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Squadron "Swapovers" during the Battle of Britain
Tony Adams, one of our website volunteers, has been scouring the archives to bring us an article on the logistics of moving our fighter squadrons from one airfield to another, during the Battle of Britain.
A few days ago, I had the privilege of chatting to Stan Ford, (who served with 615 squadron as an engine fitter), about their move from Kenley to Prestwick at the end of August 1940.
He said the squadron were sent up there to be rested and had a lovely time after the trials they had endured while stationed at Kenley during the summer. Apparently, at Prestwick they got their beds made for them, and were having a great time at a local skating rink in the evenings. The Squadron was only ever at a low level of operational readiness.. BUT, Stan's sojourn in Scotland didn't last long - the officers got fed up and wanted to get back into the action, so they asked if the squadron could be moved back to the south of England and 615 squadron were sent to RAF Northolt in October!
You can read Tony's article about Squadron movements here.
Photo: Flying Officer Petrus Hendrik "Dutch" Hugo, of No. 615 Squadron, perched on a Hawker Hurricane (specially for Stan), (courtesy of Gerry Burke).