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RAAF Form A.50

No. 75 Squadron, RAAF - April 1942

1 April 1942 - Moresby
0615K: 6 KITTYHAWK Aircraft of No. 75 Squadron took off from 7 mile Aerodrome as Fighter Escort to 6 A24 USAAC Dive Bombers on a raid to LAE. 0706K: Standing Patrol over Base. 1640K: 2 Aircraft took off to intercept enemy aircraft reported to be approaching. No enemy aircraft sighted in area patrolled. F/O J.W. PIPER, in KITTYHAWK A29-23, and escorted by HUDSON Aircraft of no 32 Squadron, departed for TOWNSVILLE (For Depot Repairs to Aircraft A29-23).
2 April 1942 - Moresby
0615K: 2 Aircraft on Security Patrol over Base. 0950K: 2 Aircraft took off to intercept enemy reconaissance plane reported from CAPE RODNEY. Result Nil sightings. 673 F/O E.J. JOHNSTON No. 754 F/O P. SCANDRETT, No. A3403 P/O W.A. WHETTERS ex 76 Squadron posted to 75 Squadron for flying duties.
3 April 1942 - Moresby
0950K: 2 Aircraft took off to intercept enemy aircraft reported to be approaching: Nil result.
4 April 1942 - Moresby
0605K: S/Ldr. JACKSON took off on reconaissance of LAE, and returned 0820K:
1040K: 2 Aircraft took off on Security Patrol over Base. 1115K 6 Aircraft took off to intercept 4 enemy aircraft sighted over base. Nil result. 1530K S/Ldr. JACKSON, leading formation of 6 KITTYHAWKs, took off on straffing operation of LAE.
1630K: F/O COX returned to base after losing contact with the above formation in cloud.
1803K: Remaining 5 Aircraft returned after successful sortie- 4 Enemy Bombers and 3 ZERO Type Enemy Fighters left burning, 7 or 8 Enemy Bombers and 3 ZEROS estimated badly damaged.
OWN CASUALTIES: One of our aircraft was damaged, and the pilot slightly injured, but returned safely to base.
5 April 1942 - Moresby
0742K: 2 Aircraft on Security Patrol over Base. 1040K: S/Ldr. JACKSON, leading formation of 7 KITTYHAWK Aircraft took off to intercept 7 Enemy Bombers escorted by Fighters, reported to be approaching. One Enemy Bomber and one ZERO Type Fighter seen to be shot down in flames, and considerable damaged inflicted on others. 1732K: 7 KITTYHAWK Aircraft, replacement aircraft, arrived at base from mainland.
6 April 1942 - Moresby
0705K: 3 Aircraft on Security Patrol. 1015K: 2 Aircraft on Security patrol. 1043K: 9 Aircraft took off to patrol base, and action joined with 7 Enemy Bombers escorted by ZERO Type Fighters. Flight Lieutenant JACKSON forced down into sea, landed on coral reef, aircraft damaged. Pilot uninjured. F/O E.J. JOHNSON forced down in swamp 15-25 miles north of MORESBY, pilot uninjured. Establishment increased to provide for Eng. Officer.
7 April 1942 - MORESBY
0610K: 6 KITTYHAWK Aircraft on escort duty for A24 USAAC Dive Bombers on operations over LAE. 0623K: 1 Aircraft on security patrol. 1715K: 2 Aircraft took off to intercept Enemy Aircraft reported to be approaching. Nil sightings. 51 Personnel of No 75 Squadron arrived from TOWNSVILLE ex "MALAITA".
No. 404387 F/O G.R.L. CORY and No. 411561 SGT. WEST H.G. ex No. 76 Squadron posted to No. 75 Squadron for flying duties, and attached to 76 Squadron, TOWNSVILLE for training.
8 April 1942 - MORESBY
1603K: Security patrol by 3 Aircraft over base. North Eastern Area Signal P564 dated 8th APRIL, reporting S/Ldr. JACKSON awarded DFC for services in Middle East.
9 April 1942 - MORESBY
0645K: 3 Aircraft on security patrol over base. 0935K: SGT. HAVARD in KITTYHAWK A29-18 damaged undercarriage on take-off; forced landed on aerodrome; starboard wheel collapsed, and aircraft extensively damaged. Pilot uninjured. 1121K: S/Ldr. JACKSON took off on reconaissance of LAE FINSCHAFEN and KASSA. Returned 1345K. 1220K: 6 Aircraft took off to intercept enemy aircraft reported to be approaching. Result Nil sightings 1455K 5 Aircraft took off to intercept enemy aircraft reported to be approaching. [Nil] sightings 1655K. F/O ELLERTON and F/O PIPER arrived at 7 mile aerodrome with replacement aircraft.
10 April 1942 - MORESBY
0605K: S/Ldr. JACKSON DFC in A29-24 took off on reconaissance of LAE, SALAMAUA and NADXAD. At 0930K: S/Ldr. JACKSON had not returned, and was reported missing.
0959K: 9 Aircraft took off to intercept 7 enemy bombers escorted by ZEROS, and to act as anti-ground-straffing patrol. This action resulted in 2 Enemy Bombers and 1 ZERO being shot down. Two of our own aircraft were damaged, but returned to base, the pilots being uninjured.
11 April 1942 - MORESBY
0621K: 7 Aircraft on Escort Duties USAAC Dive Bombers on operations over LAE. SGT BROWN in A29-38 missing from this raid. 0720K: 3 Aircraft took off to intercept enemy aircraft reported to be approaching - Nil results. 1030K: F/O COX took off to search for S/Ldr. JACKSON (Missing). 1447K: 6 Aircraft took off to intercept enemy aircraft reported to be approaching Nil results.
12 April 1942 - MORESBY
0612K: 3 Aircraft on security patrol over base. 0830K: F/Lt. JACKSON took off to search for S/Ldr. JACKSON without result. 1040K: 6 aircraft on security patrol over base. 1201K: 6 aircraft on security patrol over base. 1630K: F/Lt. P.B. TURNBULL DFC appointed Temporary Commanding Officer of No. 75 Squadron.
13 April 1942 - MORESBY
0820K: 8 Aircraft on Escort Duty USAAC Dive Bombers on operation over LAE. From this operation P/O DAVIES, in A29-15 failed to return to base, and was posted as missing.
1006K: 3 Aircraft on Security patrol over base.
14 April 1942 - MORESBY
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15 April 1942 - MORESBY
0751K: 3 Aircraft on security patrol over base. 1304K: 2 Aircraft on Security patrol over base. 1630K: 2 Aircraft investigating unknown aircraft above the clouds Nil results. 1704K: 3 Replacement Aircraft arrived from mainland.
16 April 1942 - MORESBY
1025K: 1 Aircraft on standing patrol. 1243K: 2 Aircraft on standing patrol.
17 April 1942 - MORESBY
0625K: F/O WOODS and S/Ldr. B.B. CRESSWELL on reconaissance over LAE. S/Ldr. CRESSWELL in A29-7, failed to return to base, and was posted as missing. 0945K. F/O SCANDRETT in take-off accident; suffered some injury; aircraft considerably damaged. 1012K: 9 Aircraft took off to intercept 5 Enemy Bombers escorted by 7 ZEROS, reported to be approaching. Nil results. No. 526 F/Lt. WINTEN ex No. 1 BAGS posted to 75 Squadron for flying duties, and attached to 76 Squadron for Conversion Course to KITTYHAWK Aircraft.
18 April 1942 - MORESBY
0630K: Security Patrol by 3 Aircraft. Security patrol by 3 Aircraft at 0927hrs.
1020K: 8 Aircraft took off to intercept 12 ZERO type enemy fighters reported to be approaching. SGT. GRANVILLE in A29-21 failed to return to base, and was posted as missing. 1637K: 1 Aircraft took off to search for SGT. GRANVILLE Nil results.
NGVR Reports S/Ldr. J.F. JACKSON DFC found safe and well at NAVOS 20 miles NW SALAMAUA.
19 April 1942 - MORESBY
0710K: 2 Aircraft on Security patrol over base. 0906K: 2 Aircraft on security patrol over base. 1121K: 2 Aircraft took off to identify aircraft approaching base. 1400K: 3 Aircraft on anti-straffing patrol over base. 1415K: 5 Aircraft on anti-straffing patrol over base. 1644K: 1 Aircraft took off to search for SGT. GRANVILLE NIL results.
20 April 1942 - MORESBY
0845K: 3 Aircraft on Cover Patrol. 1142K: 2 Aircraft on Security patrol.
1503K: 4 Aircraft on patrol over base.
21 April 1942 - MORESBY
0600K: 3 Aircraft on Security patrol over base. 0830K: 8 Aircraft took off to intercept 8 enemy Bombers escorted by ZERO Type Fighters, one Enemy Bomber and 2 ZEROS believed to be destroyed. 1137K: 4 Aircraft on Security patrol over base.
1203K: 2 Aircraft on security patrol. 1205K: 5 KITTYHAWK Aircraft took off to intercept 8 Enemy Bombers escorted by ZEROS reported to be approaching - Nil results.
1727K: 2 Aircraft on Security Patrol.
22 April 1942 - MORESBY
0617K: 3 KITTYHAWK Aircraft on Escort duties to WAU. 0900K: 3 KITTYHAWK Aircraft on PATROL. 1452K 2 A/C patrol over base. Chief of Air Staff SIR CHARLES BURNETT, visited the Unit at 7 Mile aerodrome MORESBY. F/O W.L. WACKETT reported back at Unit after being shot down off the NEW GUINEA coast between LAE and SALAMAUA (see Appendix 1) No. 2288 F/O S.C. COLLIE attached to 75 Squadron for Intelligence Officer Duties.
23 April 1942 - MORESBY
0605K: 3 Aircraft on Security Patrol over Base. 0750K: 3 Aircraft on Security patrol. 0916K: 1 KITTYHAWK Aircraft escorting USAAC A24 Dive Bomber on mission to WAU to pick up S/Ldr. JACKSON DFC returning after successful venture at 1227K. (see Appendix 11)
0935K: 6 Aircraft took off to intercept Enemy (8) Bombers escorted by Enemy fighters, but Enemy Bombers dropped bombs on runway, damage of which, however was speedily repaired. 1420K: 2 Aircraft on Security Patrol over base. 1430K: 6 Aircraft took off to intercept Enemy Aircraft reported to be approaching. Nil results. 1615K: 2 Aircraft on security Patrol over base.
24 April 1942 - MORESBY
No. 75 Squadron received 36 hours notice to move to a new site at 11 Mile, Unit to operate weather conditions permitting, from BOMANA runway.
0604K: 3 Aircraft on security Patrol over base. 0809K: 2 Aircraft on Security Patrol. 0930K: 2 Aircraft on Patrol. 1046K: 4 Aircraft took off to intercept ZERO Type Aircraft reported to be approaching. In the ensuing combat F/SGT. CRAWFORD was shot down in the sea - Aircraft write-off, but pilot uninjured. P/O O.J. CHANNON in A29-43 was shot down in flames over PORABADA - Aircraft totally destroyed and pilot killed. SGT. BUTLER forced landed some miles from base - aircraft considerably damaged; Pilot uninjured.
25 April 1942 - MORESBY
1310K: Cover Patrol by 2 Aircraft. 1359K: Cover Patrol by 2 Aircraft. Movement to 11 mile location carried out, handicapped by straffing raid by ZERO type enemy Aircraft.
26 April 1942 - MORESBY
0730K: 5 Aircraft took off to intercept Enemy ZEROS on straffing raid. Nil Results reported.
0916K: Raid by 9 Enemy Bombers and 3 Fighters P/O WHETTERS in A29-30, forced landed owing lack of fuel at RORONA, but obtained fuel and returned to base safely next day.
27 April 1942 - MORESBY
0610K: 2 Aircraft on Security Patrol. 1136K: 3 Aircraft on security patrol.
28 April 1942 - MORESBY
1036K: 6 Aircraft took off to intercept 8 Enemy Bombers escorted by ZERO Fighters. From this combat S/Ldr. J.F. JACKSON DFC in A29-8 and F/O B.M. COX in A29-47 failed to return and investigations indicated that these two Officers had been killed, and their aircraft totally destroyed. F/O BRERETON, in this engagement was slightly wounded, and his aircraft considerably damaged by cannon fire, but managed to land at base. F/O MASTERS reported attacking a submarine. F/Lt. BOYD left by flying Boat for North Eastern Area pending posting. The following pilots reports MORESBY for flying duties; 404387 P/O G.R.I. CORY, 411561 SGT. WEST H.G., 405641 SGT. MUNRO, D.W., 416360 SGT MUNRO R.R. on completion of flying training with No. 76 Squadron. Establishment increased to provide for one Flying Officer for intelligence Duties, F/O S.C. COLLIE (attached) carrying out these duties.
29 April 1942 - MORESBY
Raid by 8 Enemy Bombers escorted by ZEROS. ZEROS ground straffed the aerodrome, damaging 1 KITTYHAWK Aircraft. 0701K: 2 Aircraft on patrol. 1023K: 4 Aircraft on patrol.
F/Lt. L.D. JACKSON Appointed Temporary Commanding Officer No. 75 Squadron.
30 April 1942 - MORESBY
0720K: 2 Aircraft on patrol. 1347K: 3 Aircraft on cover patrol.
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