23 – 30 May : On Gloster Gladiator

Unfortunately, there is little information available about this period, and the ORB of No.615 Squadron, only restarting in early June.

However, it appears that Flight Lieutnant James G. Sanders, as well as others pilots, participates in the Dynamo operation within a Flight flying for the occasion on Gloster Gladiator Mk II. This provisional unit is based at Manston, with the No. 604 (RAF) Squadron, between 23 and 30 May 1940. [1] According to the ORB of No.604 (RAF) Squadron, the detachment is composed, in addition to Flight Lieutnant James B. Sanders, by Flying Officer Lionel M. Gaunce and Pilot Officer David Evans, Petrus H. Hugo, Michael R. Mudie and Ralph Roberts. The pilots are then supposed to perform night patrols over Dunkirk and Boulogne, although the list of flights seems to show also patrols during the day. According to Håkan Gustavsson, four aircraft are used, namely the K7928, K7970, K8001 (damaged, on 26 May in a ground collision with the Bristol Blenheim L6607 on the Manston field) and the K8033 [2] .


List of known flights

25/05/40 (10h45 – 11h30)

Pilot Officer David Evans

Gladiator K8001

Training flights

25/05/40 (15h30 – 16h40)

Flying Officer Lionel M. Gaunce

 

Patrol

Pilot Officer David Evans

 

Pilot Officer Ralph Roberts

 

25/05/40 (20h45 – 21h20)

Pilot Officer David Evans

 

Patrol

Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo

 

Pilot Officer Ralph Robers

 

27/05/40 (10h30 – 11h45)

Flight Lieutnant James B. Sanders

KW-P

Patrol

Pilot Officer David Evans

KW-N

Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudie

KW-M

28/05/40 (07h25 – 09h10)

Flight Lieutnant James B. Sanders

KW-P

Patrol

Flying Officer Lionel M. Gaunce

KW-M

Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo

KW-N

28/05/40 (14h00 – 15h00)

Flight Lieutnant James B. Sanders

KW-N

Patrol

Flying Officer Lionel M. Gaunce

KW-M

Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo

KW-P

29/05/40 (13h10 – 15h00)

Flight Lieutnant James B. Sanders

KW-N

Patrol

Flying Officer Lionel M. Gaunce

KW-M

Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo

KW-T

29/05/40 (17h00 – 18h30)

Flight Lieutnant James B. Sanders

KW-N

Patrol

Flying Officer Lionel M. Gaunce

KW-M

Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo

KW-T

29/05/40 (20h20 – 21h15)

Pilot Officer David Evans

KW-P

Patrol

Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudie

KW-T

Pilot Officer Ralph Roberts

KW-N


[1] FRANKS, Norman. Dowding’s Eagles: Accounts of Twenty-five Battle of Britain Veterans. Pen & Sword Aviation, 2015 ; Christopher SHORES; WILLIAMS Clive. Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces of WWII. 2008, Grub Street ;

[2] GUSTAVSSON, Hakan. Gloster Gladiator in Fighter service : http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_raf_ff.htm

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