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    Default Whitley(?) 'B' shot down by U-338

    Have read conflicting identities for aircraft shot down by U-boat U-338 on March 22, 1943. I think it should be a Whitley of 502 Squadron (rather than a 'Halifax'). Can anyone confirm this and its serial?
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    Not Whitley it was a Halifax.

    BB314 took off from St Eval at 06:55 hrs on Covoy Escort duties.

    P/O L J McCullock
    Sgt L Shepherd
    F/Sgt J S Henderson RAAF
    Sgt H Hope
    Sgt P Shmigelsky RCAF
    Sgt S Ellam
    Sgt J Taylor

    Sgt Taylor survived to become a PoW.

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    According to Franks 'U-boat versus Aircraft' U 338 had been attacked and suffered damage by a Fortress of 220 squadron on 19 March and was making her way home when attacked by the Halifax.

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    Thanks, Ross and Peter.
    According to Franks' "Search, Find and Kill" (1995), the U-boat damaged by a 220 Squadron aircraft on March 19, 1943, was U-666. Pilot of FK203 'M' was FO William Knowles. The ORB confirms that this was the only U-boat attack that day by 220 Squadron.
    Any thoughts on the U-boat identity conflict?
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    The aircraft that attacked U 338 on 19 March 1943 was Sunderland E/423, s/n W6053, inflicting extensive damage.

    Ragnar

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    Thanks, Ragnar.
    Regards:
    Robert

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