115 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment: 361 Battery 365 Battery 367 Battery:

Unit No.

 

1 November 1944: Regiment in action at Oud-Gastel (Brabant), ground targets engaged in support of 49 Division.

 

3 November 1944: Ground targets engaged by 361 Battery, 32 rounds fired. 361 Battery fired further 32 rounds against enemy re-forming for counter attack.   Emergency target engaged in support of 104 US Division. 104 US Division report air ? effective and enemy mortar fire considerably relieved as result.

 

4 November 1944: Ground targets engaged throughout day.

 

6 November 1944: Regiment moved to area Fijnaart. Batteries deployed in area. RHQ established in Fijnaart. Ground targets engaged in support 104 US Division and 49 Division.

 

7 November 1944: Ground targets engaged by 367 Battery throughout day. 

 

8 November 1944: Ground targets engaged by 367 and 365 Batteries throughout the day.

 

9 November 1944: 361 Battery deployed in support Polish Armd Division.

 

10 November 1944: Regiment less 361 Battery moved to rest area at Roosendaal. RHQ established at Roosendaal.

 

11 November 1944: L/Sgt W.H. Cragg killed by bomb whilst in Antwerpen. Gunner H. Bennett of 361 Battery injured by mine. 361 Battery engaged ground target in support Polish Armd Division.

 

13 November 1944: 361 Battery moved to rest area at Roosendaal.

 

15 November 1944: Regiment moved to Nijmegen area and took over from 90 HAA Regiment under comd 74 AA  Brigade. RHQ established in wood. 361 Battery shelled during occupation of gun position. No casualties.

 

16 November 1944: 365 Battery fired 12 rounds against ground targets.

 

19 November 1944: ME 109 flying low engaged by 361 Battery. 17 rounds fired.

 

20 November 1944: 361 Battery BHQ and gun position subjected to consistent shelling throughout

night. BHQ received direct hit, no casualties to personnel. One three ton lorry damaged.

 

21 November 1944: ME 109 fledw low over 361 Battery gun position. Unable to engage. 365 Battery engaged, 2 round fired. 365 Battery engaged ME 262, 26 rounds fired. ME 262 flying out of cloud dropped on 361 Battery gun position. Bomb failed to explode.

 

26 November 1944: 365 Battery fired 6 rounds against ground target.

 

1 December 1944: Capt H.W. Plucha was appointed adjudant vice Capt ? Francis posted to 365 Battery as Battery Captain. H3 ground targets engaged  by C.O. E & H Troops 288 rounds fires including airbursts - percussions.

367 Bty fired 126 rounds against ground targets

361 Battery gun positon and BHQ subjected to continues shelling.

 

2 December 1944: Shelling of 361 Battery continues and intensified. Sgt Chadwick and Sgt P. Lyon (REME) killed. Considerable damage to vehicles +  equipment. Secret telephone line was laid to CBO. Great difficulty was experienced in locating hostile batteries.

 

3 December 1944:Major E.H. Bigland assumed command of the Regiment during illnes of Lt. Col R.O.E. Eve.  E Troop fired 24 rounds against ground targets.

 

4 December 1944: Shelling of 361 B ty continued. All Transport moved out + BHQ moved, less Bty Comd and BQMS.

 

5 December 1944: 365 Bty fired 15 rounds for calibration. 367 Bty fired 69 rounds against ground targets.

 

6 December 1944: Shelling of 361 Bty continued. No further damage of casualties.

 

7 December 1944: 367 Bty fired 36 rounds against ground targets. 361 Bty moved from present position + occupied new positions.

 

8 December 1944: F Troop fired 39 rounds against ground targets

 

9 December 1944: 365 Bty fired 11 rounds as practice ranging from OP. 369 Bty fired 120 rounds against ground targets.

 

10 December 1944: 365 Bty fired 6HE Tasks. Expended 40 rounds airbursts and 40 rounds perrcussions. 367 Bty fired 105 rounds against hostile aircraft. Aircraft dropped bombs in Nijmegen and was afterwards destroyed by fighters. Two ME 262 aircraft engaged by 365 Bty 4 rounds fired.

 

11 December 1944: HE Tasks fired by 365 Bty as follows 16 rounds airbursts. F Troop fired 40 rounds on HE Tasks.

 

12 December 1944: 365 Bty fired 16 rounds on HE Tasks.

 

13 December 1944: E Troop fired 3 rounds against ground targets. 365 Bty fired 6 HE Tasks, 48 rounds fired. 365 Bty fired 8 rounds against ground target. 365 Bty fired 3 HE Tasks, 24 rounds fired. 365 Bty fired 16 rounds on HE Tasks.

 

14 December 1944: 365 & 367 Bty fired 7 HE Tasks 84 rounds fired.

 

15 December 1944: 365 Bty fired two rounds only as practice OP ranging owing to poor visibility. F Troop fired 3 rounds against ground targets.

 

16 December 1944: Lt A.H. Higgins RA proceeded on course to school of Signals Gattwick. 365 & 367 Bty fired 3 HE Tasks, 48 rounds fired. 365 Bty fired 2 HE Tasks, 16 rounds fired. 361 BHQ moved to new location. 365 B ty fired 8 rounds on HE Tasks.

 

17 December 1944: 365 Bty fired 5 HE Tasks, 20 rounds fired. 365 Bty fired 49 rounds for practice op ranging.

 

18 December 1944: 365 Bty fired 49 rounds for practice op ranging. 365 & 367 Bty fired 1 HE Task, 64 rounds fired.

 

19 december 1944: 365 & 367 Btys fired 72 rounds on 3 HE Tasks. Sporadic shelling adjacent to 361 Bty BHQ during night, no damage or casualties.

 

20 December 1944: Lt. L.A. Wade proceeded on Radar course to UK. 367 Bty fired 116 rounds against ground targets.

 

21 December 1944: Information received of many Para Troops and Transport aircraft concentrating in North Holland. Ground defence schemes received and adjacent units contacted with view to coordination. F Troop fired 100 rounds against ground targets.

 

22 December 1944: F Troop fired 37 rounds against ground target.

 

23 December 1944: E Troop fired 96 rounds against ground targets (HE Tasks). 365 Bty fired 7

rounds against aircraft, height 3500 ft. B Troop engaged ME 262. Ht 3200 ft Results not known.

 

24 December 1944: 365 Bty fired 13 rounds at aircraft, heigth 10,000ft.

 

25 December 1944: Hostile a/c (F.W. 190) engaged at tree-top height by B Troop with Brenn

gun. A/c was engaged by LAA guns and crashed.

 

26 December 1944: 361 and 365 Btys engaged ME 262 Ht 30,000. Resultsnot known, 14 rounds fired. B Troop engaged unseen hostile aircraft Ht 3200, fired 32 rounds. JU 88 afterwards reported crashed. Claim submitted for Cat I. 367 Bty engaged unseen hostile aircraft Ht 3200. Results unknown.

 

27 December 1944: 365 Bty fired 20 rounds as practice OP ranging.

 

29 December 1944: Four Typhoons attacked power station at Nijmegen, four rounds were fired by 365 Bty. Typhoons dived to 800 ft and wer ascorted away by Spitfires.