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    Default Blenheim squadron ID required - 17th August 1941.

    On August 17th 1941, 242 Squadron covered Blenheims during an attack on shipping at Le Touquet. Can anyone tell me which Blenheim squadron was involved please?

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    Andy

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    Hello,

    A particularly intense action took place in the early evening of August 17th (1941). Eighteen Hurricanes (twelve from No.242 squadron, and six from No.3) left Manston in company with three Blenheims from No.18 squadron. After picking up two squadrons of Spitfires for cover, the formation set course for Le Touquet, where a 5,000 ton motor vessel had been reported. The Blenheims and Hurricanes flew at less than 100 feet until they spotted the target with its complement of flak ships. As the fighters engaged the escort vessels, several Bf109s appeared . Pilot Officer Quilliam shot down two with only six seconds of cannon fire; pilots in No.3 squadron claimed one probably destroyed and two damaged. On the other hand, two Hurricanes, piloted by Hicks and Redfern, were shot down; one was last seen on fire, trying to make the French coast. Faced with intense opposition, the Blenheims turned away and did not bomb the target.

    Hicks had been one of the Australian pilots. (AUS406027 F/O Kenneth Marshall HICKS RAAF +).

    See:
    No.242 Squadron:The Canadian Years.
    Halliday,Hugh
    Stittsville:Canada's Wings,1981.
    p.134

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 7th January 2013 at 12:39.

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    Thank you Col, most useful. The Hurricane heading inland could have been Eric Redfern of 242. He crashed inland and although buried as unknown, he was identified in 1949. Hicks is listed as missing. JG2 claimed four Hurricanes in the engagement, for the loss of two of theirs.

    It certainly helps for my next trip to Kew this Friday. Once again, thank you - much appreciated.

    Andy

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