was scrambled at 08.50 hours and Yellow at 09.45 hours but the sortie was
of short duration. The pilots not at readiness saw the film 'THE NEXT OF
KIN' in the Wing pilot’s room. As it is the Belgian National Day the
Squadron is released off the Camp from 13.00 hours until 13.00 hours on
One section at
readiness. The squadron moved off in the morning and all settled in at
Acklington by the afternoon. Today, being the eve of the Belgian national
Day, a dinner for all ranks is provided in the Airmen’s Mess. The C.O.
made a moving speech thanking all those personnel, both Belgian and
British, for their assistance to the Squadron. Prophesise the next Feast
Day will be on the Continent and exhorts all to attend Mass and the
singing of the Te Deum the following morning. Excellent entertainment was
provided by the N.C.O’s and airmen. Weather dull. 10/10 cloud.
National Feast Day. With the exception of one Section at readiness the
Squadron is released for the day. Non-stop celebrations in the Bar in the
morning, at “B” Flight in the afternoon and at the local in the evening.
Weather Rain. 10/10. cloud.
BELGIAN NATIONAL DAY
Bad weather (low clouds
10.00 SQUADRON PARADE & HOISTING OF THE COLOURS
followed by a TE DEUM in the Belgian Chapel.
15.30 - 1715
Soccer Match 'A' Flt. V 'B' Flt.
ERNOULD, R. posted to an Affiliation Flight (Harwell).
We fly to
Brussels, Melsbroek for flying duties over our own capital. We have a
reception in the evening at the “Chateau d’Anjou” at Stockel.
A fly past is
held over the Cinquantenaire where an Exhibition is opened in aid of the
Belgian Air Force Benevolent Fund. At night we are entertained at the
Belgian Air Force Officers Club.
day is cancelled for the fifth consecutive year; 4 times by the Germans
and once by the Belgian Authorities. It is a poor show but as far as we
are concerned we celebrated anyway, some from 11 a.m. “a l’Opera” then to
the country “Au quatre rois” at 6 p.m. we were received at the “Maison des
The squadron goes back to base. The rest of the month
is uneventful. One flight works 24 hours from noon to noon and the other
flight takes over, this is a much better idea for those people who want to
fly. We improve our formation flying and the break over the airfield