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RAF man details : 236 Sqdn W/C. A.R. de H. INNISHi Pierre To add to John's information, Inniss shared two Ju88s on 29/1/43. His DFC citation mentions 7 kills in total (apparently his logbook shows 8 Ju88s and one shared FW200 whilst with 248 Squadron). He didn't serve with 83 Squadron, but was CO of 39 Squadron (Beaufighter X) 1943/1944 and became Wing commander Flying at Athens in March 1944. Cheers Brian ....Read More.brian on 5th December 2007 11:08:28
Edwin John Forgan Grant.Hi Helen From: Gentlemen in Blue: 600 Squadron by Hans Onderwater "The Luftwaffe sent large four-engined FW200 Condors out over the Atlantic to broadcast weather forcasts to Germany. One of the tasks of No 600 at Predannack was to try and intercept these aircraft, thus robbing the Germans of valuable weather information. During one of these "milk train" runs F/L Fletcher and his R/O Sgt Grant experienced severe icing. One engine stopped and the Beaufighter had to be ditched. A search by air-sea rescue Lysanders, escorted by Spitfires of 66 Squadron failed to find the dinghy. For the crew the worst was feared. One body washed ashore much later" (page 154) His entry in "The Men of the Battle of Britain" doesn't add much more detail except that he joined the RAFVR in May 1939 as Airman u/t (under-training) Aircrew. Then he joined 600 Squadron on 18th July 1940. A ....Read More.Amrit on 6th February 2008 03:06:31
263 Sqn losses over Norway May-June 1940Hi guys, Thanks for the info. There are a number of issues with the info in the Air Britain serials. One example being N5720. In Air Britain it has the aircraft as lost in Norway 04/40. This has also been repeated in Hakans Biplane Aces website. I have a copy of Form 78 the aircraft's movement card. It states that the Gladiator was issued to 6 MU on 06/06/39 and probably went into storage. It then went RAF Turnhouse on 03/05/40. The next entry is for 263 Sqn on 18/05/40. Now on 18th May 263 Sqn was at sea onboard HMS Furious. I believe this date may have been some sort of sensus taken of the aircraft that went to Norway on the 2nd Expedition as another four Gladiators, N5693, N5714, N5719 and N5894 have identical 'movements'. Another Gladiator N5905 is reported as being with the Norway Force on 30th April. As 263 Sqn was in transit from Norway to the UK at this time the aircraft would appear to have been allocated to the Sqn for the 2nd Expedition. I then found a combat report from Sgt Milligan dated 23rd May in which he states he was flying N5720 when he encountered a He111 to the West of Salanger. So from these two documents it is safe to assume that N5720 took part in the 2nd Expedition and not the first as claimed elsewhere. As for N5705 that's a typo on my part. I was looking at an old set of notes and as you mentioned it should be N5908. Hakan, Shores (Fledgling Eagles), Franks (FCL), Mason (Gloster Gladiator) and Air Britain all claim N5705 crashed at Bodo on 26th. Indeed Shores mentions that Grant-Ede was flying this aircraft on 25th May when he shot down a FW200. Grant-Ede's combat reports do not mention any serial number. Yet Form 78 has the aircraft as going to Norway in April. So if Sqn Ldr Donaldson mentions that N5705 was lost on 25th April then do we again assume that the aircraft was in Norway during April? I've ordered a number of reports from the NA concerning 263 Sqn in Norway so maybe I'll unearth some more details. I firmly believe that with carefull scrutiny and cross checking I will eventually identify all Gladiators that took part in these two Expeditions. Alex ....Read More.Alex Crawford on 27th May 2008 05:02:14
Parachute And Cable (PAC) fruitfulnessThe KG53 He 111 brought down at Ovington by the PAC at RAF Watton on 18 Feb 1941 was the only enemy aircraft known brought down solely by the weapon, at least in the UK. A Do 17Z was 'snared' by PAC over RAF Kenley on 18 Aug 1940, and another damaged, but the former had already been crippled by other defences. I also found a couple of pictures of a KG40 FW200 which RTB with a ship-borne PAC wrapped round it. There are a lot of myths and legends about this odd weapon, and when I was contacted in the 90s by a man who witnessed the He 111 incident in 1941, he was terrified he would be arrested under the official secrets act for disclosing what he saw that day !!! BC ....Read More.BC1 on 31st May 2008 11:49:50
Deaths 16-1-1942 MV Llangibby CastleName Llangibby Castle Type: Troop transport Tonnage 11.951 tons Completed 1929 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow Owner Union-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London Homeport London Llangibby Castle (12053 tons) was torpedoed by U-402 (Lt at 46.04N, 19.06W - Grid BE 5716) while part of convoy WS15. At 11.15 hours on 16 Jan, 1942, the Llangibby Castle (Master Bayer) was torpedoed by U-402 north of the Azores. One torpedo hit the stern and blew away the after gun and the rudder, but the propellers remained intact. The ship limped to Horta in the Azores at 9 knots, fighting off attacks by German Fw200 aircraft on the way. The neutral Portugal allowed only 14 days for repairs and on 2 February, the ship had to leave with the troops still on board and set course to Gibraltar, assisted by an Admiralty tug and escorted by three British destroyers. On 3 February, the small convoy was followed by several U-boats, but none managed to hit the ship, while the HMS Westcott (D 47) sank U-581 (Pfeifer). On 8 February, the troopship arrived at Gibraltar in tow of the tug and disembarked the troops. On 6 April, the Llangibby Castle left Gibraltar under escort after temporary repairs, but still without rudder, for the UK, arriving on 13 April. Altogether she sailed 3400 miles without a rudder and with a badly damaged stern, only using her engines for steering, a feat for which her master was awarded the OBE. Nothing definite, but a possibility for Y 7 is the MS Trawler HMS Slebech who used the pennant number Y 7.28. See... Hope this helps, Bruce ....Read More.bruce dennis on 13th December 2008 12:51:01
Deaths 16-1-1942 MV Llangibby CastleMark, Here is some further information concerning the RAF personnel lost in that action. In a report by W/C H. Conder (O.C. Troops Y.7) 19/1/42 to the Air Ministry London, the names given are close matches for those on your list, but there are a few detail differences, namely... 1235580 AC2 A.A ACKRED 1436611 AC2 P.A BOYCE 1432048 AC2 E.H EMMETT 1262097 LAC HW HALL 1103356 AC2 C. HOLMES 1358216 LAC J MORGAN 1437263 AC1 JA PORKINS 1280568 AC2 W.E BROWN And then there is 905496 AC1 N.W REES 950496 “ “ “ (name appears in the report with two different numbers) The confirmed killed were Langley, Cooley, Brown, Taylor and Ackred, the remainder ‘missing, believed killed’ at the time of the report. Also, 1306383 LAC J WHITE was seriously wounded with a fracture to the right femur and transferred to Shore Hospital at Horta, Fayal, reported as ‘progressing favourably’. One of the first to see the approaching torpedoes appears to have been AC2 Robertson 1370909, who was on the welldeck at the time of the attack. He was attempting to run amidships when the torpedo struck, knocking him down. The blast blew the ship’s 6” gun overboard, blew out the stern which was left open to the sea, and wrecked a number of cabins occupied by troops. The steering was destroyed. Many troops were gathered on the welldeck aft, or the casualty list could have been higher. All lighting was knocked out on the ship, adding to the difficulties of her Master, Captain RF Bayer and Chief Engineer, Mr J Mills. An RAF Chaplain, D. Benson (sp?), wrote of watching explosions on another ship while waiting at his boat muster point, plus a number of similar reports from Army survivors. Three hours later came a second attack, by an Fw200. This may have resulted in the loss of that aircraft. All accounts describe the plane being heavily engaged by the AA defences of Llangibby Castle and the escorting destroyer H-77, with one credible and detailed statement claiming the Fw was losing height in a steady glide as it departed. The troops were not given the order to abandon ship, and discipline was maintained. For the rest of the ships journey, they remained above decks except for brief trips below for meals. All told, Llangibby Castle covered over 1000 miles in this condition, steering by engines alone in the Atlantic, which earned high praise for her crew. Another detail that has emerged is that the time of the attack I quoted in my original posting was the German time: either 08:15 or 09:15 (seems the Admiralty and the Army were on different clocks!) was the 'British' time aboard ship. Hope this helps, Bruce ....Read More.bruce dennis on 29th December 2008 08:29:33
S/l A T Maudsley DfcHi, I reserched this event last year, and was at the spot where both lost their live. it hapend in early morning - it was still dark - of 7 september 43, near Cape Sardão (in the southwest coast of Portugal). Arthur Maudsley and Arthur Ashton started the persuit of a Fock Wulf 200 still over the sea. from the research of Chris Goss it was almost certainly the plane F8+AT, from KG 40, with Lt. Erich Stoker at the comands. The Condors where very active at the time in this part of Europe. They had some "watcher's" in the coast, and probably also in fishing boats and so on. The most known story in Portugal is that of one sargent from a Lighthouse in Cape St. Vicente (more to the south) that had a radio from where he contacted the German Ambassy in Lisbon. From there they contacted KG40 in Bordeaux. The beaufighter was there to protect a convoy that was passing and Stoker was there with two other FW200's to atack it. The fight started still at night. One of the persons I talked with was guarding cows with a friend near the lighthouse of Cape Sardão (Cabo Sardão - if somoene wants to look in Google earth), when he heard the sound of the fighting. He came out of a hut and saw over his head the shadows of two airplanes, flyng very low. A big one in the front and a smaller one in the back. He saw the tracer bullet's going from one plane to another and vice-versa. He and the frined where both hit by cartridges that fell from the sky. One of those hit a wooden bucket - to give water to the cows - and made a hole in it. The aircrafts went on fighting into land in the direction of Longueira a couple of miles away (Northeast of Cape Sardão) where another person saw the rest of the fight. There was already some light so the man was able to see them both coming very low over a couple of hills still firing at each other. Near the houses the "smaller" aircraft just turned and crashed. there was no smoke or anything else. He just crashed. The Fw 200 continued his low course for some time. People around there told me that there whas one information about a crashing near Setubal of a FW200. I have no proof of that and Chris Goss, has no Condors lost on that day. The aircraft was scattered trough hundreds of meters and the airmen where so mutilated that still today everybody says that there where three men on board and not two. The british authorities arrived - I believe still on the same day - recovered the bodies and transported them to Odemira in Bull cars, where they put them on wooden caskets and trasnported them to Lisbon, to be buried. This are just two of the RAF men buried in Portugal. Besides the cemiteri in Lisbon you can also find buriel places in Sagres, Oporto and Lóriga. Luftwaffe men are burried in Aljezur and Moura. Stoker claimed a Moskito that day. Both RAF men where located in Gibraltar. Hope this answers the questions. Best regards Carlos Guerreiro ....Read More.solrac on 19th April 2009 06:50:20
RAF operations/attitude Aegean 1944-1945Hi guys As far as I am aware, the last German aircraft shot down in the Aegean area fell on the night of 6/7 October 1944. Yet, after this date and almost until the end of war, fairly frequent supply flights to Rhodes and Crete were maintained by a variety of aircraft (including Ju90s, Ju290s, FW200s) from KG200 and 14./TG4, these same aircraft evacuating the sick and wounded. Since the German garrisons on Rhodes and Crete were practically non-combatant and short of food etc, was there some sort of agreement on the Allies part not to shoot down these aircraft? Perhaps that is rather naive of me to suggest this, but considering the RAF had dozens of radar-equipped night fighters, Beaufighters and Mosquitos, in the area, surely interceptions could have been made. Just a thought but comments would be appreciated. Cheers Brian ....Read More.brian on 8th August 2011 03:14:00
Identity of Sunderland 210 Sqn in combatEvening all, I would appreciate help to identify the Sunderland from 210 Sqn RAF which engaged with a FW200 Condor on 29 January 1941. All I have is that it was Sunderland "G" any details of the encounter from the ORB would be a great help. Many thanks Regards Tony K ....Read More.Tony Kearns on 8th January 2012 01:23:52
Identity of Sunderland 210 Sqn in combatHello, John Foreman suggests: 29th January 1941 Again there was little action. Flying Officer Aikman's* 210 Squadron crew sighted one of I./KG 40's FW200s to the south of Eire at 11.27 hours. The Focke-Wulf made a diving port-quarter attack at 500 yards range. The rear turret of the Sunderland was hit and the gunner wounded, but the crew returned fire. Hits were reported on the cockpit and the port engine. The German aircraft 'retired hurt' with the port inner engine windmilling. Casualties - Royal Air Force. 210 Squadron Sunderland I L2163:DA-G Damaged in combat. F/O Aikman and crew safe. Casualties - Luftwaffe. I./KG 40 FW200C - ? - Damaged in combat near Ireland, one man killed,. Aircraft 10% damaged. See: Air War 1941:The Turning Point. Part One. Foreman,John Walton-on-Thames:Air Research Publications,1993. pp.85-6 *70002 F/L Barry Thomson AIKMAN DFC RAFO. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 8th January 2012 02:32:47
Instep Patrol?I often wonder did the RAF ever make a determined effort to intercept the Wekustas. These flights operated almost to a schedule, well that is what the Irish coastwatchers thought, one former coastwatcher remarked to me how he or his comrades manning the post would make the remark " you're late this morning Herman" or "late again Heinz". The DRS (Daily Report Summary) in Irish Military Archives would confirm this to a large extent. On the other hand the RAF did try very hard to intercept the photo reconnaissance flights in the Irish Sea and of course also to catch the FW200 Condors passing the south coast of Ireland and named these sorties "Fastnet Patrols" Regards Tony K ....Read More.Tony Kearns on 27th February 2012 03:51:53
Stirling shot down 18 August 1940As it seems possible that the aircraft 'shot down' was not a Stirling but some other four-engined type and perhaps force-landed rather than crashing perhaps an expert on the the history of BOAC AW Ensigns and their war prize FW200 ondor G-AGAY should be summoned. Or then again, perhaps the gunners saw a Sunderland or C Class flying boat. Ian Macdonald ....Read More.Ian M Macdonald on 26th March 2012 09:51:27
Lost Airmen of BuchenwaldHello Christian, It was beyond the scope of the query to provide precise details on any of the airmen mentioned in Burgess' listing of Buchenwald prisoners. l'll just say, that Stewart is listed under CANADA (your guess is as good as mine, as to what Burgess mean't by that!), not CANADIAN. I'm well aware of Stewart's background, and the fact that he was RAF. Stewart was awarded his DFC, in part, for claiming a probable Fw200 on 28-7-1943, whilst serving on the 'Empire Darwin', with the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit. After baling out of his Hurricane, Stewart was picked up by safely by HMS 'Lieth'.* Stewart later went on to No.609 Squadron RAF. Whilst there, he was involved in the following incident: 2-2-1944 No.609 Sqn Typhoon IB EK121:PR-F (others sources quote, PR-U). Stalled on landing and wing hit the ground, Manston. 128449 P/O (Pilot) James Alexander STEWART DFC RAFVR Stewart ended up a PoW, as follows: 13-5-1944 No.609 Sqn Typhoon IB MN414 Hit by flak, Fleury. Baled out, initially evaded, later PoW. 128449 F/O (Pilot) James Alexander STEWART DFC RAFVR Initially in Fresnes Prison, later transferred to Buchenwald. *Some interesting comments, here: Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 8th September 2012 02:58:43
1406 Met flight action v FW200 between August and October 1942The link [url][/url] includes a reference to an action between a Hampden of 1406 Met flight and a FW200 Condor on and unknown date between August and the end of October 1942. As a result of the action, which left the Condor damaged, the Hampden's pilot Flt Lt H R Puplett (82680), was awarded the DFC. Edit: I believe the action was probably over the North Sea. In the absence of a 1406 Met Flight ORB I'd be grateful if anyone could expand on this, or at least provide a date. As the CO of 519 Squadron Puplett was later to die tragically at about 2359 on 25 August 1943 whilst on an ASR mission. On that day he had been flying since 0339 in the morning, first on a routine met sortie (landing at 1043) before departing again at 1614 to seach for the missing aircraft - a Hampden P5334 of 519 Squadron. Brian ....Read More.Lyffe on 4th May 2015 06:21:34
Sunderland P9623 PortugalHello, Found this - [url][/url] Seems that there were 11 on board and Lombard was a passenger . See here - The first “escape” The tugboat left the Leixões Harbour under the cover of the night e, about four miles from the Portuguese coast, she waited. The meeting – that she didn’t want to miss – had been arranged between two and four in the morning. On board were 13 passengers. Eleven were Royal Air Force (RAF) men expecting that they could finally reach home. That dawn of 26 march 1941 should be the last moments from one operation that involved diplomacy, secret services, people with no name and a planning… in the Portuguese way: few resources, but lots of good will. It had begun one month before. The night from 14 to 15 February turned the country upside down. A violent cyclone destroyed cultures, houses, ships and many other things. More than one hundred persons died and the wounded largely surpassed half thousand… It was one the biggest natural tragedies that hit the country in the last century. Caught by this phenomenon was also one Sunderland aircraft from the RAF, destined to Africa. The Sunderland in Setúbal, Portugal (Picture Olinda Couceiro) They had started just before midnight near Plymouth, expecting weak winds. About five in the morning the aircraft was being violently shacked. “The navigator, Jack Banfield, decided to measure the wind velocity and we could not believe the readings that showed wind speeds above 90 miles per hour”, explained Roy Booth, one of the crewmembers in 2001 in a interview to Neil Owen, involved in telling the stories of the men and aircraft that went through Oban - his hometown – during WWII. There where winds that sometimes blew at more than 150 miles per hour and it was impossible to stay airborne. They had to land also because flying against the wind they had almost finished the gas reserves. A fast look at the maps showed that Portugal was the nearest place they could reach. “The waves were 30 feet high and the pilot “Shorty” Evison made a real miracle landing the plane. We thought that the best he would achieve would be a landfall before the inevitable crash in the weather conditions”, explained Roy Booth that had a vivid image from the pilot’s face after the landing, when he “emerged from the cockpit, tears streaming from his face from the nervous tension”. The big mess The aircraft beached approximately midday, but they would not receive any help the rest of the day or during the night, because of the storm that was tearing the country apart. Only on the next morning they would be taken to Setúbal. They were the first allied crew to land in Portugal. The “Laws of War”, although not very clear, s ....Read More.Alex Smart on 25th March 2017 07:47:48
July 9th, 1943 Beaufighter, Hudson and Condor battle off Portugal.Hi there. I dropped a link for this interesting article on to the Twelve O'Clock High Forum (TOCH). Chris Goss, who has written the most recent (and probably most comprehensive) book on the Fw200 Condor, has indicated that this incident appears on page 173 of his book. Link to the TOCH forum thread: [url][/url] If you'd like to contact him, I can forward a message, or you can join up over there directly. (Apologies for the cross-forum weaving.) ...geoff ....Read More.bearoutwest on 13th February 2018 01:31:06
James Alexander Stewart, DFCI have been provided with the following reference (obituary) [url][/url] James A. Stewart, ONB, DFC, CA, (Jim Stewart) of St. Andrew's NB, died peacefully at Charlotte County Hospital, on April 17, 2019, surrounded by loving family members. He had been predeceased by three months to the day by wife Jan. He was also predeceased by brother Daniel, and sisters Janet and Penuel. He is survived by sons Jim (Jane), Ian (Michele) and Barry(Diane); seven grandchildren,Maggie, Cameron, Lindsay, Alex, Brittany, Jonathan and Taylor: two step-grandchildren, Stephanie and Kimberley; two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Alyssa. A native of Glasgow, Jim found himself in Canada for Royal Air Force flight training. During World II, his varied career saw him join a small band of volunteers known as “Catafighters,” with their specially adapted Hawker Hurricanes launched from the decks of merchant ships by rocket-propelled catapults. These were one-way missions designed to protect convoys, since the pilots had nowhere to land after takeoff. In one such engagement, Jim challenged and destroyed an FW200 Condor bomber, bailed out and was picked up by one of the convoy ships. Flying a Typhoon over France in 1944, he was hit with anti-aircraft fire, and forced to bail out. Evading capture, he was hidden by French citizens, and eventually aided by the French Resistance, who even sheltered him in occupied Paris. But an eventual betrayal by a Gestapo agent led to detention in the infamous Fresnes Prison. As the Allied armies advanced on Paris, prisoners were then crammed into box cars in abhorrent conditions, for a five-day trip to Germany. Their final destination was none other than Buchenwald Concentration Camp. After two months there, with further advances by the Allied Armies, it was forced marches in winter, and two POW camps before final liberation by the Russians. For his military service, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star and Bar, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal and the Imperial War Medal. He always cringed if the term “hero” were used in reference to him; he described himself rather as “one of the lucky ones.” To him, the real heroes were the ones who never came home. After the War, Jim emigrated to Canada, beginning a long and rewarding career with Connors Brothers of Black's Harbour, becoming Senior Vice-President (marketing) that made him business associates and friends around the globe. After retirement he moved to St. Andrew's and began serving his new community. He took great delight in reading (with his Scottish accent) to children in elementary school. To a host of kids he was (and still is) their friend and their“Granddad Jim.” And he would read to seniors in nursing homes as well. To the bewilderment and amazement of his family, as an old man he would deliver Meals on Wheels to old people! On one fateful day, he fe ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 21st April 2019 10:08:04

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