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    Default 75 Sqn in search for Hipper class cruiser 27 May 41

    Hi,

    According to the ORB twelve Wellington of No.75 Squadron were detailed to carry out a daylight search for Hipper class cruiser on the 27 May 1941. The target was not located but a large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained.

    I would like to learn more about this operation: where was the search made, were any other units involved and were any claims made against the enemy aircraft?

    Thanks in advance
    Peter

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    Well the Hipper class cruiser was the Prinz Eugen and she was 'on the run' after the Bismarck incident.

    HMS Hood had been sunk and then the chase was on. Eventually the PE was sent off and the Bismarck tried to get back into Brest but was sunk.

    That, I think is the essence of it!

    Colin Cummings

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    Thank you Colin,

    Now I have a background and approximate area for the search.

    Peter

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    Hi, A bit late but his squadron 502 Sqn at Limavady was certainly in evidence in the Bismark area. His log book shows that on 28/5/1941 his plane A Whitley P5050 was on 'Special Escort' for King George V and Rodney and they engaged two Enemy Aircraft a HE111 and a JU88.
    Bill Webb

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