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OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT

By No. 41 Squadron RAF

For the Month of May, 2020

Date. Aircraft
Type & Number.
Crew. Duty. Time. Remarks. References.
Up. Down.
11.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
21.00
21.00
21.30
21.30
From Gent. Dive-bombing practice at shallow angle.

Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
21.30
21.30
22.00
22.00
From Gent. Dive-bombing practice at steep angle.

Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3100
N3038
Fg Off Emblin
Flt Lt Merfort
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
22.00
22.00
22.30
22.30
From Gent. Air gunnery practice against a towed target drone.

12.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3100
N3038
Fg Off Emblin
Flt Lt Merfort
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
21.30
21.30
22.15
22.15
From Gent. Dive-bombing practice in two-ship formation and steep dive angle.

Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3100
N3038
Fg Off Emblin
Flt Lt Merfort
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
22.15
22.15
23.00
23.00
From Gent. Same as above.

17.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
21.00
21.00
22.00
22.00
From Gent. Dive-bombing practice in two-ship formation using leading edge approach.

20.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
N3059
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Fg Off Richards
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.30
22.30
22.30
From Gent. Practice of R/T, take-off, formation flying and landing procedures.


21.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
22.00
22.00
23.00
23.00
From Gent. Fighter sweep exercise.

22.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
22.00
22.00
22.05
22.05
From Gent. Shallow glide bombing practice. Flt Lt Merfort reported a rough running engine and the section returned directly after take-off.

Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
22.30
22.30
23.15
23.15
From Gent. Shallow glide-bombing practice and mock-up dogfight.

25.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Non-Operational
Non-Operational
21.00
21.00
21.45
21.45
From Gent. Tree-point take-off practice with bombs followed by dive-bombing practice and a mock-up dogfight on the way back to base.

Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Ground Attack
Ground Attack
22.00
22.00
22.45
22.45
From Eindhoven. Dive-bombing troop concentration near Geldern.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)25.5.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)22.30
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Geldern
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)1 Bf 109 Dest.
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)1 Dugout Dmgd.

General Report

I was Red Leader on a dive-bombing mission to Geldern. We approached the target from the North-east at 8,000 feet. The dive was steady and there was no defensive fire. We left the target at full speed heading 270 at low altitude. I spotted a bandit closing in from behind and so I ordered Red 2 to break left. This allowed me to get behind the bandit, which turned out to be a Bf 109. I fired some shots to chase him away from the tail of Red 2. The 109 did some evasive manoeuvres and I lost sight on it. So I ordered to re-form and climb flying further to the West. Shortly after that, I noticed that something shooting at Red 2. At first, I thought it was ack-ack, but then I saw that it was a 109 and ordered to break to left again. Just before I managed to get behind the hun, Red 2 was critically hit and crashed into the ground. I fired some long bursts and that must have hit the cockpit as the 109 suddenly banked to the left and crashed straight into the ground. Then I returned to Eindhoven.

Flt Lt Merfort

A91

COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)25.5.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)22.30
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Geldern
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Spitfire IX N3100 Cat. E
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Fg Off Emblin K
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

As Red 2 flying wingman to Flt. Lt. Merfort took off from home airfield. Mission was to dive bomb the enemy defences at Geldern. Our route out was a northern arc so that we approached the target from the north. We stayed over 12000 ft for a lot of the way but took up a gentle dive on approach to the target which appeared off the starboard side. I followed Red 1 in a 45 deg. dive straight onto the target, released my 1000 lbs of ordnance cleanly onto the target area with a high probability of serious damage caused. Egressed out of target area at very low altitude with Red 1 above me. Red 1 called out that I had an enemy a/c behind and I broke to port. Enemy a/c was seen to move away. We started to climb out of the area, an enemy a/c was again called as being behind. My a/c was hit from behind and crashed into the ground.

Fg Off Emblin

A92

Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3100
N3038
Fg Off Emblin
Flt Lt Merfort
Defensive Patrol
Defensive Patrol
23.15
23.15
23.45
23.45
From Eindhoven. Patrol to Venlo.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)25.5.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)23.45
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Venlo
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Spitfire IX N3100 Cat. E
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Fg Off Emblin K
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

Took off from Base as Red 1 with Flt Lt Merfort as wingman. Mission to fly combat air patrol over Venlo located just over the front lines.Flew over a pair of Boston bombers on the way and we flew escort for a short time until we arrived over the town of Venlo. The airfield there lies just to the east. Heard on the R/T from Red 2 that he had been hit and was bailing out. Below me I saw a flight of P-38 Lightnings in combat with a number of enemy a/c. later identified as 109s. I attempted to assist the friendly a/c but they were both shot down and pilots both bailed out. I was attacked astern by a 109 and I broke hard to port. I then climbed away at Gate power in order to chase a fleeing enemy a/c. Very quickly I felt my a/c to be hit and I was severly wounded with the a/c coming down into a field.

Fg Off Emblin

A94

COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)25.5.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)23.45
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Venlo
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Spitfire IX N3038 Cat. E
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Flt Lt Merfort I(s)
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

I was Red 2 in a patrol to Venlo. Once over Venlo, we descended as there were several bogeys at low altitude. We identified them as US Bostons and Thunderbolts heading to east. As we continued with them to further to the east, but suddenly I felt several hits and saw tracers passing from behind. I had been bounced apparently and as my aeroplane was severely damaged I baled out.

Flt Lt Merfort

A93

26.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Ground Attack
Ground Attack
22.15
22.15
0.00
0.00
From St. Trond. Dive-bombing Kelz airfield.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)26.5.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)22.30
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Kelz airfield
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Spitfire IX N3100 Cat. A
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)1 Bf 109 Dest.
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)3 Single-Eng. a/c Dest.

General Report

Took off from Base at St. Trond at 2215 for an airfield attack on Kelz airfield. Flight of 4 Spit IXs bombed up 500 lb midline,with top escort of secondary flight of 4 Spit IX. We headed east and climbed to around 12,000 ft over the front line near Aachen. Some medium level flak but nothing serious. A flight of 4 bogeys co-alt with us moving from east to west was spotted off the port beam. Over the target I flew with the flight lead who hesitated whilst gathering his bearings. After a couple of minutes we proceeded to dive onto the airfield and I focussed on a group of parked aircraft in the northeastern corner. My dive was steady and true and I planted all ordnance squarely in the middle of the parked enemy a/c, releasing well below 2000 ft. I followed Red One away from the airfield and then we circuited around in order to approach again for ground strafing of the same area. This was accomplished without any interference and very litte airfield flak was present. I concentrated my strafing fire on a single enemy a/c and then we climbed away together. Red One circled until he got his bearings back to base and then we climbed away buster. Climbed to above angels 10 and continued back across the front line around Aachen. From there we started to let down towards base. As I flew over Tongeren I was aware of tracer rounds on my port side, I broke hard to port and saw 2 enemy a/c probably 109s on my tail. With hard left rudder and hard over to port I was able to get onto the six of one of these and after a couple of half second bursts into the fuselage and cockpit area the now confirmed 109 was seen to start smoking from the engine and to dive steeply towards the ground. Flt Lt Merfort confirmed that he saw the enemy a/c hit the ground and explode. The second enemy 109 lost interest and escaped and we were able to recover back to base. From the initial attack my a/c suffered damage to the starboard wing and damage to the empanage, rudder control was regained with starboard rudder trim applied. My engine was also producing smoke by this stage. I swiftly affected a landing on the active without any issue. One Bf-109 claimed as destroyed and my a/c declared as Class A damaged which can be repaired here at St. Trond.

Fg Off Emblin

A95

28.5.20Spitfire IX
Spitfire IX
N3038
N3100
Flt Lt Merfort
Fg Off Emblin
Defensive Patrol
Defensive Patrol
20.38
20.38
21.29
21.29
From Volkel. 2 pilots from No. 41 Sqn accompanied No. 66 Sqn for defensive patrol of local area at altitude based on G2 intel from 2nd Army HQ. Flt Lt Merfort destroyed 1 shared enemy a/c and Fg Off Emblin accounted for 3. This pilot crash landed but was safely accounted for.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)28.5.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)20.38
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Nijmegen
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Spitfire IX N3100 Cat. B
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)1 Fw 190 Dest.
1 Fw 190 Dest.
1 Bf 109 Dest.
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

Having moved to Volkel airfield I left with Flt Lt Merfort in a flight of six Spit MkIXs on a combat air patrol along the front line area to the east and north of our current location. Flight Lead climbed hard and fast to nearly angels 20. Within 20 minutes we were engaged by enemy a/c and we took the battle down to much lower altitude. I put a half second burst into a 109 near Oss and he did begin to produce smoke but carried on and I had to pull clear due to GLOC. Fl Lt Merfort backed me up and finished off this enemy a/c which went down near Oss. Before I was able to reform with my element lead I was attacked by a number of low flying Fw-190s. I had inadvertently strayed over an enemy frontline airfield and kicked up a stink. This was over the Nijmegen area. For nearly 15 minutes I was involved in a constant furball with enemy a/c, taking my opportunities as they presented themselves. I scored very good hits on two 190s in quick succession, both of which were seen to go straight down in flames and explode on impact with the ground. Five minutes of rest for me to cool the engine and I began to move west out of the area. From the high port beam I caught sight of a hard diving enemy a/c which screamed past the nose of my Spitfire and I identified a Bf109 K4 variant in dark dapple green camo. I was able to get onto his tail after a good five minutes of max continuous power and I put a full one second burst into the fuselage and cockpit area of the enemy. This a/c was seen to ignite in a spectacular fashion and became a blazing torch as it hurtled vertically down into the forest below. My engine was very hot and tired and I was drained and soaked through with sweat. I put my a/c into normal cruise and picked up a bearing from my map for home base at Volkel. After only a few minutes I spotted a number of bogies in my rear view mirror and turned hard to port to engage them. By this time I was almost out of ammo and I knew I had to disengage quickly. I turned with a couple of the enemy a/c which I identified as more K4 variants, there were a total of 5 enemy a/c milling around me at this stage. At the earliest possible opportunity I dropped to the ground level and put on full rpm and gate to try and escape. I continued heading west into the setting sun for about 4 minutes and I was evading from the pursuers but I could still see them behind me. With my engine overheating I decided to put my a/c down as gently as possible and found a suitable ploughed farmer's field. With flaps down and throttle at idle I made a text book belly landing but the a/c is very seriously damaged, certainly a class B if it can be retrieved from the mud. As I crash landed our side of the front line I was able to relax a little and when the enemy a/c had cleared the area I found a local farmhouse and managed to make a phone call to the airfield. The farmer's wife invited me to a meal of local cheese and wine which I really enjoyed.

Fg Off Emblin

A96
B11