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    Hello

    Does anybody know where I can find more information about an attack on U-boat perform by a 612 Squadron Wellington on November 10th 1943.
    Where I can find attack report and U-boat assessment forms?

    Thank in advance.

    Polo B

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    Hello,

    Just a little more:

    10 November 1943.

    U-966, a type VIIC submarine, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Eckehard Wolf, destroyed.

    No.613 Sqn
    Wellington IX [sic] 'B'.
    On patrol 0001-1025 hrs.

    776099 W/O (Pilot) Ian Donald GUNN RAFVR (later 162633 P/O., MiD)
    Sgt (2nd Pilot) Louis JAFFRE FFAF
    F/Sgt (Nav.) G BAYLISS
    Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) B DENNEHY
    Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) R WINGFIELD
    Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) R G SADLER

    VB-103 Sqn. USN
    Liberator 'E'

    1/Lt K L WRIGHT and crew

    VB-110 Sqn. USN
    Liberator 'E'

    Lt W W PARISH USNR and crew.

    No.311(Czech) Sqn.
    Liberator 'D'.

    788093/(169618) F/Sgt Otto Zanta and crew.

    612 Squadron picked up the U-boat at 0409 hrs on radar, sighted it on the surface four miles away and from 100 feet dropped six D/Cs, but they fell a little short, and after an exchange of gunfire, the boat submerged. Ian Gunn recalls:

    'l remember sighting the U-boat in the moonpath from about 200 feet and we didn't give him any warning by using the Leigh Light. But he did shoot back! l should say that the U-boat dived about three minutes after the attack. We flew over the area for nearly two-and-a-half hours afterwards and searched a radius of five or six miles but we saw nothing more." ...

    U-966 had sailed from Kiel to Bergen between 9 and 13 September 1943, then from Trondheim on its first cruise to the Atlantic on 5 October. Making its way to a Bay port it was damaged by 612 and then when trying to make the Spanish coast it was attacked and again damaged by the attentions of the two American and the Czech-flown Liberators. She eventually beached herself near Sanatafata Bay, where she was blown up by the crew who then came ashore in dinghies.

    This had been the second U-boat attacked by Ian Gunn (a Scot), having achieved a near miss on one back on 2 May, flying a Whitley (BD676:'G'). His second pilot, Louis Jaffre, was a Free French pilot, Otakar Zanta was later commissioned but was killed over the Bay piloting a Liberator (BZ995) on 13 March 1944.

    See:
    Search, Find and Kill:The RAF's U-Boat Successes in World War Two.
    Franks,Norman.
    London:Grub Street,1995.
    pp.141-2.

    For details of the attacks of the USN and Czech participants, see:

    http://www.uboatarchive.net/U-966.htm

    Col.
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    Hello

    Thanks a lot for the information.
    I will buy this book.

    Polo B

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    Hi Polo,

    if interested I can provide you more info about Zanta and his crew and their attack.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Hello

    I'm ok for more information about the 311 Sqn crew and his attack.
    I have already find that:
    - http://www.uboatarchive.net/U-966-Precis311SQD-D.htm
    - http://uboat.net/forums/read.php?3,77022,77022#msg-77022 (were I can find the same document for other attack ?)
    and mainly in spanish language (but with some notes in English):
    - http://www.u-historia.com/uhistoria/historia/articulos/u966inter/u966int.htm
    - http://www.u-historia.com/uhistoria/historia/articulos/u966/u966.htm

    TIA

    Polo B

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    Hi Polo B,

    Otakar Žanta 788 093/169 618

    20.3.1915 born Stanový (Jilemnice)
    1934 - started pilot trainig
    August 1936 - finished pilot training in Czech rank of Lance Corporal and was posted to the Air Regiment 1
    25.6.1939 - he left for Poland,
    26.7.1939 - sailed to France
    19.5.1940 - operational pilot with GB I/21 flying Amiot 351 and Bloch 210
    18.6.1940 - flew aboad Amiot 351 to UK but landed in Yugoslavia
    12.12.1940 - with Czechoslav army in Palistine
    15.5.1941 - arrived to Liverpool
    26.5.1941 - joined RAF and got rank Sgt
    4.7.1941 - refresh course at CFS
    27.8.1941 - trainig at 9 SFTS
    2.10.1941 - pilot at 2 SS
    1.8.1942 - 1429 COTF for operational trainig
    29.11.1942 - posted to 311 Sqn
    13.12.1942 - first A/S Sweep as 2nd pilot on Wellington
    26.4.1943 - first A/S Sweep acaptain
    1.3.1943 - F/Sgt
    10.11.1943 - his Liberator BZ774/D attacked U-966
    27.12.1943 - P/O
    13.3.1944 - his Liberator BZ995/J failed to return from A/S Sweep

    His crew on 10.11.1943:

    F/S Žanta O.
    F/S Matějka J.
    F/O Kubín P.
    F/L Uvízl A.
    Sgt Pokorný A.
    F/S Vaverka B.
    W/O Kadlec L.
    Sgt Veitl F.
    F/S Hecl F.

    Take off 8.00
    Landing 19.55

    HTH

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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