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RAAF Form A.50

No. 77 Squadron, RAAF - September 1950

1 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three sections of four, two and two aircraft carried out two armed recces and five close support missions.
One aircraft damaged by fuel tanker and R.O.N. TAEGU.
2 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three sections of four, two and two aircraft carried out four armed recces and three close support missions.
3 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two sections returned to Base due to inclement weather. Five sections, including one section R.O.N. previous day, carried out five close support missions and one escort.
Two sections remained overnight TAEGU. P.III HARROP crash landed in enemy territory due to enemy fire. Last seen alive, posted missing.
4 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Three sections, including two R.O.N. previous day, carried out eight strikes and three armed recces. F/Lt. F.R. COBURN bailed out over JAPAN, and arrived back at base unhurt.
5 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Nil operations due to inclement weather. Seven aircraft airborne, three returning to base and four R.O.N. TAEGU.
6 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Twenty aircraft flew four armed recces and nine close support missions, making forty-five individual sorties. Five aircraft R.O.N. TAEGU.
7 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Eleven close support missions flown by eleven aircraft - thirty seven sorties. Six aircraft R.O.N. TAEGU.
General PARTRIDGE, USAF visited the Station.
8 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Nil flying due to inclement weather.
S/Ldr. C.W. BUTCHER, C.T.O. left for AUSTRALIA on technical duties.
9 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Fourteen aircraft flew six close support missions - twenty two sorties.
Whilst rocketing and using Napalm on the town of ANGANG-NI, the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander L.T. SPENCE failed to pull out of a dive and was killed.
10 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Nine aircraft flew three armed recces and four close support missions - twenty six sorties. Six aircraft R.O.N. TAEGU.
Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH, CBE, AFC, appointed Temporary Commander of No. 77 (F) Squadron.
Brigadier KING, RAR, and Colonal WALSH, 3 Bn RAR visited the Station.
11 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Fourteen aircraft flew six armed recces and six close support missions - forty sorties. Three aircraft R.O.N. TAEGU.
Lt. Gen. Sir Horace ROBERTSON visited Station.
No. 209 Squadron, RAF, arrived for operations from IWAKUNI. Wing Commander BURNSIDE, RAF, appointed Commanding Officer of RAF Flying Boat Wing consisting of No. 88 and 209 Squadrons.
12 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Ten aircraft flew seven close support missions - twenty four sorties. One aircraft R.O.N. TAEGU.
13 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Nil flying due to proximity of Typhoon KEZIA. During the night of 12th - 13th, the Station was hit by Typhoon KEZIA doing superficial damage.
Air Commodore A.M. CHARLESWORTH arrived to take up Temporary Command of No. 77 (F) Squadron.
14 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
KEZIA still keeping aircraft grounded and causing widespread damage.
15 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Thirteen aircraft carried out eight close support missions - nineteen sorties.
16 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Twelve aircraft carried out six close support missions - twenty four sorties.
17 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Thirteen aircraft carried out twelve close support missions - thirty seven sorties. Squadron Leader R.C. CRESSWELL arrived from AUSTRALIA to take over command of the Squadron. Also, F/Lt. G.J. ODGERS arrived for Public Relations duties and Sister G.G. THRELKELD.
18 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Seven aircraft carried out eight close support missions and one armed recce - thirty one sorties.
19 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Eight aircraft carried out twelve close support missions - thirty two sorties.
20 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Fifteen aircraft carried out eleven close support missions and five armed recce - forty two sorties.
21 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Twelve aircraft carried out seventeen close support missions and five armed recces - forty eight sorties.
22 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Twelve aircraft carried out six close support missions and four armed recces - thirty sorties.
Major General PARTRIDGE arrived on Station and presented USAF Air Medals at a ceremonial parade to following members of the Squadron:-
Wing Commander L.T. SPENCE (posthumous)
Flight Lieutenant J.I. ADAMS
Flight Lieutenant S. BRADFORD
Flight Lieutenant C.R. NOBLE
Flight Lieutenant C.C. TAPLIN
23 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Eight aircraft carried out five close support missions and two armed recces - twenty three sorties.
24 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Nine aircraft carried out one close support mission and seven armed recces.
One enemy aircraft destroyed on airfield at PYONGYAN.
One of our Mustang hit a tree and had part of the wing torn off. Returned safely to Base.
Lt. Gen. Sir Horace ROBERTSON and the new Commanding Officer 3 Battalion, RAR, Lt. Col. GREEN arrived on Station and then departed for KOREA in Squadron Dakota.
25 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four aircraft carried out three close support missions - eleven sorties.
26 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Four aircraft carried out three close support missions and one armed recce - eleven sorties.
27 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Five aircraft carried out three close support missions - twelve sorties.
Lt. Gen. Sir Horace ROBERTSON stayed over-night at No. 77 Squadron and departed next morning.
28 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Twelve aircraft carried out four close support missions and two armed recces - twenty sorties.
Targets becoming increasingly difficult to find and missions becoming more and more abortive.
Group Captain A.D. CHARLTON, OBE, arrived from AUSTRALIA to take over command of the Station.
29 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Two close support missions from IWAKUNI.
Air Commodore A.M. CHARELSWORTH relinquished Temporary Command of Squadron and Group Captain A.D. CHARLTON took over Temporary Command.
30 September 1950 - IWAKUNI, JAPAN
Nil flying. Defence stand-by.
Another Dakota and crew arrived from AUSTRALIA for Communications Flight.
General KENNY, USAF, visited the Unit, discussing informally with American and Australian pilots various aspects of the present air war in KOREA.
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