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    Hello Pierre... are you out there?
    Have contradictory info re an attack on a U-boat on March 3, 1943, by Fg Off Henry D Kelvin. I have that he dropped "all seven DCs" but that he then attempted another attack. Can please look this one up for me and see if it clarifies his intentions?
    Thanks and regards:
    Robert

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    Hello Robert

    As promised – eventually!!!

    Form 540
    03 Mar’43 Chivenor 07.57-18.20 hrs F/O H.D. Kelvin and crew detailed for A/S patrol. When in position 46deg 55’ N., 19deg 05’ W., a fully surfaced U/boat was sighted and attacked with five D.C.s., which were seen to explode ahead of U/boat and dead on its track. U/boat lost all way and sank slowly stern first. CHI/08/3/3
    AIR 27/555 p193

    Form 541
    Fortress Mark IIA C/FL462 03 Mar’43
    Crew – Capt F/O H.D. Kelvin, Nav F/O G.W. Green, Sgt King J., P/O A. McEwen, P/O E.J. Manuel, Sgt Yale A.H., Sgt Williams H.
    Duty – A/S Patrol Time Up 07.57 Down 18.20
    Patrol carried out at 2,000 ft., reaching 47deg 50’ N., 14 deg W. At 12.10 hrs, in position 45deg 55’ N., 19deg 05’ W., sighted and attacked U/boat. ‘C’ was flying at 2,000 ft. on track 270 degrees with 7/10 – 8/10 Cu cloud at 2,500 ft., visibility 1-3 miles, with sea rough, when look-out in nose sighted U/boat on surface 1 ½ miles distant, 1 point on starboard bow on course 273 degrees T, speed 6-8 knots. Aircraft lost height immediately and attacked from 200 ft. while U/boat was still on surface. Attack was delivered up track 10 degrees from port to starboard . 5 D.C.s were dropped. As aircraft passed over, tail gunner fired about 40 rounds at conning tower and decks. D.C.s were seen to explode ahead of U/boat and dead on its track. During tight turn, tail and mid-upper gunners saw U/boat emerge from explosion plume. Mid-upper gunner opened fire at U/boat, several hits being observed. U/boat lost all way and a further attack was attempted, but aircraft was turning too steeply when it next passed over target. U/boat very slowly sunk below surface stern first, the last view of it being of the bows only showing above water. Load: 7 x 250 lb. Torpex D.C.s. S.E. used for 10 seconds every 5 minutes. CHI/08/3/3. PL/G9/3/3.
    AIR 27/555 p200

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    Pierre

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    Many thanks, Pierre.
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