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    Hi all,

    I am aware of actions by Colonel Charles Sweeney etc. but I came across a reminiscence that there was his relative, also Charles (?) Sweeney, who served with the RAF, possibly was trained as a pilot of CC Liberator squadron and based in summer 1943 at St. Eval.
    So I suppose he should served with No. 224 Squadron at the time? Also it is believed he participated in attack on an U-Boat and got the British DFC.

    Anyone could confirm/correct/complete this info? I am also interested in his full name and service number.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    84580 F/O Robert Vincent SWEENY DFC RAFVR.

    The USAAF and the RAF Sink U-404 (28-07-1943)

    "This was a 224 Squadron RAF machine (BZ781 'W') flown by an American, Flying Officer R V Sweeny. Bobby Sweeny was an anglophile having lived in England for some time and he had also gone to Oxford. He was a keen golfer, being the British amateur champion in 1937, and his brother Charles had helped form the American Eagle Squadron, the volunteer Americans who had flown Hurricanes and Spitfires in the two years prior to America's entry into the war. Bobby himself had been one of the adjutants."

    See:
    U-Boat versus Aircraft.
    Franks,Norman & Eric Zimmermann.
    London:Grub Street,1998.
    pp.76-8

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/3925

    http://uboat.net/boats/u404.htm

    Col.
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    Excellent and comprehensive answer as always!
    Many thanks Colin.

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