,000 feet over Merville aerodrome, got behind five which were stalking Blue Section, and damaged one before they made off. It was probably the same lot with which Sgt Hughes-Rees became involved, and one of which he managed to shoot down from below during a vertical climb. Over the Foret de Nieppe the Squadron was following the Wing Commander down to investigate, when Yellow Section saw 4 Me.109E on their port quarter, Yellow Section pulled up and each selected a victim. Yellow 2 (P/O Ortmans) attacked his with quarter, astern and finally deflection attacks as it climbed and dived and skidded until at last it disintegrated. F/Lt Richey got astern of his, and despite its evasive action caused it to go down in a spiral, covered with oil and flaming from its engine. Yellow 3 (P/O Malengreau) followed it in a steep dive down to 9,000 feet, also firing and finally losing sight of it as its dive exceeded the vertical. Meanwhile F/Lt Richey, joined some other Spits at 16,000 feet, saw 6 Me.109E coming down behind. After an ineffective engagement with one, he found himself again alone, and dived for a patch of cloud at 800 feet near the Foret de Clairmarais. At ground level he saw 2 Me.109E diving on his tail with a third opening fire from his starboard quarter. A violent climbing turn and side-loop brought him on the latter's tail, and after two longish bursts E/A dived at full speed from 1,000 feet. After eluding the other 2, also accurate light Flak from St Omer, F/Lt Richey flew home, at times below treetop level, taking a look at France. He reports no cars on the roads, no cows or sheep in the fields, but only horses and horse carts. One of our A/C was slightly hit by Flak over Dunkirk. (Appendix "J").
    Enemy casualties: 3 Me.109E Destroyed (F/Lt Richey DFC P/O Ortmans, Sgt Hughes-Rees)
    1 Me.109E Probable (F/Lt Richey and P/O Malengreau)
    1 Me.109E Damaged. (S/Ldr Robinson, DFC
    Our Casualties: Nil.

    I can provide you off-board digital pictures of the Squadron ORB (form 540 and 541), and I also have No. 92 Squadron ORB, also part of Biggin Hill Wing. I don't have No. 72 Squadron ORB for the time they were at Biggin Hill.

    I think I can also provide some informations for other fighter Squadrons involved.

    Regards

    Joss

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Woking, Surrey
    Posts
    544
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Thanks Joss,

    That does put me in a bit of a questionable area as l now have 7 Squadron's as Target support now so l need to drop one of the others for 609 Squadron as there were usually 6 Squadron's in Target Support but l need to go through each Squadron ORB to find out for sure so any copies you have would be great.

    I need to amend my web site for this and want to add a lot more about the circus itself so thanks, once again.

    Regards,

    Nick
    KenFentonsWar.com


    aeone

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Aubers, France
    Posts
    2,385
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts

    Default

    Hello

    Package on its way to you through hightail.

    Regards

    Joss

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Woking, Surrey
    Posts
    544
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Joss,

    Received with thanks.

    Will have a good look through and come back to this post.

    Regards,

    Nick
    KenFentonsWar.com

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •