Thursday, 26 December 2002

26th Dec 1942

26th Dec 1942
Ranged 7 aircraft (894) and ran the engines

Tuesday, 24 December 2002

24th Dec 1942

24th Dec
For exercise ranged three aircraft of 892 squadron up foremost lift to take off positions. Ranging time 6 ½ minutes.

Sunday, 22 December 2002

22nd December 1942

22nd Dec
Ranged 15 aircraft to run engines, 8 of 890, 7 of 892

Saturday, 21 December 2002

21st Dec 1942

0730 sailed to join convoy en route to UK.
At 1220 flew off two Swordfish of 840 to Floyd Bennett Field, New York. The third had engine trouble and had to be struck down for repairs, being flown off two hours later. Intercepted signal indicating that first two aircraft had arrived (they were flown off less than 10 miles from the aerodrome). Third aircraft had 35 miles to fly. Received W / T signals from this aircraft until expected ETA when nothing more was heard and presumed aircraft had landed. Unable to transmit owing to W / T silence being in force.
A/c Crew Time off Take off run Wind Weight
DK717 Lt (A) LR Tivy, S/Lt Rodway, PO Air Donnelly 1220 240' 28 7000 (50 gallons of petrol only)
DK719 S/Lt Tucker, I pass, LR Adams 1222 220' 28 6950 (50 gallons of petrol only)
DK718 S/Lt Williams, LAM Fribbins, NA Harvey 1439 250' 30 7350 (100 gallons of petrol)

Friday, 20 December 2002

20th Dec 1942 - New York

Acting on last minute orders disembarked 840 Squadron personnel and stores and all depth charges, in a temperature of zero farenheit.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Tuesday, 17 December 2002

17th Dec 1942

17th Dec
At sea on passage to New York. No flying.

Saturday, 14 December 2002

14th Dec - Chesapeake Bay exercises

14th Dec
Proceed to sea for exercises in Chesapeake Bay. Flew off one Swordfish to complete last run of RDF calibration at 10,000 ft. Aircraft returned with oil symptoms as before and time did not permit a relief aircraft being flown off.
A/c Crew Time off Take off run Wind Weight AF Out Time on Wire Wind Weight Run out
DK717 S/Lt Williams, S/Lt Rodway, PO Air Donnelly 0815 200' 25 7750 0906 0910 6 28 7450 64'6"

Friday, 13 December 2002

13th Dec 1942 - exercises in Chesapeake Bay

13 Dec 1942

Proceeded to sea for exercises in Chesapeake Bay. Flew off one Swordfish for RDF calculation. This aircraft returned with high oil temperature and low oil pressure. A relief aircraft was flown off and all runs for the day satisfactorily completed.


A/c Crew Time off Take off run Wind Weight AF Out Time on Wire Wind Weight Run out
DK717 Lt (A) LR Tivy, S/Lt Rodway, PO Air Donnelly 1211 220' 30 7750 1350 1351 4 32 7200 72'
DK719 S/Lt (A) Hallewell, S/Lt Rodway, PO Air Donnelly 1446 270' 28 7750 1701 1702 4 32 7100 44'

Thursday, 12 December 2002

12 Dec 1942

12 Dec 1942

Landed on 3 Swordfish of 840 Squadron (the 4th aircraft belonging to the squadron was left at NAS Norfolk as an AR aircraft in charge of SBNO), in Chesapeake Bay. As pilots had not deck-landed for some considerable time each did 2 dummy runs before landing on. Owing to the restricted sea room the ship had to turn down wind after landing on the first aircraft. The barriers were not used.

Affirmative Out Landing Wire Wind Speed A/c Crew
1053 1054 4 22 DK717 Lt (A) LR Tivy, S/Lt Rodway, PO Air Donnelly
1133 1134 3 20 DK718 S/Lt Williams, LAM Fribbins, NA Harvey
1139 1140 4 18 DK719 S/Lt (A) Hallewell, LAM Ripley, A/LA Adams

Wednesday, 11 December 2002

11th Dec 1942 - Chesapeake Bay, USA

11 Dec 1942

Proceeded to sea for exercises in Chesapeake Bay. No flying.

Tuesday, 10 December 2002

10 Dec 1942

10 Dec 1942

Struck down remaining Martlets

Sunday, 8 December 2002

8 Dec 1942 - Norfolk, Virginia

8 Dec 1942

Alongside no. 3 pier at Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Embarked 23 Martlet IV’s comprising 890 Squadron (8 aircraft), 892 (8 aircraft) and 894 (7 aircraft). Aircraft were hoisted on to the Flight Deck by a dockside crane with no difficulty. 11 were struck down into the hangar, the rest remained on deck to facilitate embarking squadron stores and baggage and a large quantity of aircraft stores for Martlets to be carried as freight.