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RAAF Form A.50

No. 77 Squadron, RAAF - July 1950

1 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Mission to KOREA cancelled due to bad weather. Pilots on stand-by all day.
Colonel PAYNE, USAF and 30 other ranks arrived as Advance Party for 3rd Bomber Group to operate from this Station.
2 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
First operational work for the Squadron took the form of three sorties, which consisted of escorts for the evacuation of wounded personnel from KOREA, B26's on low/medium level bombing and strafing and escort of B29's.
Main Party of 3rd Bomber Group arrived.
Lecture in the evening by American Officer, giving a brief outline of general flying conditons in KOREA.
3 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
One strike - targets of opportunity. One sortie - escort B26's. P.III READING crashed on landing. Aircraft A68-774 write-off. Pilot not injured.
4 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
One sortie - escort B26's. Pep talk by W/Cmdr. L.T. SPENCE, revising fighter tactics, etc.
Brigadier KING and Major HOPKINS arrived from BCOF, KURE to discuss administration problems.
5 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Sortie cancelled due to bad weather. P.II FAIRWEATHER resumed flying duties with general flying.
6 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
One sortie - escort B26's. One strike - ground support. Directed by L17 in target area. Three aircraft landed at TAEJON due to fuel shortage.
7 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three aircraft returned from TAEJON. One strike - targets of opportunity. S/Ldr. G. STROUT missing.
8 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two strikes, bombing and rocketry.
Twelve new pilots, F/Lt. F.W. BARNES (O33196), F/Lt. F.R. COBURN (O2179), F/Lt. I.R. OLORENSHAW, DFC (O4410), A528 P.II DOUGLAS E.A., A11412 P.II MICHELSON W.S., A33213 P.II WILLAIMSON S.W., A33206 P.II WILSON G.I., A22086 P.III BRACKENREG R.O.L., A11389 P.III HUNT R.C.A., 443672 P.III HANKINSON A., A4218 P.III KLAFFER W.R. and A22058 P.III WITTMAN R.W. arrived as reinforcements.
Air Commodore DAVIS, RAF arrived by Sunderland to discuss facilities for No. 88 Squadron (Sunderland) to operate from IWAKUNI.
9 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three strikes on North Korean installations - two bombing and straffing, one rocketry and straffing. Two bombing sections stayed at PUSAN overnight.
10 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three strikes, 2 dive bombing/straffing and rocketry/straffing.
Commander TURNER (USN) arrived on tour of inspection of USNAF set-up.
11 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Strike strikes carried out during the day with excellent results.
Received the good news that the "GLOUCESTER CUP" had been awarded to this Squadron.
12 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Another field day - three good strikes.
Three (3) Sunderlands of No. 88 Squadron, RAF arrived for operational duties based on IWAKUNI.
13 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two sections set out on strikes, but had to return due to bad weather.
Lt/Col WALSH, Commanding Officer of 3 Battalion RAR, visited Station to confer on A/A Defence and the sighting of 20 M/M POLSEN Guns.
14 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two sections forced to return due to weather. One strike on personnel crossing KUN River.
15 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three escorts for B26's and one strike on bridge.
Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH, CBE, AFC visited the Station.
16 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three strikes at direction of American light aircraft spotting. First four of pilot leave personnel departed for KAWANA for seven days.
American USN Seaplane Tender GARDINER BAY arrived to be based on IWAKUNI.
17 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two escorts for B26's.
18 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four missions flown during the day. Aircraft A68-737 belly landed at MIHO - pilot HUNT unhurt. One section stayed at TAEGU overnight, one landed MIHO and one ITAZUKI all due to bad weather over IWAKUNI.
S/Ldr. BARNES from RAAF Headquarters arrived on Signals Duty.
19 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Aircraft returned from TAEGU, MIHO and ITAZUKI.
20 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Maintenance crew and one pilot flew to MIHO to repair A68-737. Missions cancelled due to weather.
General PARTRIDGE, Commander of 5th Air Force, USAF and General DOOLITTLE visited the Station.
21 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three sections set out for target area, but all forced to return due to bad weather. P.III READING flew A68-715 to MIHO with hydraulic jack for A68-737. P.II THORNTON flew A68-737 back to IWAKUNI after testing it at MIHO.
Admiral ROUBLE, USN and Captain ANDERSON, RN visited the Station.
22 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
One test flight for the day.
Air Vice Marshal RAGG, Air Commodore DAVIS, RAF, Commodore BURGHARDT, RN visited the Station. S/Ldr. BARNES left for MELBOURNE on completion of duty.
23 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three strikes flown.
24 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Five strikes flown.
25 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
One sortie and two strikes flown.
Air Vice Marshal RAGG and Party left for SINGAPORE in one of No. 88 Squadron's Sunderland.
26 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
One sortie and three strikes flown.
Admiral JOY, USN visited the Station.
27 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Six strikes flown by two sections. Two aircraft returned U/S being airborne for 1.45 hours. Two remaining aircraft joined other section at TAEGU, refuelled, rearmed and carried out two more strikes as section of six. First section provided CAP for General MacARTHUR at TAEGU.
28 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two sections set off on strikes, but were forced to return due to bad weather.
Lt. Gen. Sir Horace ROBERTSON, KBE, DSO, Brigadier KING, Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH, CBE, AFC, visited Station to discuss probable move of Squadron to KOREA. Brigadier DOYLE, USAF visited Station.
29 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Nil flying due to bad weather.
30 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two strikes carried out. Two sections returned IWAKUNI due to bad weather and two sections reached TAEGU but were forcd to return due to bad weather over target area. Nos. 2 and 3 in remaining section returned with U/S aircraft, and Nos. 1 and 2 were recalled.
31 July 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Eleven strikes carried out during the day. Dog section remained overnight at TAEGU, refuelled and rearmed, then carried out strike on morning of 1st August, 1950 before returning to Base.
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