National Archives catalogue number WO 171/5130.

 

Abbreviation

Authy

Ex

IO

PW

Sqn

WO

Authority

Exercise

Intelligence Officer

Prisoner of War

Squadron

War Office

 

 

Month and year : March 1945

Commanding Officer : Lieut-Colonel S.C. Griffith

 

1st March 1945

Place: Mushroom Farm

 

H.Q. - Intelligence Summary No 6 issued.

 

2nd March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

J Sqn - Mass Landing.  12 Crews.

 

3rd March 1945

Place: Mushroom Farm

 

H.Q. - No.2 Wing, H.Q. moved to R.A.F. Station KEEVIL. WILTS.

 

6th March 1945

Place: Matching Green

 

H Sqn - Squadron moved to R.A.F. Station SHOBDON. HEREFORDSHIRE.

 

Place: Keevil

 

J Sqn - Detachments sent to R.A.F. Station MATCHING GREEN and R.A.F. Station BOOKER.

 

Place: Shobdon

 

K Sqn - Squadron moved to R.A.F. Station KEEVIL. WILTS.

 

7th March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

The Wing were allotted 10 vacancies for each of a series of 3 day courses at the School of Tank Technology. Sunningdale.

 

H.Q. - Intelligence Summary No 7 issued.

 

11th March 1945

Place: Shobdon

 

H Sqn - S/Ldr. Eddy assumes command of Squadron.

 

Place: Keevil

 

K Sqn - Squadron formed.  Major Grieve assumes command.  Authority. WOUN. NoB/1713(AG 2B)/11-3-[45?].

 

L Sqn - Squadron formed.  Major J.F. Lyne assumes command.  Authority. WOUN. NoB/1713(AG 2B)/11-3-[45?].

 

14th March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

J. K. L. Squadrons paraded for inspection & address by Col. G.S. Chatterton D.S.O. Commander, Glider Pilots.

 

15th March 1945

Place: Shobdon

 

H Sqn - Lt-Col. Griffith D.F.C. visited the Squadron.

 

19th March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

J Sqn - Detachment sent to R.A.F. Station LEICESTER EAST.  All Squadron Intelligence Officers attached to No.1 Wing, The Glider Pilot Regiment.

 

20th March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

SSM Johnstone awarded the BEM.

 

24th March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

H.Q. - Intelligence Summary No 8 issued.

 

27th March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

No 2 Wing, reorganised on a 7 Squadron basis as follows:-

        H Squadron moved to R.A.F. Station RIVENHALL.

        J Squadron moved to R.A.F. Station BROADWELL.

        K Squadron moved to R.A.F. Station SHEPHERDS GROVE.

        L Squadron moved to R.A.F Station EARLS COLNE.

        M Squadron moved to R.A.F. Station GREAT DUNMOW.  )

        N Squadron moved to R.A.F. Station BLAKEHILL FARM.  ) The Sqns formed within the Wing to facilitate allocations of aerodromes & training - pending W.O. Authy.

 

30th March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

H.Q. - All 2 Wing I.O's. proceeded to No 1 Wing aerodromes and prepared for debriefing of crews returning from Ex. 'Varsity'.

 

31st March 1945

Place: Keevil

 

H.Q. - Intelligence Summary No 9 issued.

 

1st April 1945

Place: Tarrant Rushton

 

C Sqn - Casualties for Operation 'VARSITY' - Lt. Graefe - Lt Kennard, D.C.  P/O Hanson, G.B.  P/O Johnson, K. Missing. - also N.C.O's (Army) 11 Missing, 1 PW, N.C.O's (RAF) 9 Missing, 1 PW, 1 Killed.