15 March 1940

The quality of the ORB of No.615 Squadron deteriorates from this date onwards. The mention of the hours of missions is no longer regular, and is often limited to indicates duration. Moreover, it is not impossible that certain sorties are absent. It is indeed flagrant that the patrols are carried out, from this date, individually by the pilots. Of course, this practice is not systematic, but it becomes fairly regular. It remains to be determined, whether this evolution corresponds to a new modality of operating or a lack of precisions of the documents. Furthermore, the unique reference to duration, on several occasions, precludes the ability to determine whether patrol are individual or multiple. This situation is worsening for April, when the Squadron’s activity is summarized in a page with two entries (April 1 – 12 April and 27 April). It is true that the period is mainly devoted to the transformation on Hawker Hurricane. Thus, it should be recognized that the period from mid-March to the end of April is subject to very limited documentation of the precise activity of the unit.

Patrols continue from Saint-Inglevert and eight sorties are made between 08h00 and 17h30. Unfortunately, the ORB only identifies two of the aircrafts used. Note also the return of Pilot Officer Patrick G.M. Hancock. The latter, a member of the unit before the war, had been transferred on 4 October 1939 to No. 151 (RAF) Squadron. His passage is of short duration since he is sent back to the No.615 Squadron on 18 February 1940.

Flying Officer Lionel M. Gaunce

Gladiator N5583

Durée : 01h10

Patrol Saint-Inglevert – Dunkerque (Patrol Line B)

Pilot Officer Ralph Roberts

Gladiator N5586

Durée : 01h10

Patrol Saint-Inglevert – Boulogne (Patrol Line A)

Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo

Gladiator

08h00 – 09h10

Patrol Saint-Inglevert – Dunkerque (Patrol Line B)

Flying Officer Peter N. Murton-Neale

Gladiator

14h05 – 15h10

Patrol Saint-Inglevert – Boulogne (Patrol Line A)

Pilot Officer Hancock

Gladiator

14h05 – 15h10

Patrol Saint-Inglevert – Boulogne (Patrol Line A)

Pilot Officer David J. Looker

Gladiator

15h20 – 16h30

Patrol Saint-Inglevert – Dunkerque (Patrol Line B)

Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo

Gladiator

16h20 – 17h30

Patrol Saint-Inglevert – Boulogne (Patrol Line A)

Pilot Officer Hancock

Gladiator

16h50 – 17h30

Patrol Saint-Inglevert – Boulogne (Patrol Line A)

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