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    Default No. 11 Group - Mission # 43 - 28 May 1944 - Bruges-St. Michiels

    On 28 May 1944 Field Order 55-333 for the USAAF 97th Combat Bombardment Group (409th, 410th and 416th BG with A-20s) says "RAF II Group will furnish Spitfire escort for this Wing". Target was a German Naval Radio Direction Finder Station just S. of Bruges, Belgium.

    So far I found No. 303 (Polish) and No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron as RAF escorts, this under Ramrod 934 (with further details thanks to much appreciated help on this board!).

    For No. 11 Group this Bruges escort appears to be known as Mission # 43.

    I wonder if anyone has more details about what No. 11 Group says about Mission # 43 and/or 28 May 1944. More squadrons involved?

    All this to make a complete(r) picture about the events of that day here in Bruges, so not only the bomber involvement.

    Any info welcome, thanks.

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Hi Leendert,

    No additional information found on the escorts, but some info about the second attack of that day on the same target.

    The orb of 184 Squadron (Typhoon IB’s) mentions for 28/05/1944 :
    Form 540 :
    The Squadron led by the C.O.flew over to Manston to refuel before crossing the sea to attack a W/T and Naval Station at Bruges. The first R/P’s set a big house on fire, and all bursts were in the target area. Quite a lot of light flak cowing up from Bruges area.
    Form 541 :
    Time up 11h55, time down 13h10.
    Three sections of four aircraft led by S/Ldr. J.Rose DFC, W/O D.C.Campbell RCAF and F/O.J.P Jessee RCAF were airborne at 11.55 hours from Manston, each aircraft loaded with 6 x 60 lb. R.P.’s, to attack a Naval W/T Station 2 miles s.w. of Bruges, Belgium. Over target by 12.20 hours eleven aircraft (W/O. R.S.Downing RCAF having returned to base through hydraulic leak) dived from 10.000 to 3.000 feet 90 % of the R.P.’s in target area, with many hits on a large house or mansion in the centre, setting it on fire. Moderate light flak, no enemy aircraft. All aircraft landed safely at Manston at 13.10 hours.

    The 2th TAF Daily Log mentions :
    Typhoons attacked 1225 firing 88 x 60 R.P. from S to N diving from 10000 to 4000 feet. Majority of bursts in T/A setting large house on fire with some bursts amongst huts to NE. Previous bombing seemed off target as a pall of smoke seen 1 mile sw of target which was found undamaged. Intense L.A.A. from E of target. Mod. H.A.A. from Bruges. 1 A/C returned early mech. Trouble.

    Best regards

    Luc

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    Thanks, Luc. Typhoons were part of morning mission along with the USAAF Bostons. Field Order for the 97th CBW seems to suggest that each of the three A-20 Bomb Groups involved would be escorted by a RAF Spitfire squadron with R/V at North Foreland.

    Groet,

    Leendert

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    Hello Leendert,

    Form 540 of 350 Sqn:

    28.05.44
    Morning Activities : RAMROD 934

    - CLOSE ESCORT to 36 BOSTONS B ST.MICHIELS S. OF BRUGES (NAVAL W.T. STATION)
    Take-off : 11.45 Down : 13.25

    BLUE

    F/LT PLISNIER
    F/SGT MOREL
    F/O CLAESEN
    F/O VAN DER VEKEN

    RED

    S/LDR DONNET
    F/LT COLLIGNON
    F/LT VENESOEN
    P/O VERPOORTEN

    YELLOW

    F/LT ALEXANDRE
    F/SGT BLADT (returned after 20 Mins. B Tank trouble)
    F/O HERREMAN
    F/O LELARGE

    An uneventful Sweep. No enemy A/C seen and only light flak near DUNKERQUE


    Form 541 of 350 Sqn

    28.5.44
    VC EE 613 S/L DONNET
    VB EN 950 F/L VENESOEN
    VB EP 387 P/O VERPOORTEN
    VB BL 780 F/L ALEXANDRE
    VB AA 910 F/SGT BLADT
    VB BM 363 F/O HERREMAN
    VC EE 723 F/O LELARGE
    VC AR 492 F/L PLISNIER
    VB EP 242 F/SGT MOREL
    VB BM 343 F/O CLAESEN
    VB BM 422 F/O VAN DER VEKEN
    VB AB 276 F/L COLLIGNON

    Hope this helps,

    kind regards,

    Serge
    Last edited by 350Sqn; 5th November 2017 at 16:39.

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    I have No.402 Squadron RCAF participating in Ramrod 934, 1205-1325, acting as close escort to 36 Bostons, who then proceeded to the St. Omer area and bombed Lumbres. I will dig further for details on this operation...

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