Weather restricts raids on Britain

Squadron Leader R R Stanford-Tuck, Commanding Officer of No 257 Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Hawker Hurricane Mark I, V6864 'DT-A', at Coltishall, Norfolk, January 1941.. The Burmese flag is seen painted on the starboard side of the aircraft and on the port side were painted 26 victory symbols. Label Squadron Leader Robert Stanford-Tuck, CO of No. 257 Squadron, in the cockpit of his Hawker Hurricane Mk I at Coltishall, January 1941.

Squadron Leader R R Stanford-Tuck, Commanding Officer of No 257 Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Hawker Hurricane Mark I, V6864 ‘DT-A’, at Coltishall, Norfolk, January 1941.. The Burmese flag is seen painted on the starboard side of the aircraft and on the port side were painted 26 victory symbols.

The RAF was still struggling to develop an effective response to night time bombing raids. Day time raids were much more sporadic but fighter Squadrons were still kept busy with convoy escort duties. It was a quiet time after a complete lull the previous week:

Fighter Command flew 155 patrols involving 351 sorties by day and one by night; hostile activity by day was reduced and consisted of a total of 155 aircraft, of which 95 were engaged on reconnaissances. Raids by single aircraft were plotted during daylight in a number of widely separated districts. No interception by our fighters was effected, but two enemy aircraft were destroyed by anti-aircraft fire.

From the Air Situation for the week, see TNA CAB 66/14/42

Hurricane Mk I of Squadron Leader Robert Stanford Tuck, commanding No 257 Squadron, refuelling at Coltishall, early January 1941.

Hurricane Mk I of Squadron Leader Robert Stanford Tuck, commanding No 257 Squadron, refuelling at Coltishall, early January 1941.

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darkmintchoc January 25, 2016 at 11:48 pm

I see, the flag is because the 257th was a gift squadron paid for by the colony of Burma.

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