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    Default 'Johnnie' Johnson - pre D-Day Spitfire dive-bombing missions

    On what dates before D-Day did the British ace J.E. “Johnnie” Johnson personally lead the Spitfires of 144 Wing of 441, 442 and 443 Squadrons, RCAF, from RAF Ford, on dive-bombing missions against ground targets in France ?

    He describes leading one such mission (which included having to have a pilot fished out of the Channel by a Walrus) at the conclusion of chapter 13 of his classis memoir WING LEADER.

    The wing flew a large mission against V-1 sites on 28 May and a radar site on 5 June.

    Does anyone know which mission Johnson’s description refers to and what the results of it were?

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    David Isby

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    Hi David

    I was recently given a copy of Dilip Sarkar's new book on JJ: "Spitfire Ace of Aces" from which it seems 144 Wing moved to Ford on 14/5/1944 whereupon heavy rain prevented ops for the next few days.

    On 19/5 it says they went and dive-bombed a bridge near the French coast at Le Treport, 'without incident'.

    On 215/5, 441 Sqn dive-bombed targets in the Loan area but 442 and 443's ops were weathered-off.

    On 22/5 JJ led 442 Sqn to bomb a "Noball" target at Ailly-le-Haut near Abbeville. No e/a were encountered but flak was accurate and F/O Gimball returned with a shell-fractured oil line. 443 Sqn's sweep was uneventful.

    On 25/5 they flew from Manston to dive-bomb the Sempes Marshalling Yards.

    On 28/5 441 Sqn did a sweep of the Paris area.

    29/5 saw them bombing up at Lympne they attacked 'another target in France' through heavy flak. (442 Sqn ORB).

    On 30/5 the Canadian Spitfires dive bombed and strafed a German radar station near Abbeville.

    On 3/6 441 Sqn went to the St Juste area, Montdidier and Bretevil; 443 to the Courtrai area.

    Finally, I think the one you're after?: the book says that on 5/6, covering allied shipping assembling between Selsey Bill and St Catherine's Point, MK465's engine failed and F/S V A G Brochu baled out off Selsey. He was rescued off the French coast after 42 hours in a dinghy.

    Hope this helps

    Ian

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    The shoot-down and rescue of FO John Marriott, RCAF, 442 Squadron described in Johnson's chapter 13, took place on 13 May, according to Capt Grant MacDonald and Capt Terry Stocel, 442 SQUADRON HISTORY, 1987, p. 30. and Christopher Shores and Chris Thomas 2ND TACTICAL AIR FORCE, v. 1, Spartan to Normandy, June 1943 to June 1944, p. 107.

    Anyone have easy access to the 442 Squadron and/or 144 Wing ORB entries?

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    David Isby

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    F/O MARRIOTT: Ramrod 881 - rescued from the sea 10 miles off Beachy Head 13-5-1944 at 11.50 hrs (AM) by ASR Sea Otter of 277 Sqn (Shoreham, Sussex - Otter crew: F/Lt C.G. Robertson, F/O H.J. Archer and P/O R.L. Kennedy).
    Marriott was flying Spitfire IX serial MK326. Looking for his servicenumber.
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    Henk.

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