Second ‘Eagle Squadron’ formed

The Spitfire VBs of No 92 Squadron in May 1941, based at Biggin Hill, one of the front line stations in the south. The Mk V Spitfire now usually had the B armament - two 20mm cannons and four machine guns - after reliability problems with the cannons had been resolved. Had cannons been available during the previous summer Fighter Command's success rate would have been even better.

RAF fighter command remained busy, flying 3,808 sorties during this week. Even if the pressure on the southern counties fighter squadrons was much less than the previous summer, there was constant probing by the Luftwaffe and there were still attacks being made on airfields:

By day, the usual enemy reconnaissances were flown, and defensive fighter patrols were maintained over the Dover Straits and over coastal areas. A number of small-scale offensive daylight sweeps covered Kent and South and South-West Coastal regions; our fighters destroyed eighteen Me. 109’s, and probably destroyed six others. We lost six aircraft, but four of the pilots were saved. Ten Me. 109’s dived from 29,000 feet to 100 feet to attack Rochford aerodrome, and destroyed the control office.

From the Air Situation Report for the week, TNA CAB 66/16/25.

It was on the 14th May that the second ‘Eagle Squadron’, No 121 Squadron was formed from United States volunteers in the Royal Air Force. No. 71 Squadron had been operational since February 1941 – they would suffer their first fatal casualty on 17th May – P/O S Mike Kolendorski . Before 1941 American airmen had flown as individuals in different RAF squadrons. No. 121 Squadron was initially equipped with Hurricanes but converted to Spitfires in November.

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Ken December 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

The 501c3 committee meegnits are published on the Squadron Calendar with the intent of them being open to all members (although that would not necessarily imply the right to speak).As chair, I do keep notes from the meegnits, but they are not written as Minutes, and contain sensitive information such as the names of potential donors rendering them unsuitable for open publication.However, the report presented to the Squadron Board at their last meeting tells it all, and is available .

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