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No. 41 Squadron ‡
AIR 125
GND 55
Sorties 114
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OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT

By No. 41 Squadron RAF

For the Month of May, 2021

Date. Aircraft
Type & Number.
Crew. Duty. Time. Details of Sortie or Flight. References.
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22.5.21Spitfire XIV

EB-NSM207
EB-VSM635
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
S/Ldr 'Skipper' Merfort
Defensive Patrol

22.00

23.00
23.00
From B.58. Patrol 21st Army Tank Brigade over Weert as requested.F240

23.5.21Spitfire XIV

EB-NSM207
EB-ASM888
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
P/O 'Erich' Shaw
Defensive Patrol

18.10

18.50
18.50
From B.79. Defensive patrol over Turnhout defenses and Geel munition's depot as ordered. 01 Me-109, 01 Fw-190, and 01 Me-110 destroyed as well as 01 Ju-88 damaged. All pilots RTBed safely.F241
F246
25.5.21Spitfire XIV

EB-NSM207
EB-FSM834
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
P/O 'Bemmo' Bayles
Offensive Sweep

22.15

23.00
23.00
From B.58. Intruder mission between Werl and Stormede as requested. F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards shot down 01 Me-109 near Dortmund. P/O 'Bemmo' Bayles was lost in action.F242

Spitfire XIV

EB-NSM207
EB-FSM834
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
P/O 'Bemmo' Bayles
Offensive Sweep

23.15

0.10
0.10
From B.58. Intruder mission between Werl and Sturmede as requested. F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards shot down 01 Fw-190. All pilots RTBed safely.F243
F247
26.5.21Spitfire XIV

EB-NSM207
EB-ZSM249
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe
Defensive Patrol

23.15

0.00
0.00
From B.58. Unit tasked with flying a defensive patrol over bridgehead position in the vicinity of Hertogenbosch Bridge 01 Me-109 destroyed by F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards and 01 Me-110 damaged by F/O 'Zach' Z. Lamothe. All pilots RTBed safely but bridgehead was damaged during the operation.F244

29.5.21Spitfire XIV


EB-NSM207
EB-OSM697
EB-FSM834
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
P/O 'Erich' Shaw
P/O 'Bemmo' Bayles
Armed Recce


22.00


22.26
22.26
22.26
From B.58. Unit conducted an defensive air patrol over Antwerp and then landed at B.70 (Deurne) for future operations in the area.F248
F250
F252
Spitfire XIV


EB-NSM207
EB-OSM697
EB-FSM834
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
P/O 'Erich' Shaw
P/O 'Bemmo' Bayles
Offensive Sweep


22.35


23.20
23.20
23.20
From B.70. Unit was initially tasked with patrolling and defending the airspace around Breda and Gilze-Rijen but was diverted to Hertogenbosch (sector 1214) in order to assist the 352nd Fighter Squadron. Two enemies were destroyed around sectors 1210 and 1211 by F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards but pilot F/O 'Ike' Irvinh was wounded after being forced to crash land. P/O 'Bemmo' Bayles had suffered engine problems during the mission and was forced to land at B.77 airfield nearby.F249

F253
31.5.21Spitfire XIV

EB-NSM207
EB-FSM834
F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards
P/O 'Bemmo' Bayles
Offensive Sweep

21.35

22.05
22.05
From B.78. Unit tasked with an Offensive sweep between Monschau and Dupemfeld. 03 enemy aircraft shot down by F/Lt 'Riksen' Richards. All pilots RTBed safely.F254
F255