18 november 1939

This day marks the Squadron’s actual entry into the war, with its first operational missions after the training series of the previous months. In the morning, a section of B Flight is deployed at Le Touquet : Flying Officer Hedley N. Fowler (N2303), Pilot Officer John R. Lloyd (N2312) and Pilot Officer Brian P. Young (N2309). A second section os sent on patrol over Amiens with Flight Lieutnant James G. Sanders (N2306), Pilot Officer Levin Fredman (N2304), Pilot Officer Keith T. Lofts (N2310). The A Flight remains at Merville, from which a patrol is carried out over Lille by Flight Lieutnant Leslie T.W. Thornley (N5581), Flying Officer Peter Collard (N5578) and Pilot Officer Stanley M. Wickham (N5582) between 11h00 and 12h15.

Names Planes Hours Missions
A Flight
Flight Lieutnant Leslie T.W. Thornley Gladiator N5581 11h00 – 12h15  Patrol Merville – Lille 
Flying Officer Peter Collard Gladiator N5578
Pilot Officer Stanley M. Wickham Gladiator N5582
B Flight
Flying Officer Hedley N. Fowler Gladiator N2303 10h10 – 10h45 Patrol Le Touquet
Pilot Officer Brian P. Young Gladiator N2309
Pilot Officer John R. Lloyd Gladiator N2312
Flight Lieutnant James G. Sanders Gladiator N2306 11h00 – 12h15 Patrol Amiens
Pilot Officer Keith T. Lofts Gladiator N2310
Pilot Officer Levin Fredman Gladiator N2304
Flying Officer Hedley N. Fowler Gladiator N2303 12h15 – 13h05 Patrol Le Touquet
Pilot Officer Brian P. Young Gladiator N2309
Pilot Officer John R. Lloyd Gladiator N2312

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