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    Default Allied claims during the night of 27-28 March 1944

    Hello,

    I am trying to research the RAF claims for the night of 27-28 March 1944 during the failed Luftwaffe raid on Bristol:

    German losses (from "The Blitz then and now" and http://fishponds.org.uk/luftbri10.html):
    6 crashed UK: 1 Ju 188 shot down by 68 Sqn (crew Russel/Weir), 1 Ju 88 by 219 Sqn (Ellis/Craig), 1 Ju 88 by 406 Sqn (McNabb/Hall) and 2 Ju 88 by 456 Sqn (both by Hampshire/Condon), the last one due to engine failure
    3 crashed France: 1 Ju 88 crash near Junvincour, 1 Ju 88 shot down by an intruder near Cherbourg and 1 Do 217 burned after landing at Nantes
    4 lost without trace: 3 Ju 88 and 1 Do 217

    The Fighter Command War Diaries said that this night defending nightfighters claimed 7 victories (5 Ju 88s, one Ju 188 and one Fw 190), but the list by squadron only shows 3 victories by 456 Sqn and 2 by 406.

    456 Sqn ORB says RAF nightfighters claimed 8 victories this night and confirms the 3 victories by 456 Sqn: two by Hampshire/Condon, and the last one a Ju 88 over the sea off the French coast at 0118 hrs on the 28th by the crew Howard/Ross.

    That makes 6 kills known with time and location. It is possible that the claim by Howard/Ross could be linked to the Ju 88 reported shot down by an intruder near Cherbourg, even if this fell on land.

    I am still lacking at least one or two Allied claims for this night, including probably a second one for 406 Sqn. Can someone complete the Allied claims list for this night ?

    27/2345 hrs: Ju 88 by W/C Hampshire/F/O Condon 456 Sqn RAAF (Mosquito) Beer, Devon
    27/2350 hrs: Ju 88 by F/Lt McNabb/P/O Hall 406 Sqn RCAF (Beaufighter) Willis farm, Clapton, Gloucestershire
    27/2345 hrs: Ju 88 by W/C Hampshire/F/O Condon 456 Sqn RAAF (Mosquito) Walrond's Park Farm, Isle Brewers, near Ilminster, Somerset
    27/2357 hrs: Ju 88 by S/L Ellis/F/Lt Craig of 219 Sqn RAF (Mosquito) Hestar Combe, Somerset
    28/0010 hrs: Ju 188 by F/O Russell/Flt Lt Weir 68 Sqn RAF (Beaufighter) Walnut Farm, Coxley, Somerset
    28/1118 hrs: Ju 88 by S/L Howard/F/O Ross 456 Sqn RAAF (Mosquito) off French coast

    Thanks in advance

    Laurent

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    Hi

    Mike Bowyer s veteran Mosquito book lists Mosquito HK425 of 96 Squadron shot down a Fw 190 over the sea.

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    Hello Laurent,

    Check out this link for a good account of the Luftwaffe attacks in the Bristol area

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&s qi=2&ved=0CDYQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffishponds.org. uk%2Fluftwaffe.pdf&ei=jsNUUc7vD4nM0QXT24HAAw&usg=A FQjCNGbDExRnKk8SRgnxR8JbjhL2TXLYA&sig2=upXqaX764WB lgeoNV0Bkhg

    or Google this -- fishponds.org.uk/luftwaffe

    Regards,

    Ian

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    Thanks Peter for the new claim. That makes 7, and the same aircraft type claimed than in the FC War Diary.

    Ian, thanks for the claim, but I knew it allready and all that is on this website about RAF claims is in my post above.

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    Interesting, and wondering if anyone can help... I came across this thread after researching some (RAF 20mm) cannon shell cases found scattered in the Dundry Hill area S of Bristol. These are dated 1943; per the Fishponds website the only likely targets would have been the 1944 mini blitz, where no bombers got through to Bristol. One did bomb Winford nearby though.

    The proximity of the shell cases to Bristol is interesting. Assuming these were from a battle, either a bomber was engaged over Bristol (unlikely) or leaving the Bristol area. Possibly the bomber that dropped its bombs near Winford? If so what happened to it? Was it the Ju188 that fell 10 miles S at Coxley near Wells (Somerset)? The latter was claimed to be en route though, not returning...

    Any other ideas?

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