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    Default 15 March 1942

    Hi All

    Does anyone know of an attack on E-boats off the Dutch coast by about 11 Spitfires on this date?

    The E-boats in question were S 105, S 111, S 62, S 104, and S 108 and the attack took place around 12:45 pm

    All the best

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    Hi
    not sure if it is of any help but on


    http://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/42-03.htm


    14./15.3.1942
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    Bei einem Angriff der 2. S-Fl. (Kptlt. Feldt) mit S 111, S 108, S 105, S 104, S 70, S 62 und S 29 auf den Konvoi FS.349 versenkt S 104 (Oblt.z.S. Roeder) den brit. Zerstörer Vortigern. Auf dem Rückweg wird S 111 (Oblt.z.S. Popp †) im Gefecht mit den brit. MGB 87, MGB 88 und MGB 91 schwer beschädigt und aufgebracht. Später am Tag wird es von erneut auslaufenden S-Booten (S 104, S 62, S 29) zurückerobert. Beim Abschleppen allerdings muß das Boot nach Luftangriffen aufgegeben werden und sinkt, die drei anderen Boote werden beschädigt


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    14. /15.3.1942 Channel With an attack of the 2nd vertic. stabil. (Kptlt. Feldt) with S 111, S 108, S 105, S 104, S 70, S 62 and S 29 on the convoy FS.349 sinks S 104 (Oblt.z.S. Roeder) brit. Destroyer Vortigern. On the way back S 111 (Oblt.z.S. Popp †) in combat with is brit. MGB 87, MGB 88 and MGB 91 heavily damage and applied. Later on day it is back-conquered by again running out S-boats (S 104, S 62, S 29). While towing however the boat must be given up after air strikes and sinks, those three of other boats to become damaged

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    Thanks Jerry

    This seems to refer to the incident prior to the Spitfire attack but I forgot to mention that I was looking for the identity of the Spitfire unit

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    Default Roadstead, 15-3-42 off Brittany

    Hi Malcolm,
    The Exeter Wing (234 sqn), Ibsley Wing (317 sqn) and Coltishall Wing (412 sq) took part.
    There was possibly more sqns involved.
    Roy

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    Thanks Roy that's a big help

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    Hi
    Curiosity which airfields were the exeter squadrons operating from.
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    Default P/O John Neville Brookhouse, 412 sqn

    Hi Malcolm,
    I have found that P/O John Brookhouse was in Spitfire Vb, AD357, VZ-S, Blue I on this op.
    412 sqn had flown from Martlesham Heath to Coltishall 0925-0955hrs.
    412 sqn took off at 1115-1255hrs. John wrote in his logbook, "Plenty of light flak. 5 E-Boats attacked by squadron, all damaged.
    412 sqn left Coltishall for Wellingore at 1645-1715hrs the same day. Several of 412 sqn pilots were from Montreal and their photo appeared in the local paper telling of their exploits this day.
    Roy

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    Default Exeter Airfields

    Tony Woods reports that 317 sqn was flying Escort Cover Wing- Exeter Wing.
    This was a terrible op as fog closed in and 317 had 6 Spitfire Cat E and 3 Cat B. They seem to have come down at Prawle Point and Bolt Head.
    234 sqn lost 4 Spitfires Cat E. in the Bodmin / Truro area.
    Roy

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    Hi Roy

    That's great , it looks like 412 is the unit I'm looking for.

    Malcolm

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    Default 412 sqn 15-3-42

    Hi Malcolm,
    In my notes I have 10 412 sqn Spitfire Vb took part in this strike, P/O William Barry Needham entered in logbook, 10 a/c attacked 5-E Boats, sunk 1 E Boat, damaged 4 others. W/C Hanks a/c damaged by flak. Barry was in Spitfire Vb, BL657, VZ-R.
    P/O Lloyd Arthur Stewart was also part of this op in Spitfire Vb, BL245, VZ-V.
    Sgt William Ferguson Aldcorn in Spitfire Vb, W3949, VZ-O said "Fired guns and cannon on E Boats, no strikes.
    I cannot verify this but I am sure Sgt Lloyd Woodrow Powell was also on this op. All these piolts were part of B Flt.
    Roy

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