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OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT

By No. 41 Squadron RAF

For the Month of January, 2021

Date. Aircraft
Type & Number.
Crew. Duty. Time. Details of Sortie or Flight. References.
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11.1.21Spitfire IX
EB-NMB856
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
Reconnaissance
16.00
16.32
From B.79. Recon flight around the new airbase.F220
Spitfire IX

EB-NMB856
EB-VRM791
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
Defensive Patrol

19.00

20.14
20.14
From B.79. Tasked with patrolling the artillery positions over Bree. No enemies encountered.F219

Spitfire IX

EB-VRM791
EB-ARM793
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
Defensive Patrol

21.45

22.45
22.45
From B.79. Patrol as ordered over the artillery positions near Bree. Uneventful.

12.1.21Spitfire IX

EB-NMB856
EB-FEN604
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
P/O 'Barnacles' Barns
Defensive Patrol

18.30

19.45
19.45
From B.79. Defensive Patrol over the airfield of Veghel B.80. Cloudy weather made flight difficult and no enemies were encountered.F221

Spitfire IX

EB-NMB856
EB-ARM793
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
Defensive Patrol

19.40

20.50
20.50
From B.79. Intercept enemy fighter near Weeze. Squadron encountered multiple Fw-190s and a few Me-109s and was forced to disengage. P/O 'Bird' Irwin bailed out behind enemy lines.F223
F224
Spitfire IX

EB-VRM791
EB-ARM793
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
Defensive Patrol

21.00

-
-
From B.78. Defensive Patrol over the airfield of Veghel B.80. S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort is missing. P/O 'Bird' Irwin had to bail.
F222
13.1.21Spitfire IX

EB-NMB856
EB-VRM791
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
Ground Attack

23.00

0.00
0.00
From B.79. Unit tasked with attacking enemy armored vehicles approaching De Rips (B-84) air base. Flight inflicted minor damage to the enemy and also shot down 2 enemy aircraft in the vicinity but S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort was KIA. F225

15.1.21Spitfire IX

EB-VRM791
EB-ARM793
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
Defensive Patrol

22.15

23.00
23.00
From B.78. Patrol as ordered over Nijmegen. Uneventful.

16.1.21Spitfire IX




EB-BMB882
EB-NMB856
EB-VRM791
EB-ZEN221
EB-ARM793
P/O 'Barnacles' Barns
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
Armed Recce




1.00




2.15
2.15
2.15
2.15
2.15
From B.79. Unit was tasked with an Armed Recce sortie at a bridgehead over the Wurm river near Herleen. Unit inflicted damage to a formation of Fw-190s. 2 planes were lost in the mission due to engine malfunction.
F226
A26

A27
Spitfire IX

EB-ARM793
EB-ESM823
P/O 'Bird' Irwin
P/O 'Barnacles' Barns
Armed Recce

21.30

22.24
22.24
From B.79. Unit was tasked with an Armed Recce sortie at a train depot at Arnhem Mid-flight reports of enemy activity over Emmerich was investigated but no enemy a/c were spottedF227

21.1.21Spitfire IX

EB-NMB856
EB-VRM791
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
Armed Recce

0.00

1.10
1.10
From Wesel. Unit tasked with flying an armed recce in the vicinity of German airfield of Paderborn and assess the situation over our armored unit just east of Werl. 2 enemy aircraft were shot down. All pilots RTBed safely.F228
F229