|CHUDZIK, STANLEY FRANK, 218 (R.A.F.) Sqdn||Pilot Officer Stanley Frank CHUDZICK J/18248 RCAF was posted onto No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron via No.1657 Con.Unit w.e.f 24th June 1943.
He flew his first operation as 2nd pilot on June 28th to Cologne, his pilot on this trip was Sergeant A.Aaron DFM. He carried out a further 9 operations, including three of the Hamburg raids of July / August 1943. On return from the Hamburg trip of July 24/25th his aircraft (Short Stirling Mk.III EH884 HA-X) was attacked by a Me110.
His loss on August 16th was a result of an attack by a unseen fighter near Lac du Bourget, a fire developed in bomb bay resulting in the order being given to bail out. Position of the loss is reported as Near Amberieu (Ain) 4558N 0522E on outward route. Five of the crew were killed, including CHUDZIK, the reargunner was taken PoW while the navigator evaded.
Steve ....Read More.||Steve Smith on 2nd December 2007 10:16:36|
|Master T8553 59 OTU 20/02/1943||Here you are, I'll post it here - I prefer putting stuff in the public domain where anyone can find it at a later date.
Not so much written up on Detal as yet as I haven't done many of the Belgians yet (I have a lot of data for them which had to go in). Here's some snippets:
DETAL, Charles F. J., flew with the Belgian Air Force in 1940, serving with Groupe de Chasse 5/III on Fairey Foxes. He was shot down on 10th May 940, but was unhurt, and managed to escape to England. After training and other duties, he was posted to 609 Squadron in 1943 to fly Typhoons. On 16th October 1943 he shared in destroying a Me410, and on 4th December shot down two Do217's. He claimed a Fw190 on 3rd January 1944, and got another Do217 next day. On the 27th he got a Bf110 and a Bf109, and on the 30th destroyed a Ju88 on the ground. He was killed on 23rd March 1944, after promotion to Flying Officer.
Reg Plt Off CFJ Detal DFC 1943-44 (Belg) Killed 23 Mar 1944
Sept 1st. Yesterday, Detal and Raehill – a Canadian pilot went on another long-range rhubarb – incidentally, these are now called rangers (Later addition: These codenames for the various kinds of ops had by this time reached very large numbers, and it was sometimes difficult to remember what they all meant). On this effort Detal made 10 attacks on an aerodrome, destroying grounded JU52’s and ME110’s, and also shooting up a train. It was a wizard show and it seems a shame that they cannot be added to the squadron score.
March 24 2 new Belgians, this time Sergeants (to keep Blanco company) arrive today from OTU. Names: Detal and Baron van Zuylen.
Nah, no time to go through it all this morning. Tell you what, give me a bit of time and I'll write him up over the next week or so. There's a bit to be going on with anyway. ....Read More.||Mark Crame on 8th December 2007 04:51:33|
|157 and 85 Sqdn. Combat Reports||Hi All,
I am researching two 'intruder personal combat reports' and was interested in any information on the kills.
First is a combat report filed by S/Ldr. R. Doleman and F/Lt. D. Bunch DFC of 157 Sqdn. for the night of 6th/7th December 1944. Flying a Mosquito XIX they shot down a Me. 110 in the Kitzingen area......does anyone have any details on the Me110?
Second is a combat report filed by F/Lt. P. S. Kendall DFC and F/Lt. C. R. Hill DFC of 85 Sqdn. for the night of 12th/13th September 1944. Again flying a Mosquito XIX they reported shooting down a Me 109G in the vicinity of Limburg........does anyone have any details on the 109G?
Many thanks in advance for any help.
Russ ....Read More.||RussG on 9th December 2007 12:57:25|
|Battle of France - Then and Now||What a strange coincidence,i've just purchased a secondhand copy of squadrons up by Noel Monks "Being an account of the exploits in France of the R.A.F."circa 1940,when i've read tis i must buy Peters book just to get a modern perspective on the same battle.It's a funny feeling hearing of the new wonder fighter the Hurricane Vs its contempory ME110,skipping the pages & reading of the R.A.F.'s exploits even before BOB,Dunkirk isn't mentioned,the Bob Hasn't begun ,even leaving aside the strictures of the censor,it's a fascinating read,originally 12/6 i bought it for the princely sum of $25 in a Fremantle bookshop can't wait to read them both.
Mark. ....Read More.||Mark on 19th February 2008 08:41:32|
|Ju 88s vs 39sq Beauforts N.Africa1942||Hi Nick
In his book "The Armed Rovers", Roy Conyers Nesbit gives some detail of the attack on the Zara and the Brioni (p102) He states that they were escorted by 2 Me110s, 2 Ju88s and 2 MC202s, but does not identify the units. 39 Sqn(6 a/c) were themselves escorted by 7 Beaufighters of 272 Sqn. A Ju88 was claimed but the formation lost 1 Beaufighter and 2 Beauforts. The Zara sank after about 13 hrs having been taken in tow.
Dick ....Read More.||Dick on 22nd March 2008 05:39:39|
|Beaufighter losses 02.11.1942||"At 1000 hours...the Italian sailors saw a compact formation of aircraft approaching them at low level, when they wereonly 50 miles from Tobruk. These were six Beauforts of 39 Squadron, lead by Wing Commander Larry Gain, escorted by seven Beaufighters of 272 Squadron. By this time there was air cover over the convoy: two Me110s, two Ju88s and two MC202s. The Beaufighters attacked the enemy aircraft, shooting down a Ju88 for the loss of onne of their number. The crew of the Beaufighter - Pilot Officer A J Proctor and Pilot Officer E A C Young - floated in their dinghy for eight days before they were picked up by the British, in an extremely weakened condition."
From: The Armed Rovers - Nesbit (page 102)
A ....Read More.||Amrit on 24th March 2008 08:18:01|
|Percival Richard Criddle 417621||Hi Lauren,
if you have the info from Kew then there is not much more to add to the losses.
EK578 was shot down in a fight with 6 Ju88s of 14/KG40
ML735 by 3 Me110s of 12./ZG26
The crew are also listed as having driven off an attach by 4 Ju88s in the bay of Biscay in March 1944
Ross ....Read More.||Ross_McNeill on 25th April 2008 02:07:00|
|F/w Gunther Bahr Njg 6||Hi guys trying to find any info on Gunther Bahr who flew with NJG 6
From my research i believe it was he who shot down my Grandfather on a raid on Stuttgart 28/29/7/44.
Interested to know abot his career ,pictures and info about the aircraft he flew 7/44 .I believe it was a me110.
It would be usefull to complete the picture of my grandfathers last raid , before being shot down
pete ....Read More.||jupiter on 28th May 2008 01:12:02|
|410420 - Unaccounted airman - 20-4-1941 (Greece)||Hi Henk
From Air War for Yugoslavia,Greece and Crete(Shores, Cull and Malizia),p271, Pattle was flying AS988 when he was shot down by 2 Me110'S. Air Britain Serials confirms the loss of the a/c but has it with 80 Sqn. It is not entirely clear but the narrative seems to have Pattle as on 80 Sqn also.
Dick ....Read More.||Dick on 5th September 2008 10:02:36|
|129233 F/L Sidney Godfrey FALCONER DFC, DFM Died 8/5/44||Hi Mark, here is my entry from my list of Shropshire casualties:
Horsa LJ496 – From 81 OTU ORB, Tilstock;
8th May 1944. “Horsa LJ496 crashed while approaching for landing on aerodrome and all four killed. Glider coming in to land on No. 1 runway crashed three hundred yards short of the runway. Two glider pilots were killed along with F/Lt Austin (RAF Pilot) and F/O Falconer (RAF Pilot), as passengers, killed.”
From 1665 HCU ORB;
“Two unit pilot instructors, F/O A Austin DFC and F/O F (sic) G Falconer DFC DFM were killed in a glider crash. Shortly after casting off from the aircraft tug, the glider was seen to take a steep turning dive to port. It was seen to check, still turning to port with port wing very low. The port wing struck the ground and overhead cables and crashed. The glider pilots were also killed in this accident.”
From the accident card:
500 yards North of airfield. “In low flight performing diving turns to port, banked with wing very low. Wing struck ground and cables. Glider thrown on its back crashed 100 yards further on.”
- Staff Sgt John Charles Dyer (4924917), 2nd Glider Pilot Regiment, aged 22. Buried in Whitchurch Cemetery, Shropshire. Son of Charles and Dilys Dyer, of King's Norton, Birmingham. His birth was registered in the third quarter of 1921 in King’s Norton and his mothers maiden name given as Owen.
- Sgt Gordon Dennis Coe (6898359), 2nd Wing Glider Pilot Regiment, aged 23. Commemorated at the Golder Green Crematorium, London. Son of William and Ivy Mabel Coe, of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. His birth was registered in the first quarter of 1921 in West Ham and his mothers maiden name given as Dean.
- F/Lt Alan Austin DFC (123302) RAFVR, aged 22. Buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery. His DFC was announced in the London Gazette on 16th February 1943, no unit given. Citation reads (Courtesy of Hugh Halliday):
AUSTIN, Alan, P/O (123302, RAFVR*) - No.1651 Conversion Unit -Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1943. Following citation Air Ministry Bulletin 9268.
"Pilot Officer Austin has at all times displayed outstanding determination in operations against the enemy. He has participated in many successful sorties, on which excellent photographs of the target area have been obtained, often in the face of intense enemy opposition. While flying as captain of aircraft, Pilot Officer Austin’s courage and keenness have provided an example of the highest order."
Commissioned P/O 1st May 1942. Son of Samuel and Ellen Austin, of Levenshulme, Manchester.
- F/Lt Sidney Godfrey Falconer DFC DFM (129233), RAFVR, aged 23. He is buried in South Shields (Harton) Cemetery, Durham. Son of William and Annie Falconer, of South Shields. His DFM was for service with 218 Squadron. DFM citation reads (from Tavender’s DFM register):
“Temporary Sgt S G Falconer was Captain of a Stirling aircraft which set out to raid Bremen on the night of 27/28th June 1942. About two miles o ....Read More.||thorne83 on 27th September 2008 03:39:51|
|Flak, Paris 1944||On 3rd June 1944 at 1.00 am, after bombing the railway marshalling yards at Trappes, West of Paris, a RAF Halifax bomber (MZ604) was shot down near Longvilliers/Rochefort en Yvelines (15 miles due south of Trappes) by a Me110 night fighter, believed to have been flown by Hptm. Hans Autenrieth out of Coulommieres, East of Paris. The navigator was the sole survivor and he later told me they were suddenly flooded by light from below, which momentarily blinded the pilot, then quickly followed by cannon fire from underneath. That led me to think that a AA battery were using lights only for the nightfighter to come in and use "Schrage-Musik"
I have discovered there was a Luftwaffe anti-aircraft unit operating from the Chateau Porge in Rochefort, now known as the Chateau Rochefort Golf club. The Halifax was hit at 12,000 feet and shortly after exploded. Could anyone please help me with the following:-
1) The identity of the Rochefort flak battery ?
2) Who would have instructed them to use "lights only" ?
3) What constituted Luftwaffe 'light' and 'heavy' anti-aircraft fire ?
Thank you. ....Read More.||namrondooh on 20th November 2008 10:19:13|
|85 Squadron Hurricane V7343 on 31st August 1940||Is anyone heading for the NA at Kew ? I am unable to get down there right now myself but I do have a reference below..
I am interested in the short but distinguished career of Gus Gowers DFC. He is credited with three victories during the Battle of Britain
The first on 18 August - Ju87 - Foulness Island - 85 Squadron - Hurricane I P3966.
The Squadron ORB says, "Gowers attacked a JU 87 from dead astern with a 5 second burst and the enemy aircraft was almost completely blotted out by smoke and dived towards the sea."
The last two days of August 1940 saw Fighter Command experience the fiercest forty eight hours of the whole battle in which Gowers bagged two Messerschmitts. Firstly, on 30th August -Hurricane I V7343-he shot down an Me110 over Bethenden. The 85 Squadron ORB says, "F/O Gowers fired two bursts of 5 seconds and 7 seconds and caused a large piece of damage. Petrol streamed out as the enemy dived vertically. 4 enemy ME109 destroyed."
The third kill on 31 August - Bf109 - Folkestone area - Hurricane I possibly V7343 again.
The reference at Kew is AIR 27/703 for the ORB for that period, plus the Appendice in AIR 27/707, which may (or not) contain Combat Reports. The Combat Reports for 85 Squadron are in AIR 50/36.
If anyone has a copy of the ORB or is heading for the NA then I would be delighted to hear from them.
Mark ....Read More.||mark surridge on 21st November 2008 05:20:31|
|S/Lr Wincott||hello , I have just joined after attempting to find out some Beaufighter info. on the web.
on 12 May 1942 S/Ldr Wincott with four others wiped out a load of Ju 52's and a Me110 over Crete. apparently one Beaufighter was lost. does anyone know the details of this aircraft ? any info. will be appreciated, thanks, Chris ....Read More.||brisfit on 30th December 2008 01:42:32|
|106 Sqn Night Fighter Claims||Further to a recent post concerning Bomber Command claims for shooting down night fighters, I wondered if any one could pin down the identities of fighters claimed by F/O V. L. Cole and crew of 106 squadron.
The first was on a trip to Berlin 23/8/43 in the target area (Possibly an Me110).
The second was another Berlin Operation 2/1/44, but the fighter was claimed near Hanover after Cole's aircraft had been attacked and damaged. Cole's aircraft was an early return as a result.
As an aside the rear gunner of this crew was awarded the DFM and both actions were mentioned in his citation (from Tavender's DFM Register).
I realise this is a long shot, but have my fingers crossed!
Sam. ....Read More.||Sam on 2nd January 2009 04:13:01|
|N/F Encounter||Hi Steve, i can't help identify the fighter, but i presume you have seen Falconer's DFM citation which states the attacking aircraft to be a JU88 and ME110:
“Temporary Sgt S G Falconer was Captain of a Stirling aircraft which set out to raid Bremen on the night of 27/28th June 1942. About two miles over the Dutch coast, in the light of a full moon, the aircraft was attacked by a JU88, which climbed suddenly from about 3000 feet below on the port bow, passed underneath hand then came in on the port quarter. At the same time Sgt Falconer saw a second JU88 coming in from the starboard bow and, immediately afterwards, the rear gunner reported an ME110 approaching from dead astern. The ME110 and the rear gunner opened fire simultaneously at about 350 yards, the Stirling’s rear turret being rendered useless at once. The mid upper gunner took over fire control but a burst from the Messerschmitt, which was now coming in from the starboard and above, put that turret out of action. In the mean time the first JU88 had shot away the British bombers rear turret pipe lines and the second JU88 had been pumping her with tracer. The first JU88 attacked from dead ahead and, although the front gunner returned fire, his turret was rendered unserviceable after the first burst. During the whole of the combat, Sgt Falconer had been taking violent evasive action. Just when it seemed like he had shaken off his three attackers, a single engined unidentified enemy fighter appeared and raked the Stirling from nose to tail. The complete battle lasted for nearly 20 minutes and was fought from 15 000 feet down to sea level (the Stirling’s trailing aerial was actually whipped off over the Zuider Zee). With two of his crew wounded, his front mid upper turrets useless, his astrodome, blind flying panel and oxygen system shot away, flying controls and control stick damaged, brake system, intercom and TR9 out of action, Sgt Falconer set course for home and weaved his way through strong concentrations of light flak over the Dutch coast. Sgt Falconer showed daring and adroitness of a very high order. His cool courage and command of the situation were remarkable. His expert and stout hearted captaincy undoubtedly saved the lives of his crew. He has now taken part in 20 operational sorties embracing 101 operational hours. His loyalty, fearlessness and sense of duty are outstanding. He is very strongly recommended for the immediate award of the DFM.”
Cheers, Tom ....Read More.||thorne83 on 5th January 2009 03:11:24|
|which claim matches with M. Meurer's crash 23.06.43 ?||Hi,
I've got a report for an ME110 attacked and shot down near Rijssen at approx 01.40hrs
on the date in question, if this is a possible, let me know and i'll email a scan to you.
AlanW., ....Read More.||AlanW on 2nd February 2009 11:09:10|
|No418 SQN claim - August 24, 1942||Hello Fred !
I think that could match with the attack of the Whitley 9232 of 138 Squadron by what the pilot believed to be a Me110.
S/L Harold Outram belly landed his kite near St Loup sur Cher, just near the demarcation line but on the free zone .All the crew escaped and came back in England safely via Gibraltar.
It was during the night of 24/25 August 1942 .
The crew was : S/L H A Outram, P/O L Wilson, F/Lt H L Holliday, P/O E R W Wood,
and Sgt E Foster.
All survived to the war, excepted Eric Foster killed with 161 or 138 Sq later.
P/O L Wilson was killed still in RAF in Germany after the war.
Alain. ....Read More.||alain charpentier on 12th March 2009 12:44:25|
|Me110 & Me163 downed, 14 April 1945||On 14 April 1945, 41 Squadron's Sqn. Ldr. John Shepherd sighted an Me110 towing and Me163 Komet taking off from Nordholz Aerodrome. He shot up the Me110, which went down in flames. The Me163 released itself from the tow-line but, as they were taking off at the time, likely had insufficient power to rescue itself and it also went down a few fields away.
I believe the Me110 was an Me110G-4 of 7./NJG 6, which crashed near Pfaffenhofen and whose pilot, Lt. Wolfgang Gareis, was KIA, but the other two airmen (names?) survived. I am also led to believe that the Me163 was from I/JG400, whose pilot, Obfw. Werner Nelte, was also KIA.
Can anyone confirm these details, please, and tell me the serials of both aircraft and name the remaining crew of the Me110?
Steve ....Read More.||Steve Brew on 16th August 2009 11:25:26|
|Nicolson VC||Hi Pavel,
If it's any help, his combat report states formation consisted of ME110's and 109's, and he claimed a 110 as probable. ....Read More.||AlanW on 27th August 2009 12:48:32|
|Nicolson VC||You may wish to refer to Andy Saunder's account of this action in The Battle of Britain Then & Now (1980). It is highly unlikely that the Bf110 engaged by Nicolson was actually shot down. As has already been pointed out, he described the action as 'inconclusive' & only claimed a 'Me110 probable'. He was even unsure if his firing button was switched to 'Fire' and had lost sight of the Bf110 before he baled out. None of which detracts from his actions on the day - but whether they were deserving of the sole highest award for valour given to a member of Fighter Command was (and remains) for others to decide. ....Read More.||Peter Cornwell on 27th August 2009 06:12:19|
|108 Squadron in Italy?||I have come across this note from my father and want to clarify if he had got the squadron number wrong......
Paddy Roberts,an Irishman, who had joined the RAF in 1937 with a short service commission, had been posted to Singapore and Palestine before going to 108 Squadron to fight the Italians. One day on returning from a sortie he saw a new petrol lorry which had been abandoned about a mile from an Italian camp on a plateau. He landed his Lysander and set the lorry on fire but while taking off he tore a wheel off the aircraft on a stone. Frightened to tell what really happened he agreed with his gunman to say that he had been attacked and shot up an Me110. His C/O had said that he had done well to get home. It was duly entered into the War Diary and no more was heard for a month. However, at the next Sergeants’ party, his gunman blurted out the truth to his comrades, the C/O found out and Paddy was awarded “a black.”
This was written about beginning of 1944 when my father was at Hawarden and Poulton as an Instructor.
Cheers Motherbird. ....Read More.||motherbird on 23rd November 2009 11:55:00|
|F/L Haydn Jones 1 PRU 30.07.42||[QUOTE=Andy Fletcher;41011]Hi Ross,
I know that ORBs aren't infallible but I've just had a look through the 1 PRU ORB to double check.
The F.541 lists Tully as being in AA800 and Jones in AB301.
Also http://spitfires.ukf.net/p016.htm gives AA800 as being lost on a mission to Bergen, which fits with it operating from Wick with Tully as pilot.
John Leahy Tully was my great Uncle. I am also from Quilpie but am now living in London. I can confirm the spitfire he was flying when he went missing 30 July 1942 was indeed AA800. From memory it was a Mk IV converted from a Mk 5 and had about 150 hours on it. I wrote into Flight Magazine a few years ago trying to uncover a little bit about his loss. They said he flew from Wick on a mission to Bergen to photograph flak installations and never returned. That evening about right on the limit of his endurance (from what I calculated based on the Mk IV fuel capacity and gal/hr at cruise) a plane was seen on radar (identified as enemy) over the Orkneys. A flight of spitfires were despatched to intercept but no visual was made and the plane disappeared. The weather had turned quite bad by the time Tully was due to return. A few hours after his scheduled return a Hudson search plane was launched however the weather continued to deteriorate and the search was abandoned after a short time. The weather remained bad for two more days after which no more searches were launched believing they would be pointless.
I have a few questions...
1.) Did PRU Spitfires carry IFO equipment around that time and how reliable was it?
2.) Did they also carry a radio and if so is it reasonable to expect Tully, flying in bad weather to use his radio to get a fix bearing to Wick?
3.) How likely would it have been that Tully was observed either visually or on radar while over Bergen? From my research there is no proof that he even made it there. Where would I be able to find these records if they existed?
4.) Where could I find Luftwaffe combat claims for the Bergen area for July 1942?
5.) The Orkneys would have been a considerable distance from German aerodromes... the only planes that I can think of in 1942 that would have had the range are the Ju88 or maybe a long range Me110... are there any others that could have been snooping around there at such great a distance?
Any help, advice or information on any of the above would be most appreciated. Please feel free to email me if you wish.
Thanks ....Read More.||jtully on 8th January 2010 07:02:01|
|Unclaimed German Night Fighter||I have recently come across information which indicates that a 78 Sqn Halifax shot down a German night fighter on the night of 23/24 September 1944 near the Dutch town of Weert. The Halifax was returning from bombing Neuss when it was engaged and the crew were forced to abandon the aircraft, three bodies were found in the wreckage, one of which was the Rear Gunner who it is alleged shot the fighter down. The Mid Upper Gunner later claimed that he was told 10 years after the event that the Me110 that attacked them had indeed crashed on the railway line at Weert. Two of the crew evaded as they were close to the advancing allied front line, one was taken prisoner and one was either killed during his parachute descent or was shot once he had landed. Is there anyway to confirm if this this fighter was indeed shot down and if so the identity of the unit and details of the German crew. It is also possible that the Navigator of the fighter was killed in the combat or died as a result of his wouonds.
Daz ....Read More.||78SqnHistory on 15th January 2010 07:51:14|
|Unclaimed German Night Fighter||Rene
yes it is EY - S the rear gunner was a FO Grew who was killed during the combat. But I am trying to confirm the claim that the Me110 was shot down during this combat.
Daz ....Read More.||78SqnHistory on 15th January 2010 10:03:29|
|Unclaimed German Night Fighter||Hello Daz,
According to the lost register 1939-1945 of the SGLO (Studygroup Airwar in the Netherlands)no ME110 was lost in the Netherlands that night.
Mike ....Read More.||mike on 15th January 2010 04:10:08|