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No. 41 Squadron ‡
AIR 72
GND 44
Sorties 69
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OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT

By No. 41 Squadron RAF

For the Month of August, 2020

Date. Aircraft
Type & Number.
Crew. Duty. Time. Details of Sortie or Flight. References.
Up. Down.
2.8.20Spitfire IX



EB-VRM791
EB-MEN231
EB-ESM823
EB-ARM793
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
F/O 'Gunny' Cook
F/Lt 'Madov' Emblin
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
Ground Attack



21.15



22.00
22.30
22.30
22.30
From Y-29 Asch. Low-level attack on Köln-Wahn airfield. Flak battery and parked aircraft destroyed. S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort crash landed on a field near Herleen.F151
F153
F154
F152
6.8.20Spitfire IX


EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
EB-XMB880
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
P/O 'Al' A. Lamothe
Offensive Sweep


7.30


-
-
-
From B.60 . B flight took off from B.60 to sweep the bombline and defend nearby ground units from enemy. Engaged enemy east of Antwerp but was attacked by a friendly P-51 forcing B flight to disengage. B flight pushed on in their sweep and engaged a low flying aircraft with Mac remaining higher for cover. Shortly thereafter B flight was swarmed by 5 enemy aircraft; was overpowered and shot down.F164


7.8.20Spitfire IX




EB-VRM791
EB-ZEN221
EB-MEN231
EB-ESM823
EB-ARM793
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
F/O 'Gunny' Cook
F/Lt 'Madov' Emblin
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
Operational




21.15




21.47
21.55
-
-
-
From Y-29 Asch. Ground attack from Asch Y-29 to Venlo with the objective of destroying a train known to be sitting within the city. Multiple engagements with enemy 109s including when 'A' Flight recovered to base. Three pilots lost, one of them P/O Bird was killed by E/A over the home base.F155
F156



Spitfire IX




EB-ESM823
EB-VRM791
EB-ARM793
EB-ZEN221
EB-MEN231
F/Lt 'Madov' Emblin
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
F/O 'Gunny' Cook
Offensive Sweep




22.22




23.22
-
23.20
23.22
23.25
From Le Culot. Offensive sweep to clear the skies in front of the B-25s bombing Kelz airfield and industrial areas in Zulpich. Sqn Ldr Merfort lost to FLAK and is missing.F159

F157
F158
F160A24
8.8.20Spitfire IX


EB-VRM791
EB-RMB841
EB-ARM793
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
F/O 'Mac' Steele
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
Flying Training


21.20


22.30
22.30
22.30
From B-80. Practiced manoeuvres against 109s. The 'Sandwich' manoeuvre was practiced.
F163

9.8.20Spitfire IX

EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
Offensive Sweep

1.30

2.00
2.00
From Y-54. Offensive sweep near Bonn. Engaged several enemies near Bonn and destroyed 1 bandit. F162
F165
Spitfire IX

EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
Offensive Sweep

2.35

3.23
-
From Y-54. Offensive sweep over the Rhine river between Koblenz and Unkel. Defended several allied objective's and shot down 4 enemy aircraft over Koblenz and 1 over Strassfeld airfield. Zach was shot down to enemy action but bailed out over friendly lines.F161
F166
Spitfire IX




EB-ESM823
EB-ZEN221
EB-ARM793
EB-VRM791
EB-RMB841
F/Lt 'Madov' Emblin
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
F/O 'Mac' Steele
Ground Attack




21.14




22.14
22.14
22.14
21.45
-
From Y-29 Asch. Dive bombing to Kelz airfield with separate flight for flak suppression. One pilot lost to flak, one Me262 destroyed in the air. F169A25
F167
F168


11.8.20Spitfire IX


EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
EB-XMB880
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
P/O 'Al' A. Lamothe
Ground Attack


8.05
7.55

8.48
20.46
-
From A-89. Conducted an attack on a train transporting munitions and troops to the front. Locomotive and all cars were destroyed southeast of Wassenburg. One enemy aircraft shot down at the loss of one. F170
F172

Spitfire IX


EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
EB-XMB880
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
P/O 'Al' A. Lamothe
Ground Attack


8.54


9.26
9.12
-
From B-70. Conducted ground attack on a German tank convoy moving to the front. Negligible damage done with only one dugout confirmed to have been destroyed and several AA positions wiped out. Minimal damage was dealt to other enemy positions. Lost one to enemy action. F171
F173

13.8.20Spitfire IX

EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
Offensive Sweep

3.32

4.37
4.37
From B.77. Offensive sweep between Rotterdam and Nijmegen, One FW-190 destroyed northeast of Hortegenbosch.F174
F175
22.8.20Spitfire IX





EB-VRM791
EB-NMB856
EB-RMB841
EB-ARM793
EB-CBL998
EB-DMB858
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
P/O 'Wookie' Kaczmarek
F/O 'Mac' Steele
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
F/O 'Will' Vale
P/O 'Harry' Hopkins
Defensive Patrol





21.15





22.00
22.00
-
-
-
-
From Köln-Ostheim. Patrol along the frontline east of Engelskirchen and Hachenburg.F176

F181



25.8.20Spitfire IX



EB-NMB856
EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
EB-XMB880
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
P/O 'Al' A. Lamothe
Operational



4.34



5.11
5.11
5.11
5.11
From Köln-Ostheim. Callsign, 'Bumper', comprised of blue flight and red flight, conducted a ground attack on ground troops in Plettenberg. One enemy bandit shot down over the objective and another near by.F178
F177
F179

29.8.20Spitfire IX


EB-NMB856
EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
Offensive Sweep


2.00


4.00
4.00
4.00
From Ophoven. Unit operated under the callsign BUMPER and was tasked with protecting the American supply column headed to the city of Venlo. BUMPER flight was led by F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards with F/O 'Mac' Steele and F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe as wingman. Pilots F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards and F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe destroyed 01 Me-109 each over Venlo and all pilots RTBed safely.F180
F185
F187
Spitfire IX


EB-NMB856
EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
Offensive Sweep


3.00


4.00
4.00
4.00
From Ophoven. Unit operated as GROWLER and was joined by Tempests to continue air support operation over Venlo. During the mission, a Me-110 formation was encountered and 01 enemy Me-110 was heavily damaged by F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe . Unfortunately, F/O 'Mac' Steele was KIA in action soon after when the unit was engaged by Me-109s near Deurne. The rest of the unit RTBed safely.F182

F188
Spitfire IX


EB-NMB856
EB-RMB841
EB-ZEN221
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
F/O 'Mac' Steele
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
Offensive Sweep


4.00


5.00
5.00
5.00
From Ophoven. In the last fight of the day, GROWLER, led by F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards was again tasked to support the supply column moving to Venlo. A total of 3 enemy planes were shot down near Venlo (1 Me-109 and 1 Fw-190 by F/O 'Mac' Steele and 1 Bf-109 by F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards). Pilot F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe got separated from the formation and failed to return to base at the end of operations.F183
F186