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    Default 603 Squadron at Dyce 1942

    While during research on the Norwegian pilot Rolf Arne Berg I ran into the following.

    In December 1941 Rolf Arne Berg and 3 other Norwegion pilot were posted to RAF 603 Squadron at Dyce. According to the Operations Record Book of this squadron 603 had already converted from Hurricanes to Spitfires as only flights by Spitfires are listed. However, Rolf Arne Berg only flew Hurricanes during this posting which lasted until February 1942. As several of these flights are operational (scrambles/patrols) I wondered where these flights can be listed. Was there another unit flying with Hurricanes from Dyce at this time or were these flights just not recorded in the 603 Squadron ORB? The Hurricanes he flew during his posting were former 17 and 310 Squadron aircraft, both these squadrons had converted from Hurricanes to Spitfires at the end of 1941 and had left Dyce.

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    Default Re: 603 Squadron at Dyce 1942

    Hello,

    In the No.603 Sqn history, 'The Greatest Squadron of Them All', the following is mentioned:

    (p.66)
    Between then (21 December, 1941), and Christmas Day there was little activity - practice flying at all times of the day and night. 25 December, a Thursday, was quiet. Two enemy aircraft were in the sector between 5 and 6pm and an attempt to intercept in a Hurricane was made by a Norwegian pilot called Lieutenant Berg (who was with 331 Squadron but attached temporarily to the Fighter Sector HQ). He had difficulty in getting airborne because of a heavy shower of sleet and by the time he reached the area where the plot had been recorded, the enemy had long departed and on his way home - no doubt to a warm mess and Christmas dinner!

    (pp.69-70 - Friday, 30 January, 1942)

    Also a 'Hurricane' of 603 Squadron was reported as trying to intercept an enemy aircraft off Stonehaven, apparently looking for shipping to attack. The Hurricane was actually flown by a Norwegian pilot of 331 Squadron 'attached for night flying', and although he managed to close-in on the enemy, he was unable to see it because the German flew low, making it difficult to pick the aeroplane out against the dark sea. Although the Norwegian pilot may have been Lieutenant Berg - the same man who had taken off on Christmas Day to try to intercept a hostile plot - there was another incident a few days later on 5 February involving Lieutenant Lundsten who was attached to 603 from 331 for night flying. 331 flew Spitfires and it's unclear as to where the Hurricane came from but Hurricanes were used as traget-towing aircraft and this may have been issued to 603 for this purpose. The two flights by the Norwegian pilots were not recorded in the aircraft movement part of the 603 ORB and some incidents only appear in the Dyce Fighter Sector ORB.

    The story goes on to describe Lt Lundsten's 'lucky escape', when he landed his Hurricane 'wheels-up', back at Dyce after the op. The gun panel on one wing blew up and bent back in the airflow, creating an asymmetrical airbrake, pulling the aircraft around towards the side where the cover had opened. Lundsten escaped with only bruising.

    See:
    'The Greatest Squadron of Them All' The Definitive History of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, RAuxAF. Vol.II, 1941 to Date.
    Ross,David, Blanche, Bruce & Bill Simpson.
    London:Grub Street,2003.
    pp.66 & 69-70.

    Col
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 2nd July 2020 at 01:15.

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    Default Re: 603 Squadron at Dyce 1942

    Many thanks Col for the the info.

    331 Sq ORB states that 2nd Lts. Ree, Berg, Sem and Lundsten left to take over Night State at Dyce on December 23rd 1941. I will check Berg's logbook for January 30th 1942 soon.

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    Hendrik

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