Abbreviations

Div

LZ

MT

Division

Landing Zone

Motor Transport

 

 

Month and year: September 1944

Commanding Officer : Major R.S. Croot

 

1st September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Normal Routine.

 

2nd September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Normal Routine.

 

3rd September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Memorial Service to commemorate 5th anniversary of War.

 

4th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

23 Flight flown to Chivenor to start 5 day march.

 

5th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

23 Flight reached Minehead where information was given them of the Squadron's order for state of readiness.

 

6th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

M.T. transported 23 Flight back to Fairford.

 

7th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Normal Routine.

 

8th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Squadron was briefed for Operation "Comet".

 

9th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Squadron was briefed for Operation "Comet".

 

10th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Operation "Comet" postponed 24 hours.

 

11th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Operation "Comet" cancelled.

 

12th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Normal Routine.

 

13th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

All days off stopped - G.1098 stores issued by Flights.

 

14th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Squadron confined to camp.  Arms and ammunition maintained.

 

15th & 16th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Squadron was briefed for operation "Market".

 

17th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Operation "Market" begins.  1st lift airborne 10.20 hrs.  No resistance on L.Z.

 

18th September 1944

Place: Arnhem

 

2nd lift Airborne 1130 hrs.  Slight resistance on L.Z.  Measures to contact 1st lift only slightly successful.

 

19th September 1944

Place: Arnhem

 

3rd lift airborne 1200 hrs.  Heavy resistance on L.Z.

 

20th - 24th September 1944

Place: Arnhem

 

Heavy fighting on all sectors.

 

25th September 1944

Place: Arnhem

 

2030 hrs.  Evacuation on 1st Airborne Div Formation started.  Route Oosterbeek - Driel - Nijmegen.

 

26th September 1944

Place: Nijmegen

 

Squadron arrived Nijmegen A.M.  Rested until evening in Hostel.  Transferred to barracks.  Seatail contacted Squadron.

 

27th September 1944

Place: Nijmegen

 

Spent day and night Nijmegen.

 

28th September 1944

Place: Louvain

 

Left Nijmegen in MT A.M.  Arrived Louvain P.M.

 

29th September 1944

Place: Travelling

 

1030 hrs left Brussels Airport.  Arrived Lympe Airport 1215 hrs.  Left Lympe Airport 1430 hrs.  Arrived Ramsbury 1545 hrs.  Arrived Fairford 2200 hrs.

 

30th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Squadron sent on 14 days leave.