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    Hi,

    823. Sqn FAA, Norway campaign. Exist for the losses between 18/05/1940 and 21/06/1940 Facts about the causes, serial numbers, etc.
    18.05. - 2 planes lost
    08.06. - 6 planes lost
    21.06. - 2 planes lost

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    Alex R

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    Hello Alex

    The six losses on June 8th would be aboard H.M.S. Glorious, sunk on that day. For the others, take a look here:

    http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/823_squadron.html

    I'll see if I can find some serials for you...

    EDIT: a quick flick through 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft' by Sturtivant gives the following six 823 Sqn Swordfishes as 'possibles' for the ones lost on Glorious:

    K5937/G4Q
    K8867/G4G
    L9762/G4F
    L9766/G4R
    P3998/G4C
    P4035/G4H

    The two losses each for May 18th and June 21st are listed as 'unidentified'...sorry!


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    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 18th February 2014 at 16:49.

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    Hi Alex,

    3 Swordfish of 821 and three of 823 made a torpedo attack on the Scharnhorst on 21/6, operating out of Hatston where some 823 aircraft had been left to make way for RAF aircraft on the ill fated Glorious.
    Two of 823 Swordfish lost after the attack by flak from the Battleship....Sub/Lt Maurice P White and his TAG N/Air Charlie Hull, Sub/Lt Len Cater and his TAG Po(A) Fred Davis all losing their lives. No serials known. The aircraft were operating at extreme range with extra fuel tanks in the second cockpit, thus only two crew, and highly dangerous for the crew.
    regards Peter

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