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    Remy Guest

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    Hello,

    I'm from Holland and I am looking for information on a strike at 15/6/1944 above the frisian islands.

    I have an book called: The Ship Busters from Ralph Barker, in this book is a lot of information about the attack but I wonder if there is a possible way to find out more about this attack?

    The Coastal command striked many times above the frisian islands, is there a good book (serie) that will explain every attack?

    I will paste a part of the attack:

    "Some days earlier, a report had filtered through from the Dutch underground that a large convoy was preparing to leave Rotterdam for the Baltic, consisting of two new vessels which had just been completed and would be on their maiden voyage, the 8000-ton merchant vessel Amerskerke and a 4000-ton naval auxiliary, escorted by no less than eighteen smaller vessels. The disruption and chaos wrought amongst German rail and road communications prior to D-Day had forced the Germans to rely more than ever on their sea routes, so that the destruction of these two new vessels, almost as soon as they were launched, would represent an important contribution to the breaking down of the enemy's power to resist and to the shortening of the war.
    The advance information given by the Dutch resistance gave us the chance to plan a large-scale operation, the biggest of its kind so far. A new wing had been formed at Langham in Norfolk to deal with enemy shipping that might attempt to interfere with our invasion convoys, and it was decided to send two squadrons of this wing together with two of the North Coates wing, the whole to be escorted by ten Mustangs of Fighter Command.
    Of the four squadrons, three were to dive on the convoy and smother the defences with cannon and rockets, and the fourth was to come in at low level and aim torpedoes at the two new ships.
    The two squadrons of the Langham wing, 455 (Australian) and 489 (New Zealand), had done most of their earlier operations off the Norwegian coast, too far from base to allow escort by single-seater fighters"

    Best regards,

    Remy,

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    Hi Remy
    I don't know if it will cover every attack but there is a book "The Strike Wings" by Roy Conyers Nesbitt that devotes nearly a chapter, with photos and a small map, to the attack on 15/6/44 off Schiermonnikoog and as it's Title says covers many other ops including those to Norway.
    Regards
    Dick

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    Hi Dick,

    I found the book in Germany and ordered it for about 8 pounds including shipping.
    Hopefully it will come fast to me.

    I also bougth this Titel: A Forgotten Offensive : Royal Air Force Coastal Command's offensive against German sea-trade between 1940 and 1945.
    From the autor: Goulter, Christina J.M.

    There must be also a part of that strike in that book, do you know it? is it a good book?

    Thank you for you're answer.

    Regards,

    Remy

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    Hi Remy,

    Having worked on the Banff Wing, entitled A Separate Little War (Paperback due out in July) and working slowly on the Dallachy Wing I'm also colecting material on the North Coates and Langham wing.

    Heres a couple of dates with info (if you need more for 1944 let me know):

    Thursday June 15 - Coastal Command Beaufighters escorted by RAF Mustangs attacked an enemy convoy off the Frisian Islands.

    On this day an important concentration of enemy shipping was engaged by Coastal Command Beaufighters off the Frisian Islands. There were 7 R-boats, ten mine sweepers and a large supply ship in this convoy together with a well-armed naval auxiliary. The merchant vessel was sunk by rockets the naval auxiliary beached, one minesweeper sunk, five set on fire, and two R-boats and two minesweepers shattered by cannon. All Beaufighters returned safely.

    Monday June 26 - Coastal Command Beaufighters attacked E-boats off the Hook of Holland.

    A SUCCESFUL ATTACK - by Coastal Command Bristol Beaufighters on enemy shipping off Heligoland last week drew attention to the continued power to the type in operations. Rocket projectiles were recently added to the variations of armament with which the Beaufighter has been fitted during its career.

    Thursday June 29 - Coastal Command Beaufighters struck enemy shipping off Holland.

    With Best Wishes,

    Andrew Bird

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    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for you're message, Normaly I research the wartime and specific the shipwrecks of the wartime of the dutch coast (for the dutch islands). I have a large amount of books containing information about ship's, I also have a few books about the Coastal Command.

    For example: 29 June 1944. I have a little piece of that. (only text is in the Dutch language).
    on that strike there was one plane lossed, from squadron No. 489 (New Zealand) with pilot P/O Pearson. on that day I have several flights:

    Coastal Command: One at 05:08, one at 08:05-10:35 with 17 Beaufighters (with no results)
    AEAF: 29/30 juni 1944: between 21:25 and 22:52 four Mustangs fly searching for ships from Hook of Holland to Terschelling, 21 ships sighted some with cable-balloon?(zeppelin).

    So if you want to know something about the area (dutch islands North Netherlands) I will check for you, what I know.

    About the Strike at 15/06/1944 I'm very interested in the reports from the Dutch undeground, and Coastal Command Intelligence. I really hope they have a good Picture of the "Amerskerk".

    My best regards,

    Remy,
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    Hi Remy
    When you get your copy of "The Strike Wings" look at the photos between p141 and p143 (the photo pages are not numbered). There are photos of both Amerskerk and Nachtigal being hit by torpodoes and also the Nachtigal under cannon fire
    Regards
    Dick

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    Hi Dick,

    I can't wait till I have the copy..... I have a very good picture of the Nachtigall sinking.
    Also i have two very little pictures of the first "Strike Wing" on 20-Nov-1942 attack. On that attack the tugboat "Indus" towed the "Amerskerk" and the tugboat sunk. I have the position of that attack where the tugboat is sunk.

    Is that picture of the "Amerskerk" detailed?

    I'm trying to find the original reports from coastal command intelligence, writed by the Dutch Underground. I want to find out much as possible to write a complete story about the Amerskerk.

    I also read on several places on this forum there are microfilms with reports? are there any reports on microfilm from Coastal Command, and the North Coates Wing? because there where many attacks here at the Dutch Islands, and I'm researching other wrecks too.
    Are those microfilms for sale? or can I obtain copy's from it?

    my best regards,

    Remy,
    Netherlands.

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    Hi Remy.

    The National Archives (former PRO) at Kew holds microfilms of the Operational Reccord Books from the squadrons in question (and all other squadrons that served with the RAF during the war). It also has microfilm of the reccord for the Group that these squadrons served under (16 Group in this case). These microfilms are under different catalogs. For example, AIR 27 for the squadron reccord books.
    If you by the microfilms for 16 Group and the squadrons that participated in the attack, you will have a good insight in what went on.
    The Group ORB can give you a clue to what triggered the attack. Sightings by other aircraft or other intelligence information. What orders were given to wich squadrons and so on.
    The squadron ORB's will give you data on the aircraft and the crews that participated on the mission. What they saw and attacked and any losses.
    This is, by all means, the best way to do research, but its not cheap. Around 100 US dollar for a copy of a microfilm. If I remeber correctly, the NA can provuide digital copys of ORBs, for a higher price.

    Here is a link to the NA site on the internet.
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

    The balloons the convoy had in the air, was for protection against low flying aircraft. In the same way barage balloons was used over cities and factories on land.

    Regards from
    Bengt

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    Hi Bengt,

    Thank you for you're answer, it sounds great.
    When I searched the catalog I found the AIR 27 Archive, but I can not find how to order it?

    Please can you narrow you're example so I know hom much microfilms I must buy, and if it's around 600 dollar, I will buy it.

    If I understand you correctly then i need the following:

    Microfilm: AIR 27
    Microfilm: Operational Record Book No. 236 Squadron
    Microfilm: Operational Record Book No. 254 Squadron
    Microfilm: Operational Record Book No. 455 Squadron
    Microfilm: Operational Record Book No. 489 Squadron
    Microfilm: 16 Group

    I can't find any microfilms in the online shop of the NA, or the price for digital copys of ORBs.

    My best regards,

    Remy,

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    Hello Remy.

    Sorry it took so long for me to answer. Been away for some days.
    I am at work right now, but I will check trough my Coastal Command stuff when I wake up after the night shift, around noon. I have ORBs for some of the squadrons in question.
    I'll see what I can dig up.

    regards
    Bengt

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