95 Squadron

95 Squadron Reports 1941

Fortnightly Report on Operations of 95 Squadron for the period 15th March to 31st March 1941


AIR-27-761-2 March 1941
Flying duties commenced from Freetown and Bathurst
Convoy Escort / Patrol (Sunderland & Crew)
N9090 F/O Baggott (Capt) 9 Crew
N9050 F/Lt Gibson (Capt.) 10 Crew
L5805 P/O Bailey (Capt) 8 Crew
L5805 P/O Bailey (Capt) 8 Crew
L5805 P/O Bailey (Capt) 10 Crew
N9090 F/Lt Gibson (Capt) 9 Crew
L5905 P/O Bailey (Capt) 9 Crew

AIR-27-761-3
PEMBROKE DOCK 31st March 1941

W/C PEARCE left, arriving Freetown 5th April 1941, to take over the command of 95 Sqdn from the existing CO. S/LDR LEGGATE. S/L LOMBARD resumed his duties as Flight Commander.

AIR-27-761-5
12th June 1941

Mr Harriman, President Roosvelt’s Envoy, General Rogers, U.S. Army, Colonel Jason (?), American Embassy, London & Air Commodore Thorold arrived form Bathurst by air and were shown over Hastings & Jui and given an outline of the building progress of these two stations.


Report Made by Squadron Leader J.R. Leggate, temporary Officer, 95 Squadron
for March 1941

OBJECT OF OPERATIONS
The object of the operations has been A/S escort with convoys SL.69 and SL.70 and search along shipping lines.
FORCES AT THE DISPOSAL OF THE COMMANDER
Two Sunderland Flying Boats of 95 Squadron

AREA OF THE OPERATIONS
The two convoys with which 95 Squadron have been carrying out escort duties have left Freetown, Sierra Leone to U.K., and have passed to the east of the Cape Verde Islands; they have been escorted as far north at parallel 16.30 NO.

SUMMARY OF NARRATIVE EVENTS

  1. Escort duties with merchant ships.
    6 Sorties … 56 hours.
  2. Patrol along shipping lines.
    1 patrol … 6½ hours.

RESULTS ACHIEVED
No enemy submarines, aircraft or ships were sighted during the period.

ORGANISATION AND TRAINING
Accommodation. The present situation is that 60 men are billeted at an Army Camp approximately 10 miles form the main party. The main party are under canvas in the grounds of Fourah Bay College which is half a mile from the flying boat moorings.

Certain difficulties are at present being experienced in the operational control of the men but this will be relieved when in approximately one month all 95 Squadron personnel will move into Fourah Bay College which has been vacated by the College authorities for our use.
Finding solid accommodation for the men before the rains start in May has been one of the principal problems since the Squadron arrived in Freetown.

CASUALTIES
Nil
Health of Personal. Of 30 personnel of the Flying Boat Control Unit which disembarked at Freetown on 25th January, 4 have or have had malaria. Of 95 Squadron who disembarked 4th March, 2 have already gone down with malaria. Added to this small knee or arm wounds are very liable to infection and take considerably longer to heal than they would in a normal climate.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HONOURS AND AWARDS
Nil

WRITTEN AND SIGNED AT FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE, 1st April, 1941

Squadron Leader JR Leggate March 1941

 

Note: Commencement of Anti-Submarine Patrols, Convoy Escorts, Transit Recce's and Searches

 

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