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RAAF Form A.50

No. 77 Squadron, RAAF - August 1950

1 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four strikes carried out by two sections.
Major LUKIN and Captain CHITS, 3 Bn RAR visited Station reference to A/A.
Lt/Cmdr. JACKSON, Lt/Cmdr. McLAUGHLIN and Major LAWSON from HMS TRIUMPH visited Station.
2 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four strikes flown by two sections.
Chief of Staff, Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH and Commanding Officer went by Squadron Dakota to recce possible camp for Squadron to operate from in KOREA.
3 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Five strikes flown by two sections, section led by F/Lt. S. BRADFORD, flying nine hours. F/Lt. R. GLASSOP posted to Squadron.
4 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three strikes flown by two sections.
5 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four strikes flown by two sections, each of three aircraft.
6 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four strikes flown by two sections. P.III BRACKENREG burst tyre on landing at POHANG. P.II GARROWAY was U/S temporarily, and joined the other section when serviceable. F/Lt. T.W. MURPHY had coolant system hit by shrapnel and was forced to stay at TAEGU. Aircraft A68-782 required engine change.
Chief of Staff, Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH and Colonel NYE visited Station.
7 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three sections flew fice strikes. F/Lt T.W. MURPHY returned from TAEGU per Dakota. One section remained overnight at K3. Army Component 3 Bn RAR returned to KURE.
8 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three sections flew seven strikes. Section which had remained at K3 also flying one strike before returning to IWAKUNI. F/Lt. F.R. COBURN flew to TAEGU, returning with A68-782. Squadron commenced using Napalm and Frag. Bombs besides R/P, 500 lb. M.C. and .50's.
General Partridge, USAF visited Station.
9 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four strikes flown by two sections. P.II WILLIAMSON crashed on landing at K3 due to bad motor and inability to lower flap. Aircraft A68-775 complete write-off, pilot unhurt.
10 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Six strikes flown by two sections. P.III HUNT stayed at TAEGU due internal glycol leak in A68-765 engine changed.
11 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Six strikes flown by two sections. F/Lt. R. GLASSOP flew A68-765 back from TAEGU.
12 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three strikes flown by two sections. Due to critical situation at K3, refuelling and rearming at TAEGU is restricted considerably, as K3 aircraft are using field at TAEGU.
13 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four strikes flown by two sections.
Chief of Staff, Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH and W/Cmdr. GIBSON arrived en route to TOKYO.
14 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two strikes flown by two sections. Nil landings KOREA for reamament. Three aircraft landed PUSAN for fuel, and stayed overnight due to hold-up in refuelling.
Some more Dependents left by air for AUSTRALIA.
15 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three aircraft which remained overnight at PUSAN returned to Base. Three sections flew four strikes. Mustang A68-715 developed magneto trouble, and pilot was forced to remain in PUSAN overnight.
Australian Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. R.G. MENZIES arrived at No. 77 Squadron in the BATAAN at 1130 hours. He was accompanied by Colonel HODGSON, Brigadier ROURKE, Air Marshal G. JONES, Lt. Gen. Sir Horace ROBERTSON, Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH and various parliamentary, diplomatic, departmental and service representatives.
The Prime Minister presented No. 77 Squadron with the Gloucester Cup on behalf of HRH The Duke of Gloucester. The party then toured the Unit prior to lunching at the Officers' Mess.
After completing another tour of the Unit in the early afternoon, the Rt. Hon. R.G. MENZIES journeyed to KURE.
16 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two sections flew four strikes. Wirraway flew to TAEGU with magneto for A68-715, and Fitter to install same. Pilot of Wirraway then flew to CHINHAE to pick up replacement for magneto part which was broken during installation. P.III TREBILCO then flew A68-715 back to Base, escorting the Wirraway. A68-739 landed at TAEGU with engine trouble and remained overnight. Aircraft, apparently, are beginning to feel the strain of increased flying hours.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marhsal G. JONES, CB, KBE, DFC arrived on a tour of inspection of this Squadron.
17 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two sections flew four strikes. P.III BRACKENREG joined second section on second mission and returned to Base with A68-739.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal G. JONES, W/Cmdr. GIBSON and the Commanding Officer departed in Squadron Dakota for KOREA on a tour of inspection.
18 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Six strikes carried out by two sections.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal G. JONES and W/Cmdr. GIBSON departed for HONG KONG.
F/Lt. STUDLEY arrived on Salfe Hand duries.
F/Lt. R. GLASSOP medically evacuated to AUSTRALIA.
19 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Five strikes by three sections. The Dakota and one Wirraway flew, Cinesound equipment, operators, armament and armourers to TAEGU to record part of the Squadron activities on film.
20 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
One of two sections returned to Base due to inclement weather. The other section reached target area and carried out three strikes. A68-709 remained overnight at TAEGU with engine trouble.
21 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Five strikes carried out by two sections. A68-709 joined one section and returned to Base.
22 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Seven strikes carried out by three sections.
General STRATEMEYER presented the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander L.T. SPENCE, DFC, with the Legion of Merit and Citation in the Officers' Mess.
23 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
One section of eight aircraft set out on armed recce of North Korean airfields. Turned back due to inclement weather and landed TAEGU for refuel, from where they operated as two sections, carrying out one strike each.
One aircraft remained overnight at TAEGU due to unserviceability. Another section of four aircraft, which was briefed for close support, carried out two strikes and returned to IWAKUNI.
24 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two sections of four aircraft carried out armed recce of Northern airfields and roads and railways on East coast of KOREA, one aircraft becoming U/S before reaching target area and landing at TAEGU. The seven aircraft landed at TEGU, refuelled, and five of the section rearmed to complete another mission, an armed recce. Two aircraft returned to IWAKUNI, the rest remained overnight at TAEGU.
Rear Admiral HENDERSON, USN visited Station.
25 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Five aircraft which had remained overnight at TAEGU on the 24th returned to IWAKUNI. Five sections of two aircraft completed six close support missions, one of the sections picking up the aircraft U/S on the 24th and carrying out a second mission as a section of three. One aircraft remained overnight at PUSAN, two aircraft remained overnight at TAEGU.
26 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four armed recces and two strikes carried out by two sections of two aircraft and one section of four aircraft, with the usual shuffling of aircraft resulting in the return to Base of one section of six and one section of two aircraft.
27 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two sections of three and four aircraft carried out five strikes during the day.
28 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two armed recces and two close support missions carried out by three sections of four aircraft. Two aircraft from section which completed a second mission, became U/S after take-off on second mission, landed, repaired, and rejoined section on return to Base.
29 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three sections of four, two and two aircraft carried out seven armed recces and one close support mission.
30 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four sections, two fours and two pairs, carried out five armed recces and four close support missions. One U/S aircraft and the two sections of four remained overnight at K2 for operation next day.
Introduction of "Buster" standby sections for call to urgent targets, particularly tanks.
Australian Intelligence, Operation, Maintenance and Armament personnel flown to K2 to operate from there. An excellent set-up facilitating our operation at TAEGU.
Chief of Staff, Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH visited Station.
31 August 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three sections of four aircraft carried out four armed recces and eight close support missions. One aircraft, U/S previous day, joined sections as required. One more U/S, remaining overnight TAEGU.
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