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    Coastal Command
    October 1943

    1 - Beaufighter VIc - 2 OTU - T5348 - [ 2(C) OTU ? ].
    3 - Sunderland III - 10 (RAAF) Sqn - DP179.
    4 - Liberator GR.V - 53 Sqn - BZ753 - [ 42-40559 ].
    4 - Liberator III - 120 Sqn - FL923 - [ 41-11705 ].
    4 - Walrus ASR I - 277 Sqn - W3097.
    6 - Mosquito P.IV - 8 OTU - DK320 - [ Coastal ?].
    7 - Liberator GR.V - 311 Sqn - BZ779 - [ 42-40703 ].
    7 - Hampden I - 455 Sqn - P1208.
    10 - Hampden I - 521 Sqn - L4202.
    10 - Hampden I - 521 Sqn - L4204.
    11 - Oxford I - 6(C) OTU - LX328.
    12 - Sunderland II - 4(C) OTU - W3997.
    14 - Spitfire IV - 8(C) OTU - AB124.
    14 - Beaufighter X - 236 Sqn - LZ190.
    14 - Beaufighter TF.X - 404(RCAF) Sqn - R9780.
    15 - Spitfire VI - 519(Met) Sqn - BR171.
    16 - Liberator GR.V - 86 Sqn - FL952 - [ 41-11644 ].
    16 - Catalina I - 13 OTU - AH551 ???
    17 - Mosquito IV - T.F.U - DZ345 - [ Coastal ? ].
    17 - Beaufighter XI - 143 Sqn - JM112.
    17 - Sunderland III - 422(RCAF) Sqn - JM712 - [ Coastal ?].
    18 - Anson I - 3 S.G.R.- N5372 - [ Coastal ? ].
    18 - Liberator I - 120 Sqn - AM923 - [ Direct purchase, no US AAF serial ].
    18 - Warwick ASR I - 283 Sqn - BV240.
    18 - Beaufighter VIf - 406 Sqn - V8717.
    19 - Beaufighter X - 236 Sqn - LZ316.
    20 - Blenheim IV - 526 Sqn - T1863.
    20 - Blenheim IV - 527 Sqn - Z796
    24 - Liberator GR.V - 86 Sqn - FL954 - [ 41-11606 ].
    24 - Sunderland III - 201 Sqn - DD858.
    24/25 - Wellington XIV - 612 Sqn - HF204.
    25 - Fortress II - 220 Sqn - FK202 - [ 41-9138 ].
    26 - Mosquito PR.IX - 540 Sqn - LR420.
    27 - Hampden I - 455 Sqn - P1207.
    30 - Hudson I - 5(C) OTU - T9352 - [ Manufactures serial - 2387, no US AAF serial ].
    30 - Wellington XIV - 612 Sqn - HF205.s
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    Hi all,

    some more details about following loss

    7 - Liberator GR.V - 311 Sqn - BZ779 - [ 42-40703 ].

    can be found in translation of Riders in the Sky 1944 booklet published with the Liberator model which can be found here:

    https://www.eduard.com/store/out/med...44_english.pdf

    As one of authors I am posting here the relevant part:

    At about 1600h of the last operational flight, above the Bay of Biscay (4728’N,1017’W), there was some very intense combat with four German long-range Ju 88C interceptors (probably of V.(Z)/KG40) that lasted 26 minutes. The attack took out the tail turret, hit the navigator’s station and damaged fuel tanks, the hydraulic system, the elevators, radar and the GEE navigation equipment. German machine gun fire wounded waist gunner/radio operator Sgt Alois Matýsek in the shoulder and leg and the tail gunner F/Sgt František Veverka, suffered a leg injury after German projectiles exploded in the tail turret. Although he had been injured, receiving shrapnel to the face, he and the dorsal turret gunner, Sgt Josef Reitler, managed to hit and damage one of the Ju88s. The Liberator also sustained heavy damage to the fuselage and wing. The Germans attempted to finish the Liberator off with one final, fatal blow, but F/Sgt Josef Kuhn performed a skilful evasive manoeuvre allowing him to make good his escape. The German interceptors did not remain unscathed with each disengaging one after another with some sort of momento of the encounter. After a flight lasting six hours and 38 minutes, the Liberator managed to get back to RAF St. Eval at 1940h, where it performed an emergency landing on just the nose wheel and right main gear. Putting the severely damaged aircraft down without functioning landing flaps and no injuries to those on board is a testament to the superb flying skills of the pilot. He, F/Sgt Josef Kuhn, and the tail gunner, F/Sgt František Veverka, were awarded the British DFM medals. The Liberator was so severely damaged that it had to be decommissioned and was handed over to No. 67 MU in St. Eval as a Cat E case. (being written off on October 31st, 1943). The unit 14./KG 40 lost Ju 88C-6 W.Nr.750434 on that day. It was flown by OLt. Gustav Christner (the plane was shot down in Quadrant 24W/1951 with the loss of the crew). Ju88C-6 W.Nr.750374.flown by Uffz. Hans Schulzke had to belly in near Lorient (the aircraft sustained 20%damage). Unfortunately, it is hard to determine exactly who was responsible for these losses. Another two Ju 88sof the same squadron likely fell victim to Beaufighters of No.143Squadron. One damaged Ju 88 was claimed by Capt. G. L. Mosier piloting B-24D ‘P’ of the 2nd Squadron, 480th Anti-Submarine Group, USAAF.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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