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    Default 109 Squadron detachment in Africa electronic counter-measures

    I'm looking for informations about the operations of the Wellingtons in November December 1941. In particular about those of 21 and 22 November.
    There is an old thread but I can't get to it. This is part of it:

    18|6|RE%3A 109 Squadron RAF|Jim Howey (Guest)||02:21:03|07/12/2002|


    I have a Log Book and detailed diary belonging to a 109 Squadron Pilot from this period. The log entries from Nov 20-25 1941 are all listed as Special Operations Western Desert%22 and all record flights between L.G.104 and L.G.75. This pilot records on Nov 22 that he was attacked by eight Macchi C200 AC Damaged. The aircraft is Z-8944. The following entries all relate to previous posts in this thread.

    The diary entry for Nov 22 Our squadron got into action day before yesterday. When we arrived at the advanced base yesterday morning the boys who had been up the previous afternoon said it was easy nothing to it.
    During the day FO Hughes Niagara Falls NY was shot down two other Canucks in the crew second pilot Wolf and rear gunner Lowther.
    FL Willis was jumped by three fighters wireless op wounded lucky to get away with it. No fighter escort we go up alone and stage around the same area for two hours asking for trouble just a suicide squadron...
    Nov 23
    It was our turn yesterday. As we were flying to our alt we were investigated by 10 Hurricanes about 12 eight Macchi 200 attacked us. Shot the plane up a bit. An explosive bullet hit my steel door just as I was going to go back to the beam guns. Bullets hit the wireless set... stooged around until 12%3A50 when six more were coming for us. Four Hurricanes jumped them just in the nick of time. Ship is U.S. for awhile. I hope it is a long while.

    Thanks in advance

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    It is great to have some first hand material relating to the early operations of the electronic countermeasures unit in North Africa!

    There is a brief account (pp. 76-8 and 95) of the work of the 109 Squadron detachment in Alun Granfield's history of 205 Group, 'Bombers over Sand and Snow', published by Pen and Sword in 2011. ISBN 978 1 84884 528 2.

    The losses are documented in David Gunby and Pelham Temple, 'Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean, Volume One', published by Midland Counties Publications (now Ian Allan) in 2006. ISBN Numbers (10) 1 85780 234 9 and (13) 978 1 85780 234 4.

    David

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    Hi David

    Sorry about the thread drift, but as you're there ...

    Any news about when Volume 2 might appear?

    Regards

    Ian

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    Nothing definite yet. May well have to self-publish. Sigh!!!!

    David

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    Hallo David,

    Maybe there is some light at the end of the tunnel. In September Ian Allen are publishing a second and much expanded edition of Bill Chorley's Volume 1 of his Bomber Command Losses series. Maybe they too have seen the light - and the potential profit.

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.

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