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Thread: Plane vs U-Boat off Beachy Head - July 1917

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    Default Plane vs U-Boat off Beachy Head - July 1917

    Hello all,
    I would like to know if someone knows more about an aerial attack which occurred on 13 July 1917 off Beachy-Head : an unidentified (very probably Brittanic) plane attacked the German minelayer submarine UC 48 at surface. At the third passage the plane launched a bomb which fall down the sea next to the submarine but did not damaged her. The submarine crash dived but was forced to surface after a few minutes because of a flood in the machines room. German then saw the plane over Beachy Head before disappearing in the sky.
    Can someone help me or advise me for a specialized website ?
    Thanks a lot for your help,
    BR
    MAX

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    Max,

    Perhaps you want to try this website forum for WW 1 questions: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Many Thanks Leendert, it appears to be the forum I was seeking for.
    BR,
    MAX

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    You could also try the following forum Max:

    http://www.theaerodrome.com/services/gbritain/rfc/ It has a number of forums that discuss aviation matters on both sides of the conflict.

    Brian

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    Great website too, many thanks Lyffe !
    BR,
    MAX

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    409, 409 and 514 flights RNAS were at Newhaven Tidemill & Telscombe Cliffs engaged in convoy escort, They became 242 Sqn RAF in 8/1918. http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/tidemills. Pete

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    Just to confuse things -from U-boat.net gives her Commanders 6 Nov, 1916 - 20 Oct, 1917 Kurt Ramien
    21 Oct, 1917 - 23 Mar, 1918 Helmut Lorenz


    Fate 23 Mar, 1918 - Interned at El Ferrol, Spain. The boat was badly damaged by depth charges on from the RMS Loyal the 20 March. .

    I'll have a look in one of the local Dive books as I know there are a couple of boats off Beachy Head and according to a diver I spoke to one is virtually intact. Pete

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    Hello Pete,
    Well thanks for this interesting link, the plane might have belong to one of those squadrons. I'll search more in this way.
    Regarding UC 48 she was commanded at the time of the attack by Kplt Kurt Ramien. She survived the attack without big damage and headed toward North Brittany to lay her mines and sink steamers in convoy. She succeeded.
    She was interned in El Ferrol in 1918 as writen, tried to escaped but was captured and dismantled. Lorenz finaly scuttled his baot who was years later refloated and broken up.
    BR,
    MAX

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    Sorry, I mis read the posting! I thought she had sunk off Beachy Head. Pete

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