War Diaries of 15th (Isle Of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery - Summary

1939

 

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August 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
 

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"HASTINGS" Received.

"BYNG REQUIRES THE KEYS" Received.

All key men arrived before 23.59 hrs.

 
 

24

 

 

"PLUMER REQUIRES ALL POSTS FILLED" Received.

All but 10 men reported and all embarked on S.S. Fenella for Liverpool.

 
 

25

 

 

Unit disembarked at Gladstone Dock Liverpool and deployed to Gun sites during the night.

 
  26  

All Guns in Action Lewis Guns?

 

 

September 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
 

2

 

R.H.Q. established in Royal Liver Building.

 
 

3

 

 

 

 

 

The Right troop of 41st L.A.A. Bty opened fire on 2 aircraft flying over the Mersey, not recognised as Friendly, but ceased on the flashing of the letter of the day. These are believed to be the first rounds fired by the British in the war. The Action taken was officially approved by A.A. Command.

 
 

5

 

One Troop (4 Bofors) under Capt. W. Valentine proceeded to Honington and Mildenhall, Norfolk.

 
 

6

 

 

 

Several bombing planes of R.A.F. engaged by both batteries; not flashing recognition signals; Two planes slightly damaged landed at Speke Aerodrome.

 
 

18

 

10th (IOM) Company A.T.S. joined R.H.Q. Right Troop 42 Battery proceeded to Barrow in Furness.

 

 

October 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
 

1-7

 

Troops in turn to Practice Camp. CARK IN CARTMELL for Lewis Guns and Bofors.

 
 

14

 

 

 

R.H.Q. and 41 and 42 Btys each less one troop entrained for Cirencester.

R.H.Q. and 42 Bty (less one troop) detrained at KEMBLE.

 
 

 

 

41 Bty (less one troop) detrained at Bampton and were sited at Brize Norton.

 
 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R.H.Q. Kemble House, Kemble, Glos.

41 By (less 2 troops) at Brize Norton.

One troop Little Rissington.

One troop Mildenhall and Honington.

42 Bty Kemble House.

One troop Kemble.

One troop Aston Down.

One troop Crewe

129 Bty Aintree.

 

 

November 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
 

1

 

 

129 Bty from Aintree to Blackburn defending Royal Ordnance Factory. 24 Lewis Guns

 
 

7

 

R.H.Q. to Ashton Keynes.

 
 

9

 

 

Vice Admiral Earl Granville C.B., D.S.O., R.N. (Lt. Governor I. O.M.) gazetted Honorary Colonel 15  I.O.M. Regt R.A.

 

 

December 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
 

2

 

One troop 42 Bty from Crewe to Ashton Keynes.

 
 

16

 

129 Bty from Blackburn to Gloster Aircraft Factory, Gloucester.

 
 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
R.H.Q.  - Ashton Keynes.

 41 Bty.  One troop Brize Norton. 

   One troop Little Rissington.

   One troop Mildenhall and Honington.

 - 42 Bty.  One troop Ashton Keynes.

   One troop Kemble Park

   One troop Ashton Down.

- 129 Bty. Two troops Gloucester.

   One troop Cheltenham

 

 

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