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OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT

By No. 41 Squadron RAF

For the Month of June, 2020

Date. Aircraft
Type & Number.
Crew. Duty. Time. Details of Sortie or Flight. References.
Up. Down.
3.6.20Spitfire IX

RM793
SM823
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Emblin
Offensive Sweep

21.09

-
-
From Volkel. Patrol as ordered between München Gladbach and Duisburg. Both pilots failed to return and are missing.

4.6.20Spitfire IX


RM793
SM823
MB882
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Emblin
F/O Nikiforov
Offensive Sweep


21.15


21.50


From Volkel. Patrol north of Oss.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)4.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)21.30
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)North of Oss.
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

I was leader of a 3 ship formation to patrol in the area to the North of Oss. We were at 6,000 feet when I spotted a single aircraft at the same altitude. I ordered 'Buster' and close the range. The aircraft turned and flew straight towards me. That's when I identified it as an enemy J.P. aircraft. I then opened fired the .5s but didn't see any effects. I turned to starboard to continue the chase. Distance increased but luckily the bandit turned around. I covered No. 2 and No. 3 from above while they fired at the target until it entered a spin and crashed into the ground. Before we managed to reform, 2 further M.E. 262 were spotted. At full speed and in a slight dive I managed to get in range, but just when I wanted to fire strong turbolences ruined my aim. I disengaged and climbed to allow my No. 3 to open fire. He scored good hits and set it aflame.

F/Lt Merfort

F98

COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)4.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)21.50
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Oss
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)1 Me 262 Dest.
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

Flight was led by Flt Lt Merfort and we were joined by an exchange pilot from the Soviet Air Force, Andrey. We climbed to c. 6000 ft and headed northwest towards Oss again. Little FLAK was noted as we crossed the bomb line. Flt Lt Merfort called out a bogey ahead co-alt though I didn't see him until he screeched past us. It was the Squadron's first sighting of the Me262, the enemy jet propelled aircraft which reaches speeds of up to 550 mph. MITOR ONE had got off some rounds and nicked the e/a as it started to smoke and I was able to follow him as he banked round in a huge arc to come back towards us. By banking inside of his arc I was able to make an approach on his six and I opened fire, cannon and ball, from around 300 yards closing to 100 yards with intermittent bursts. He lost his port aileron and both engines began to smoke very badly with big, black effusions of thick smoke. E/a was seen to dive to the ground in a spin with both engines on fire. I claim this aircraft as confirmed destroyed. Almost immediately Fg Off Nikiforov called out another 262 and he was successful in making a diving approach and destroying the e/a in the air. I was almost completely out of ammo at this point and we headed for base on a bearing of 150 deg. We quickly reformed under orders of Flt Lt Merfort who led us back to Volkel where we performed our trademark Overhead Break landing routine for the homebase squadrons. 41 Sqn showing the other chaps how it's done!

F/O Emblin

F97


5.6.20Spitfire IX

RM793
SM823
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Emblin
Offensive Sweep

20.30

21.15
21.00
From Volkel. Patrol the frontline near Gorinchem. No E/A engaged. 41Sqn_MADOV founded. Shot up by flak and crash-landed.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)5.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)21.00
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Gorinchem
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Spitfire IX SM823 Cat. B
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)F/O Emblin I
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

Left Volkel with Flt Lt Merfort and we headed northwest towards Gorinchem across the bomb line at around 5000 ft. A little FLAK was observed again but no e/a sighted. After about 10 minutes of patrolling back and forth around the front line area my a/c was hit by low level flak and I received shrapnel wounds in my chest and leg. Not wounded seriously but the a/c was severely peppered on both wings and engine which started spewing forth a mixture of oil and coolant. I immediately took up a course for base and reduced rpm and boost to give the engine more time to at least get me clear of the front line area. Flt Lt Merfort provided cover above and after a little while the engine stopped and I put the a/c down in a snow covered field, between Gorinchem and Tilborg. Starboard wing broke off. A/c can be recovered and is probably a Cat B damaged. A couple of soldiers out on patrol were in the field and they assisted me out of the cockpit and rendered me excellent first aid to stop the bleeding. Taken back to their HQ and then onto Volkel base hospital.

F/O Emblin

F101
A12
10.6.20Spitfire IX


RM793
SM823
MB882
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Emblin
F/O Nikiforov
Flying Training


20.30

20.35
21.30


From Gent. Ground strafing exercise with several approaches. Andrey took-off delayed due to a jammed ruder lock.


Spitfire IX


RM793
SM823
MB882
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Emblin
F/O Nikiforov
Flying Training


21.45


22.45


From Kelz. Strafing practice with conditions similar to an actual combat mission. Target was a train in Koblenz. Subsequent mock-up dogfight.


11.6.20Spitfire IX


RM793
SM823
MB882
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Emblin
F/O Nikiforov
Ground Attack


20.45


21.30


From Y-45 near Aachen. Dive-bombing and strafing of artillery position to the North of Remagen.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)11.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)21.30
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)North of Remagen
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)1 MET Dest.
1 Art. Gun Dmgd.

General Report

I was the leader of a 3 ship section on a dive-bombing mission. My dive was a bit too steep and pulling-through to slowly so my bombs went long. We reformed, climbed and did 2 more strafing attacks in which I destroyed one MET.

F/Lt Merfort

F102

COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)11.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)21.30
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Remagen
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)3 Art. Gun Dest.
1 MET Dest.

General Report

Red Flight to Remagen to bomb enemy artillery. I took off from Base at 1945 hrs, as the airfield is still cratered we had to go off in single file and form up in the air. The flight to Remagen area was uneventful and we only experienced FLAK once we were over the town and bridge area itself. Flt Lt Merfort put us in echelon left for the run in and once the standby order was given we got into Line Astern. The Skipper led us over into the dive very nicely and I was able to position myself well for the right hand side of the target. I really wanted to get my bombs right on the nose, so I went down as far as 2000 ft before I started the pullout. Three seconds count and then 'bombs away' and I knew I had scored direct hits on those gun emplacements. Full throttle low level escape and then we climbed back to about 4000 ft for a strafing run. Got some cannon rounds on another artillery piece. We went round for a second strafing run but this time I was unable to steady my aim onto a target so I didn't fire at all, thinking to save my ammunition for any air combat that was to come. We regrouped quickly and flew back to Base under the leadership of Flt Lt Merfort and we performed our customary A Flight overhead break at Aachen airfield. Good show all round.

F/O Emblin

F103


26.6.20Spitfire IX

RM793
SM823
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Emblin
Ground Attack

21.00

22.00

From Y-45 near Aachen. Ordered to destroy a bridge over the Rhine in Cologne.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)26.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)21.45
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Kelz airfield
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)1 Fw 190 Dest.
1 Fw 190 Dest.
1 Fw 190 Dest.
1 Fw 190 Dest.
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

I was Leader of Red Section in a dive-bombing mission to destroy a bridge over the Rhine. My bombs went long and failed to hit the target. During the landing approach, I spotted several bandits trying to bounce us. I ordered to abort the landing. They apparently were diverted by the defence fire and headed back to Cologne area. I started to chase 2 Fw 190 and later 4 of them with +25 boost until I was in range to open fire on the tail-end-charlie. After 2 or 3 bursts with the canons, big pieces well away and the target entered a spin. I continued with the chase and did set the next one on fire with several long bursts of the .5s. The next 190 was close by so I fired the remaining .5 rounds on it and then continued with the canons until black smoke emerged and it started to burn. It took some time to see At first, I didn't see the remaining 190 so was heading back to base. But then I saw it slightly below me. I turned behind it and fired with the canons until it went straight into the ground.

F/Lt Merfort

F104

COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)26.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)22.00
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Cologne
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)1 Fw 190 Prob.
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)1 MET Dest.
1 Bridge Dest.

General Report

Took off from Aachen airfield again, in single file as the field is still largely cratered, at about 4 pm, on a two a/c mission to the city of Cologne to bomb the railway bridge. We climbed to around angels 9 and approached the target area to the north. Flt Lt Merfort took us around to starboard so we approached the target from the east side. Because of heavy cloud cover over the target some of the city's bridges were not clearly visible and Flt Lt Merfort chose a different bridge to the one we were assigned in the ops briefing. We ended up diving onto one of the road bridges but the angle of attack was also somewhat unusual and this required a considerable bank to port in order to line up for the bomb drop. I rode it down to well below 2000 ft before lifting the nose and dropping all three. On pulling out I throttled up to 'buster' and stayed at just above roof and treetop height. I could see Flt Lt Merfort above and in front of me and we continued to egress away to the west. In my mirror I saw two explosions, the first around 50 feet to the side of the bridge and the second explosion was right on top of the bridge. This bridge was destroyed certainly on account of the amount of debris thrown up into the air from the explosion. We headed west almost into the sun towards the base airfield at Aachen. Skipper ordered an overhead break and after I had broken to port he called out to abort as flak was seeen above. We climbed through the gate to reach the flight of intruders that quickly became visible. 'B' Flight was also around the area and at around 5000 ft I saw a long nosed FW-190 Dora attacking a Spit who started to smoke. I pulled swiftly underneath this enemy a/c and obtained a positive ID of type before pulling into his six and giving him 3 half second bursts of cannon and ball round. I saw pieces of this a/c come away and his engine was smoking black and white, leaking both oil and coolant. After the final burst the enemy a/c put his nose down and was seen to plummet vertically down. I followed him through the clouds but lost track of him after that. By the way that this a/c was smoking and diving I claim it as probably destroyed. Flt Lt Merfort shot down four enemy a/c of this same type and I can confirm that I witnessed one of these as a blazing torch falling to ground and exploding. When all the enemy a/c were accounted for we recovered back to Aachen. Big party in the mess for Skipper.

F/O Emblin

F105

27.6.20Spitfire IX


RM793
MB882
SM823
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Nikiforov
F/O Emblin
Ground Attack


21.45


22.30


From Antwerp. Dive-bombing of three bridges near Lommel. All bridges were destroyed.A13

COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)27.6.20
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)Lommel
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)1 Bridge Dest.

General Report

I took off as Red 3 to bomb one of the bridges west of Lommel. Very turbulent air conditions but a clear sky. Identified my target easily and performed a good, clean dive down to 3000 ft before lifting the nose and dropping the bombs. Short fuse delay and could hear the loud explosion behind me as I egressed away from the scene. I claim my bridge as destroyed and Red 1 and Red 2 were successful with their target bridges too. Good mission but both myself and Flt Lt Merfort had accidents on landing.

F/O Emblin

F106
A14
28.6.20Spitfire IX


SM823
MB856
RM793
F/O Emblin
F/O Richards
F/Lt Merfort
Ground Attack


21.15


22.00


From Y-45 near Aachen. Dive-bombing railway bridge in Cologne. Target was destroyed.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)28.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)22.00
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Cologne
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Nil
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)Nil
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)1 Bridge Dest.

General Report

Lead this mission as Red One on a return to the bridges at Cologne, this time to destroy the one that we missed a couple of days ago. From Aachen airfield again as base, we had to take off in single file as the airfield is still well cratered, and we flew east towards the Rhine and we gained the target area within twenty minutes. I observed that the target was partially clouded over so I ordered a detour to port in order to be able to run into the target more effectively. I allowed the target to run under my port cannon as we learned at Warmwell, when the target reappears past the trailing edge then it's time to roll over and dive. Dive was smooth and target acquisition was seemless. I dropped my munitions onto the top end arch of the 'Hohenzollernbrucke' and easily cleared the beautiful catherdral. I egressed at full throttle staying very low until we had all cleared the target and then we climbed up to about 8000 ft for the cruise back to base. Single file for landing as usual at Aachen.

F/O Emblin

F108


A15
29.6.20Spitfire IX


RM793
MB882
SM823
F/Lt Merfort
F/O Nikiforov
F/O Emblin
Defensive Patrol


21.15


22.10
-
22.10
From Le Culot. Patrol the frontline between Geleen and Aachen. F/O Nikiforov was killed in the dogfight.
COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)29.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)21.50
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Geleen
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Spitfire IX MB882 Cat. E
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)F/O Nikiforov K
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)1 Fw 190 Dest.
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

I was MITOR Leader in a high-altitude patrol between Geleen and Aachen. When arriving over Geleen I spotted a formation of 6 bandits. The dogfight lowered quickly in altitude and I ended up chasing a "longnose" Focke-Wulf for several minutes in very tight turns and manoeuvres unable to bring my guns to bear. The hun managed to separate and tried to climb, but I was able to catch him in the peak at very slow speed. I scored some very good hits with the canons all over the aircraft setting it ablaze.

F/Lt Merfort

F109


COMBAT REPORT

Intelligence Form 'F'
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (A)29.6.20
Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (B)No. 41 Squadron RAF
Type and mark of our A/C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (C)Spitfire IX
Time attack was delivered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (D)22.10
Place of attack or target. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (E)Aachen
Our casualties A/C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(F)Spitfire IX MB882 Cat. E
Our casualties personell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (G)F/O Nikiforov K
Enemy casualties in air combat . . . . . . . . . . .(H)Nil
Enemy casualties ground and sea targets . . . . (J)Nil

General Report

High altitude defensive sweep from Geleen to Aachen at around angels 25. Intercepted by a flight of long nose Doras, Skipper got one, I was unable to get close enough to shake a stick at anything but Andrey was killed in his a/c, he lost a wing in a collision with one of the enemy and he spun into the ground from all that way up. The last I heard from him was his cry that he was unable to bail out. RIP mate.

F/O Emblin

F110