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Re: NO 66 SQUADRON
Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:26pm
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Adrian,
'Ten fighter boys' and also Jimmy Corbin's follow up regarding his time in the RAF entitled 'Last of the ten fighter boys' are about 66 squadrons pilots and consequently include plenty of reference to 66 Squadron during the BoB.
Unfortunately I can't assist with a copy of the ORB but this list of incidents involving 66 might be of some use to you.

8 JULY 1940
Coltishall ????

Pilot: not known

Spitfire Mk I K9914
Category 3

Engine caught fire during routine patrol; returned and crash landed at base. Pilot unhurt [?]



10 JULY 1940
Coltishall 0800*

Pilot: Pilot Officer C. A. Cooke, RAF

Spitfire Mk I ???? (LZ - M)
Category 1

Damaged in action against Do 17 over North Sea off Winterton, Lincolnshire; returned to base. Pilot unhurt



11 JULY 1940
Coltishall 0600*

Pilot: Squadron Leader R. H. A. Leigh, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3182
Category 1

Hit in oil tank by return fire from Do 17 ten miles south west of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; returned to base. Pilot unhurt



24 JULY 1940
Coltishall 1845*

Pilot: Sergeant A. D. Smith, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3041
Category 3

Engine failed during patrol over North Sea off Norfolk coast; pilot baled out unhurt and rescued from sea



29 JULY 1940
Coltishall 1415*

Pilot: Pilot Officer L. W. Collingridge, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3042 (LZ - M)
Category 3

Damaged in action against He 111 over convoy in North Sea off Suffolk coast; crash-landed on beach at Orfordness. Pilot injued and admitted to Ipswich Hospital



19 AUGUST 1940
Coltishall 1645*

Pilot: Pilot Officer J. A. P. Studd, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3182
Category 3

Shot down in action against an He 111 over the North Sea three miles south of Orfordness, Suffolk. Pilot baled out; rescued from the sea by the Aldeburgh lifeboat but died



24 AUGUST 1940
Coltishall 1600*

Pilot: Pilot Officer R. W. Oxspring, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4052
Category 1

Returned from routine patrol and forced landed at base; cause not known. Pilot unhurt



30 AUGUST 1940
Coltishall 1630*

Pilot: Pilot Officer J. H. Pickering, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I R6715
Category 3

Shot down in action against a Do 17 over the North Sea twenty miles east of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Pilot baled out ?? slightly injured and rescued from the sea by lightship



4 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 0930*

Pilot: Pilot Officer A. N. R. L. Appleford, RAF

Spitfire Mk I P9316
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over the Thames Estuary off Southend, Essex. Pilot baled out slightly wounded



4 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 0930*

Pilot: Sergeant A. D. Smith, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3048
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over Ashford, Kent. Pilot baled out severely wounded and admitted to No.7 Casualty Clearing Station, Benenden; died of wounds 6. 9.40



4 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 0930*

Pilot: Flight Lieutenant F. P. R. Dunworth, RAFO

Spitfire Mk I N3044
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s over the Thames Estuary off Southend, Essex; forced landed at Great Cowbridge Farm, near Billericay. Pilot slightly wounded



4 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1315*

Pilot: Flying Officer P. J. C. King, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3032
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s over the Maidstone area of Kent; returned to base. Pilot unhurt



4 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1315*

Pilot: Flight Lieutenant G. P. Christie, DFC, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4052
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s over the Maidstone area of Kent; forced landed near Canterbury. Pilot slightly wounded



4 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1315*

Pilot: Pilot Officer C. A. Cooke, RAF

Spitfire Mk I R6689
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over the Maidstone area of Kent. Pilot baled out wounded and landed at Hamstreet, near Ashford



5 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1530*

Pilot: Pilot Officer H. R. Allen, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3043
Category 2

Damaged in aileron in action against Me 109s over the Medway area of Kent; returned to base and forced landed. Pilot unhurt



5 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1530*

Pilot: Flying Officer P. J. C. King, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3060
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over the Medway area of Kent. Pilot baled out but killed when parachute failed



5 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1530*

Pilot: Flight Lieutenant G. P. Christie, DFC, RAF

Spitfire Mk I K9944
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over the Medway area of Kent. Pilot baled out ?? wounded and admitted to the Royal Naval Hospital Gillingham [?]



5 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1530*

Pilot: Pilot Officer J. R. Mather, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I N3029
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s over the Medway area of Kent; forced landed. Pilot unhurt



7 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1200*

Pilot: Pilot Officer C. A. W. Bodie, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4321 (LZ - F)
Category 2

Damaged in action against ????? over Kent; forced landed at Barnhurst Lane, Hawkinge. Pilot unhurt



7 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1200*

Pilot: Pilot Officer I. J. A. Cruickshanks, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I N3225
Category 2

Damaged in action against ????? over ??????; forced landed. Pilot unhurt



9 SEPTEMBER 1940
Kenley 1730*

Pilot: Pilot Officer G. H. Corbett, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I N3049
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over East Grinstead, Sussex. Pilot baled out slightly injured



11 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend 1830*

Pilot: Pilot Officer I. J. A. Cruickshanks, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I X4339
Category 2

Damaged in action against ????? over mid Kent; forced landed north east of Ashford. Pilot slightly injured



14 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend 1830*

Pilot: Sergeant R. H. Robbins, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I X4327
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over Maidstone, Kent. Pilot baled out ?? badly injured and admitted to Leeds Castle Military Hospital



14 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend 1830*

Pilot: Sergeant P. H. Willcocks, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I N3029
Category 3

Engine failed after action against Me 109s over Maidstone, Kent; forced landed one mile south ease of base. Pilot unhurt



18 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend 1000*

Pilot: Sergeant D. F. Corfe, AAF

Spitfire Mk I R6603
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over the Canterbury area of Kent. Pilot baled out badly burned and admitted to Chartham Hospital, near Canterbury



18 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend 1555

Pilot: Pilot Officer J. R. Mather, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I R6925
Category 3

Shot down in action against ????? over the Thames Estuary. Pilot baled out unhurt



27 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend 1515*

Pilot: Pilot Officer G. H. Corbett, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I P9519
Category 2

Damaged by anti aircraft fire in action against Ju 88s over north Kent; crash landed near Orpington. Pilot unhurt



28 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend ????

Pilot: Pilot Officer A. B. Watkinson, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4322
Category 3

Shot down in action against ????? over Mayfield, Sussex. Pilot baled out wounded in shoulder and leg



28 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend ????

Pilot: Sergeant K. S. Wright, ???

Spitfire Mk I N3170
Category 2

Damaged in action against ????? over Mayfield, Sussex; forced landed where ??. Pilot unhurt



29 SEPTEMBER 1940
Gravesend 1700*

Pilot: Sergeant P. H. Willcocks, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I N3035 (LZ - K)
Category 2

Damaged in action against ???? over ?????; forced landed where ??. Pilot slightly wounded



4 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1530*

Pilot: Flight Lieutenant K. McL. Gillies, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4320
Category 3

Failed to return from action against an He 111 over the North Sea. Pilot missing; body washed ashore at Covehithe, three miles north of Southwold, Suffolk 21.10.40



5 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1115*

Pilot: Pilot Officer C. A. W. Bodie, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3285
Category 1

Damaged in action against Me 109s over Tenterden, Kent; returned to base. Pilot unhurt



5 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1115*

Pilot: Sergeant K. S. Wright, ?????

Spitfire Mk I X4543
Category 1

Damaged in action against Me 109s over Tenterden, Kent; returned to base. Pilot unhurt



5 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1115*

Pilot: Pilot Officer J. B. Kendal, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I X4473
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s over Tenterden, Kent; returned to base. Pilot slightly injured; admitted to Preston Hall Hospital, Maidstone on 7.10.40



7 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1130*

Pilot: Pilot Officer J. B. Kendal, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I ?????
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s south of London; crash landed at Detling aerodrome, Kent. Pilot slightly wounded and admitted to Preston Hall Hospital



7 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend ????

Pilot: Pilot Officer H. M. T. Heron, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4326 (LZ - N)
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s where ??; returned to base ??. Pilot unhurt



8 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 0900*

Pilot: Pilot Officer G. H. Corbett, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I R6779
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over north Kent; crashed at Bayford, five miles north west of Sittingbourne. Pilot killed



8 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1130*

Pilot: Sergeant R. A. Ward, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I N3043 (LZ - X)
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over north Kent. Pilot believed baled out near Rochester but killed



11 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 0930*

Pilot: Sergeant P. H. Willcocks, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I N3121
Category 2

Routine patrol ?? in bad weather; crashed at Newhook, two miles north west of Eastchurch aerodrome, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, while on approach to land at Eastchurch. Pilot unhurt



11 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1045*

Pilot: Pilot Officer J. H. Pickering, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I X4562
Category 3

Damaged in action against Me 109s intercepted over the Kent coast between Folkestone and Dover; crashed landed with dead engine at Covert Wood, near Barham, six miles south west of Canterbury, and wrecked. Pilot injured and admitted to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital



11 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1045*

Pilot: Pilot Officer H. R. Allen, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4255 (LZ - P)
Category 2

Damaged in oil tank in action against Me 109s intercepted over the Kent coast between Folkestone and Dover; forced landed at Hawkinge aerodrome with dead engine and crashed when brakes failed. Pilot concussed and admitted to hospital



13 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1600*

Pilot: Pilot Officer C. A. W. Bodie, RAF

Spitfire Mk I N3285
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s over Maidstone, Kent; returned to base. Pilot unhurt



13 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1600*

Pilot: Squadron Leader R. H. A. Leigh, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4479
Category 2

Damaged in action against Me 109s over Maidstone, Kent; forced landed near Halling Ferry, four miles south west of Rochester. Pilot unhurt



13 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1600*

Pilot: Sergeant H. Cook, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I X4543
Category 3

Damaged in action against Me 109s over Maidstone, Kent; forced landed at Hornchurch aerodrome, Essex. Pilot unhurt



17 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1500*

Pilot: Pilot Officer H. W. Reilley, RAF

Spitfire Mk I R6800 (LZ - N)
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s over Westerham, Kent; crashed at Crockham Hill, two miles south of Westerham, and burned out. Pilot killed



20 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1100*

Pilot: Sergeant H. Cook, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk I X4599
Category 2

Damaged in action against ???? over ?????; returned to base. Pilot unhurt



25 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 0830*

Pilot: Flight Lieutenant R. W. Oxspring, RAF

Spitfire Mk I X4170
Category 3

Shot down in action against Me 109s intercepted over Canterbury, Kent. Pilot baled out and descended with tangled parachute, landed in a tree near Pembury, two miles north east of Tunbridge Wells, unhurt



27 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 0800*

Pilot: Pilot Officer J. R. Mather, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk II P7539
Category 3

Crashed during patrol at Half Moon Lane, Hildenborough, Kent, two miles north west of Tonbridge, and burned out. Pilot killed



30 OCTOBER 1940
Gravesend 1630*

Pilot: Sergeant W. J. Corbin, RAFVR

Spitfire Mk II P7446
Category 2

Combined squadron patrol over ???? and transfer to new base at West Malling; landed at West Malling and tipped onto wing when one undercarriage leg broke off in filled in bomb crater on runway. Pilot unhurt



  • NO 66 SQUADRONAdrian Cork, Fri Apr 23 1:44pm
    Can anyone recommend a book on No 66 Squadron during The Battle ? Would anyone have a copy of their ORB they would be preparsed to let me have a copy of ? Thanks. Adrian
    • 66 Sqn. book listPaul Davies, Thu Apr 29 8:15pm
      HI Adrian. No relation to Dickie Cork? You probably have this list but here goes; All the ones you have had mentioned but also; Spitfire Squadron (written under another name but was actually written... more
      • 66 Sqn. book listAdrian Cork, Thu Apr 29 11:28pm
        Hi Paul, Many thanks for the book list. I only have a couple of them but will attempt to get some of the others. Ken (not Jasper !) Gillies grave is in Thornton and is only 6 miles from where I live. ... more
    • Return FireJon Eeles, Fri Apr 23 4:24pm
      One aspect that has always interested me is the role of the Airgunner. Just looking at the list from Gerry shows that a single barrel rifle calibre hand held wobbling in the slipstream aiming way off ... more
    • Re: NO 66 SQUADRON — Anonymous, Fri Apr 23 2:26pm
      • NO 66 SQUADRONAdrian Anonymous, Fri Apr 23 5:37pm
        Hi Gerry, Thanks for this. An excellent start for me. I'm interested in Ken Gillies who is mentioned in tragic circumstances in your post. Got some stuff from the obvious places (Men of The BoB, Aces ... more
        • Re: NO 66 SQUADRONAnonymous, Fri Apr 23 6:23pm
          Adrian, GILLIES, Kenneth McLeod Royal Air Force Pilot 37799 Flying Officer [9. 9.38] Acting Flight Lieutenant [13.11.39] 66 (F) Squadron RAF OC A Flight He 111 Destroyed (confirmed) 8. 8.40 Me... more
          • NO 66 SQUADRONAnonymous Anonymous, Sat Apr 24 7:36pm
            Gerry, Thanks very much for the information mate. Just what I needed to augment his combat reports. Appreciate it. Adrian
            • Re: NO 66 SQUADRONGerry, Sat Apr 24 9:31pm
              No probs, Found these further details relating to him. GILLIES, K. McL. F/O - Promoted Acting F/Lt and posted from 66 Sqdn to 254 Sqdn, 13 November 1939; joined 254 Sqdn as OC 'A' Flt, 13 November... more
      • Re: NO 66 SQUADRONGerry, Fri Apr 23 2:27pm
        Sorry Pip, Forgot to add my name again!! Not Anonymous. Gerry
        • NO 66 SQUADRONAdrian Cork, Tue Apr 27 8:56am
          Gerry, You wouldn't happen to have a picture of Ken Gillies would you ? Or a Squadron one with him in it ? The only one I've seen is of him in the cockpit of his Spitfire, looking down and smiling.... more
        • Gerry AnonymousAndy Saunders, Fri Apr 23 4:51pm
          Seriously, I honestly thought your name really was Gerry Anonymous. I always thought it a strange surname, mind. :-)
          • Spitfire farmpip, Fri Apr 23 5:30pm
            Andy Have been Google mapping all over B.......France. Can't find that Farm anywhere. Was it just outside Armentiere Colmar or some place else? Talk about needles in haystacks. Not a mention of it... more
            • That farm....Andy Saunders, Sat Apr 24 10:09am
              I will try to retrace my route back from Laventie (where Mannock VC is probably buried) on the map this weekend. I might then get a better idea where it was. I think I must have driven over to the... more
              • Andy Saunders/ Mick Mannock V.C.Paul Davies, Thu Apr 29 8:26pm
                HI Andy Just to say how much I enjoyed your book on finding Mannocks last resting place and of solving the mystery. The documentary with you and Peter Hart, Aces Falling? was excellent also. Have you ... more
              • Re: That farm....pip, Sat Apr 24 10:14am
                Thanks Andy, It is now driving me crazy! I can't remember our route now but we did pass through Armentiere and Colmar. Are they in the same region .. I seem to recall driving out of one of these... more
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