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    Default R.A.F. ORB abbreviation help - U-Boat attack and 'D/R'

    Hello everyone

    Just reading the 120 Sqn ORB for December 15th 1942, in which Liberator AM921 attacked U-604. The entry reads:

    ...one U-Boat was sighted in posn. 5527N, 3450W, and attacked with 6 DCs. Several black objects blown into air by DC explosion. One D/R later seen apparently in same area.

    What does 'D/R' mean? Can anyone help please?

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    Simon, Hi
    U-604 was on Op Ungestm at this time and in this area? There were some sinkings. The best I can come up with (and it is a sheer guess!!) is D/R = Dinghy/Raft.
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    Thanks for the reply Peter. I'd thought Dinghy or maybe Debris.

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    Simon,

    U-604 was not sunk by this attack; it returned to Brest on 31 December. The submarine completed another two patrols before being scuttled on 11 August 1943 north-west of Ascension Island, at a position of 4 deg 15 min S, 21 deg 20 min W. Source http://www.uboat.net/boats/patrols/u604.html .

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    Thanks Brian. I understood that U-604 received some minor damage in the attack by AM921.

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    D/R = distress rocket?
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    In this context, I believe it refers to the sighting of a destroyer.
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    Terry,
    Although i can see where you are coming from on this, as most Coastal ORB's refer to Destroyers as either DR or DR's plural, but none i have seen, have the abbreviation hyphenated. I think Peter is probably correct with dinghy/raft, and i also think that it was possibly not U-604 that was attacked, but U-626, after reading the logs on these two vessels on the U-Boat web page. There are no recorded attacks on 604, and there is doubt on whether or not U-626 was actually sunk by a US Destroyer on 15th Dec 42, so this could point to it being the U-Boat actually sunk by the 120sqdn aircraft.

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    In which case what they might have seen from the a/c was possibly a Carley float? There must have been hundreds of them in the Oggin at this time?
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    Alan

    I take your point, but it's worth noting that the summary of events found on uboat.net forum is not definitive. There are at least two instances of U-boats being attacked in Biscay by 1404 Met Flight aircraft, one of which was initially confirmed as being destroyed, but when the logs of the two vessels were later reviewed neither made a great deal of the incidents - in fact one did not even realise it had been attacked.

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