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    Default Identity of 2 Stirlings attacked during gardening on the night 22/23 April 1942

    Hi,

    In AIR 14/3372 Interception/tactics report No.70/42 Night 22/23rd April 1942 there 2 two attacks against Stirlings involved in mining operations:

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    Flensburg Fjord. 2342 hours 5,000 ft. Stirling heading 110 degs. Me.110 approached from stern and below and opened fire from 150 yds. Our r/gunner replied with 15 second burst. E/A turned away and last seen diving with smoke from fuselage.
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    Branderup area 0059 hours 8,000 ft. Stirling heading 288 degs. Into moon, believed Do.17 approached from below and astern from green side and then to red. E/A fired from 100 yds and caused damage to mainplane. Our a/c replied when a/c came to red side. Mid upper fired 4 bursts and r/gunner 2 bursts. E/a claimed hit and disappeared to port.

    There are no surviving combat reports from this night and the ORBs of the 3 involved squadrons (7, 15 and 218) have no information about combats. 7 Sqn ORB only has information about mines and bombs. The 15 Sqn ORB has more information including a sighting of a He.112 (this is also included in the Interception/tactics report) and an attack on a ship. The 218 Sqn ORB mentions one attack by one Stirling against a ship in Kiel bay but no encounters in the air.

    Based on the information or to be more correct the lack of information about anything else than mines and bombs in the 7 Sqn ORB I guess the involved Stirlings came from this unit or possibly 218 Sqn. The 15 Sqn is more detailed and I assume a combat would have been mentioned.

    Is there any other document where I can identify these aircraft? One was apparently damaged.

    Thanks in advance
    Peter

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    Hi Peter,

    I could find nothing in Theo Boiten's Nachtjagd War Diaries nor on Airwar over Denmark. Also nothing in Oxford's Own a history of 15 Sqn.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Thanks John,

    Regards,
    Peter

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