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    Default August 5,1944 St. Leu D'Esserent Escorts

    Hello . During attack on St. Leu D'Esserent, on August 5th, F/O Tees from 419 Sq was hit by flak over the target, losing both port engines. Height was lost to 9,000 feet and 6 Spitfires came down for support, shooting up some light flak positions. Wondering who these escorts may of been.
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    The Form B for this op states “Fighter cover to be Spitfires of 11 Group consisting of 15 SQDNS”.
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    Hello,

    No.11 Group (July, 1944), consisted of the following Spitfire fighter squadrons:

    West Malling - 274, 80.
    Coltishall - 229.
    Friston - 350, 501.
    Lympne - 33, 74, 127.
    Shoreham - 345.
    Harrowbeer - 64, 611.
    Predannack - 234.
    Merston - 130, 303, 402.

    See:
    The Source Book of the R.A.F.
    Delve,Ken.
    Shrewsbury:Airlife Publishing,1994.
    p.72.

    Col.
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    Thanks to both for your reply. Will look at the ORB's of the mentioned squadrons.
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    80 and 274 were changing over to the Tempest V in August, but this might still catch them with operational Spitfires.

    Harrowbeer in Devon and Predannack in Cornwall were both 10 Group

    Coltishall in Norfolk was 12 Group

    Allan
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    No.402 Squadron RCAF was involved in this, Ramrod 1163 and there is reference to some ground strafing but nothing specific.

    And, Tees logbook entry for that experience is "Flak damage. Returned on two and three engines and one flak tire. Shaky do!!"

    Stephen
    Last edited by SMFochuk; 12th April 2019 at 15:39.

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