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    When talking to a wartime navigator who was posted to Penrhos for a short time he recalled the Luftwaffe flying over the airfield "in the late summer of 41". 'They' returned to bomb the airfield the following night. Does anyone know the exact dates this may have taken place?

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    Tom,

    Found something on the Battle of Britain pages of www.raf.mod.uk, but these describe events of 1940, so one year earlier...

    It says on 4th October 1940: "RAF Penrhos: The aerodrome was attacked at 0645 hours. The office was demolished and nearby farm buildings were damaged"

    And on 9th October 1940: "RAF Penrhos: About 20 bombs were dropped around the Station at 1810 hours, but only very slight damage was done to the roofs of buildings"

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    Thanks for that Leendert - very interesting.
    I must check to see if he got his dates wrong.

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    Does anyone have a copy of the Penrhos ORB?
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    The Luftwaffe attacked Penrhos on six occasions in 1940. Serious damage was caused by the first raid on 9th July, and two young officers, F/O Page and P/O Jones, were killed. Further damage resulted from raids on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th and 10th of October, but fortunately without any further fatalities.

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    Further to the other threads on the following i can add the following .
    LAC .P.D.BAXTER states in letters concerning his time at Penrhos .
    He arrived at Penrhos on the 16th March 1940 as an AIRFRAME FITTER ,AND SPEAKS of the bombing .
    "On the 9th July 1940 , we were in a hut one evening when an almighty bang rent the air .
    One of the hut walls parted comapany with the building we had been thrown to the floor
    and thought that the boiler house had exploded .Picking ourselves up and rushing outside we saw a German Bomber overhead a Dornier do217 ,with its machine guns rattling away.We dived for a corner but by this time the intruder probably from MORLAIX BRITTANY
    was returning to his base down the Irish sea and across the channel .Practically all the camp were running about by now and it took some mins for the panic to die down .It transpired that the officer's Mess had suffered the worst of the attack with two OFFICERS killed .One wing (3 blocks),had been completely shattered by several bombs and contents of rooms spread over a wide area.Two other bombs fell on a different part of the camp but had not exploded - could these bombs be delayed action type,One had hit the face of the Maintenance Hanger with a glancing blow and had fallen a considerable distance before coming to rest just outside Station Headquarters Its course was visible as skid marks on the camp roads.both bombs were defused and mounted either side of the main entrance to S.H.Q, as a grim reminder that Penrhos had entered the war .
    Considerable damage was done by machine Gun bullets including several lorries damaged
    by fire and two HENLEY AIRCRAFT from No 1 AACU,after this attack by a single a/c we were dreading a repeat performance and were given orders to sleep in air raid shelters .

    The next German attack was in SEPT?? at 6pm another DORNIER flying at 200 feet dropping bombs and machine gunning, five airmen were injured and several blds were demolished.

    Jerry attacked again on the 3rd Oct . this time the Dornier attacked at 5p.m and carried out a routine machine gunning plus some anti-personnel fragmentory bombs and a quantity
    of incendiaries were dropped . the first huts in the row bore the brunt of the attack.two, people only were injured and the Incendiaries missed the target and fell on the edge of the camp .

    LAC BAXTER also goes on to state that raids took place AGAIN on the 3rd OCT ,possibly yo hit the NEFYN RADAR STATION .
    4th Oct ,3 German A/C attacked ,dropping approx 30 Bombs plus Incendiaries causing much damage but no casualties.
    9th Oct another raid at DUSK.
    1Oth Oct , Another raid at DUSK .

    At this point a detachment of 6 Spitfires from 611 sqd (Ternhill). Were sent to PENRHOS in the hope it would dispell further attacks .

    Lac Baxter also states that during the times of the raids on Penrhos , it was noticed that a ring of lights surrounded the district on the tops of the hills . it as concluded this action was the action of fifth columists and Pro-Welsh persons , in any case they succeeded in some bombs being dropped on PWLLHILI, causing damage to bldgs and fires inc the Cinema.

    hope the above is of help .despite the dates being a little misleading
    phill jones

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    Tom,
    The entry for the Penrhos ORB for 4th Oct 1940 reads :- "At 0615 an enemy air attack on the camp. Three a/c flying between 100 and 300 feet. 20 to 30 100kg and 50kg bombs plus incendiaries were dropped but there were no casualties. The offices of OC Flying A, B, and C Flights demolished. Many buildings damaged. Six craters left on the airfield."
    Hope it's of interest
    Ian

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    Hello David, Phill & Celt,
    Sorry have only just seen your replies from a week ago.
    Many thanks, for your help.
    Seems to be quite a lot of info about attacks in 1940, but not 1941.
    However, when I went back to the chap in question and asked if he had possibly got his dates wrong and perhaps it was 1940 rather that 1941, he replied that the bombing incident he was referring to must have happened in '41 as that was the year he joined up.
    Unfortunately the chap has since passed away, so there the story ends...
    Tom

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