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    I have a combat report which mentions a F.A.1 attack, here it is in context:

    "Fighters formed line astern, and dived down behind enemy. Ordered F.A.1 attack"

    Can anyone confirm what an F.A.1 attack is?

    Many thanks,

    Jim
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    Fighter Area Attack ?

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    http://thehistorymanatlarge.blogspot...-1940.html?m=1


    You don't mention date but
    If early in WW2 probably this

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    It really is a mystery Paul,

    A handwritten section of the report also mentions a F.A.1 attack in this context:

    "We carried out F.A.1 attack on him twice without any apparent result"

    At first I wondered if it meant Frontal Assault by one aircraft but the report clearly states that they attacked from the rear and took fire from the top gunner. The aircraft being attacked was a Dornier Do18 flying boat in 1939.

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    That's it Paul, well done!

    I'm assuming you are referring to this paragraph from the link:

    "There were three basic types of attack authorised by Fighter Command. The No.1 Attack was for use by a flight or squadron against a lone enemy bomber. The fighters would form up in line astern behind and below the enemy. The squadron leader attacked first, closing to 400 yards, firing a short burst and then peeling away to allow the next fighter to attack in similar fashion. The first fighter would then turn away and return to the rear of the line astern."

    It was a lone aircraft and the attack was line astern.

    Great stuff!
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    Jim

    No problem according to google there were upto 6 different numbered types of Fighter Area Attacks


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    Air Wars 1920-1939: The Development and Evolution of Fighter Tactics
    By Philip MacDougal
    Via Google

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...cks%22&f=false

    "In the Manual of Air Tactics issued to each squadron. In this, six attack scenarios were described, known as (FAAs), with each varying according to the number of enemy bombers encountered and the size of their own formation. Each attack was numbered accordingly:
    Fighter Area Attacks
    No. 1: Three-aircraft section against a single bomber and carried out above the level of clouds and from astern of the bomber formation.
    No. 2: Three-aircraft section against a single bomber and carried out from directly below the enemy bomber.
    No. 3: Approach pursuit from dead astern.
    No. 4: Three-aircraft section against a multiple bomber formation and carried out from directly below.
    No. 5: Used when attacking a large enemy formation and from astern of the bomber formation.
    No. 6: An entire squadron attack carried out from dead astern."

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    Simply shorthand in the Combat Report for "Fighter Attack (No.) 1", I'd imagine.

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    That's great Paul,

    As Ian says above, simply abbreviation of Fighter Attack.

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    Hi Ian,

    Looks that way, I've never seen it before.

    Jim
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